The blogosphere is enormous and if you’re just starting out, it’s easy to feel intimidated and give up before really giving yourself a chance. Thankfully, Tanay Howard is more resilient than most. Today, her blog Life With Tanay is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the lifestyle community. Her site is a one-stop-shop for family resources and Howard’s content is directly inspired by her own tribe, which includes two adorable children.
For instance, if you’re a parent, Howard’s virtual learning hub includes educational content on streaming services, how to create at-home routines, and how to make peace with a back-to-school decision.
We recently talked to the SHE Media Partner Network member about how she includes her family within her content, her hopes for the mom blogger community, and more.
What type of content do you typically create?
I typically cover anything I think is important for millennial families. There is so much going on in the world, I just try my best to channel out the noise. I want my site to be the go-to resource for families and that is why I share a wide range of topics within the family dynamic. My kids are a huge help with what I decide to write about also. For example, when my 6-year-old started remote learning, I knew other parents would be searching for resources to navigate that new phase. Drawing from experience makes the writing process easier.
Life With Tanay unsurprisingly features your family. What guidelines do you have to ensure their comfort?
My site is definitely all about community and family but my number one rule is respecting mine above all else. Everyone in my family is old enough to give consent, even down to my 3-year-old. They are always asked what they want to share/not share. I do my best to respect them as individuals and not share anything that they would be embarrassed about at any point.
How has the mom blogger community helped or hindered your work?
The mom blogger community has been an amazing place for me to connect with other women. When I had my first son, I felt a little isolated and as an introvert, making connections online comes easier for me. Like any community there are flaws and I wish people would really embrace the “there’s room for all of us” mentality rather than just saying it. We really all shine in different areas and there is so much opportunity out there.
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How has the pandemic impacted Life With Tanay?
When the year started, I had a ton of trips planned and was really expecting to hone in on my family travel content. And I had a great three month run before the pandemic hit. I felt a little lost once things changed so drastically and I spent more time than I would’ve liked trying to figure out my pivot. In 2021, I’m definitely going to remember to have a plan A-Z. I think this year showed us that anything is possible and we have to be comfortable adjusting.
Are there any big mistakes you wish you could do-over?
Nothing that sticks out strongly. I make mistakes daily as a creator, and sometimes they’re big mistakes but I’ve thankfully been able to recover from them.
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