Website in Review: Life As MOM

Life As MOM is not your typical blog.

With a mostly visually-attractive layout, Life As MOM is a website full of tips, recipes, how-to guides, and messages designed to enlighten, empower, and entertain mothers everywhere.

FishMom“, as the website owner/author is called, boasts over 240,000 page views a month. In addition to that, she has over 11,000 Facebook followers as well as email and feed subscribers, and over 5,000 followers on Twitter.

That’s a lot of people reading a lot of pages, all spearheaded by one strong-willed woman.

FishMom gains her experience from having six (home-schooled!) children, keeping house, and running her own small business. Needless to say, FishMom does it all, and she’s more than happy to share it with the rest of the world.

My one qualm about the site design is the navigation bar along the right-hand side of the site. This bar allows users to subscribe, post to Twitter or Facebook, and link to on YouTube, as well as a search bar, site navigation, one advertisement for an article on the website, archives, and a disclaimer about advertising with the site:

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(Here, two separate screenshots taken [in order to fit vertically] from lifeasmom.com. Outlined in black to separate and define borders.)

Don’t get me wrong- I’m all about navigation, and the nature of FishMom’s is unique, which I respect. However, I can’t help but feel as if it takes away from the text of whichever article is being read.

Why? Because this sidebar is not only cluttered and overloaded with information and options, but it’s floating between the side and middle of the page, pushing the text over to the far left and knocking readability of the site down a few notches.

To be honest, the first time I saw it, I thought it was an advertisement. I had read through two or three articles before actually looking at it and realizing that it was intentionally put there and laid out in that exact way.

All in all, though, I would have to say Life As MOM is a notch above the rest of the parenting blogs I’ve ever seen- with content ranging from an online book club to a rainy day survival kit guide to FishMom’s own online store of digital downloads, this is definitely one “supermom” who seems to be able to do it all- and the best part is, she’s willing to help the rest of us.

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About karimarie90

I'm a left-handed "dog person" who dyes her hair a lot and loves archery.
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