Yes, you read that right. One of the stocking stuffers for my older two boys will be their own websites… well, blogs. Same thing. They’ve been bugging me to set them up with something that they can work on – apparently cross stitch and Squidoo are not interesting enough for them and they want their own projects now.
I love that they want to create content and work on websites and learn all sorts of things about running and managing a website – so I’m glad to give them this gift for the holidays.
But, I’m torn here. I know these boys – they get distracted and change their minds, a lot. They grow new interests. Dylan is 14 picks a new sport to play every other week. Lucas is in that awkward “I’m 13, but I kind of still like toys” stage of life.
So do I set them up with free platform blogs or should I go full out and buy them their own domain names? My first instinct was to buy the domain names, thinking if they get bored or abandon them that I could flip the sites later on and they could use the money to buy video games or whatever. Then I thought this is their first project, maybe it should be “disposable” in a way and just use a free platform. But, free platforms don’t let you monetize and they’re not as much fun when it comes to customization and they want to learn about those aspects of having a website. Decisions, decisions. I think I’m going to go with domain names and WordPress installations. I have a few weeks to think about it.
Do your kids have their own websites? I’d love to hear from some other internet marketing parents out there – what platforms are you finding work best with your kids, how long before they got bored with it, are they rocking out a cool teenager niche? Share your stories in the comments section or leave a link to your own blog post for me to check out.