The modern mummy: Meringandan West blogging sensation
Meet wife and mother-of-two Bindy Scott, a Meringandan West local who has utilised social media to influence the face of motherhood across the world
Known colloquially and preferably as Bindy, Belinda Scott is the epitomy of a modern mother. Wife to Trent and mother to three-year-old Lulu and eight-week-old Tommy, Bindy began her internationally-renowned blog, Modernwifelife31 at the end of 2014.
Bindy had written another blog for three years prior to MWL31 about her and Trent’s [Bindy’s husband] lives — their adventures, day-to-day experiences — whatever she felt like.
However, when Bindy had their daughter Lulu in October of 2013, she didn’t feel as comfortable sharing all of the details of their lives online, and she took a year -ong break from blogging.
By the end of 2014, Bindy’s call to write came back, and she chose to start blogging again, and Modernwifelife31 was born.
“I wanted to do things differently and not put our lives ‘on show’ as much, so I created a new [web]site with a new direction,” Bindy says.
“My vision for this blog [Modernwifelife31] was a positive and encouraging website for other mums, a page where I could write what was on my heart and also a place for me to still occasionally document adventures from our lives and also stay connected in a more in-depth way with friends from all over Australia and the world.
“My goal for MWL31 is to encourage women — encourage them to enjoy and embrace being a wife and a mother.”
Prior to being a stay-at-home mum at their home in Meringandan West, Bindy worked on her first website with branding on sponsored posts and worked in sales and advertising for a company in Rockhampton prior to 2010.
Bindy spent most of her teenage life in Central Queensland in very small mining towns, and before that grew up in Ipswich on her family’s farm.
Modernwifelife31 has gained international recognition, collecting followers from across the globe, some of whom she has become great friends.
Bindy uses platforms such as Blogspot, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, Twitter and more to put a modern slant on her mothering style.
So why does Bindy put her put the details of her family life online?
“I have the ability to reach women through social media and my website and give them ideas on how to handle things that occasionally may be difficult,” Bindy says.
“What I write may not suit some people or work completely for other families, but I like to think my readers may be able to take one or two of the things I suggest away and implement them into their lives.
“My main goal with Modernwifelife31 is to encourage women to enjoy motherhood more, not necessarily be a ‘how-to’ or
parenting advice blog.”
While Bindy offers tips for cleaning, simple activities and crafts for parents to do with their children and the like, she aims to write positive and honest posts that inspire women.
“I regularly urge my readers to look for the joy everyday,” Bindy says.
“If you are having a hard day — which everyone does, try and turn it around by searching for something — even just one small thing that is great about that day, focus on that.
“Mothering can be tough, everyone has days where it all feels too hard — I want to inspire women to enjoy and be proud of being a wife and a mother.”
On Modernwifelife31, Bindy’s posts — predominantly about pregnancy — are renowned for not shying away from the touchy topics — they’re often raw, open and brutally honest.
“Pregnancy can be a very hard time for women and I find women like to read real posts — it is a beautiful time but it can be very rough,” Bindy says.
“I was very open and honest during my first pregnancy which I documented on my first blog page and also my Youtube channel, and I found the response from those posts always encouraging and positive.”
Alongside this, Bindy keeps an ‘emotional’ segment of her posts, listing what her feelings are at the time of writing.
“I am very okay with being open about my emotions online, especially because my readers are such wonderful, encouraging and understanding women,” Bindy says.
“I think talking about emotions and mental health especially during pregnancy and motherhood is very important.”
However, Bindy has emphasised how social media has made her more cautious about posting about her children online.
“Publicly I am very cautious about what I post about my children and our lives — I have seen a not so wonderful side of it,” Bindy says.
“On a positive note though, thanks to social media I have met some brilliant women that inspire me daily to be a better mother and wife.”
Bindy Scott has fortified Modernwifelife31 to be a safe and open environment for mothers across the world to read child-rearing accounts of every kind — a beautiful combination of raw, happy, stressful and honest stories.
“No one’s life is perfect and easy, [and] I’m not trying to paint mine that way, but I find complaining about life doesn’t make it easier,” Bindy says.
“What I strongly believe can help improve our lives is our mindset and how we view our lives.
“I try to write positively about being a Mum and wife in an effort to encourage other women to view their role in a similar way — I chose to write about the joy, because that’s what I care to focus on.”
Bindy Scott with her husband Trent and their daughter Lulu and baby boy Tommy at Highfields Falls.