Is the Term Mommyblogger a Put-Down?

My take: At one time, "mommyblogging" was used by some as a way to diminish the value of moms who blog, with the unstated notion that they weren't "real" writers, especially if they were writing about the mundane topic of daily parenting. But guess what? If you keep writing and if you keep connecting with other bloggers, you will build up a readership for your writing endeavor -- witness the tens of thousands of successful moms/bloggers here on the rolls of BlogHer. ...more
I love this! Well said. I've been a journalist for almost 10 years. When I found out I was ...more

Reasons it doesn't matter if no one reads my blog

This blog is a big deal to me. It always has been.Only for the past year or so, though, have I attempted to care if it were a big deal to other people too.It’s something about me I’m not fond of – this apparent need to be liked. I never thought I had that very much. I’ve found myself censoring more, saying less. Trying to appeal…and for what?...more
What a liberating realization you've had! I need to get there. I just started a blog, after ...more

How to Succeed in Mommy Blogging: Sex, Cursing, and Vaginas

Recently I attended a lovely Ladies Who Blog luncheon with other mommy bloggers whose ambitions ran the gamut from "I'm just doing this so I don't go crazy being a full-time mom" to "my agent is packaging me for a web series." The idea behind the gathering was to pry us away from our laptops so we could interact with real live women who write the blogs, trade ideas, and offer support. General networking stuff....more
Great post! After reading this, I think I don't share ENOUGH. I aim to make my site more of a ...more

On Mom-Blogging, Homeland Security and The Unbearable Lightness Of Explaining The Internet

 When I was stopped the other week by US Customs officials for "giving suspicious answers" to their standard questions, I remain calm and composed and – although it took some effort – well in control of my temper. It was only when they ushered into me into the offices of Homeland Security and demanded that I explain more clearly what exactly I meant by "mom-blogger" that I started to cry. I mean, haven’t I asked myself that very question eleventeen thousand times? And not come up with any coherent answer? Oh, God, I thought. They are going to arrest me and send me to Guantanamo. ...more

Good for you for blogging about it here. I'd also encourage you to write a letter to whoever is ...more

Sex, Lies and Mommy Blogs: Detroit Free Press Got It Half-Right, Bloggers Tell BlogHer

On the heels of a series of negative press articles about women bloggers from the New York Times to today's Detroit Free Press, we turned to the bloggers interviewed in the DFP article to see how their interviews translated onto the screen. Are journalists trying to -- as Just_Margaret on BlogHer points out -- "encourage a negative perception," or are fair interviews revealing the truth about women blogging? ...more

Absolutely. Especially, I'd add, if you're going to be doing a multitude of interviews (as ...more

Are Mommybloggers Represented Fairly in the Media?

Think you're a good parent, one who knows how to balance your own needs with those of your children? Think again. Other mothers know more about what's good for your family than you do and they're not afraid to tell you. Welcome to the world of mommyblogging. ...more
I haven't seen this at all yet. Hopefully I won't LOL. Everyone has been great to me and when ...more

Mommy Week in Review: Crawling, what makes a man, and inspiring mombloggers

The baby started crawling for real this past week. He practiced constantly for ten days before that. I’d hear thumping in the crib in the middle of the night: he was rocking in his crib, practicing how to gain momentum to crawl forward. He mastered crawling two days ago. I think these photos capture his learning: ...more

My son is starting to show interest in the whole crawling thing and I am not happy.  My ...more

BlogHer of the Week: Whiskey In My Sippy Cup

Ever been stereotyped? Ever had your identity breezily labeled, cut out in cardboard -- likely pink if you're a woman -- and sidelined as silly and inconsequential by The Media, by analysts, perhaps even by other women? ...more

Mr. Lady has my heart.

Maggie, Dammit!


BlogHer of the Week: Anna from abdpbt

Nominate a brilliant post for BlogHer of the Week now! ...more

Julie Zimmerman

I have been Oprah and a couple of ...more

Prelude - Mommyblogging; Exploitation or Art?

For the past several months I have been fervently working on a piece about "Mommy-Bloggers", (are we all tired of that title?  Or are you still OK with it?), and the assertions that we exploit our children via either sharing personal stories about raising our children, (this can include day-to-day antics, habits, milestones, and just about any other thing you can think of that your ...more