Forget Airbrushing: Be Part of America's Best Parenting Magazine

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What does that mean for a print magazine that extends the voice of a Web community aimed at sharing the lives and independent voices of women AND men in an authentic parenting magazine? It means that Mamalode needs our help before June 30. I don't know of another such start-up aimed at distributing in print a space where mothers -- and, yes, fathers -- examine the realities of parenting in a celebrity-free zone, made to leave around on couches and chairs and offices for our children and community to see and read and appreciate. With issues like Enough and Home and Work and Faith, I think Mamalode is special and important -- especially since Brain, Child is no longer (sob) in print.

So I'll boil down the ask: America's best parenting magazine in print is a small business founded and led by women in Montana. And if you want to be published in this book, as I do, please vote up their bid today for one of 12 small business grants by Chase and Living Social. Here's how:

Go to www.missionsmallbusiness.com

Log in to support (Facebook sign in)

In the blank box that says Business, type “mamalode” and click Search.

It should pull Mamalode up and click Vote.

Easy as pie, right? And while you're there, why not support one of the other amazing businesses by women who are going for this grant, too:

Thank you. Your karma bank is now full. Unless you know of other businesses applying for this grant that you recommend we all support -- I'd love to read about them in the comments!

But wait, there's more: I asked Kelle Hampton, Bloom author and blogger of Enjoying the Small Things (named The Bump’s Best Special Needs Blog and The Blog You’ve Learned the Most From in the 2010 BlogLuxe Awards), why she became Mamalode's first paid subscriber and what she thinks of the magazine. Here's our interview:

BlogHer: Why did you become Mamalode's first subscriber?

Kelle: After reading Mamalode online, I knew I wanted to read more and support what I loved -- good writing and insightful essays that were more than just motherhood "fluff." The photographs, the essays, the poetry in Mamalode -- it's all real life, nothing polished -- and it's put together in a way that leaves you feeling encouraged and capable not only of being a great mom, but a woman of good soul.

I also had the privilege of meeting Elke and some of the magazine staff when I traveled across the country to meet a blog friend and later at BlogHer in San Diego. Elke's passion for building and expanding this magazine is palpable. She has a lot of soul, and the purposeful choices she's made in hiring writers, selecting essays and photographs, incorporating readers' opinions and beliefs -- that soul reflects in every aspect of Mamalode.

BlogHer: You have a blog, yet you write for print publications such as Mamalode and your beautiful book, Bloom. Why do you take the time to publish in print?

Kelle: I think it's good for writers to switch gears and expand their platform when possible, especially when you have the opportunity to write for a publication that represents values and issues of importance to you. Blogging is an incredible way to connect with other women and an outlet where we can write about whatever it is we we want to write about and be our own "boss." I never want to be myopic in my writing, though, and occasionally writing for other publications helps me continually sharpen my perspective, consider the views and opinions of readers outside of the blog and practice varied styles of writing expanding from the blogger/follower dialogue.

BlogHer: Elke Govertsen is applying to be one of 12 small business grants of $250,000 from Chase Bank and Living Social to grow Mamalode magazine. Do you think women should be paid to write?

Kelle: Women should absolutely be paid to write -- and not because we are women, but because the written word is of great value.

While I certainly don't want to suggest that women only write for other women -- because there are plenty of men out there reading blogs and books by talented females -- I do think women possess an innate desire to connect with and relate to each other. The depth of female relationships exemplifies this. Economically, that very fact creates a supply-and-demand situation, and writing and reading -- whether it's through a book or a blog or a column in a magazine -- gives women opportunties to connect, relate, challenge and encourage. That opportunity is one of incredible worth, and I'm willing to pay for it.

I'll continue to buy great books, subscribe to magazines that encourage and teach me new things, and support blogs of writers who inspire me.

Thanks Kelle! And congratulations again on your book, Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected -- A Memoir.

Lisa Stone, BlogHer Co-founder

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