I wrote a blog post today as a response to a blog I had recently read about a mom who had several issues with mom bloggers; in fact, she even disliked the phrase mom blogger. What do you think qualifies a mom blogger? Do you have to have a certain amount of parenting experience? Do you take issue with being called a "mom blogger?"
Here is my response: http://www.conscienceparenting.com/2011/10/04/why-we-need-mommy-blo...
I just read your post and responded on your blog!
There are so many reasons why I feel differently than she does. I'm a mom blogger, and also don't mind the title. Number 1, there is free speech. So whether it be bad parenting advice, a few badly written sentences touted as a review, or any one of the plethora of blogging mistakes one could make, it doesn't really matter. It's their right. To be stupid. HA! Number 2, I think this is a situation where the good outweighs the bad. Admittedly, there are bad mommy blogs, but there are far more useful, life affirming, funny, and meaningful mommy blogs. Number 3, there is no qualification to be a blogger. That's part of it's beauty, and also part of the weeding out process. In the job market you can't just walk into a job you love and say, "Bam! I'm here, I'm great, notice me!" You have to prove yourself. The blogosphere is no different. The readers and subscribers, sponsors and advertisers, co-workers and competitors are the ones who decide whether we sink or swim. It's a blog eat blog world out there, and I'm loving it!
I tried to reply to your blog a couple of times but it kept saying I had not put in the right CAPTCHA phrase (even though it didn't ask me for one). Weird I know.
Anyway, excellent post!
I agree with you that the positive experiences that I have had with blogs have far outweighed the negative ones. And I agree that it is really on us as consumers to use our best judgements. If an idea does not sound like it would work for our family--we are not required to try it.
And with parenting, I feel like experienced v. inexperienced is a little harder to judge. I have only been a parent for three years. I only have one child. I do not presume to know what will work for other families. But I love that through blogging we can all share. When I am dealing with a trying issue in my home, I can usually find ideas through blogs of what has happened in other families. It reaffirms that I am not alone. It also allows me to learn ideas for approaching the situation that I have not heard before. And it allows me to evaluate what may work in my family.
But more than anything I think that blogging allows us each to tell our story. To share. To connect. And sometimes online is the easiest or best way for us to do that.
What qualifies as a mom blog? I'd say anyone who has a blog and has a child! I started my blog while I was pregnant as a way of keeping busy, I didn't have a job and was eventually put on bed rest so it was a nice way to spend my time.
Now I love having my blog so my baby can look back on it someday and have a detailed account of his life from the time he was born.
I don't think experience should play in to if you're considered a mom blogger or not, how silly!
I consider myself a mom blogger because I am a mom and I am blogging about topics that would interest other moms and dads. I don't take offense to the term at all, in fact I have enjoyed blogging full time over the last few months. Now if I can just get it to start paying the bills I would be ecstatic. Until then it is a hobby that keeps me busy.
Thanks for sharing, Corey. Great blog post. Loved your ending: "My mistakes are my own."
For me blogging has been such a positive experience. I've only just started and am meeting so many wonderful women. Like everything else out there on the internet, some of the mommy blogs I've read are great and some not so much.
If not anything else, it seems like a great way for mothers to connect, share and learn.
While dont particularly care for the term mommy blogger. I cant say I hate it either. I AM a mom and I DO blog!
Before the internet, or blogging or social media, I knew plenty of moms (especially new ones) that felt isolated and overwhelmed. I think mom bloggers are a great resource for other moms in letting them know that they are not alone and that the challenges they face are common ones!
Plus being called a "Mom" doesn't define me, so why should the "Mom Blogger" label!
I am a mom and I blog, I don't mind the term mom blogger. I am proud of it. It's an awesome job.
I would love to increase my readership as well. I am finding it a bit difficult. I do like coming on to the site and reading other blogs. I have found some great blogs. I normally keep track of the blogs that I join and try to comment on them at least once every other week until I just never hear from them. I love having tons of blogs to read and respond too.
I don't mind the title. I am frequently labeled as such, although on my blog you will see more blog tutorial posts than mommy posts. LOL.