Is the term “Mommy blogger” still loaded?
I didn’t really start reading blogs until I starting writing for one in 2008. At the time, my son was two years old, I had quit my part-time job and I was spending much more time online. My world had changed from conference calls and paperwork to playdates and whatever methods I could think of to increase my adult interaction.
I started reading a few blogs written by mothers. Mommy blogs provided me with ways to keep up with friends spread across the country, find people who shared similar parenting styles, feel like I wasn’t alone in dealing with a particular challenge and, perhaps most importantly, laugh and enjoy good writing. At first I felt strange and slightly voyueristic when I started reading blogs of people I didn’t know. But, it couldn’t be any worse than following celebrities on TMZ, right?
I quickly gravitated towards certain blogs. I stopped following others. I started to comment. I finally moved my favorites over to Google Reader.
Perhaps because I never started my own blog, I have always been mystified with the stigma surrounding “mommy blogs”. In particular, I’m surprised when women avoid being called a mommy blogger or of having a mommy blog. I’m guessing, women who don’t think being a mom defines all of who they are. I did find this article that summed up many stereotypes I tend to hear about mom blogs.
It seems that when mommy blogging started, there was a general feeling that moms were always complaining and going into sordid details of the elimination habits of the household. Then, when marketers started recognizing the power of moms as a marketing force, mommy bloggers were inundated with requests to review products or spread the word about new services. Moms were able to use their blogs to bring in some income, and in rare cases, to make a living.
Fast forward to today. There still seems to be a stigma attached to mommy blogging, albeit perhaps less pronounced. There are still millions of mommy blogs out there. Moms are also connecting in many other ways online. Will the mommy blog soon be a thing of the past?
Do you call yourself a mommy blogger? Is there still a stigma attached to the term? If you blog and are a mom but don’t consider yourself a mommy blogger, what do you call yourself? Will Facebook and Twitter replace mommy blogs?
Written by: Nicole Basham