Friday, May 9, 2008

Yeah, I'm a Mommy Blogger. What of it?!

This topic has been bouncing around the internet and even other media sources quite a bit lately. If you popped over to Classy Chaos the other day you may have even watched this clip

from the Today Show. It's all about Mommy Bloggers and their growing popularity. It's interesting. Try and put aside KLG and her complete ineptitude as a television "journalist".

It's a fascinating topic. One that I've pretty much avoided and not for any reason in particular. I didn't start my blog for it to be one way or another. I started my blog as an outlet. I started my blog because I saw Dawn's blog and wanted to try it for myself. I had no direction. I thought I would be just as funny. I thought I would be able to regale you with stories of how hysterical my kids were in their daily doings. I thought I would share stories of poop and vomit and ER visits and everything that goes along with raising kids. And I did. I have shared some of those things. I never imagined I'd be talking about friendships and ppd and everything else I've shared on here. But I am. I am talking about those things. I've talked about my faith. I've briefly mentioned my political affiliations. I've talked about my opinions of certain TV shows and world events. I've shared open and honestly and for your responses and respect, I am grateful.

I never considered myself a Mommy Blogger. I'm a mom. I blog. I guess by those characteristics I'm a mommy blogger. I guess because I blog about my kids and my husband and my daily life where I juggle all of those responsibilities and commitments and add in everything else I am a mommy blogger. For some reason I guess I just never associated myself with the title or term. Then I read other blogs about being a mommy blogger. I saw Heather's interview on the Today show and I read OhMommy's post. I am a mommy blogger and I'm proud of it.

I am not looking for fame. I am not looking for money. I am not looking to exploit anything about myself or my family. I was looking for an outlet. I was looking for a community. I was looking for something that I couldn't put my finger on and I believe I have found it. I don't sit on my computer all day scouring blogs, looking for things to comment on and topics to write about. My computer is on all day because I'm at work and just about every facet of teaching life is now computer centered. I will blog from work during a free period or at the beginning of the day or the end of the day. I will also blog from home. I do not neglect my children or my husband or my family life because of my computer. I write because I enjoy it. I write because I know there have to be people out there who have shared at least one piece of my experience. I write because too often I found that I was need of someone who understood what I was feeling and I could not always find that.

The coverage of Mommy Bloggers has been mixed. There have been highlights on the negatives and there are highlights on the positives. People have lashed out at mothers and fathers who have chosen to blog about their children and their lives. Who have chosen to share their stories with anyone who will listen or read. You are entitled to your viewpoint. You are more than welcome to share it. I respect that. But just as there has been a need for parents to stop judging other parents because they choose to do things differently, I think there is a need for judgment to end on this front. It is my choice to blog. It is my choice to share what I share and why I share it is my prerogative. You have every right not to like and to comment on that. You have every right to your feelings and to share those with me. You have every right to speak out and voice your opinions for all to hear. I encourage it.

I am proud, in a sense, to be a part of a community of Mommy Bloggers. I think there is a lot of wisdom to be shared and a lot of humor to be enjoyed. I think having an understanding that we are not alone is an incredible feeling. I enjoy hearing what others have to say and write. I enjoy the fact that the words that I have shared on here have grown into something greater and have fostered something more. If you think it's all just too good to be true that our words have formed this supportive community, that's ok. I am grateful that my words have led me to the people that they have. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to sit and write whenever I want. I am blessed to have the experiences, good and bad, to share with others who need the support or just want to read about. I am lucky to be a part of a community that is growing and ever changing. I am proud to be a Mommy Blogger and to share myself and my life with all of you.


the MomBabe said...

I love when Kathy Lee is all "I don't get it. blah-blah-blah. kids on display. blah-blah-blah"

Seriously, how is it any different than living my life on a daily TV show for the last 112 years? IT ISN'T.

Except that I'm pretty sure there aren't 9 million people tuning into my blog.

stupid lady.

Don Mills Diva said...

Great post! I'm proud to be a mommy blogger too and, uh, I am looking for fame and money!

ConverseMomma said...

I AM SO PROUD TO CALL YOU A FRIEND. I have so much more to write, but I am going to do it in an e-mail to you. First, I must go clean my house for our guests tomorrow.
I truly adore you. This post rocked, hard!

LunaNik said...

Why is it that Mommy Bloggers get such a bad rap?? Seriously, I don't get it. We are forming an underground community of moms. It's freakin' awesome.

suchsimplepleasures said...

i'm so proud to be a part of this mommy blogger community. so proud, in fact, that i'm considering opening even more windows into my life!!
great post, honey!!

Immoral Matriarch said...

I like mommy bloggers. As long as they are good @ it. You know what I mean - don't pretend you don't. There are some really *yawn* mommy blogs out there.

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