It’s a Party–Celebrating the Evolution of Mom Blogs!
October marks my official 4-year anniversary in the blogosphere. On a whim, I started my personal blog Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck on MSN Spaces in October 2005. None of my friends of family understood what it was.
“A blob? Why would you want to start a blob?”
Or “don’t you think it’s a bit narcissistic to think people will want to read about your life?”
From Day 1, I obsessed over what should I write. I carried a notebook with me as everything (and everyone) in my life became blog fodder.
And then I got my first comment. From a stranger. I was initially confused. Why would this fellow blogger care about my little corner of the world? Slowly, I got it. This corner was part of a growing community of fellow freaks who shared their intimate details online.
And then I became hooked.
The following year, I switched over to a more personalized site at Blogger and a true “mommy blogger” was born. I had my little community of mamas in North America. They came to my blog, I went to theirs. It was legalized stalking and vicarious living at its best. My posse and I *got* each other. There was no sugar-coating motherhood like I had endured at countless playdates. We told it like it was as we laughed and cried together, all the while recording our family’s history.
But I yearned to make local connections as well. Two years ago, I founded Mile High Mamas for The Denver Post. Aimee, Catherine, Annie, Julie, Mitch were the original pioneers and we were all a bit ahead of our time.
Things are changing in the blogosphere. Just recently, mom bloggers are getting noticed by marketers and are getting thrust into the spotlight. Two weeks ago, I was asked to speak to a room of 70 publicists on why so many big brands are vying for our attention.
Things have changed. Much of it is good, some of it is bad.
The intimacy is pretty much gone. Micro-blogging communities like Twitter and Facebook have not only become avenues for connections but also self-promotion. Blogs aren’t just about our family’s lives but some have an agenda. Promoting products. Offering giveaways. Talking about the latest all-expense-paid blogger summit.
It’s not all bad. We are finding a new way to make a living. We are pushing boundaries. For so many years, stay-at-home moms were The Forgotten Ones. We served in the PTA and quietly built our family’s lives. Suddenly, all moms matter and big brands are becoming the listeners, not the talkers.
Some bloggers are handling this new attention with grace. Others are not. It’s all part of growing up.
When I started on MSN Spaces, I never dreamed blogs would become an avenue that would give moms a powerful new voice. It’s a road that has not always been smooth, but a journey I am proud to on.
How long have you been blogging? If you’re not a blogger, when did you first start reading blogs?