I wanted to first thank everyone for the thoughtful response to my post on Friday. I have much more to say about the subject, and have even committed myself to a large project inspired by that William Morris quote. If you follow me on Twitter, you know what I’m doing. I’ll share more this week once I iron out the details.
The above is a picture of me and the boys (oh, Nicholas) at Legoland this summer. I didn’t blog about Legoland because…I don’t know. It’s exactly the sort of thing a mom blogger should do that I don’t. I’m not so great at this niche of mine. In fact, I’m almost terrible at delivering the required. When I first signed on with Federated Media, we were divided into smaller groups like parenting, living, technology, food, etc. I scanned the bloggers in my section, technology, and made note of which blogs I recognized and how many were bigger than me. I’m kidding about the technology bit, but the end result is the same. I recognized one name (Dooce) and everyone was bigger. I’m drawn to design blogs, lifestyle blogs, and blogs where the author seems intent on bettering herself or living to her potential. I read very few parenting blogs.
I went to Blog Sugar yesterday, a faith-based blogging conference hosted by friends Rachel and Andrea and expected to walk into a room full of people I wouldn’t recognize. I was right! I wish I would have told you of my plans to attend but, again, I didn’t due to my shoddy blogging practices. Two people recognized me there, so that was nice. But outside of the two, I was as new to the attendees as they were to me. In short: I don’t read mom blogs, and mom bloggers don’t read me.
What do you think of that, Federated? Are you still glad you brought me on?
I thought about the incongruity of this fact most of the ride home, but I have yet to make sense of it. I need to process the event, replay conversations, and over think before I find an answer. That, however, is going to take a few days. Showing up alone to an event where I knew less than 1% of the attendees was a big deal for someone as shy as I am. I couldn’t sleep last night from the adrenaline so today I’m dragging. I can’t possibly beat a dead horse under these conditions! I need my mental faculties at 100% to over analyze to the best of my abilities.
Having said that, I’m not too tired to gather research, which I love even more than analysis! I want to know what your favorite mom blog is and why you love it. I also want to hear from those who don’t read mom blogs. If you don’t, why are you here? (And thank you for reading, of course.) As I sat and chatted with the people at my table and exchanged information, I came home excited to read more about them. After reading a few posts, I realized I didn’t know what I was missing.