Does It Always Have to Be About the Mommy Bloggers?

Today, the local newspaper ran a story about women bloggers here in Cache Valley. It reminded me of a few months ago when the university station did a show on local bloggers. And it was all about the mommy blogging. Don’t get me wrong. I read a few mommy blogs regularly for the humor and insight. Mommy bloggers are great. And some of them have an amazing level of influence. Loralee Choate (Loralee’s Looney Tunes) has been invited to the White House. And just about everyone has heard of Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com).

But whenever a showcase of local bloggers is done, or when we talk about women bloggers, for some reason it seems to be all about the mommy bloggers. What about the rest of us? Yes, the story briefly mentioned a couple of local writers who don’t really go that route. But there’s a whole other world of bloggers out there — some of them female — that don’t make blogging about their lives and families the main focus (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

On this blog, you may find a few snippets about my life, but it’s mostly my random thoughts on politics and society. It’s not a very influential or popular blog. I don’t have time to do much with it. Because I’m being paid to write blog posts for other people. I do this professionally. It’s a whole, unexplored and interesting blogsphere out there, and everyone seems to focus primarily on mommy bloggers.

Maybe it’s just my bruised blogger ego talking. This comes a day after USA Today linked to a blog post that I wrote for Financial Highway (resulting in enough ad revenue for me to pay for Christmas this year). Naturally, my sense of my own importance is overblown. But if folks at NPR, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, and even some television station in Texas can find me, is it too much to ask for a little bloggy love in my own backyard?

I can’t really complain. I write a column for the local newspaper. But it still kind of rankles. Maybe it’s partly because when I people ask me what I do, it goes something like this:

“So, what do you do?”

“Oh, I’m a writer.”

“What do you write?”

“Right now, I’m mostly a professional blogger.”

“Oh, like a mommy blogger? That’s great. How nice that you can supplement your family’s income with a little bit of money each month.”

At this point I smile vapidly and ask what they do. Because nailing them to the wall with a glare and saying, “Actually, I’m the primary bread-winner right now while my husband works on his Ph.D.” would probably come out terribly mean and snooty. (This is why we have blogs. So that we can be mean and snooty when we feel like it, but we don’t actually have to look people in the face while we’re being mean and snooty.)

4 Responses to Does It Always Have to Be About the Mommy Bloggers?

  1. I’ve noticed the mommy-blogger trend myself. Where I am, a really popular one is ‘Seriously, so blessed.’I’m pretty sure a lot of the girls here could tell you all about it. But if you mention any other blog about politics or current events, the blogging conversation is over.

  2. i for one appreciate your blog. you make things that i don’t understand well, a lot clearer. things make sense to me when you write them.
    and i would totally think i was awesome if all those people were wanting to talk to me. i love npr, let us know if you’re ever on there.

  3. This post is interesting to me because when me and friends or family talk politics I often bring up your blog and mention how well written it is and what great points you bring up. True I also follow a couple other blogs about motherhood and such but to me it is very different. If professional blogging is a serious and real profession then all sorts of blogs and their related topics should be discussed like motherhood, politics, fashion, business and finance. It should be written as separate things and not all grouped together as just blogs.

  4. Thanks for stopping by ladies. I’ve heard of Seriously, So Blessed. Lots of people like it. I hear it’s hilarious and tongue in cheek.

    TJ – I was on NPR last year. They interviewed me for a series they were doing on what different people thought could be done about the economy 🙂

    Miller Family – Thanks for the love. I can always count on you. I think my problem is that, once again, women are being forced into a category. They can be influential and smart — but only in the context of mommy blogging. Focus on female bloggers almost always invariably focuses on the mommy bloggers. They are great, but it’s not the only female blogging out there.

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