Charlene has been watching mommy blogging for four years and she stated that, “MommyBlogging is still a radical act because any type of blogging is a radical act. You’re putting a large part of yourself out of there.”
Lindsay wondered aloud if it is possible to maintain a radical voice and still have ads and/or do the commercial side of things.
Maria responded by saying, “there are too many people coming into blogging to make money. As long as you are blogging for yourself, you can maintain your voice. When I go to someone’s blog, I want to hear about them.”
Polly pointed out that “the first definition of radical is ‘fundamental or root.’ The second definition of radical is ‘social impact.’ Radical is making fundamental change.”
Kyla from The Journey said, “I think radical means honest.”
Catherine from Her Bad Mother (pictured right) pointed out that although “There’s a lot of acceptance for what we do, there’s also still a lot of backlash. We need to continue to be courageous about it [talking about motherhood].”
Maria maintained that authenticity is the most important thing, “I think as long as you are – I want to hear YOU – If you like this product or you like this TV show, I want to hear YOU.”
WhyMommy from Toddler Planet chimed in, “One of the things that I love about mommy blogging is seeing how people live. We’re not all one-dimensional. We mommyblog and then we’re professionals or volunteers.”
There was also a short conversation about whether or not to put your blog on your resume when looking for a job.
Jessica from It’s My Life and the Lemonade Stand pointed out that, “I have gotten three jobs as a result of my writing on my blogs. It proves that there’s more to being a mom than diapers and wipes.”
Polly switched gears and shared a comment from one of her readers about why so many moms/parents choose to blog, “The conversations online are deeper than mom conversations in real life. At playgroups, there is a lot of small talk and shallow level discussions. Blogging allows you to read and think and respond tomorrow when your child is asleep. We are encouraging each other to think deeply.”
Another attendee said that “MommyBlogging is a movement. It’s a silent movement.”
Several women commented about the importance of staying true to self.
Kyran from Notes to Self said, “This is my space to be me and there are no rules for me.”
Maria followed that up with, “You have to write for yourself. You have to do your blog for you.”
Another attendee started a conversation about how tough motherhood is and how blogging gives a voice to that difficulty, “I didn’t realize how hard it was to be a mother. It’s a really hard job that you don’t get paid for. Past generations didn’t get any recognition.”
Catherine of Her Bad Mother followed up, “This is work and this is hard. We are the backbone of this economy. We do deserve to get recognized and compensated.”