Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl and a handsome prince. They dated a long time (well, 5 years) before they got married. Once married, they have 2 beautiful and wonderful children. The beautiful girl decided to stay home with her children instead of going back to work and became a blogger. Nothing bad ever happens, and they are all very happy and lived happily ever after.
Back to reality now — somewhere out there the mommy blogger (aka the beautiful girl) got a bad rap. Instead of being considered for the advertising powerhouse she is, mothers are left in the dust. We hear comments like “Well, you’re JUST a mommy blogger” and that statement should mean that we are dumb and stupid. At least, that’s how I take it. I am not sure who decided that when you leave the hospital after giving birth that you leave your brain and everything else behind. I do not understand how I lose the rest of my identity just because I am a mom.
I know that I am not the best mommy blogger out there. I wouldn’t put myself on top of any list. I can’t spell without spell check. I have no PR (thanks Google!) and a fairly decent Alexa rating. I run two other blogs, am an admin on one forum and a moderator on another (all nonpaid), and I even have a college degree. I do freelance work for different companies when they need. I actually picked up my last freelance position when I went to BlogWorld. I stopped at a booth and had about a 45 minute conversation with the guy who is now my boss. I have two small children, so my free time can be somewhat limited. I do most of my work at night. I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to bed before midnight (When you have kids, scheduling just doesn’t work). That being said, I average between 200 – 300 unique visits a day on this blog. Somebody likes and values my opinion on things. They don’t seem to think I am JUST a mommy blogger.
That is why I don’t understand the put down. If I was the moron that statement implies, no one would want to read my blog. I wouldn’t get daily emails asking me for help on doing things. I wouldn’t have advertisers asking me to review their products. Also, it still surprises me that more advertisers don’t tap into the mommy market. I know I would buy a product recommended from another mother before I would just from reading a review in a magazine. That is why I really ended up starting Lisa Reviews. I own the toys and the books I am reviewing. I am just passing along some of the winners we have had (and a couple of the loser things too!).
I guess what I am really trying to say that mommy bloggers need to unite. We need to stand up for ourselves more and help one another out instead of tearing one another down. We need to stick up for each another when someone makes this asinine statement. I know this won’t bring about world peace, but it would definitely give the power back to us. We can do more than most would like to give us credit for.
I am not sure where this statement comes from: “I am woman; hear me roar”. However, I’d like to change it to: “I am a mommy blogger, hear me roar” instead.
(Side note: if you change mommy to paid blogger the same argument applies)