Years ago, when the Internet was still young, blogs were just glorified public diaries. Anyone could have one and rarely did a blog skyrocket anyone to celebrity status. Well, times have changed. Like The New York Times wrote in a story last year:
Whereas so-called mommy blogs were once little more than glorified electronic scrapbooks, a place to share the latest pictures of little Aidan and Ava with Great-Aunt Sylvia in Omaha, they have more recently evolved into a cultural force to be reckoned with.
And there are more than just a handful of "mommy bloggers" who are forces to be reckoned with. In honor of Mother's Day, a guide to 10 of our favorite blogs that will forever change how you think of mothers ...
BernThis - Mom and blogger Jessica Bern spent years as a commercial actress and performing stand-up comedy and appearing on networks like NBC, FOX, A&E, and MTV, so it's no wonder she has the power to endlessly engage and entertain her audience. She was even voted one of the top 10 humor bloggers of 2009 by Bloggerschoiceawards, and her YouTube channel has been uploaded over 17,000 times.
Squidalicious - Live from the San Francisco Bay Area, Shannon Des Roches Rosa, AKA Squid Rosenberg, writes about her son Leo who is an awesome 10-year-old with autism. Having been writing about autism and parenting since 2003, Shannon is not only practically a veteran of the mom blog world, but also a hilarious, compelling (self-described) "happy science-loving liberal geek" who followers describe as "spot on about autism."
Early Mama - Michelle Horton had a baby at 22, and she admits that having a baby at a younger age (either planned or unexpected) is different in many ways. For one, you might have to lie about your age. But she writes about how the experience of being a mom a little bit younger than "expected" doesn't necessarily make you a slut or incompetent as a parent. To that we can only say, "Amen!"
The Bloggess - Jenny Lawson is a hilarious, "weird and snarky" wordsmith and mom to 5-year-old Hailey and wife to hubby Victor. She started her blog because she needed a place to say the "f word and talk about ninjas." Oh, also, she writes a column called "Ill-Advised" for us here at The Stir! Warning: If you aren't already hooked, you will be.
nie nie dialogues - Utah native Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson, also known as Nie Nie, was in an almost fatal plane crash and today inspires a huge following through her blog about life, "one sweet husband," and of course, her "four happy children."
Finslippy - From her new book Let's Panic About Babies! to her nonfiction and fiction pieces and, of course, her blog, writer and Brooklynite Alice Bradley is everywhere! And that's an awesome thing, because her followers agree that she writes as if she's listening to the voices in their heads, makes them laugh out loud, and her posts even serve as a "really funny form of birth control."
a little pregnant - Julie Robichaux started her blog during her first IVF cycle, and continues it after having gone through an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, a complicated third pregnancy, and the birth of her son Charlie 10 weeks premature. Her "highly opinionated account" of her personal experiences has earned her a passionate, supportive following.
Mom-101 - As Liz Gumbinner admits in her tagline, she doesn't know what she's doing either. And that's a comfort for a lot of fellow moms to read. In her previous life, she was a Mad Woman, aka writer working in advertising. Today, it seems her talents are better served as she writes hilarious personal essays and journal entries about motherhood and parenting.
Mighty Girl - Maggie Mason is a magazine editor turned power blogger! She was recently nominated for a SxSW Lifetime Achievement Award, and she was named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 50 Influencers by Now Public.
#FreeAnissa - Anissa Mayhew writes that she "got married, had three kids, had a stroke, had a toddler with cancer, started a blog, then had more strokes, and became inspirational ... You may not be able to tell from there, but I am totally rolling my eyes. *snort*" Understandably, it's this dry sense of humor that has won her lots of reader love.
What blog has forever changed how you think of moms?
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