I don’t know what sparked me to actually think about the label “mommy blog”, but it has been something that has stuck in my head for a few weeks now. I guess the reason that label has taken up residence in my noggin is because I don’t necessarily like it.
I mean, I did use it the other day to describe a blog Fairy Flutters, but even then I didn’t like using it.
For me, a mommy blog is something I used to read right after my first child was born. It is a blog purely about the trials and triumphs of being a mommy, and documenting the experiences with the kids. These blogs I would use in the early days of my mommy-hood to get ideas, feel a bit better about myself & my child rearing skills, and just seeing that someone else made it through this phase. To be honest, though, I haven’t read a pure “mommy blog” in years. I don’t find them to have many dimensions, and I like dimensions.
This is why when I read women’s blogs, I don’t necessarily think of them as mommy blogs even if they have kids. They have so many dimensions – and being a mom is just one of them. Whether stay-at-home mom or working outside of the home mom, the blogs are all about trying to find the balance between being the mommy, being the wife, being the lover, being the good PTA member, being the good employee, being a good child/sibling, etc. In my mind, the common denominator in all of them is women trying to navigate through life and these various roles they have. And, sharing their experiences along the way, sharing what keeps them up at night, and sharing the successes as well.
These dimensions are what draw me to their blogs time and time again. The occasional stories about the kids are inevitable, I mean, you can’t be a mom (or a dad) and not have them. But the other topics are what keep me going back day after day. I can relate to them.
So what do we call them instead because mommy blog just isn’t do it for me?