But some of it is so good. Some of it is so, so good.
For me the landcape of parenting changed the day I started blogging. I found a community to support, validate, and sometimes enrage me. Blogging is something you can do with a baby on your lap that lets you think and be creative and share and get ideas.
Amidst the nursery designs (inspiring), the breast vs. bottle debate (informative) and list after list promoting “me time” are some true gems in the form of blog posts. Babble is planning to publish some of the web’s best writing on parenting. Please submit something! Here are some of my life-changing favorites.
My sister’s post on mothering is so beautiful and so helpful that I think it should be required reading for all moms. You’ll see she mentions me in her post and I’m the first to comment. We live in different states but we can still share ideas and be in touch through blogging—Keeping in touch with my sisters was one of the reasons I started blogging in the first place. Her post exemplifies this blogging community that I’m talking about.
One of the first characters I got to know when I started blogging for Babble was Buzz Bishop. You know him as Dadcamp. Love him or hate him, his in-your-face style gets everyone thinking and talking about issues he cares about. Dadcamp’s post about not taking his kids to church stuck a chord with me because I think differently from Buzz on this.
Buzz’s post was the impetus for me to write my post, How Going to Church Helps Me Raise My Kids. It went live during the 2012 campaign when there was a lot of focus on Mormons. I don’t blog openly about my faith that often. But I wanted to be a part of this conversation. I felt I had something to add. I’m proud of this post, but what I’m most proud of is how this conversation happened online. It was civil, productive, and well-mannered all around. Buzz responded to my post with more details about his beliefs. We’re not ending war in the Middle East over here at Babble, but our exchange about faith and beliefs is a good example of civil discourse.
Another post worth mentioning (and nominating!) is Monica Bielanko’s The Best Advice I’ve Received About Parenting. I think about this post every day. At first I was bummed because she’s only giving us 3 tips. (More tips! I want at least a dozen!) But when I read the tips I was so glad it was pared down because it gave me a simple take-away to keep in mind while interacting with my children. Can you imagine writing something that enters the audience’s psyche and actually effects the way they interact in their most private sphere of life—With their children? That’s mommy blogging.
Hands down, Black Hockey Jesus is one of the best writers at Babble. His posts are gems. Here’s a sample of his thoughtful writing about his kids.
But Babble doesn’t have a corner on thoughtful writing from dads. Check out this post from my friend Patrick. He is the father of 2 young children. He writes about them beautifully and hilariously. (Which is not easy, by the way.)
Well, my love note to mommy blogging can’t go on forever. But there’s every indication that mommy blogging itself will go on forever. Thank goodness. There’s only so much you can do with a baby on your knee!
Don’t forget to nominate a blog post. Your favorite blogger deserves a little recognition. And yes, Dadcamp, you can nominate yourself.