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Are you a momblogger? An aspiring momblogger?

My friend Sarah Bryden-Brown (who also happens to be the VP for Content and Community here at Babble.com) has just launched what I think is a rather brilliant project.

Sarah is an active supporter and fan of those of us known as “mommybloggers,” and she is writing a book, to be called “Momoir,” in which she will explore the huge cultural, literary and economic influence now wielded by the mommyblogger ecosystem. While flashier social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter currently get more attention, mommyblogs continue to flourish and gain new readers.

(Sidenote: In googling “momoir” for this blog post, I found out that Wordspy credits me with the earliest published use of the word, in a piece I wrote for Salon about GenX parents, back in 2003. I had no idea.)

In addition to exploring the larger issues related to mommyblogging, Sarah will also be doing personal interviews with quite a few mommybloggers (including me! I am so excited to be part of this.) about our blogging, how we got started, what we do to build audience, advice we have for bloggers just getting started, etc, etc

As part of her “Momoir” project, Sarah is launching a blog and Facebook community of her own. She wants to build an audience from scratch as she writes the book so that she can better understand the process. I think this is a really interesting approach. (I told Sarah that it sounds a bit like that Seinfeld episode with the coffee table book written about …coffee tables ;-) )

Sarah’s Momoir project is going to be a Big Deal, both because of her professional status in the online parenting category, as well as her skills in putting the story together. No one has yet written the definitive book on the culture and economics of the mommyblogging “industry,” but that’s exactly what “Momoir” will be.

If you want to get involved with the Momoir project, and become part of the community, please head over to the brand new Momoir Facebook page, and become a fan. Join the conversation, talk to Sarah about your own blogging experiences, and meet a lot of other great women writers. The Facebook page has already taken off, with some top bloggers chatting with newbies, and a lot of great advice and support being offered all around.

So are you a blogger? Share your blog link and a little about why you blog in the comments below. I love discovering new blogs! And if you’ve been thinking of starting a blog but haven’t yet, what’s holding you back?


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