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Wisdom from Mom Bloggers: What’s the One Blog Post You Regret?

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We’ve all said things that we regret, wished we could take back a snide comment that just slipped out, or asked ourselves why we posted that embarrassing picture of our best friend on Facebook — and bloggers are no different. Occasionally they slip up and post things that they’d really rather forget about. In order to learn from their mistakes, we asked our Top 100 Mom Bloggers what one post they regret publishing. From making the mistake of blogging while angry to airing their family’s dirty laundry in public, check out their biggest blog mistakes below. — Erin Lebar

  • Classic Poop Humor 1 of 15
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    I wrote about the day my mother-in-law accidentally pooped on my floor. It was hysterical. But, sometimes I still cringe thinking that I wrote that. Sometimes.
    — Brittany Gibbons, Brittany, Herself

  • A Hairy Issue 2 of 15
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    During my first few months of blogging, I wrote a jokey post about how badly my kids needed haircuts and I used the word "ha-ir-y" in the title (even now, I am hesitant to spell it out). I started getting hits on the post from perverts, and it was a startling awakening. I deleted that post and learned to be a lot more conscientious about titles and words I used in posts.
    — Ellen Seidman, Love That Max

  • Consent Is Key 3 of 15
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    There was one blog post that I wrote about my teen son that I pulled back and deleted after someone left a comment telling me he sounded like a lazy teenager who had not been parented in the ways of adult responsibility. Since then, I write what I feel safe writing. I am the mother of three boys and I run my posts past my children now whenever I write about them. It's what I'd want someone to do for me, and I show the same respect for my husband. To put them online gives them an online life, and I have to have their permission for that.
    — Alexandra Rosas, Good Day, Regular People

  • It’s All About Context 4 of 15
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    One of the first posts I wrote that got any attention was about early mom blogging. While I never meant to cause friction, I naively used the word "cliques," which made my post sound "us-and-them" — and that was the last thing I intended. I found out later I had hurt some feelings. I had the chance to apologize directly to the people who I had hurt, and to better explain my intentions for the post. All was well (and the people in question were incredibly gracious), but I learned an important lesson about context and community.
    — Asha Dornfest, Parent Hacks

  • A Rage-filled Rant 5 of 15
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    I regret a post telling off an ex-friend of mine. Some things are better left off the Internet.
    — Jill Smokler, Scary Mommy

  • Not Exactly PC 6 of 15
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    I once posted some digital art I had created of a Native American girl. I didn't have any intention of offending anyone, but I did. I still get a lot of fuss over it today, and I really wish I never posted anything.
    — Jess Craig, IROCKSOWHAT

  • Think Outside the Box 7 of 15
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    Anything in which I exposed myself too much and made people put me in a box. That's never fun because it doesn't allow for complexity or layers of my personality. I can't think of anything specific, but if you take a stand on something and then your views are in a grey area, you get called on it.
    — Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma

  • Blogger Bashing 8 of 15
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    This question stings because there is one post that I just hate myself for to this day. I've taken it down since, but it was a post where I blatantly made fun of another blogger. I know, not my best moment in life or online. I had all sorts of excuses for it at the time, but it was a terrible thing to do, no matter the reason.
    — Jill Krause, Baby Rabies

  • Spousal Spats 9 of 15
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    I have many blog posts I wish I'd never published, all having to do with arguments with my husband. I regret breaking a level of trust with him and airing our dirty laundry in public.
    — Jennifer Doyle, Playgroups Are No Place for Children

  • Blogging Under the Influence 10 of 15
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    I published an angry blog post about my husband's best friend's wife! Oh yes, I did. You won't find it if you look though because I took it down. Even though she acted like a beast toward my son, it's never a good idea to blog when angry. It's like the equivalent of drunk dialing!
    — Jillian Lauren, Jillian Lauren

  • Keep Things Light 11 of 15
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    Almost all of the posts where I attempted to be deep and reflective instead of being myself. It's not fun to write when you're trying too hard.
    — Jennifer Palis High Heels and Dirty Dishes

  • Worth a Thousand Words 12 of 15
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    It would probably be my first week-by-week pregnancy post. It had great content that I'm glad I captured, but the photo of myself is embarrassing.
    — Caroline Edwards, Chocolate and Carrots

  • Teenage Rage 13 of 15
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    I wrote about the time that my teenage daughter called me a bitch. It's not so much that I wish I never published it, it's more that I wish she'd never read it.
    — Marinka, Motherhood in NYC

  • Mean Mommy 14 of 15
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    Probably the one about how I was a horrible parent at 4 a.m. with no patience for my kids. Though I know we've all been there — and though I know that 99% of the time I'm pretty patient and loving if my kids wake up in the middle of the night — it's still hard to go back and look at how mean I was to my kids. The truth is, no one is perfect. No one can be the best parent with little sleep. Part of putting that blog post out there is part of showing that we're all imperfect and it's nothing to be ashamed of.
    — Hayley Krischer, Femamom

  • Innocent Until Proven Guilty 15 of 15
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    What?! I thought I deleted that! How did you find it?! Who have you been talking to?! I was never formally charged in regards to that incident.
    — Kristine Cook, Wait in the Van

 

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