Last week brought us the now-infamous New York Times article snarking on mommybloggers. Dozens of mom bloggers weighed in with their own opinions, voices, and research, which PhD in Parenting rounded up.
Finally, mom bloggers got some good press. The Dallas Observer published an article titled “Moms Gone Wired” that explores the ways moms use blogs to connect with each other, learn parenting skills and influence media and corporations.
Writer Alice Laussade describes how she discovered the world of mommyblogs shortly after becoming a mom herself. With wit and grace, she shares her early moments of parenting, trying to figure out how to be a mom, and how to think about herself as a mom.
The story doesn’t stay with the personal, though. Laussade has done her homework. She launches into an analysis of the Nielson ratings for blogs, highlighting a few of the most influential mom blogs out there in categories ranging from the hippie “Mamastes” to the frugal “Savvy Spenders”.
She winds up with a hilarious and thought-provoking look at Dooce’s infamous Maytag Incident. She deftly avoids passing any personal judgment on whether Dooce was right or wrong to use her Twitter powers to demand service from Maytag (hot tip: I think she was right, since I do things like that myself).
Instead of playing the blame game, Laussade focuses on the power Dooce wields, and by extension takes a look at the power women in general gain by being able to participate in a public conversation with the companies that rely on us to buy their products.
It’s a great article, well worth a read. While you’re at it, you can check out some of the great blogs Laussade highlights in her piece.
Photo: Molly Tomlinson
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