You’re down and out, in a slump, with nowhere to turn and no hope in sight. But then you discover that you’re not alone; someone else has been right where you are now. Through their story you find the strength, the sympathy, or the skills you need to get back on your feet, and perhaps the inspiration to tell your own story. Connecting with others in this intimate and immediate way is one of the core beauties of blogging. It seems unbelievable that a tiny piece of writing by a total stranger has the power to change your life, but it really does — as our Top 100 Mom Bloggers attest to again and again.
We asked them to tell us the one inspirational blog post — written by themselves or a fellow blogger — that changed their lives. Their responses are as enlightening for bloggers as they are inspiring for the rest of us. Listen in! — Max Minckler
Fighting for special needs kids 1 of 10
I once did an experiment on Twitter where I tweeted at people who were using the hash tag "retard," a word that is demeaning to kids like my son who have an intellectual disability. I got some heartening responses and some nasty ones. I detailed my experiences in the post "If You Ask People Not to Use the Word Retard" and got hundreds of supportive comments — along with more nasty ones. I've always been Max's cheerleader, but that post seriously strengthened my resolve to continue to speak out for him as best as I can to help make the world a more welcoming place for him and other kids with special needs.
— Ellen Seidman, Love That Max
No one is troll-proof 2 of 10
I once wrote a post about hiring a cleaning service that got over 200 comments, many of them nasty. It was the first time I realized that no matter how kind and balanced I try to be, I am not troll-proof. It also urged me to be a lot less accepting of people coming into my online "home" and being abusive!
— Meagan Francis, The Happiest Mom
Letting your kids really LIVE 3 of 10
Reclaiming my power 4 of 10
For a long time, I gave my power away to people in relationships and friendships, which left me feeling incapable and embarrassed. I wrote a post about taking back my power, and while I was nervous about posting it, I'm so glad that I did. I was shocked by how many women had felt the same way at some point in their lives, and it gave me the courage to own my imperfections and embrace my mistakes.
— Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
How far I’ve come 5 of 10
This is a tough call, but I'd probably say my blog post "My Journey Through Depression." I wrote about it on a short-lived blog that I once contributed to, and I decided to publish it again on my personal blog. I often reread it just to remind myself of how far I've come. The women who have reached out to me because of it continue to make me very proud and very glad that I wrote it in the first place.
— Fadra Nally, all.things.fadra.
Confronting race 6 of 10
One post that changed my life after I wrote it was about experiencing racism and talking about my father. It was really the reaction from people who appreciated hearing about it from my point of view, but it also proved to me that these stories need to be more prominent in American storytelling. That gave me the push to talk about race with much more ease.
— Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
Encouragement to get help 7 of 10
Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progress sent me an email asking me to promote her fundraiser Strong Start Day in 2011. For the first time ever, I perused her website, and stumbled upon "The Symptoms of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety (in Plain Mama English)." It was the first time I recognized the signs of postpartum anxiety in myself, and it spurred me to get medical help — talk about life-changing!
— Jill Krause, Baby Rabies
You’re not alone 8 of 10
I wrote about changing my daughter's name when she was 8 months old. To this day, I get tons of emails from parents who don't love their kids' names and want guidance. These moms feel crazy for not loving their child's name, so I am happy to make them feel less crazy.
— Kelcey Kintner, The Mama Bird Diaries
The power of a funny list 9 of 10
My post "10 Reasons Our Parents Had It So Much Easier" was noticed by the editor of The Huffington Post Parents section and led to me becoming a contributor there. The exposure for my blog, not to mention personal pride, has been tremendous. It just goes to show that everybody loves a funny list!
— Amy Wruble, Carriage Before Marriage
Writing without restraint 10 of 10
Writing the post "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is my pick. It was the first post on my blog that got a lot of attention, and it made me start to understand that my readers weren't just entertained by my blog — they were able to relate to my family as well. It really allowed me to write with less restraint.
— Jennifer Palis, High Heels and Dirty Dishes
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