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New Trend: Wife-Blogging

A growing crop of young women are taking up the narrative of marriage on their blogs. Some are mothers, some are not. Some are not even  married, just fascinated by the concept.

What they have in common is a focus on being a wife and homemaker. They’re pushing buttons for women who resent being defined by their marriages, and finding an audience in those who revel in these roles.

Some of the women writing wife-blogs don’t even have husbands. Tara Cox is a 26-year-old who writes an idealized blog about wifedom with tips on how to iron a newspaper and make your own cocktail dresses. She’s not married and never has been. She doesn’t even have a serious boyfriend. As the only daughter of a single mom, she’s never even had a close-up view of a marriage.

This probably explains how she can have such a rosy view of matrimony. For those of us living in the trenches, cute wifey details like ironing a newspaper tend to fall behind real-life challenges like finding the newspaper. Or the iron, for that matter.

I blog about my kids, but I sure don’t blog about being the perfect mom. Most of my stuff is about being imperfect and kind of OK in spite of it. I’m a wife and homemaker too, of course, but I find myself with a lot less to say about those aspects of my life.

Blogging about my kids is a way to put my head back together after the intensity of spending a day parenting them. I get to be an adult again for a few hours at the end of the day.

When my husband inspires me to engage in some special adult behavior, let’s just say I’m not inclined to put it on the Internet.

Would you read a blog about being the perfect wife? Or write one?

Photo: Melissa Anne Barrett

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