BABBLE BEST - MOMMY BLOGGERS
Mommy bloggers make a difference. Sometimes it's their confessional tone that helps you feel like you're not the only one, sometimes their simple honesty puts you at ease, and sometimes they're so funny, you almost snarf your protein shake. There are the bloggers we relate to and there are others we watch like a train wreck, but no matter where we're coming from, we're all part of the same overwhelming, magical situation.
That's why we're dedicating the inaugural Babble Top 50 list to those who know best: moms. Babble staff and contributors compiled our top mommy-blogger picks based on the following criteria: most controversial, funniest, most confessional, best design, most useful and best written (though we left off Babble's own mommy bloggers because, as with our own kids, we couldn't possibly pick a favorite). These are our picks, but we're sure you'll have something to say on the matter, too.
- The Babble Editors
Named a “Power Mom” by the Nielsen Company in 2008 and 2009, Jessica Gottlieb has the #1 Los Angeles blog in the Facebook Network and averages 25,000 unique visitors each month. But popularity alone won’t get you on our list. Through her tag line, “Wife. Writer. Mother. Friend,” Gottlieb asserts that she should be known by her accomplishments and relationships, and not just as “mom” or “mommy blogger.” In the first line of her bio, she writes “women are bright,” an assertion which both puzzled and intrigued us - we weren’t aware that needed saying. Neither sincerity nor sarcasm reign supreme on Gottlieb’s blog; instead she’s crafted a mix of both, whether she’s taking down Ann Coulter, or offering savvy advice for mommy bloggers and lay people in Tech Talk Tuesdays.
We give her further props for her frankness about the mommy blogger industry and about their complicated relationship with the marketing biz. We know most of the mommy bloggers on our list would be psyched if Gottlieb’s rant Mommy Bloggers are not the Indentured Servants of the Marketing World was required reading for PR people.
Read Jessica Gottleib’s favorite blog posts of 2009: