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
Mir Kamin is living the mommy blogger dream. After working as a nanny, software engineer, technical writer, mortgage broker and “marketing drone,” she’s now paying the bills through blogging and appearing on the Today show’s round-up of “famous mommy bloggers”.
It makes sense that Kamin’s initial motivation for writing was that “blogging is cheaper than therapy” since Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, sums up the feeling of regret that once overpowered her. You’ll find a lots of cathartic posts as Kamin struggled through divorce, single parenthood, job loss, her hysterectomy and remarriage. According to Redbook and thousands of her readers, her triumph over these potentially life-shattering events made her one of their six most inspiring female bloggers in August 2008. She’s had plenty of other nods from the press, and we’ve enjoyed her work on Babble and in Sleep Is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers. Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda is firmly centered on the ups and downs of Kamin and her family’s life. There are no advice takeaways or easy guides here, but her fluid writing and self-awareness have made her blog a compelling read since its inception in 2004.
Read Mir Kamin’s favorite blog posts of 2009 and why she loved them:
“In which I go to a sex toy party and discover that apparently I’m a lot more uptight than I’d ever realized.”
“In which my son is officially diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and it really is okay.”
“In which dewy young PR students tell me how to improve my blog’s performance.”
Her Bad Mother’s motto “bad is the new good” is a familiar one by now, but it is the passion with which Catherine Connors exerts her claim…
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor isn’t just another mommy blogger reporting from the field. She has penned several momoirs including…
In Heather Armstrong ‘s words, “The chaos in our house is unreal.” On Dooce, Armstrong channels that through brutally honest, sardonic blog posts…
Blogluxe rated Nie Nie Dialogues the most inspiring of 2009 and Oprah shared her story with millions, but Stephanie Nielson had a devout…
Finslippy’s lengthy, well-written posts on life with her husband Scott and son Henry have earned her a large, loyal fan-base…
According to New York Times editorial columnist David Brooks and Time magazine, Rebecca Woolf of Girl’s Gone Child is smack in the center…
Liz Thompson is like your friendly next-door neighbor who’s just invited you over for a cup of joe — in her seven-rooms-total-for-six-people-house…
Her daughter Paige’s 15th birthday came as quite a shock to Giyen, the mommy blogger responsible for Bacon Is My Enemy…
Hosted by The Imperfect Parent, Rugrat Reprieve is home to writer Rachael Brownell’s “thoughts and advice on reclaiming a little bit of adult time in our parenting lives…”