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
You’ve heard about white trash mamas, geek mothers, Silicon Valley moms and alpha moms, but we now present you with hardcore motherhood. We’re not sure where the extreme sports vibe in the font and masthead came from, but we do know that part of Mother Goose Mouse’s claim to hardcore momdom comes not only from her atheist libertarian bent but also from her time at the Pentagon, where she managed nuclear command and control projects. In keeping with this unique p.o.v., Julie Marsh found that what she loved most while blogging at Mother Goose Mouse was the chance to editorialize. So last April she moved her whole operation over to a blog called Mom Slant, less a journal of her family’s life and more an op-ed where she asserts: “I’m speaking for myself.” Whether or not you agree with her views, there are never too many ways to show the media the diversity of mothers’ experiences and what modern parenting looks like.
Read Mom Slant/MotherGoose’s favorite blog posts of 2009 and why she loved them:
“A discussion of the objections to President Obama’s address to public school children and the disrespect shown by citizens toward presidents of the other political party.”
“A discussion of the public’s perceptions of atheists and how my family is coming to terms with those prejudices, particularly in the socially conservative area where we reside.”
“I wrote a series of posts on the state of America’s health, pointing out rising concerns (such as obesity and Type-2 diabetes) and some of the root causes (including fast food, HFCS, and a continued resistance to exercise). The series also covers the public health impact, particularly as it relates to federally funded healthcare, and the irony of our panic over BPA and phthalates and lead and mercury while we steadfastly dismiss basic principles of a healthy lifestyle.”