The top mom bloggers — they make us laugh, they make us cry, and most importantly, they make us feel like we've got allies in this wonderfully weird world of parenting. Our Top 100 list is an annual salute to those who are brave enough to air their best and worst parenting moments, and includes blogosphere staples as well as newcomers. At Babble, we believe that all parents are in the business of raising the next generation together. We've brought people into the world who need us very deeply. And despite the "mommy wars" that hogged headlines this year, we need each other; we need to feel connected to those who are in the trenches with us. Here are the top 100 moms — narrowed down with the help of our esteemed panelists — who remind us that we're not alone. We realize this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the talent, humor, and kindness displayed daily in the blogosphere, and the way things are going, the talent pool of moms is only going to get bigger from here. So if you feel we missed a mom blog you love, please nominate it for consideration on next year’s list. We want this list to reflect your opinions just as much as ours — Christina Couch
Ana L. Flores is co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the blog and online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids, as well as co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. She founded Latina Bloggers Connect in 2010 and found her passion as an entrepreneur and connector. A bicultural and bilingual Latina born in Houston, Ana was raised in El Salvador and lives with her familia in Los Angeles.
Andy Herald and Charlie Capen are two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate being zombie dads. The duo co-founded HowToBeADad.com and appear on Babble’s “Night of the Living Dads,” The Huffington Post, BabyCenter, and lots of delicious websites. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending.
After many years as a seasoned music business marketing executive, Blissful Media Group CEO Barbara Jones felt there was a real opportunity to help brands and agencies harness and guide the power of women and moms online. In 2008, she founded the premier word of mouth and blog network, One2One Network and co-founded the top women’s international social media conferences, BlissDom Events. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant on marketing, social media and word of mouth marketing. She happily works in the NYC Tri-State area but dreams of living in the mountains and snowboarding. She has mastered composing emails on her iPhone from a chairlift without dropping it (yet). Barbara is married and has three kids who inspire her daily.
Tracey Gaughran-Perez is the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture site MamaPop.com, and the Director of Community and Content Strategy for Sway Group.
Catherine Connors is Editor In Chief of Babble (Disney Interactive), the author of HerBadMother.com, and a recovering academic who still believes that, given a tear in the space-time continuum that adds six extra hours to every day, she will write the definitive work on the history of mothers in political thought, and/or a children’s book based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile (not really) (maybe). Her Bad Mother – this blog right here – was named one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs of 2012. Not ‘top mommy blogs;’ top BLOGS. That said, she proudly claims the mantle of MOMMY BLOGGER, not least because, she’s been called worse things.
Cassie Boorn is the Blogger Development Manager at Babble.com, where she works with the editorial and advertising teams to create new revenue streams that support the goals of Babble bloggers. Prior to that, she created digital programs for leading brands including P&G. Cassie’s work has been featured on Forbes, the New York Times and NPR: All Things Considered.
John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as Babble, TLC, YahooShine and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. While he’s name dropping, it’s only fair to point out that Ashton Kutcher tweeted one of John’s YouTube videos, but it may have only been because Ashton felt sorry for him. After all, John went from carefree bachelor to father of four in just 13 months thanks to marrying a single mom then quickly conceiving triplets. Since then, he and his wife have added one more to the mix, a little boy they named Grand Finale. They all live chaotically in Knoxville, Tn with Briggs the dog.
Valerie Isakova is the Parenting editor for Yahoo! Shine and a mother of two who doesn’t know how anyone parented without the Internet. I’m so glad to be sharing this journey with all of you great bloggers, moms and dads, and your adorable offspring. Keep on blogging, and visit us on Yahoo! Shine for the best of the web on all topics parenting.
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