Wisdom from Mom Bloggers: What Does Your Family Think About Your Blog?Babble Editors
Having complete strangers read about your life is one thing … but throw family and friends into that mix, and things can get prickly. This is especially true for those mom bloggers who take the no-holds-barred approach to writing. That’s why we asked our 2011 Top 100 Mom Bloggers what their families think about their blog. From fathers who believe there’s too much talk of vaginas to kids who are more impressed with their mom’s video game skills than her writing, find out what these families’ impressions, after the jump!
They love it … except for the vagina talk 1 of 18At first they didn't understand, and my father cringed each month signing his half of my student loan payments. But now they're ridiculously proud of me. Unless I write about my vagina; then we all just avoid eye contact for a week and pretend it
- Brittany Gibbons, Barefoot Foodie
Ignorance is bliss 2 of 18They ignore it for the most part, as should any living creature.
- Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess
It could be worse 3 of 18They think it keeps me off the streets. They enjoy reading it, knowing that I keep our private stuff private. Fluid Pudding is mostly warm and fluffy, as it should be.
- Angela Reiner Downing, Fluid Pudding
It’s nothing compared to video games 4 of 18My kids are more impressed by my ability to defeat General Grievous in Lego Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Josyln Gray, Stark Raving Mad Mommy
Too many lady parts 5 of 18My dad thinks I talk about my lady parts too much. My mom wants my job. My husband wants me to invent the next Twitter.
- Casey Mullins, Moosh in Indy
Its a piece of humble pie 6 of 18My parents ignore it; my sisters check in occasionally; and my children only see it on Facebook when I provide a link to it. They don't seek it out to read. Basically, they seek to keep me humble.
- Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
They love it 7 of 18We are all a bunch of hams, so this blogging thing is a great fit for the personality of my family.
- Jenny Ingram, Jenny on the Spot
It takes up dinnertime 8 of 18They probably think they'd eat better (or at least earlier) if I worked on it less.
- Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids
If they only knew … 9 of 18Shhhhh — they don't know about it. Well, for the most part, anyway.
- Kristen Chase, Motherhood Uncensored
Its no Facebook 10 of 18The people that live in my house require that I receive their approval before posting anything involving them. My extended family thinks it has something to do with "The Facebook" … or something.
- Laura Mayes, Blog con Queso
Its the elephant in the room 11 of 18We try not to talk about it much. It's like the embarrassing madman chained to the furnace that every family has … oh, like you don't.
- Julie Robichaux, A Little Pregnant
Let the exploitation continue! 12 of 18My husband loves it, although he likes to pre-approve anything embarrassing I write about him. My daughters are too young to feel violated so I plan to exploit that freedom until it runs out, which could be soon.
- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, Baby on Bored
Its a good laugh 13 of 18My kids are just getting old enough to read it. They think it's funny and embarrassing. I exaggerate about how successful my blog is, which makes them very proud.
- Kacy Faulconer, Every Day I Write the Book
Mom clocks in at the computer 14 of 18I think their thoughts range from "Mom puts her writing in the computer" to "Mom has friends who live in her computer" to "The computer is Mom's job." Personally, I think it's all three.
- Sara Sophia, Love, Sara Sophia
It pays the bills 15 of 18Seven years later they're finally coming around. Nobody brings it up much, though, and some people are still pretty derisive about it even though it's how I pay the bills.
- Monica Bielanko, The Girl Who
They have mixed feelings 16 of 18My kids vacillate between "Cool!" and "You aren't allowed to blog about us ever again unless you give us $10 … and those rates are only going up, MOM!" My husband doesn't read my blog. Although as far as I know, he doesn't read any other mom-written blog, either.
- Marinka, Motherhood in NYC
Its the topic of MANY conversations 17 of 18I've heard my dad talk about monetization and traffic with a group of his retired guy friends. My mom has defended my choice to publish photos and stories of my son. My brother reads nearly every word I write … I think they're good with it.
- Jessica Ashley, Sassafrass
Its like Scrabble, right? 18 of 18My youngest thinks I play Scrabble on Facebook all day. My teenager is just starting to read my blog on occasion and thinks it's "pretty cool." My husband and father are both endlessly supportive of my writing.
- Mir Kamin, Woulda Coulda Shoulda
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