What would you do without your daily fix from your favorite mom blog? Whether reading for tried-and-true parenting advice or because you’re in desperate need of a good laugh, these moms sure know their stuff. But what was the inspiration behind their must-read blogs? We asked our 2011 Top 100 Mom Bloggers why they started blogging in the first place. From dreams of writing a book to pure laziness, find out what they told us, after the jump!
To remember the little things 1 of 20I started mom blogging because I wanted to remember all those moments and milestones I was experiencing with my daughter, and I knew I'd forget about most of them if I didn't write them down. I also wanted to give her a pretty solid reason to hate me 20 years later.
- Heather Armstrong, Dooce
Its cheaper than the alternative 2 of 20I was losing my mind and couldn't afford therapy.
- Josyln Gray, Stark Raving Mad Mommy
To replace shopping 3 of 20For my 30th birthday, I decided to give up shopping for a year and blog about it as a way of staying accountable. I realized quickly it was hard to blog about something I wasn't doing, so each week, I gave myself a Monday Dare challenge. I failed a lot. Once, I gave up swearing. It led to drugs. It's a great way to try something outside of my comfort zone on a regular basis.
- Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
To defend my parenting style 4 of 20I wanted to explain that, though I let my 9-year-old ride the subway alone, I'm not a daredevil. I LOVE car seats, helmets, and seat belts. I just don't believe our kids need a security detail every time they leave the home.
- Lenore Skenazy, Free-Range Kids
To fulfill my dreams — of writing a book 5 of 20I woke up one day and thought, "I should write a book." It was a whim, but I Googled â€˜How do I get a book deal?.' According to Google, if I was not a published author, famous, rich, or well-connected — and I was none of those — then I could start a blog to prove I had something to say and people would read it. My desire to write a book quickly faded, but my love of blogging and all things digital remained.
- Alli Worthington, Alli Worthington
My bossiness 6 of 20My husband was planning corporate blogs at GM, and he talked me into it. I think he said something along the lines of: "You are always telling everyone what to do anyway. You might as well take advantage of it."
- Danielle Altshuler Wiley, Foodmomiac
To hold an adult conversation 7 of 20I needed an outlet where I could talk to grown-ups.
- Sarah Braesch, Sarah and the Goon Squad
It was a boob-free way to connect 8 of 20I started blogging primarily as a creative outlet. I felt very isolated and depressed after the birth of my third child, and I needed a way to connect with other people that didn't involve my nipples.
- Iris Beard, The Bearded Iris
To branch out 9 of 20Because of honest-to-goodness loneliness. I live in a small town, and I just wanted to find something that fit and allowed me to write. And here I am.
- Sara Sophia, Love, Sara Sophia
To learn from others 10 of 20I wanted to reach out to parents (both mothers and fathers) in a "let's swap ideas" way with the hope that we could all find surer footing.
- Asha Dornfest, Parent Hacks
So I could slack off 11 of 20Because I'm lazy. When we moved across the country, I didn't want to have to actually call and email everyone updates, so I
started a blog.
- Casey Mullins, Moosh in Indy
For my son 12 of 20I started blogging because I wanted to inspire moms who have kids with special needs. My son, Max, had a stroke at birth that led to cerebral palsy. That first year of his life was the hardest one of my own. I felt grief-stricken, alone, despondent — there weren't many mom blogs 9 years ago. I started blogging when he was 5, and I was in a much better place. I wanted to reach out to other moms of young kids and give them hope, information, and inspiration. I never imagined how much I'd get in return.
- Ellen Seidman, Love that Max
For other moms 13 of 20I hoped that by sharing my own parenting experiences with a sense of humor, I might help another mom who was going through the same challenges I was and wouldn't have those "I can't believe no one told me ..." moments.
- Kristen Chase, Motherhood Uncensored
To flex my writing muscles 14 of 20I wanted to gain the discipline to write for an hour-and-a-half each day during my daughter's naptime. Having a blog and an audience, however small, seemed like a good way to do it.
- Lindsay Ferrier, Suburban Turmoil
To stay together 15 of 20I actually started as a way to keep my English and Trinidadian families connected with our life in Houston. Since then, I don't write much about parenting anymore, but I do write about our life and travels, and it's completely evolved from what it was.
- Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks
To share our adoption 16 of 20I started the blog as a way to update family and friends about our adoption progress. I never imagined that people outside my circle would be reading it someday.
- Kristen Howerton, Rage Against the Minivan
To find a new audience 17 of 20I had stories to tell. And everyone I knew had heard them already.
- Marinka, Motherhood in NYC
My love of writing 18 of 20I started blogging to connect with other mamas and start writing again. I was a non-practicing writer, and it broke my heart every single day. I was writing poems in my mind, practicing prose in my dreams always, but I never had a place after university to put them. My head blew off when I found Heather Armstrong. Love.
- Amy Turn Sharp, Amy Turn Sharp
For my sisters 19 of 20I started blogging so I could write funny things for my sisters to read.
- Kacy Faulconer, Every Day I Write the Book
For my sanity 20 of 20I started blogging because I was positive I was the only new mother on the planet who found motherhood to be exasperating, tiring, majestic, mind-numbing, beautiful, awe-inspiring, and sarcasm-inspiring all at once, and I needed to share.
- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, Baby on Bored
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