The top 100 mom blogs of 2011
Pulling together a list of mom blogs is no easy feat, even before you get to the part about making it a list of the 100 top mom blogs. After all, there are millions of mom blogs out there, so even sorting through a decent portion of them to find the really good ones is a lot of work.
We did that work.
First, we asked a diverse group of parent bloggers to come up with lists of their own favorite blogs, and the blogs they felt weren’t getting the attention they deserved. At the same time, our editors reviewed the nomination section from last year’s Top 50 list, and identified some awesome blogs from the recommendations of the community. Then, when we had a good long list of very worthy mom blogs, we had an expert panel (below) review the list, add some suggestions of their own, and rank them all within the following categories: best overall, best writing, best design, most controversial, most confessional, and most useful.
A list like this is, by necessity, exclusive, and we’ve almost certainly left out some deserving bloggers. Let us know who you think we missed at our nominations page (coming soon). We also separated out independent group blogs (blogs, written by a team and/or that employ groups of writers, that brand themselves as group sites) and will publish a separate list of these. This latter effort was sometimes difficult; we included some couples/duos on the main list, as we’ve done in the past. We also left out blogs that only exist on Babble, like Eating Over The Sink, with Samantha Bee and Allana Harkin, and More Stories About Some Kid, with Joel Stein and Cassandra Barry. We did, however, include bloggers who have relationships with Babble, because, well, that’s a lot of bloggers, and to exclude would mean that the list would thin out tremendously and be a lot less authoritative. How could we publish a list that didn’t include Rebecca Woolf and Amy Storch and Gabby Blair and Karen Walrond? We couldn’t, so we didn’t.
Doug French is a writer, single dad, and Babble Voices blogger who has written his personal blog, Laid-Off Dad, since June 2003. He is also co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Huffington Post, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he made the still-curious decision to create When the Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two young sons recently moved from Manhattan to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it is de rigueur to “go blue.”
Katie Allison Granju is the married mom of five children ranging in age from one to twenty years old. She blogs at Mamapundit.com, which was named one of Babble’s Top 50 blogs for 2010, and at Babble Voices, and was recently named by Working Mother Magazine as one the “15 Most Powerful Moms in Social Media.” After losing her oldest son to drug overdose in 2010, Katie founded Henry’s Fund, an innovative non-profit which helps pay the direct costs of addiction treatment for teenagers.
In previous lives, Babble’s Deputy Editor, Mira Jacob, was the parenting editor at Yahoo! Shine, the Editorial Director at Lime.com, a writer for VH-1′s Pop-Up Video, the author of Kenneth Cole’s Footnotes and Dan Savage’s research monkey. These days, she runs Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, gets way too competitive in Scrabble, and likes fiction to the point where she doesn’t mind being lied to, as long as it’s entertaining. She is currently raising a toddler with a mustache.
Barbara Jones is a seasoned marketing executive in the entertainment industry and a sought-after speaker and consultant on marketing, social media and word of mouth marketing involving women and moms. She’s the founder of Intuition Marketing and One2One Network, a national network of socially-connected women, including moms who blog. Barbara happily works in the NYC-Tri-State Area but dreams of the mountains in the West to satisfy her annual snowboarding fix. She and her husband have three children and five Macs.
Babble’s Director of Content, Jack Murnighan, is a devoted dad of two boys. He also happened to engender, among others, the book Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits, a guide to enjoying the classics no parent has time for.
John Cave Osborne is a freelance writer and author of the eponymous blog, John Cave Osborne. His work has appeared on such sites as Yahoo! Shine and the Huffington Post, and he maintains the blog JCO Multiplied at Babble Voices. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him.
Danielle Wiley is the founder of Sway Group, an exclusive agency that represents social media influencers. In addition to her work at Sway Group, Danielle also maintains a foodie/mom blog at www.foodmomiac.com, is a contributor to Babble’s MomCrunch, and is a newfound, passionate convert to Fletcher Pilates and long distance running. She is a graduate of Vassar College and currently lives in the Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago with her husband and two children.