Wisdom from Mom Bloggers: What Surprised You the Most About Blogging?Babble Editors
When they’re sharing their daily parenting happenings (and mishaps!) with the online universe, it would seem that there’s little that could be said or done to surprise these fearless mom bloggers. Au contraire. We asked our Top 100 Mom Bloggers what they never expected to experience while blogging, and they had quite a lot to share. From trolls and ignorant readers, to the diversity and friendships they’d develop — it looks like mom blogging is full of more twists and turns than we may have realized. Find out what surprised them the most, after the jump!
The social good 1 of 20The difference a group of women can make. When mom bloggers believe in a cause, it's amazing how fast their message can spread and impact those who are in need of help and kindness. The domino effect blows me away every time. And makes me proud to be part of such a group.
— Elizabeth Jayne Liu, Flourish in Progress
How little writing is involved 2 of 20How much it can morph into very little actual WRITING and a lot of "other." Between keeping up with my friends via email, Twitter and FB, responding to comments, and emailing sponsors — I spend more than half my "blogging" time not actually blogging.
— Meagan Francis, The Happiest Mom
The greed 3 of 20Honestly, I was and continue to be surprised that moms think they should start a blog to get free stuff. I'm so embarrassed for them.
— Kelly Wickham, Mocha Momma
The community 4 of 20I was surprised that I would find so many like-minded parents online. I didn't have many friend with kids in real life, and I didn't know if people were going to think I was a monster when I wrote some pretty honest feelings about parenthood. Turns out our generation is comfortable exploring the gray areas of having kids, and the community around my writing is incredibly supportive.
— Heather Armstrong, Dooce
My readers 5 of 20That anyone actually wanted to read my nonsense.
— Joslyn Gray, Stark Raving Mad Mommy
My honesty 6 of 20I am surprised how honest I can be on the Internet. I am surprised how long these stories stick around. I am surprised that other people get things out of what I write.
— Sarah Braesch, Sarah and the Goon Squad
The “fan” mail 7 of 20How much information people would send me, so that I became a sort of clearing house for stories of crazy parenting, regulations, myths, and media from all over the world.
— Lenore Skenazy, Free-range Kids
The ignorance 8 of 20That so many people dismiss it without even having read a good mom blog because they assume millions of women are complaining about diapers or something.
— Eden M. Kennedy, Fussy
How meaningful it would become 9 of 20That it would become something I couldn't do without. That it would become my ME place, where I can push the words out onto the screen and an echo comes back.
— Sara Sophia, Love, Sara Sophia
The trolls 10 of 20How mean women can be to each other when we're all in this together.
— Casey Mullins, Moosh in Indy
Everything 11 of 20I had no idea what to expect. I actually thought I was writing a column, and then I realized the difference. A journalism degree did not prepare me to find my blogging voice.
— Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess
The talent I’m surrounded by 12 of 20How much talent is out there — the bloggers who are politically active, photographers, artists, chefs, activists, authors ... it's astounding, really.
— Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks
How far it’s come 13 of 20I'm surprised how much mom blogging has changed since I began. Six years ago it wasn't something that people earned a living from doing, but now, so many opportunities come the way of bloggers. If you would have told me almost six years ago that I'd be earning an income online because of the silly little blog I started to write about poop and silly arguments with my husband, I would have thought you were nuts.
— Jennifer Doyle, Playgroups Are No Place for Children
The competition 14 of 20The competitive nature. The nasty things that can fly around. I refuse them, though. We are all flawed. We are all broken. I like patching each other up. I like muses and shit. I like love — but also — the love. The love surprised me too. It's all balanced.
— Amy Turn Sharp, Amy Turn Sharp
The diversity 15 of 20The diversity of voices and opinions, and how thoughtfully they are expressed and represented.
— Kristen Chase, Motherhood Uncensored
The paperwork 16 of 20I've been surprised by how much administration it requires. My inbox is a scary place. When I first got reader mail, I loved being able to respond and engage. Now, I've had to set boundaries with my time and can't always return every email. That has been disappointing, but necessary.
— Kristen Howerton, Rage Against the Minivan
How it’s grown 17 of 20Its power, its magnitude, its growth. It started as a way for moms to bond over a series of shared experiences — to find common ground as they struggled, flourished, grew, and muddled their way through parenting. And now, "mom blogging" is its own entity. It is recognized by brands and the media as a force. It often carries a negative connotation. And yet, at its core, it is still so lovely — it is still a way for one woman to reach out to another and say, "I understand."
- Danielle Smith, Extraordinary Mommy
The range of opinions 18 of 20The support and judgment in regard to parenting-related topics was equally surprising. I didn't know the decision not to breastfeed was controversial. I had no idea epidurals and C-sections and co-sleeping were hot topics.
— Monica Bielanko, The Girl Who
I still have things to share 19 of 20The thing that surprises me most about my blogging is that 4 years after I started, I'm still at it and haven't run out of things to share. I'm also surprised by how much I still love learning about the latest and greatest thing being developed — whether it's a social network, app, gadget, or security measure to keep our kids safe online or on mobile devices.
— Leticia Barr, Tech-savvy Mama
Their moves 20 of 20How filthy most of them are on the dance floor.
— Kate Inglis, Sweet Salty
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