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August 02, 2006

Call me a BlogHer blogger, Mommy Blogger or just call me cool

Coolwomen Do you equate mommyblogging with endless rants about the intricacies of diaper changing? Well, you are not alone, I think about diapers everyday and found that diaper wipes do make excellent LCD cleaners. Changing diapers and all other mundane tasks associated with sherparding an emerging human being does inspire my ideas, and my blogging. But my daily routine of child rearing does NOT define my role as a blogger. Mommybloggers want to be judged by the content of their ideas, not their choice of metaphor. If a mommy bulge does not resonate with you, you can certainty find someone in your life that is touched by it.

What is a mommyblogger anyway? Well, we are female bloggers and completely inspired by BlogHer for organizing our community. We are also lawyers, professional writers, girl geeks, techies and the list goes on. And we are moms, and proud of it. So, call me a female blogger, mommyblogger, mom, or just plain blogger. It just does not matter. What does matter is that we are a force and our voices are being heard. As Susan Hutchison, from the San Jose Mercury News, headlined in her recent article: "Blog world finally gets it: Sisterhood is powerful".

At the BlogHer 06 conference they had a special session called “Mommy Blogging is a Radical Act”. City Mama and BlogHer did a great job of taking notes on the session. Grace Davis commented "..don't be afraid of the term, mommyblogging is ageless". As you can imagine, it was a dynamic group. Here are some important issues discussed:

  • Mommyblogging is a craft that empowers moms in a shared community.
  • There is frustration that the role of caregiver is not considered valuable. Some feel that mommybloggers are being unfairly marginalized and are the recipients of hostility (I won't link to a post that took mommyblogger hostility to a crude new level).
  • Feminism is about choice, not about judging women's choices.

Our prior post listed some of the mommybloggers we talked to at BlogHer. We were also very interested to meet all BlogHer bloggers. Of all the tech conferences I have attended over the years, the BlogHer community was the most impressive and eclectic bunch. As Teri Tith of Purple Women said "There was an unusually high spirit of cooperation and positive energy about the place. People were truly listening to each other, not interrupting, asking thoughtful questions, learning about one another, laughing." Here is a partial list of the interesting bloggers I enjoyed meeting:

Deni Bonet

Adina Levin from Socialtext.com

Silona Bonewald from League of Technical Voters

Megan of Webundance

Jennifer Slegg of JenSense

Maninder Kahlon from Level Playing Field Institute

Iris Rodriguez & Veronica Hernandez from Smashcast 

Megan McMillan

Susan Mernit

Christine Li

Christine Herron

Jody DeVere from AskPatty

Teri Tith from Purple women

The BlogHer fearless leaders: Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort, and Jory Des Jardins

I also would like to mention the amazing speakers from the closing keynote "Look in the mirror and lead": Arianna Huffington, Caroline Little, Mena Trott and Grace Davis".

But I was suprised to read a post from the Schobleizer blog that commited the "s" word (stereotyping):

"…the stereotypes about women are true (they talk about things like mothering, cooking, sewing, and soft stuff like feelings, sex, relationships, along with broader things like books and movies far more often than I usually hear among the male dominated groups I usually find myself in after conferences)."

I find this opinion very confusing because I spent time talking to other women at BlogHer about Web 2.0 technologies and politics. I will look for Rob at the next BlogHer to have a good discussion on Web 2.0 technologies because I don’t cook or sew.

When I had a career in computer security, people always thought it was “cool”. Then when I became a stay at home mom for my delicious three boys, I felt marginalized. Now that I am a mommyblogger, some think I am “cool” again.  So, I am glad some people in Silicon Valley think mommybloggers are cool.  But let’s be real, it is the “women” in the mommyblogger that makes blogging “cool”.