My fellow “mommy bloggers” and I just returned from LA after covering one of the most amazing movie premiere events this season. Yes, we chatted with Hollywood A-Listers, ate delicious food, and enjoy getting glammed up, but the number one priority was doing our job!
Why am I sharing this? Well, I came home today after an amazing trip for mom bloggers, and read an AWFUL article by the Wall Street Journal entitled “The Mommy Business Trip.” This article describes mom bloggers and the conferences we attend each year as part of our business as mommy spring break! (I use “describes” very loosely)
The author, Katherine Rosman, equates blogging conferences that focus around women as one step above the spring breaks we all used to love when we were in college. There is even an amazingly distasteful graphic depicting mom bloggers sleeping in, raiding mini bars, and acting like mommy bloggers gone wild.
The irony of this article is that on our way home some of my mom blog friends and I were talking about just this subject. Why is it that so many outlets seem to use “mommy blogger” as a bad word? So many wonderful public relations firms seem to realize the passion and drive behind women whom blog, while others seem to think we are a group of women that have no lives or ideas outside of our children or families. To some it seems that we use blogging as a way to get free swag, trips, and attention.
Because of this connotation I didn’t like identifying myself with the “mommy blogger” title. Crunchy Frugalista is an amazing community that I have spent thousands of hours writing, researching, networking, and building up over the last few years. It’s not just some whim for my family and I to get free swag. Yes, I consider it my fourth child, but that’s because each and every day I give birth to the inspiration and ideas that grace the pages of this community.
Yes, I am a mother. Yes, I am a blogger, and neither of those should be looked upon as a bad thing. Because I work from home, I am excellent in time management, priorities, goal setting among a slew of other skills that would be highly praised in the corporate world.
Through meeting other amazing women, I have been able to develop my networking skills and have built a powerful network of friends of talented women. This networking has made my community, my business, stronger and stronger every day. If I were a man with my own business, this would be considered a shrewd business skill. Why is it because I am a woman and have children that I am discounted as a mini bar raider and a mooch looking for a free vacation away from my kids?
The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed of themselves, as a top business periodical, pushing stereotypes and making insinuations that are judgemental and not true.
This “mommy blogger” is 100% PROUD to accept the title of mom blogger and am thankful every day for the amazing opportunities that I have created for myself and my family that the corporate world could not offer me. We are a strong, powerful business and marketing force that should be praised for our ingenuity and our perseverance despite extremely busy lives. Shame on you Wall Street Journal for inaccurately portraying an amazingly talented population of women, and I hope that you are never in need of our services one day as you don’t deserve the talent that we possess.
Mom Bloggers Out There: How Do You Feel About this Article? Women Readers: What Do You Think About Moms Being Discounted by WSJ?
As a matter of principle, I am not linking back to the Wall Street Journal. Feel free to Google the title if you would like to read it for reference.