Mainstream Media's Bias Against Mom Bloggers
A recent article in The New York Times has the mom blogger community in an outrage. The article titled Honey, Don’t Bother Me. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand is being criticized by many as being another attempt by media to marginalize the mom blogger industry.
The article draws attention to a popular all day conference called Bloggy Bootie Camp that took place this month where 90 percent of the attendees were mothers. They paid $89 and many traveled across the country to take place in the sold out first part of five-day tour to learn how to take their blogs to a higher level. All in the hopes of generating ad revenue, sponsorships, or parlaying their skills into paid journalism or marketing gigs. A sample excerpt from the piece, shows why many mom bloggers are viewing the remarks as smug and snarky:
Heed the speaker’s advice, and you, too, might get 28,549 views of your tutu-making tutorial! Whereas so-called mommy blogs were once little more than glorified electronic scrapbooks, a place to share the latest pictures of little Aidan and Ava with Great-Aunt Sylvia in Omaha, they have more recently evolved into a cultural force to be reckoned with.
Mom 2.0 Empire Builder, Kelby Carr wrote a great discourse about this article on her site www.KelbyCarr.com. She remarks, “Why is it so shocking that moms would discuss something besides parenting? How ridiculous. Why was this even in the Style section? If it were a tech conference for men the tone would be entirely different. It would go in business. It would not mention minivans. And I won’t even get into “glorified electronic scrapbooks.” I know many moms who have blogged about topics such as business and social media and politics for years that go well beyond that little dig. Yes, mom blogging is an industry." Read more about why mom bloggers get marginalized on Kelby Carr’s site www.KelbyCarr.com.
On the blog Mom-101, Liz Gumbinner writes "I'm afraid that in our ADD world, most readers won't get much past the opening snark, which continues to affirm all the negativity surrounding the word mommyblog. In other words, more silly mommies and their silly "expensive hobby."
See also: Comment #21 at Lisa Belkin's Motherlode Blog at the NYT about the article, from "Dee" who has it alllll figured out:
"Nature abhors a vacuum, so these people fill up their lives with each other- telling each other how special their everyday thoughts and actions - and kids - are. And they are lonely at home with the kiddies...There is something pathetic about the clingy, needy plea for attention and affirmation. God help the teachers when the offspring of these bloggers get to school."
(I always love those anonymous blog commenters who imply bloggers should get a life while uh, commenting anonymously on blogs.)".