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In which i’m not a Babble top Mom Blog

Kevin, Keely and I were out celebrating last night.  What were we celebrating? We were actually celebrating Keely getting a job in Los Angeles but that’s not what this post is about.

 

This post is about the Babble “Top Mom Blog’s of 2012.”  You see, they published their list of the top blogs the other day.

 

Here it is:  http://www.babble.com/mom/top-100-mom-blogs/full-list/

 

As you can see, my name is NOT on this list therefore I am NOT considered a top mom blogger so I thought I’d talk about that.  First of all, what the hell IS a Mom Blogger?  Is it a mom who blogs? Is it a mom who talks about raising children? Children’s issues? Provides helpful information?

 

Or is it simply a blogger who is a mom?  You see, there are a lot of ways to look at it.  For the first time ever, I actually knew quite a few of the bloggers.  Knew as in I’ve actually met and interacted with them.  I’m not going to go into the “analysis” of what I think of the list because I think these types of lists are crap and completely political and subjective.

 

You see, I’m not considered a “mom blog” or am I?  I simply have no idea.  I am a mom.  I mention my kids quite a bit, usually in derision.  I don’t offer any helpful advice on “diaper training” or “eating real food” but I certainly have been through all that already.

 

I tend to talk about my kids in a more generalized way: like how I dealt with emotional issues or how I expected success.  Things like that are more like the types of things I discuss.

 

At dinner I was telling Kevin and Keely something:

Me:                  so the top mom blogs list came out

Kevin:             and?

Me:                  I wasn’t on it

Keely:             did you expect to be?

Me:                  of course not

Kevin:             so what’s your point?

Me:                  I noticed something

Kevin:             I’m always afraid to ask …

Keely:             what?

Me:                  the people that I know on the list work their asses off on their blogs.  They write guest posts and write for online magazines and generally are all over the blogging community.  That seems to be the thing they have in common

Kevin:             so you’re saying that the people who are successful work their asses off on their blogs?

Me:                  exactly!

Kevin:             well Lynn, I hate to break it to you but that is usually true of all professions

And then I pondered that for a while and realized that of course it is.  I suppose I just don’t consider my blog any type of profession.  For me it’s something fun to do.  I suppose if I wanted to become a TOP blogger I’d work at it.

 

But here’s the thing.  I find so many of those blogs THE SAME.  Of course there’s atypical people like “The Bloggess” but the thing about blogging is that so many of these blogs are cute and quippy but their tone is the same, their voice is the same and their writing is the same.

 

It’s not that they’re not good; they’re simply not unique.

 

I suppose that’s the thing about life.  It’s so easy to be one of the many and not one of the few.  I guess I’ll just have to come to terms with the fact that I’ll never be on the Babble Top Mom Blogs list.

 

Oh well, goodbye “dream” that was never actually a dream. Hahahah

 

Lynn

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14 Comments

  1. Mayor Gia
    December 11, 2012

    I don’t know if I’d call you a mom blog, because this blog isn’t solely defined by your motherhood. Hmm… what constitutes a mom blog is tricky. I know some take offense at the “mommy blogger” title, while others seem to embrace it. I dont understand the internets.
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    • Lynn
      December 11, 2012

      You’re gonna love the poem that I’m posting tomorrow

  2. Julie
    December 11, 2012

    Hmm, here I sit at work aimlessly surfing the net and reading blogs. Is that considered working my ass off?

    • Lynn
      December 11, 2012

      Yup

  3. mara
    December 11, 2012

    Really, our blogging world is a bit like high school. There’s different levels, and cliques and the same people go on the lists over and over. You are SO right-those blogs are not unique, and actually, a lot of them are boring. When I read, I want to escape, not see pictures of someone else’s kids. Sometimes I don’t even want to look at my own kids…
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    • Lynn
      December 11, 2012

      Couldn’t agree more…it’s an incestuous little world

  4. Kerry McKay
    December 11, 2012

    I really don’t care if you are on ANY kind of list! I read a few blogs and you are on the top of my list! My favorite list not the other list….Have a great day :)

  5. Kyla@Mommy's Weird
    December 11, 2012

    Wait, blogging is my profession? In that case, I will be getting fired.

  6. Jess
    December 11, 2012

    Wait, Keely got a job in LA?? Holy cow congratulations!

    Yeah…I don’t have kids and pretty much mention them only in reference to OPK (Other People’s Kids) and my awesome new nephew, yet some of the mom-blog-twitterers follow me. It’s odd. Do dogs count as kids? Seriously, today I wrote about depression, yet if I post it on BlogHer I’m labeled a mommy-blogger. Odd.
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    • Lynn
      December 11, 2012

      I think the categories of blogging make no sense

  7. Brooke
    December 11, 2012

    You know, my content is mostly things that would make my husband facepalm and ask what I was thinking. If it’s not forehead-smacking-good, I don’t want to put it up. I have a “mommy blog” out on the internet somewhere, but I do feel like it sounds like every other blogger with kids… so I made my personal blog about *me*, not the kids, and now have a safe place to drop f-bombs. :)

    OH, and for the record? You’re totally on my personal top 10 blogs to read.
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    • Lynn
      December 11, 2012

      Thanks Brooke

  8. Mary Anne
    December 11, 2012

    It’s taken me some time, especially since I’ve been writing a personal blog since June, not to get caught up in all that stuff and write what I know, not what I think people will read. Authentic is not copying. Authentic is staying true to who ou are and not getting caught up in the numbers. Love your pat!

  9. Kristen Daukas
    January 3, 2013

    I didn’t make the list either – not that I expected to but damn if it’s not a goal now. But, I had the same reaction as you on the same old, same old being on these lists. Good God if I have to see Blogess and the other usual suspects on these lists one more time, I might croak. Why don’t they do a “best bloggers you’ve never heard of” for a change. My blog was a “mommy” blog 9 years ago when I started it. Now it’s a life blog IMHO. I’m a mom. With a blog. I’m a human. With a blog. Maybe I should call it a “human blog”.. the possibilities are endless…
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