I never really thought of myself as a Mommy Blogger, until I looked into a little and realised that if you have at least one child and have contributed to a blog in the last 30 days, that is exacty what you are. Well if that’s the case I better write a blog about being a mom, or at least my experiences of living in a crazy household with two small mini-me’s, their daddy, our staff and a cat. One day.
Apparently the average Mommy Blogger is 37 years old and in America there are millions of them. In fact 14% of mothers in the US blog and more and more mothers are turning to the advice of blogging moms to not only help them solve their family dramas and answer their questions, but also so they can relate to typical battles between mother and child or overwhelming joy their children brings them. You can read a ton of mommy blogs telling you all about their little angels, strict routines, the balancing act they are constantly playing out in their day to day lives, meals they make, crafts and playtime, illnesses and remedies and the list goes on.
Maybe you wouldn’t typically call yourself a Mommy Blogger either. Most Mommy Bloggers don’t only write about motherhood and the experiences that go with it, a lot of these women write and contribute to a lot of other categories, from running their own businesses to wildlife conservation and may only spend a small precentage of their time blogging about their mommy life. Some seem to think the term is a bit degrading, although how being a mom can be a downgrade is beyond me. According to a recent article from WSJ.com there are 12 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, 11 of which are mothers, however they are not referred to as Mommy CEO’s are they? I guess there are very few real Mommy Bloggers out there, as most would struggle to only blog on being a mom, that would be more like an online journal and nobody is going to follow that.
Which leaves me wondering where are all the Mommy Bloggers in Zimbabwe? Surely there must be a significant amount of mothers who enjoy expressing, not only how they deal with the ordinary pressures of motherhood, but also the extra ones we have to face here, like bottle warming with no electricty, or bath time with no water? Maybe there are some who can give us a few wise words on when you start teaching your child to haggle with vendors, or some more traditional values like sharing and respect for elders that is so apparent in the Shona culture.
As always, for me it’s about the variety in life, so I will never stick to Mommy Blogging alone, but if I do get the opportunity to share about my beautful kids, whilst boring and overdosing you on my other random notings, then I probably will because I am a proud Mom too.