what it means to be a mommy blogger

WARNING:  This is not a usual June Cleaver Nirvana post.  I am not quitting blogging.  I am not having a nervous breakdown.  In fact, it has been a lovely day.  This post is about how my blog has unknowingly turned into a BRAND.  Writing about the fact that my blog has turned into a brand doesn’t fall within my brand. IRONIC, eh?

I read a post earlier today from Jenn over at Mommy Needs Coffee that really made me think.  Her post is about forgiving herself in relation to mommy blogging.

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Mommy blogging is a funny thing.  I think it has allowed me better perspective in the moment, but it has increased my likelihood of crying during a Hallmark commercial due to imposed self-reflection.

It has widened my dreams and exposed me to possibilities that I couldn’t dream.

It has caused me to laugh more and connect like never before.

It has lead to creativity and work.

It has lead to writing practice.

I think it has been great.

I think it has been awful.

I hate that my kids run when I pull out the camera.

I hate that wherever I go or whatever I do has the asterisk of what I will write about it in the back of my mind.*

In most cases that is a self-imposed asterisk.

I hate that time that it takes to crop photos, arrange posts, research topics.

I hate that I haven’t visited every person who has commented here.

I hate that there are Alexa scores, Twitter Karma, Klout, PR, likes, followers, “friends” and PR.

What started out as a scrapbook is now a brand.

What started out as a journal is now a platform.

What started out as something agenda-less now has a 1500 word disclosure page.

What does all this mean?

I haven’t a clue.

I don’t think anyone else does either.

I do believe I may have been misleading by titling this, “what it means to be a mommy blogger“.  I have no insight.

What I can say is that I plan to continue what I love…

the writing.

the recording.

the laughing.

I will also try and rein in my competitive nature in this arena.  I don’t have time to participate right now.   I am opting out of the competition for the time being despite the possibility of regrets.

I hope to have time in the future and when the time is right, I will be all in.

Or maybe I will just go play poker...




Holly About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.