"The State of the Momosphere"
And we're off...This session came from mommy bloggers requesting it. There was a lot of discussion afterwards if mommy bloggers mattered. Well course we do and now we're here!
What does it mean to identify as a mommy blogger? What makes a mommy blogger? What does it mean now that advertisers want to reach us? Do we change? What do mommy bloggers want?
- Finding a shared story; community; finding others who are going thru the same experience (post-partum, etc.)
- Support and advice community
- Started as a journal
- It's unpolitical in that negative interaction, people playing politics, even thou there are shifting nodes, groups, and communities, a social & normal part of the community
- Much more like a salon or cocktail party
- It is very much like high school to people who are being left out
- Is there active exclusion?
- Is not being on a blogroll an act of exclusion? What do you do when you need to remove someone?
- Are we mommy bloggers or bloggers who are mothers? Does it matter? Does it change the level of respect we get from non-parent bloggers? Does it change if you weren't a parent when we started blogging?
- Is there a momosphere ghetto or a mommy ghetto?
- Is there power in calling yourself a mommy blogger?
- Is the audience for mommy bloggers limited to babies & toddlers?