Rise of the Parent Blogger
There’s something about going to Northern Voice that makes me look at blogging (although Kemp Edmonds says we should call it “digital publishing”) over again. I’ve been to a couple of conferences and although the big ones are interesting and all, there’s something about a more intimate setting like Northern Voice that brings it back home.
The first time I attended Northern Voice, I was sitting in a session about blogging controversy. This was a few years ago and one of the panelists, Lorraine, made a comment about “mommy bloggers”. At this point, my friend Amber piped up with, “Can we use the term ‘parent blogger’ instead?”
When I became a mother, I swore I’d never become a mommy blogger (of the stereotypical variety). The “mommy wars” made me uncomfortable and I always wondered why we couldn’t just support each other rather than slamming each other.
Somehow the concept of “parent blogging” was different. If you look at how Amber treats it, it’s very accepting – she doesn’t push her views on others and its very inclusive. So I started to experiment with it. And my readership grew and I got a bit more popular. As it was said at Northern Voice this year, “Mommy blogging is hot.”
But, my blogging/digital publishing is still unfocused. I lost perspective, especially after I went to BlogHer. The difference between Northern Voice and BlogHer is important. NV is run by volunteers; they’re not necessarily in it to make a buck. BlogHer is -it’s a business. NV is run by people who love what they do and want to share what they do.
Later that year, I was seconded in my job to another organization. It was so totally different from what I’d experienced before in work. I met my supervisor (term used very loosely), also a mom. She took our small team out to lunch the first day and had us go around the table saying what our passion was. Her passion was her two kids.
What I learned there was not only good for my career, but it was good for me. I learned it’s okay to be passionate about your child(ren), which I am. I finally figured out that my passions had fundamentally shifted. My family is my passion, especially the Poptart. And that’s okay.
And at Northern Voice, it always came back to this: blog your passion.
So what does this mean for this space? A little more focus on kids and family; how to blend parenthood with partnership. You’ll see a return of Water Safety Wednesdays, at least for the summer. You’ll see Good/Bad/Ugly Fridays again. You’ll see more posts about my kid and her antics and how I’m keeping up with her and making it easier to keep up with A Very Busy Preschooler.
Hi. My name is Nicole. And I’m a parent blogger.