The Dawn of Mommy Blogs

by mssinglemama on May 4, 2008

Mankind’s media landscape has been controlled by men since the first printing press spit out a bible. Oh, and if you haven’t heard – you’re a rib.

Now it’s our turn

We are lifting the black curtains, inviting other families into our lives and are finding, above all, that we’re not alone. Stereotypes, perhaps you had one about single moms before reading my blog, are vanishing, walls are coming down and we’re finally speaking to each other about our fears, our joys, our losses and our victories – or about what our kid wiped on the wall last night. Regardless of what the topic, Mom blogs are a strong voice for women every where.

And now we have a matriarch – Heather B. Armstrong, or Dooce, as millions now know her.

The first mom blogger propelled into the national spotlight, Armstrong bears the brunt of mommy blog criticism. Now that her blog is rumored to earn her family $40,000 a month in advertising, the critics are even harsher – some say she is exploiting her daughter for fame and fortune. Keep in mind Armstrong has written candidly about everything in her life since 2001, before she even had a family.

She answered her critics this weekend in a profound letter to, Leta, her four-year-old.

“I have every reason to believe that one day you will look at the thousands of pages I have written about my love for you, the thousands of pages other women have written about their own children, and you’re going to be so proud that we were brave enough to do this. We are an army of educated mothers who have finally stood up and said pay attention, this is important work, this is hard, frustrating work and we’re not going to sit around on our hands waiting for permission to do so. We have declared that our voices matter.

You are a part of this movement, you and all of the other kids whose mothers are sitting at home right now writing tirelessly about their experiences as mothers, the love and frustration and madness of it all. And I think one day you will look at all of this and pump your fist in the air.

Thanks Dooce. Your blog makes me laugh and cry … thank you a million times over for paving the way for the rest of us. And thanks to my readers for bearing with me as I find my voice in this little thing we call the blogosphere. I’m fairly certain this is just the beginning.

My blog is about to get quite a little makeover. I hope you like it! And yes, there will be room for advertising (I’ve had requests already) and no, they won’t be ugly or tasteless. And if anyone ever accuses me of exploiting my son I’ll just breath, sigh and then e-mail them a link to their daughter’s Facebook page.

For all of you who are also mommy bloggers, here’s an article you might enjoy, “Top 5 Reasons Why Mom Blogs are the Blogs to Watch.”

[Thanks to Random and Rachel for sending me the stories for this entry…and the pic is from the Wall Street Journal]

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marcys May 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I haven’t heard these criticisms, but I’m not surprised. For over 40 years I’ve been waiting for women to speak the truth about motherhood, and now that it’s happening, I am so ready! even if it is too late for me. Keep on blogging, Mama!


randomesq May 4, 2008 at 11:02 pm

I am pleased to see that the media and world is slowly but surely recognizing the power and voice of mothers everywhere. Your blog is a great part of that. I believe your son will be proud to have been raised by a singularly exceptional woman.



mommypie May 5, 2008 at 3:42 am

AAAAA-Men, Sister.


Tracy May 5, 2008 at 9:20 am

We’ve always been strong…it’s nice to finally be recognized for it!


dadshouse May 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Ms Single Mama – I love your strong, sexy, edgy, opinionated voice. All the best! You deserve it.


Leslie May 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm

A friend just sent me her blog last week – she’s a great voice for. Momma bloggers are kick-a 🙂


Dod February 4, 2015 at 5:49 am

Beautiful. We finally got ours up and it took 3 days. It was eaiser to put up a 9foot tree without a toddler, but now she is into everything and of course being demanding when I am trying to get it decorated.


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Lauren May 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm

I looooove Dooce!


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