I have been thinking a lot about that Time article on blogging, the one that said "mothers are the future of blogging."
I like that statement a lot. But I also think that it is easily oversimplified, like many things related to moms. The article suggested that technical savvy moms are now keeping cute little baby blogs instead of the ancient baby books of old.
From reading the article I somehow imagined that America still mostly sees moms as bleary-eyed zombies who feel compelled to record bowel movements with the intensity of a delusional celebrity fanatic. But I think us moms and pops on the internet know the real story.
Yes, there are some who use blogs in the first year of their baby's lives to track important milestones or to just brag about how darn adorable their babies are (hey I once had newborns, and I thought they were the cutest things in the universe too).
But blogs allow moms and pops to really express the day-to-day complexity of parenthood in a way that we never could before. We have an audience that understands that one minute we can be in a crappy mood, wishing to escape the prison that is our life and the next minute we can be giggling with glee over the most mundane detail of life (like the baby slept through the night or the delivery man delivered the shed when he promised, instead of screwing up our day by being delayed three hours).
In blogs, we can easily comment on the world around us, join in on the jokes making the rounds, and laugh at ourselves even as we gain from the experience of outing our failures. Blogging allows parents to connect across the globe and to feel a bit less isolated and alone. And mostly, it gives us an opportunity to be opinionated and vocal -- to feel as if we exist and aren't invisible.
I also laugh when I imagine the corporate minds of America that read the recent Time article and begin to think, "Hmmm, now soccer moms with SUV's are so bored that they all have blogs as if it is the newest handbag. How can we use that to our strategic mass marketing advantage?"
I laugh because I think the corporate mind of America would be surprised -- no shocked -- to learn that a lot of the down home moms who blog talk dirtier and with more honesty than anything that the chicks on Sex and the City ever did. Not that these blogs try necessarily to shock. It's just shocking and refreshing to hear moms talking about sex as if it is a normal part of life. And it's shocking and refreshing to hear parents talk about relationship struggles, dealing with stress or depression, or owning up to the messy things in life.
This stuff is so much more compelling than Reality TV and so much REALER -- if that's a word. So moms and pops keep writing with your potty mouths and sharing your F.I.L.T.H. (yes, Liz, I mean you) and I'll keep laughing along.
And someday, in about ten years, the rest of America will probably catch on to the fact that we rock. And then we'll have some respect.