I did a lot of mom blog research and despite what I found I decided to start my own.
Reading hundreds of other blogs made me cry, made me laugh, made me angry and gave me lots of thoughts about toilet-training. Most importantly it inspired me to chronicle my own adventures, foibles, my ‘oh no’ and ‘aha’ moments, victories and outright missteps as a mom.
My biggest concern lies in the fact that all the blogs I read seem to have certain things in common, that, well, maybe I don’t.
Here are some examples:
1. Other bloggers: love their kids but find the 24/7 care and feeding of them to be tedious (which is true).
Me: I love being a mom and wife. I secretly wish to spend several lifetimes doing nothing but watching my kids play on the playground, preparing cream cheese sandwiches (I said I love being a mom, not that I was good at it), and singing the Sesame Street theme song (without ever even wondering how you actually get to Sesame Street. Though it is clearly in Brooklyn).
2. Other bloggers: hate Gwyneth Paltrow (especially the NYC ones). Jennifer Garner too (her LA counterpart). Like highly trained police dogs I think these mom bloggers can smell their 1950s housewife mentality from miles away and are on constant high alert from the mere mention of their names.
Me: I worship Gwyneth Paltrow. She can do no wrong in my book. She loves to cook, she speaks spanish and she practices yoga. She married a smart and sensitive rock star, she is best friends with Mario Batali and Jay-Z. She beautifully reads my favorite poem on Classical Baby (All Grown Up…The Poetry Show). All of this even gets her a pass for dumping Brad Pitt, Shallow Hal and yes, even trying to be a singer. She’s my mommy inspiration. Jennifer Garner too.
3. Other bloggers: are wildly successful
Me: only my mom will be embarrassed when this blog bombs
Which leads to me to wonder…for the first time on the interweb (though certainly not the last)…am I doing this right?