I spend a lot of time reading Twitter and mom blogs and oftentimes I run across lamentations about the competitive spirit of mom blogging. It’s true: there is a lot of competition out there. I want to be completely candid about that. When much is at stake — paid ambassadorships, spokesperson jobs, premium advertising, trips, media recognition, and consulting gigs — then things can turn ugly fairly quickly among those who are striving for the same goals. This isn’t always the case, but human behavior dictates that sometimes competition — the ugly kind, not the nice, friendly kind — flowers. Remember, when this happens: you can’t control others; you can only control yourself.
Does this mean mom bloggers need thick skin in order to reach their goals? Sure. Eventually, the more people know who you are, the greater chance some might not like your style and will gladly let you know about it. That’s OK. You just have to keep doing your thing and move forward. What has helped me over the years is surrounding myself with friends and peers who appreciate me, listen to and critique my ideas, and support my goals.
Above all, be confident in the way you blog and strive to always respect others even in the face of some who might not share the same sentiment.
Here is a list of mom bloggers who are always kind, fair, and helpful. If you don’t know them, get to know them. They’re wonderful!
- Kimberly (Mom in the City)
- Cooper and Emily (The Motherhood)
- Stephanie (Metropolitan Mama)
- Christine (Boston Mamas)
- Beth Feldman (RoleMommy)
- Ellen (Love That Max)
- Christie (The Chatterbox)
- Lorraine (Ask Wifey)
- Robyn (Robyn’s Online World)
- Gabrielle (Design Mom)
… and so many, many others.
Your turn! Leave the names and blogs of other mom bloggers who are always kind, fair, and helpful. Let’s show them some love!