I’m a Proud Mommy Blogger!

June 11, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under blogging

During the Bloggy Hoss Elections, I received the following comment:

I love your idea, but find that it is indeed a shame that bloggers have the power to enact change, to make the world a better place, and to help those that need help, and yet we visit in hordes the mommy blogs, we give accolades to the blogs that talk about ice cream and toads, teddy bears and diaper systems.

The most popular blogs, the ones that attract 100 comments are giant advertisments. Good for those whose blogs flash ads like a vegas strip, but if you had the readership (influence), do ya think you can do some thing that would make this world a better place?

Just asking in a nice way.

I did enjoy many of your posts, and like your “voice”, but I kept looking for the killer post, the one that makes the 100 commenters go WOW, we have to do something about this!

David

I understand the power and influence that bloggers have these days and applaud those who make a conscious effort to make a difference. However, although I totally admire and support these bloggers, I personally blog for different reasons.

I could talk about going green, or the presidential race, or the state of our educational system – but I don’t. Instead, I talk about flushing toilets, rude passengers and public humiliation. I come up with silly ideas like Bloggy Hoss Elections, Commentor of the Month Award, Goody Swaps, and giveaways in hopes that it may brighten up someone’s day. In a way, isn’t that making a difference?

And why do you think Mommy blogs are so popular in the first place? It’s not because we’re trying to save the world in that sense but because we talk about our daily routines, potty training, and temper tantrums. It’s because we can relate to each other and offer support and advice. It’s because it helps us knowing we’re not the only ones getting peed on by our kids.

I may not be curing world hunger or trying to end the war but if I can offer support to someone who feels alone in her wonderful yet sometimes chaotic life or bring a smile into someone’s day, then my work here is done.

I’m a Mommy blogger and I’m proud of it!

Any thoughts?

About the Author: Kailani:
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.
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69 Responses to “I’m a Proud Mommy Blogger!”
  1. 51
    VeRonda says:

    Well, I think this post was that “wow” post. I’d just like to say that I really enjoy reading this site and other similar ones. And, yes, you do make a difference. Something I learned long ago, which is neither good nor bad (just reality), is that you just can’t please everyone. With everything that goes on in a person’s life, a break from “life” (your specific reality) isn’t such a bad thing. That’s why people take time to watch a 1-dimentional show versus the nightly news. It’s just a break. Keep up the good work.

    VeRonda’s last blog post..A Father’s Day Gift

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  2. 52
    Jen @ One Moms World says:

    GRRR on them! You couldn’t have said it better. And I do think we do have a major power voice in the mommy blogging community. I just like to blog about being a mom and love reading about what other mom’s are up to. It’s just a connection to me of all us mommies getting together virtually :)

    P.S. I tagged you too :)

    Jen @ One Moms World’s last blog post..Lets Play Tag Moms

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  3. 53
    Jendi says:

    Good post.
    I’m with you.

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  4. 54
    Suzanne Bastien says:

    I started blogging .. Just because.. I wanted to know that the big loud whisper was about it.

    Yes.. I’m an addict.. thanks!

    But, I’ve learned alot, from so many moms who are just talking about their daily lives.

    I’ve learned to correct my children when they use mean terms, My Mommy friend from Big Blueberry Eyes taught me that.

    I’ve learned how to learn to love again, and move on with life from my Cancer twin from Everyday life, Love and Happiness.

    From the Firecracker Mom, I get to hear about intimacy, a chronic disease and some of the funniest quotes I’ve heard in a while.

    From Solo Mother I learn that I’m not the only one out there trying to raise the little ones alone.

    I met a fellow Coloradoan who just found out she was pregnant after infertility and tears.

    I have a mom n Gourmet Mom on the go, who gets recipes for me when I am ovenless!

    I have gotten some of the best business advice, and pushes to start my own Mommy company from someone online, than I EVER have offline or from another group of people.

    I have gotten alot more from these ladies, than I will get from some political discussion that will probably turn mean.

    I blog about my life which is about all these little moments, yes, I watch the news, Yes, I read up on current events. No, it’s not dinnertime conversation. When I sit down to dinner with my kids, we talk about our day to day life. I know who they would vote for… but when I have a wordless Wednesday; Obama or Hillary won’t be the picture I put up…. the ones I live with will be.

    There are plenty of bloggers out there that have a cause every single day. My cause is to raise my kids to be productive adults, I teach them to do Breast Cancer walks and get involved with the military, but I don’t want to blog about that.
    Other’s do… more power to them.

    I love reading you every day! Please.. don’t let someone change you!

    Suzanne Bastien’s last blog post..Weekly Update!

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  5. 55
    Krista says:

    We blog to share with friends and family or to connect with others like us. Some of us do try to throw in a little “help the world” stuff while we’re at it. But just because it doesn’t always show up on our blogs doesn’t mean we’re not making a difference in the rest of our lives! ;)
    Sounds like that person was reading the wrong type of blog…

    Krista’s last blog post..Book: I Heart Bloomberg

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  6. 56
    Amanda says:

    I prefer mommy blogs.

    I blog because I want to share my life stories and talk about my children, I talk about weaning the baby from the bottle, to nursing, to child birth and potty training.

    keep up the awesome work kailani, your blog is awesome

    Amanda’s last blog post..The Gift of Time Giveaway

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  7. 57
    K. Cleaver says:

    I enjoy your voice. I enjoy mommie blogs.

    I spend my day with crying and whinning children, cleaning, washing, grocery shopping, cooking, playing play-dough for the 100th time, watching Barney, playing nurse to sick kiddos, and washing blankets after they’ve been puked on.

    Trust me. The last thing I want to do is come on the internet and debate some political issue. I don’t want to come on here and try to change everyone elses world.

    Frankly, if people would keep the crap cleaned off their own porch, they wouldn’t have time to worry about the crap on their neighbors porch. If you know what I mean. LOL I don’t have time to worry what everyone else in the world is doing, because I’m too busy taking care of my family.

    Let’s face it. A “better place/world” has to start at home.

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  8. 58
    Shannon says:

    Too many thoughts to even get started. This is an incredibly thought provoking post. I am glad I stumbled upon it. There is a reason that Mommy blogs get such high traffic. We are not necessarily looking to change the world in a grand way but, mark my words, WE ARE CHANGING THE WORLD, one child at a time. Yes, our job involves puke and poop and potty talk but that is the reality of raising the next generation. I know I blog for the support and sense of community that our society often lacks for full-time moms. I am proud to be a mommy blogger and I am glad that you are too!

    Shannon’s last blog post..PhotoStory Friday

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  9. 59
    Stacey says:

    Kailani Jesus hung out with the regulars–he wanted to be part of everyday peoples lives, the broken people, the hungry people, as you know. I think your example of kindness and outreach is exactly right, my friend. It isn’t possible to change the world one person like that–but living a life that’s worthy of the commission he left us with, that’s quite a lot. I’ve always felt you live that, that’s why I come around. Keep it coming.

    Stacey’s last blog post..The Jerky Women Rule –Read At Risk Of Ruining Your Jerky Treat Love

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  10. 60
    Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland says:

    How rude!

    Mary @ Adventures in Mommyland’s last blog post..Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

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  11. 61
    Colleen says:

    Mommy bloggers and all moms out there are already doing their part to change the world by investing in raising great kids!

    Colleen’s last blog post..Girl Talk: Bath Time

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  12. 62
    Kelly @ Pass the Torch says:

    I think we do make a collective difference – in a multitude of ways. If nothing else, it’s because we’re giving ourselves the chance to laugh at our own flaws and move on.

    It could be that many men wouldn’t understand what exactly mommy bloggers get or give from our blogs. It’s the Mars/Venus thing.

    I’ve gained a tremendous amount of understanding from the blogs I read. And every once in a while a string of posts about diapers, etc, gives way to an amazingly meaningful article about something that probably helps a lot of readers.

    Kelly @ Pass the Torch’s last blog post..Friday Fun

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  13. 63
    crazymamaof6 says:

    i fully agree with you. and mommy bloggers make a huge difference in the lives of eachother. there are mom bloggers that are advocates for certain cancers, for rare twins, for chronic diseases. and we blog about our lives and how some of those issues effect our daily lives. and if something comes up we know who to ask, and find friendship in our same realities.

    mom bloggers blog about politics , and education, and religion and anything else that comes up . but no that isn’t the purpose. and blogging about family, and children, and daily life does make a difference to other bloggers whether it makes you feel like you aren’t alone, Or just a peek at someone else’s life makes your life look like Cake. it makes a difference. to someone.

    crazymamaof6′s last blog post..today we…

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  14. 64
    Memarie Lane says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I’m proud to NOT be a mommy blogger, but I will never blog about anything inflammatory or alarmist like politics or religion. Which is exactly what people like about me. Not everything has to be about saving the world.

    Memarie Lane’s last blog post..Battle of the Bulge (PG-13)

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  15. 65
    Karen MEG says:

    I took a little offence to the “not changing the world” comment. I think a lot of what is wrong with the world is the lack of community; and to me, the blogging world is a place where people find a sense of community. “Mommy” bloggers do tend to gravitate toward each other because we share similar interests, and are going through similar events in our lives. Do you chose friends IRL just because of what they do, how they can “change the world”, on some grandiose scale?

    Your site is amazing because you expose your readers to so many different things as well, not just giveaways, etc. You’ve built a community here. All the power to you, Kailani.

    Karen MEG’s last blog post..Fashion Friday – what works?

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  16. 66
    Tara says:

    preach it sister

    Tara’s last blog post..Twitter

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  17. 67
    Sandier Pastures says:

    I love reading mommy blogs. If blogging is all about changing the world, I can only imagine how boring it can be. Mommy blogs offer humor and some lessons in life. If one mom (blogger) can contribute to another’s joy, then I think that is a little change contributed.

    Sandier Pastures’s last blog post..Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt – Emotions

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  18. 68
    Waya says:

    GOOD FOR YOU KAILANI!! I love reading your blog simply b/c you’re so honest, creative and fun! I’m sorry that I haven’t visited often since it’s been so busy around here. But I’m like you, I write (1 post/month) b/c I enjoy keeping an online journal for my friends and family. Keep up the great work!

    Waya’s last blog post..3 going on 40

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  19. 69
    Jennifer, Snapshot says:

    Well said! I can tell you’ve thought about it.

    Also, I can’t help but think of Boomama, who writes about silly stuff 75% of the time, and gets many comments, but she also went to Africa with Compassion International and keeps blogging about helping children around the world who have less than we do.

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