sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

July 1, 2011

Conservative Mommy Blogging

Filed under: blogging, parenting — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:20 am

An American Housewife in London makes an interesting observation:

I’ve actually noticed another trend in mum blogging: the vast majority of blogs by conservative moms, British and American, tend to be blogs by people who happen to be moms, while the blogs by politically liberal moms tend to be blogs about being a mom.

For me blogging about something other than being a mom is an outlet.  Because I avoid political topics on the playground, it’s a relief to talk about them online.  I don’t want to write about being a mother because that’s what I do in the non-virtual world.

When I was pregnant with Yelena, I blogged my pregnancy.  I was very upbeat and looking forward to meeting my daughter outside the womb.  Within a few weeks after giving birth I had stop blogging.  It’s not that I was busy and sleep deprived, which I was, but I felt that I had no control over the narrative.  I couldn’t give a day-to-day or week-to-week account of my experience because I had no idea where we were headed.  Some women are comfortable writing about the whirlwind that their lives are.  I’m not.  I feel like I’m cheating my readers and making a fool of myself.  Yes, I want to share the experiences of motherhood, it’s just not in writing.  I post about cute things my children say or do from time to time, which, to me at least, is a nice break from my usual topics.  I like writing about contemporary parenting, but it takes time to develop a worthy argument on this subject.

So I end up with a blog that’s about 1/3 parenting, 1/3 politics and 1/3 pop culture.

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11 Comments »

  1. Have you read this? What do you think? http://blogs.forbes.com/susannahbreslin/2011/06/30/why-blogs-for-women-are-bad-for-women/

    Comment by Vicki — July 1, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    • Vicki, thank you; it’s a great link. One reason there are so many female-centered blogs is because young and middle age women are the demographic targeted by advertizes… Which is kind of funny is you think about the content of blogs like feministing.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 1, 2011 @ 9:41 am

  2. I think, especially in SF, it’s not only having kids but raising them yourself not hiring a Nanny.

    Comment by Harrison — July 1, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  3. […] Edge of the Sandbox – Conservative Mommy Blogging […]

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  4. I like the mix, Edge. All politics gets tired and depressing fast.

    Isn’t it great that people can have blogs as a way to discuss their interests, and meet people with the same interests?

    Comment by Karen Howes — July 2, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

  5. @VIckie, I read the Suzanna B article a few days ago. I am still digesting it. The comment thread there caught the central problem, a lot of women blogs are self-centered, whine fests–but some of it is stuff that we need to talk about. I don’t think the problem is women blogs, but blogs where writers are wrapped too tightly in their own world. It just so happens that that describes many modern women. We are far too ‘all or nothing’. That shows in the blogs. Otherwise I think there are many female centered blogs because we have the time, especially the moms. At first glance this sounds wrong given all the work/life balance angst. But moms have unpredictable pockets of time. Those unpredictable pockets are not well suited for full time, scheduled employment, but they give us lots of opportunities for blogging. When Junior unexpectedly sleeps an extra hour and a half Tuesday afternoon–well that won’t help you in a job, it won’t even help you run some errands, but it can give you time for posting.

    Comment by AHLondon — July 2, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  6. Harrison,
    Out here in the ‘burbs we usually don’t have nannies, at least not in my ‘burb. Berkeley Hills, I hear, is nanny central.

    Karen,
    Thank you. I find blogging to be quite an adventure. I can’t believe that I’m getting to know so many people that, yes, have similar interests, but are also very different from me.

    AH London,
    Very true about self-absorption. Some of the pure mommy blogs can be interesting at first, but, boy, do they get old!

    Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 2, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  7. I’m pretty much the same in regards to why I blog–to talk about the things I avoid discussing in the schoolyard. It’s not b/c I’m in a left-leaning crowd, though. Unsurprisingly, military communities are more right-leaning overall. Definitely not homogenous though.

    But most of my mommy peers aren’t interested. It doesn’t matter whether they lean left or right–they can’t be bothered. I’d mention the latest, and watch eyes glaze over.

    I’m with Karen. Finding other folks with the same interest in political and philosophical discussion is purty dang awesome. And all the different styles and perspectives sure help educate me.

    I love your mix of post topics. You bring new things to the table, things which I would never know about otherwise. Your wry, restrained style of storytelling always makes me smile.

    I definitely blog about more personal stuff than I originally thought I would. But I’m a fairly shameless sort. Making a fool of myself is half the fun.

    have a great Fourth.

    Linda

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — July 2, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    • I can return the compliment right back. 🙂
      I like your style and what you have to say, and I like how you spruce it up with personal experiences. It’s nice to learn about people whose blogs I read, and military families are like another planet to me. Even though there is a coastguard and a recruiting station here, I rarely meet people who work there.
      Happy 4th!

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — July 2, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  8. Followed you over from Vicki, who neglected to introduce us! (how rude) looking forward to getting to know you/your blog. Though seeing as you are in SF we probably already know each other or are distantly related…

    Comment by Yuliya — July 18, 2011 @ 10:28 pm


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