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I am more than a title

I read this interesting piece in the Washington Post today by Janice D’Arcy.  It’s a great read.

It asks the question:  Should women who blog about issues related to childcare and parenting simply be labeled “mommy bloggers” and is the term demeaning?

D’arcy writes:  “When the consumer marketing firm Scarborough Research released a report this past fall on the state of “mom bloggers,” the group defined the group “as women who have at least one child in their household and have read or contributed to a blog in the past 30 days.” (By that definition, if U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton read up on risks in Burma on the State Department blog, she’d, technically, be a mom blogger.)”

Good point.  Scarborough Research needs to do a little tweaking on their definition.

I also wonder what about the many dads who blog.  Are they identifying themselves as “daddy bloggers” or simply “bloggers”?

There’s an interesting back and forth debate about D’Arcy’s article.   I understand why some women may be offended by the term “mommy blogger.”

But if you were to ask me if I mind being called a mommy blogger, here’s my answer:

I wear different hats, depending on the day and time.  I’m a mom, step-mom, wife, sister, and a journalist.  I’m a marathoner, a niece, an auntie, and a board member. I’m a friend, a college classmate, a consumer, a fan, and a kick-boxer.  I’m a writer, a volunteer, a co-worker and a neighbor.  I’m a viewer, a household manager and a college grad.  I’m an employee, a homeowner and I am a blogger.

All of the different roles shape my experiences and what I write about.  I’m not too attached to one particular label.

So I don’t care if the world calls me “Mommy blogger.”   But I don’t want that to be the only thing they call me.


Category: Cool Stuff, Parenting

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