So I'm a Mommy Blogger and I write about Mommy stuff and life stuff and how much I love my kids and never want them to leave my side and then the next day how I can't wait to get away from them. All the blogs I read, the people that leave comments here, and my readers- you are all my entourage. I take you with me wherever I go. What a resource to have in any time of need. I can reach out and have an answer in an instant- right at my finger tips. Who needs Google anymore when you've got a Mommy Blogger on your side? We know people. We know lots of people. We're a strong army of knowledge and wit and emotion and power.
We don't have to hang out in real life to care about each other, cry on virtual shoulders, and lift each other up or make each other laugh. From the truly heartfelt and thoughtful gifts like dresses to the congratulatory flowers delivered to my doorstep yesterday from my blogging friend MJ. I feel the love. And it rocks. You rock.
So next week I get to have another little get away. A night out in the big windy city and an opportunity to share my voice as a Mommy Blogger. Maria Bailey from BSM, one of my favorite people, is bringing some companies and bloggers together to help set the record straight at something she's calling Mommy Monologues. How do we want our voice to be heard? How do we want to be approached about product reviews and as a brand?
And do you want to be approached at all? We're a target market. Maybe one of the biggest. Because when someone in my online entourage says something, I listen. And that has more power than any magazine or commercial you're going to fast forward during The Office tonight.
But what we have to say is worth something. To each other, we share freely. When companies want to cash in on this "something special" that we all have, we have to wise up. Kick off the Crocs and put on our lipstick and power heels and think this through. We remain in charge of where this is all going. Because without our everyday rants and raves and cries for help, without our openness and honesty and reality, there is no voice.
If you've chosen to rebel against marketing to Moms and ads and the commercialization of it all, stand your ground. I applaud the bloggers who know that route isn't for them and stick with it. But if you're like me and are open to what professional possibilities lie ahead, I invite you to come along for the ride. Maria has formed a new site called Mom Select for the Mom Bloggers that want to learn more about connecting with companies. This is a great place for you if you aren't sure where to start. And ask me anything- I am always glad to help. There isn't anything I won't share with you. I've gotten where I am today because of other bloggers, too. We're all in this together. It's not a competition. It's not a race to who gets the most comments or has the most touching or funniest post of the day. It's just about being you and being real. There is strength, there is purity, and there is community in that.
And so, if I'm being honest, when I said yesterday that we don't have cookies for breakfast or even lunch... well... if I said that this morning, I'd be lying.