Mommybloggers unite

by arianne

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Yesterday was a day that included smart women, successful people and chocolates made with alcohol.

Heaven, no?

I was asked by Maria Bailey and her crew to be on a panel of mommybloggers that included Ashlee of Mama’s Nest & Mama Speaks, Jaymi of The Flip Flop Mamma, Amy of Mums The Wurd & Ladybug and Her Blogging Mama, Julie of Mothergoosemouse and Parent Bloggers Network, Jory of BlogHer and Pause, Emily of The Motherhood, Kim of Traveling Mom, and Steph at Adventures in Babywearing.

An incredible lineup, no? You may be asking yourself how I ended up in that group, and to that I say, “Hey!” and also “I know, I have no idea either.”

We were treated wonderfully and fielded questions about mommyblogging that included why we do it, how long we spend on it, will we do it when our kids are older, and even how we include social networking (especially Twitter) in our blogging lives. There was also plenty of discussion surrounding how, when, where and why to pitch mommybloggers. We gave advice on what we do and do not respond to, how to approach the more prickly bloggers, and how we stay objective when obtaining sponsorship (we basically don’t…we just maintain transparency, and only accept sponsorship from companies we feel good about representing).

I hope to attend more events just like this one, because I’m invigorated by successful women, and am incredibly passionate about the mommyblogger movement. We are a “market” to be reckoned with, and working with mommybloggers and companies is something I enjoy immensely.

After the panel, I was able to hang out with some of the bloggers (along with Self Made Mom) to talk more and get to know one another. No matter what our political beliefs, religious leanings, skin color or hobbies, the fact that we blog brings us all together in a way that I’ve never experienced before. The world is noticing that we mommybloggers talk to each other, even when we don’t know each other, and we share our hearts and souls (and product rants and raves) online. Amazing.

The day ended with some roaming, shopping and eating with Steph, and was topped off with a margarita chocolate from Ethel’s.

I want more. More of the captive audience, more of the smart women, more of the chocolate. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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