Today, the local newspaper ran a story about women bloggers here in Cache Valley. It reminded me of a few months ago when the university station did a show on local bloggers. And it was all about the mommy blogging. Don’t get me wrong. I read a few mommy blogs regularly for the humor and insight. Mommy bloggers are great. And some of them have an amazing level of influence. Loralee Choate (Loralee’s Looney Tunes) has been invited to the White House. And just about everyone has heard of Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com).
But whenever a showcase of local bloggers is done, or when we talk about women bloggers, for some reason it seems to be all about the mommy bloggers. What about the rest of us? Yes, the story briefly mentioned a couple of local writers who don’t really go that route. But there’s a whole other world of bloggers out there — some of them female — that don’t make blogging about their lives and families the main focus (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
On this blog, you may find a few snippets about my life, but it’s mostly my random thoughts on politics and society. It’s not a very influential or popular blog. I don’t have time to do much with it. Because I’m being paid to write blog posts for other people. I do this professionally. It’s a whole, unexplored and interesting blogsphere out there, and everyone seems to focus primarily on mommy bloggers.
Maybe it’s just my bruised blogger ego talking. This comes a day after USA Today linked to a blog post that I wrote for Financial Highway (resulting in enough ad revenue for me to pay for Christmas this year). Naturally, my sense of my own importance is overblown. But if folks at NPR, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, and even some television station in Texas can find me, is it too much to ask for a little bloggy love in my own backyard?
I can’t really complain. I write a column for the local newspaper. But it still kind of rankles. Maybe it’s partly because when I people ask me what I do, it goes something like this:
“So, what do you do?”
“Oh, I’m a writer.”
“What do you write?”
“Right now, I’m mostly a professional blogger.”
“Oh, like a mommy blogger? That’s great. How nice that you can supplement your family’s income with a little bit of money each month.”
At this point I smile vapidly and ask what they do. Because nailing them to the wall with a glare and saying, “Actually, I’m the primary bread-winner right now while my husband works on his Ph.D.” would probably come out terribly mean and snooty. (This is why we have blogs. So that we can be mean and snooty when we feel like it, but we don’t actually have to look people in the face while we’re being mean and snooty.)