First of all, I hate that term. Even though I know otherwise, it conjures of an image of a frumpy, middle-aged mommy sitting around in sweats all day doing little more than typing away on her laptop while the little ones are at school. Well, obviously, part of that is true – “the boy” is at school and I am, in fact, typing, but I can assure you I’m not wearing sweats. Right now anyway. And depending on the math, I could be described as middle-aged, but on a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero, so it all depends on where I eventually end up on the number line.
There are many stereotypes about the “mommy blogger”. Just use the Googles and see what pops up.
Our personal experience with “mommy bloggers” (I promise I WILL find a sexier term for us) is that we are educated, smart, funny, giving, and productive members of society. In other words, we are moms. The only difference is that when one of our kids has a runny nose, we write about it. Yes, we may be snarky, sarcastic and judgmental but we fucking OWN it.
So when somebody out there gangs up on one of our own simply because she used humor to bring awareness to what is, in fact, a very important issue, we will defend her. 99.9999% of all of our readers “get” our sense of humor and style, because we go above and beyond to explain ourselves pretty damn clearly. So it never ceases to amaze me when anybody pretty much ignores our pithy “warning labels” (usually found on our ‘Home Pages’) and uses it as an opportunity to get on a moral high horse while hiding behind the virtual wall of anonymity. Would this person say this directly to our faces? Probably not.
So this is my way of rounding up all of the other “mommy bloggers” and writing one big group post to let you know how much we will support and defend you. Simply put, you . . . are . . . awesome!
Do not go away and cave in to what amounts to little more than a middle-aged, troll-baiting bully.
This is hard work. We put our lives, our thoughts and ourselves out there on an almost daily basis. Any time that is done, you open yourself up to judgment and criticism and that should be expected. Hell, it would be pretty hypocritical of us to judge commenters for judging us on an article in which we were clearly being judgmental. However, it is important to express your displeasure in a well-articulated and educated fashion. Just because our communication tool is “humor” and the subject matter is “serious”, doesn’t mean our views, opinions and the way we express ourselves is any less valid.
We make it patently clear what we are about and how we go about it. And if you don’t like our methods, there is a painfully simple solution . . . . stop following us. Don’t buy a house next to the airport and then start complaining about the noise level. We make no secret about what we do or how we do it.
So please take your bullying and your gang of bullies elsewhere.
I can assure you, you are completely unwelcome here.
Dedicated to “Underachiever’s Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess”.