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July 11, 2006

The Ultimate Mommy Blog List--Blogs for Moms by Moms

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While poking around the BlogHer site, I found what must be the definitive list of blogs for moms. I provide it below. If you know a mom, please forward this list to her. I’m pretty sure she’ll find something of interest. Here is the permalink:

http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/07/the_ultimate_mo.html


Note: There is a contingent of readers of my blog who do not like when I write about blogs/blogging/bloggers. I’d guess there’s also a contingent who do not like when I write about non-business, non-tech, non-male subjects. To these readers, I say in advance: “You can never support a mom, much less a mommy blogger, too much, so deal with it.”


Badgermama Badgermama “Mom with a mohawk.” Watch Badgermama as she raises a son, lives as a writer in San Francisco and attends PTA meetings where the other moms pretend they’re not staring at her purple hair. Read Badgermama.

BeTwinned BeTwinned “The one-stop internet spot for parents of twins and multiples.” Welcome to an online magazine whose name was inspired by the song, “Bewitched, bothered and bewildered.” Edited by a mother of twins, journalist Diana Day. Learn more about Betwinned.

Busy Mom Busy Mom Better parenting through coffee.” Busy Mom is 41 years old and has been married to Busy Dad for 15 years. They have three kids: Busy Girl (11), Busy Boy (9) and The Preschooler Formerly Known as Busy Baby (4)... Read Busy Mom.

Chookooloonks Chookooloonks: The Journal “A Trinidadian term of endearment, used especially when addressing a child.” A former C-level executive, Karen is a full-time writer and photographer, with a wry wit and a good eye. Chookooloonks describes her daily life as an “Englameridadian," being married to a Brit, and being the mother of a child so multicultural she defies categorization. And don’t miss her other blogs: Blogging Baby, Emerald Market, and The Pan Collective. Learn more about Chookooloonks.

CityMama CityMama “Mama ain’t raisin’ no fool.” Welcome to the private site of a 36-year-old hip-hop- and new-wave-music-obsessed, city-dwelling mother of two. You may already know her as professional blogger Stefania Butler (Slashfood, Blogging Baby)... Learn more about CityMama.

Family Living; Hatfield Style Family Living; Hatfield Style Not McCoy style! Jenna blogs about family life, fire and military life, homeownership, broadcasting drama and, of course, “the cutest baby on the planet.” Content also includes photography, book and product reviews and the occasional -- but necessary -- rant. Learn more about The JHatfields.

Fussy Fussy “I’m your host, Mrs. Kennedy” An editor-turned-blogger takes on the struggle to live life as a thinking person while trying to get a small boy to school on time without dog biscuits in his teeth. Learn more about Fussy.

I'm Ablogging I’m Ablogging “Putting the ‘mo’ in ‘mofo’ since 2004;” Meghan is 33 years old, has an 11 month-old daughter, a big, handsome Dutch husband and two dogs. “I live in a rambler in the suburbs and I drive a freaking minivan for God’s sake,” she writes. “What happened to me?” Well, she co-founded Mommybloggers with Jenn Satterwhite and Jenny Lauck, for one thing! Read I’m Ablogging.

IzzyMom IzzyMom “Faking it since the turn of the century.” Meet Izzy, a thirtysomething mother and mildly sarcastic mommy blogger. Occasionally serious, usually funny and always honest observations, stories and rants on everything from body image and preschool politics to motherhood and marriage. Learn more about IzzyMom.

jenandtonic jenandtonic “Like toilet paper stuck to the heel of your shoe.” In this personal, humorous blog, JenB talks about her family, parenting her two-year-old, her personal struggles, television, music and books. Read jenandtonic.

Joy Unexpected Joy Unexpected “Taking aerobic dancing seriously since 2005.” I’m a 34 year old woman married to the same man for 15 years, mother to two handsome boys and one beautiful baby girl, who was not planned but who turned out to be the Unexpected Joy of our lives. My blog is an honest reflection of who I am and the crazy, yet completely ordinary life I live. Read Joy Unexpected.

Kimchi Mamas Kimchi Mamas “Meet Nina, Twizzle, Irane, Linda, Delia, Weigook Saram and Stefania...” What better name for a blog written by a group of Korean and married-to-Korean mothers than Kimchi Mamas? After all, they say, “We’re a little spicy, plenty fiery, and sometimes? We like to get pickled.” Read Kimchi Mamas.

Mom-101 Mom-101 “I don’t know what I’m doing either.” Liz, a NYC writer hailing from the justly-maligned world of advertising, fell in love with the funny guy from improv class and begat Thalia. “Turns out we got the best one,” writes Liz. “Now if only I knew what I was doing” Learn more about Mom-101.

Mommybloggers Mommybloggers “Mom by mom, we are changing our world!” The goal of Mommybloggers is to expose the diversity of the writers who commonly fall under the label mommyblogger. “Love the term or hate it, Mommybloggers are here to stay,” say co-founders Jenn Satterwhite, Jenny Lauck and Meghan Townsend. Learn more about the Mommybloggers.

Mommy Needs Coffee Mommy Needs Coffee “On a never-ending search to find a way to receive her coffee intravenously!” Welcome to the personal blog of Mommybloggers co-founder Jenn Satterwhite. In between loads of laundry and soccer games, Jenn blogs, writes essays and is currently finishing her debut book. Learn more about Mommy Needs Coffee.

Mom To The Screaming Masses Mom To The Screaming Masses “Picking up your socks since 1992.” Carmen is a stay-at-home mom to six kids. She’s a Starbucks addict and a huge fan of naps. When she’s not scaling Mt. Laundry, cleaning, driving carpool, or cooking, she likes to read and run. Read Mom To The Screaming Masses.

mothergoosemousemothergoosemouse Julie has always been full of contradictions. She’s been an honor student, harpist, punk rocker, cheerleader, Air Force officer, record company employee, a wife, and a mother to a Goose and a Mouse. You may need a map to follow her train of thought, but at least it makes some pretty interesting stops. Read mothergoosemouse.

Motherhood Uncensored Motherhood Uncensored It’s a no-more-mrs.-nice-mom take on the mom blog. The faint of heart or weak of stomach need not apply. Kristen is taking off her mommy mask and letting it all hang out. Read Motherhood Uncensored.

Mom Writes Mom Writes “Writing to Stay Sane While Caring for Little People with Big Needs.” Mary Tsao is a stay-at-home mother who lives in Silicon Valley with her engineer husband and their two toddlers. In her former life she was a technical writer, but she knows far more people read her blog than ever read her user guides. Read Mom Writes.

Ninjapoodles Ninjapoodles “Beware the four-pointed paw of death” If it’s happening in Belinda’s life, it’s probably reflected on her blog. A Southerner, Democrat, and Christian, this ”walking contradiction” blogs about her daughter, marriage, family, health issues, showdogs, horses, church, society, and more. And there are poodles. Ninja poodles. Learn more about Ninjapoodles.

Not Calm (dot com) Not Calm (dot com) “Yes, they are all mine.” Jen is a 35 year old recovering hard-core Dr. Sears type parent of four kids, ages 3, 5, 7 & 9, who is discovering the joys of NOT cosleeping (well, not much) anymore. She has been breastfeeding for nearly ten years. Yes, TEN. Learn more about Not Calm (dot com).

The Big Yellow House Notes from the Trenches Fighting the war on tantrums since 1994. Formerly The Big Yellow House. Meet Chris, over-educated mother of six boys and one girl, struggling to stay sane despite the efforts of her children. And yes, she knows what causes it. Read Notes from the Trenches.

Silicon Valley Moms Blog Silicon Valley Moms Blog A byte of Silicon Valley life. Welcome to Silicon Valley, where 20+ moms write about being CEOs at work and CFOs at home, where houses are expensive, kids love sushi and have web businesses, and moms are too busy chauffeuring kids to raise a sword in the mommywars. Read the Silicon Valley Moms Blog.

Spot-On.com Spot-On.com A social commentary site devoted to showcasing new voices, many of them women: From just west of Washington, D.C. Jeanne Jackson writes about pop culture, raising kids and just how wacky the world can be if you let it get to you. Experienced journalist Deborah Klosky writes about motherhood from a feminist perspective from her ex-pat perch in Valencia, Spain. From Milan, Nicole Martinelli writes about European culture and politics. And, of course, Spot-On Founder and Editor Chris Nolan, a veteran political journalist who decided to stop yelling at her TV set and instead write and publish her own political commentary. Nolan isn’t a mom. But some of her favorite bloggers are. Learn more about Spot-on.com. Coming soon!

State of Grace State of Grace You may already know Grace from the Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief Fund blog and SFGate. Here Grace blogs about her teen daughter, her happy marriage and her musings as a “rowdy, badass woman in her 50s.” Learn more about the State of Grace.

Suburban Turmoil Suburban Turmoil ...is what you get when you combine a two-year-old daughter, 15 and 13-year-old stepdaughters, an alpha male husband, a braying beagle, a bunch of annoying neighbors and a 30-year-old woman trying to make them all happy and look damn good in the process. Read Suburban Turmoil.

Surrender Dorothy Surrender Dorothy Rita Arens is a writer and mother living with her husband and daughter in Kansas City.  Her magazine articles, fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals. Read Surrender Dorothy.

Sweetney Sweetney Muthablogga in residence. Keyboard at the ready, this 30-something SAHM (stay at home mom) ranges far and wide in her blog, from daily life raising a preschooler to music, current events and politics. Read Sweetney.

This Full House This Full House “Don’t make me have to use UPPERCASE!” This Full House is a full-frontal encounter into Liz’s life as a mom with four children, two cats, one super hyper sock-eating chocolate lab and too damned much laundry. Learn more about This Full House.

Three Kid Circus Three Kid Circus “Helping Other Parents Feel Superior, One Blog Entry At A Time.” Witty, warm and self-deprecating, Jenny Lauck takes a humorous look at parenting three young children in the suburbs. Learn more about Three Kid Circus.

Troll Baby Troll Baby “Put some fun in YOUR dysfunction.” A hilarious (and sometimes serious) blog from the point of view of a mother of two boys - one Good Child and one Troll Baby. Read Troll Baby.

Woulda Coulda Shoulda Woulda Coulda Shoulda “How exactly did I get here?” Perhaps the Web’s funniest single mom, Mir is trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up-despite already being a divorced 30-something with two small, demanding creatures underfoot. She also recently launched Want Not, about her quest to live a fulfilled life without benefit of endless buckets of money. Learn more about Mir and her goals for Want Not.



Addendum. Here are even more great mommy blogs:

Amalah

Antique Mommy I was 44 when I had my baby. This blog chronicles the joys and challenges of living in the brave new world of hot flashes, sloppy cookie kisses, and trimming itty bitty fingernails while wearing bi-focals.

babylune_logo.pngBabylune. The first phase of new motherhood is an information resource for women recovering from childbirth. It is written by Kate Baggott—a technology journalist—while she is on a reduced-schedule maternity leave.

Business Mom

ClubMom This is the mother lode of mommy blogs. “Best of.” “Featured.” “Directory.” You name it...

Crib Ceiling Krisco is a full time stay-at-home mom to two little cuties. She used to be something. She forgot what. Still somewhat startled at the changes, loving the dollies, hating the housework. (Update: And now, she's working again! Will her old self return? Can she find matching shoes? Will anyone do the laundry?)

Dooce Heather’s clever writing and gorgeous photos charm and surprise readers. In addition to SAHMs, writers, creative types and techies alike can’t get by without a daily Dooce fix.

GwendomamaTrying to keep expletives to a minimum while raising her two children and dealing with the death of The Other One. Wears Birkenstocks, has dirty feet, enjoys music, baking, writing, fine wine, finger painting, and digging sand out of mouths.

Hormone Colored Days Breaking through her hormone-colored daze Kim Moldofsky muses on parenting and stay-at-home moms returning to the world of paid work. When PMS strikes, she takes care not to leave chocolate fingerprints on her keyboard as she rants about our nation’s public schools and how the system leaves gifted children behind.

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Little Pregnant (A) Madcap misadventures in infertility, pregnancy, prematurity, and parenthood. Cranky, introspective, frank, and funny, sometimes all at once.

 

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Livin’ Large Seven kids, one exchange student, three dogs, two cats, two birds, four goats, fifteen chickens, and a 500-lb. pig named Florence —but who’s counting? Uber-Mama Natalie writes on life, kids, and how she manages her super-sized family without resorting to Valium or a paid staff. Sometimes touching, sometimes funny, always better than a kick in the head. Well, most of the time...

Lucky Mom Happy married with an almost 3 year old, the Lucky in Lucky Mom could come crashing down soon as baby #2 (and last!) is due in less than 3 months. Will her luck run out?

Mama Drama Five Texas mommies dish the dirt on the real down-and-dirty rites of motherhood. The mommies run the spectrum from SAHM's to full-time professionals, from single to married, and from wrangling their babies to strangling (or at least wanting to strangle) their teens.

Mamalogues A younger, more neurotic Irma Bombeck.

Motherload: The MomAdvice.com Blog Mother of two and founder of MomAdvice.com, Amy dishes out her advice for moms on creative home solutions, saving money, feeding your family, and anything else that will help keep your sanity.

pastedGraphic.tiffMommy Blog (The) A naked, brutally funny, endearingly honest chronicle of family life beset by disaster on many fronts. Mindy keeps her family together through catastrophic illness, four bouts of postpartum depression, financial peril, familial Waterloo, and job instability.

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Mommy Off the Record Here’s Hoping My Kids Won't Need Therapy. A twenty-something mom trying to find the humor in new motherhood.

MomSquawk Blog

mom blog2.jpgMy Name Is Mommy A few funny stories documenting one mom's utter failure in raising three perfect children, but some success and joy at managing a pretty happy family...for the most part.

Parent Hacks A collaborative weblog of practical parenting wisdom.

 

Play Is In the Work

Purple Is a Fruit

Quick Serve Kids

Rockstar Mommy

SharpMom

Sundry Mourning

Surcie: A Little Treat, Just Because She blogs from the kitchen table and eats something chocolatey while The Boy Child (age 3) takes the much anticipated Afternoon Nap.

Thrifty MommyThrifty mommy is just her way of showing you how to save time and money without feeling like you are pinching pennies. Great sales both online and at the stores are coupled with time saving ideas to hopefully inspire and challenge you to pass on the tradition of frugal living with your kids.

White Trash Mom


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Comments

Guy -- Yeah, but DUDE. I'm 1/4 Asian *myself* (my grandmother is Chinese). I have NO EXCUSE.

See you then. :o)

When I first saw this list, I thought to myself, "I really need to thank Guy in person when I see him at BlogHer." When I went to BlogHer, I kept noticing this man with a camera who looked vaguely familiar, but just figured, "Hmm. I must read his blog occasionally, or something."

Karen<--dork

So, Guy, thanks so much for this great list. I'm a complete idiot for not realizing who you were until I got on my plane to come home -- otherwise I would've made sure to shake your hand.

Perhaps at BlogHer '07, then?

K.

************************

Karen,

BlogHer 07 then. Don't worry that you didn't place who I am. We Asians all look alike. :-)

Guy

Thank you Guy! I appreciate the mention for "white trash mom". I am a big fan of your blog and your books. Thanks again!

Guy mentioned my blog? Had my url right out there on his site? Thank you, Guy! I shall never wash my template again. I can't wait to meet you at BlogHer! Thank you for taking the time to recognize the many amazing Mommybloggers out there.

Thanks so much to Mom101 for adding in the Moms who decided to go with Federated. Several of us at BlogHer regretting turning down the chance to work with them, but never the chance to rock out with them in the Mommyblogging world. They are incredible women and incredible writers! Just goes to show this Mommyblogging thing is probably here to stay, huh!

You rock, Guy!

Hey Guy,

Our worlds collided when we saw your great Mommy blogger post last week! We have sponsored many of the mommy blogs in your list in the past and owe them a lot for helping us get out the word for our popular "GoodFather" line of daddy gifts.

Let us know when you begin putting together the Daddy blogger list because we have a nice primer started for you.


Best,
MrBaxta of Dr.MOZ

I think that's a tiny inter-linking corner of the mommyblogging world, but I'm happy to be in it! Thanks for the shout-out, Guy.

“What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open.” (Muriel Rukeyser)

Some of my favorites:
http://iasshole.org I, Asshole: The most obnoxious. Witty. Filthy. Bizarre. Punk-ass Seattle mom.

http://www.meibell.com/ Meibell: Venezuelan computer geek Meibell's story of living in NYC with two young children. In Spanish. Lots of pics and videos. Funny & smart.

http://spanglemonkey.typepad.com Spanglemonkey: incredibly prolific blogger, writer, lately dealing with mental illness. Known for her invention of Democrat Porn and the group photo blog 10:10.

http://shroomhead.blogspot.com Adventures of Leelo & his pottymouthed mom: Mommyblog with a focus on autism, autism therapy. Detailed personal stories of life with a young autistic child. It's worth reading from beginning to end. My homie "Squid" is wry & fierce.

http://shapeofamother.blogspot.com/ Shape of a Mother: Personal stories and photos, a blog about body image. Revolutionary celebration of stretch marks & refusal to hide the realities of the effects of pregnancy.

Wow...quite the compendium you've gathered here. I see several of my own "must reads" listed, and now - gah! as if I needed it - about a dozen more to check out.

Belatedly adding my thanks and utter giddiness in being mentioned here. Thanks, Guy!

i have some new additions to my blogroll thanks to this list - thanks for the tip!

you can add mine too - www.crazedparent.org!

Thanks for adding thriftymommy to your list. The list is very impressive and I feel honored to be added.

Great list - almost compelte :) Just need to add our site, MomSquawk (momsquawk.wordpress.com). Look for the new and improved version this fall.

We will be at BlogHer, of course...

Thanks so much for adding us to the list! These are all such great sites! We appreciate being a part of it.

Another site that I love to frequent is http://www.rockstarmommy.com. She is one of my favorite blogging mommas.

/gack.

Guy just patiently reminded me that the post keeps hitting the feed because he keeps updating it.

Which, of course, I would have realized, had I not left my brain elsewhere.

:-)

Gack!

Why is this THE POST THAT WOULD NOT DIE in Netnewswire?

All of Guy's other posts show up once, as expected, but this one shows up in my newsreader over and over and over....

As my mother said, "if I've told you once, I've told you a million times..."

:-)

I just wanted to throw in a plug for us bloggers over at ClubMom.com

Amy blogs here and at amalah.com http://blogs.clubmom.com/daily_dose/?lastMid=251679

She introduces the best blogs to check out at ClubMom daily.

Check it out!
Jennefer
http://threesons.clubmom.com/

I found your from Surviving Single Mom's blog. That's a great list. I'll have to check out the ones I have never been to. Thanks for sharing. I'll be back :)

I need to step on Genuine's comment and also offer up another collaborative Dad blog - DadCentric (www.dadcentric.com).

Although it's not necessary in my book to defend the promotion of women bloggers, I would offer this to the dissenters. You should realise that in whatever walk of life you may be foccusing, the future will very definitely be female and you will get new insights from reading what women have to say. As I did, at a remarkable event in London this year which also prompted me to blog

http://makemarketinghistory.blogspot.com/2006/05/jobs-for-girls_27.html

It's exciting to see some recognition for all these great reads outside of the mommy blogging world. Thanks, Guy!

give me a fork and i'll eat the crow.
thanks, dude.

Here is one more to consider: Business Mom, at
http://blogs.worldwit.org/business_mom/

It is a WorldWIT blog (there are more, at www.worldwit.org/blogs.aspx)
Great list
cheers
Liz

Wow--thanks! I echo Mir's sentiments above. Squee!

Guy,
Thank you very much for the mention! It certainly has been a big surprise to us that the mommy bloggers have developed such an incredible support system and community.

From my experience as a parent of two girls (ages 4 & 6), most moms typeically bond through parenting clubs and playdates. From my short time blogging, I absolutely see this happening in the mommy blogging world! It is incredible to be part of it!

We certainly appreciate your support!

Jill Asher
Co-Founder, Silicon Valley Moms Blog
http://www.svmomsblog.com

How about a shout out to us Daddy Blogs? You can chewck us out at www.theblogfathers.com

;)

Wow. I'm blown away to be mentioned on this blog! Thank you so very much for the recognition - I really am a fan of yours!

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