God, women can be just awful to each other.
Catty PTA members, terrible mothers- or sisters-in-law, nasty playground moms. They often dominate conversations among my friends, online and off. I see many a Facebook status that agonizes over Mean Girls who grew up to be Mean Moms.
Bloggers aren’t immune to it, either. Feuds between bloggers happen frequently, it seems – some public, some not – and while they can play out like train wrecks you can’t help but stare at, they can be incredibly disheartening.
But this isn’t post about mean moms or nasty bloggers. I’ve seen too many of those posts and I need some positive thinking right now.
It’s a post about awesome mom bloggers. Women who support each other, build each other up, radiate kindness and heart. Yes, there is drama in the blogging world. But there are also tons of awesome women in it, too.
Here are some of the blogging mamas who have been making me feel warm and fuzzy lately – and I whole-heartedly recommend you check them out:
Last weekend I met up with a group of local bloggers for dinner. Some I have spent time with before, some I knew just online, some were totally new to me. It was FABULOUS. I stayed way too long and had so much fun (and talked WAY too much – sorry that I yap when I have a glass of wine, ladies).
It was a night filled with sharing tips, laughing over blogging silliness, and building each other up. I walked away from that dinner energized and happy, knowing I had another clan of fabulous women to learn from, lean on, and celebrate with. (And if you want to know all about them, I’m listing all of them at the end of this post. Please check out their blogs!)
Jill Smokler, a.k.a Scary Mommy
Jill is awesome for a million reasons, but here are just a few:
She is a huge supporter of other bloggers and regularly has small bloggers like me guest post on her blog, which gives us great exposure to her giant fan base.
When I was freaking out about going on Katie Couric’s show, Jill took the time to give me some great career advice and promote my show appearance to her fans. She’s a busy woman. She didn’t have to do any of that. But she did.
Jill has an amazing nonprofit called Scary Mommy Nation. Right now and up to May 12, all donations up to $1,000 made to SMN are being matched by Jill and passed onto The One Fund Boston to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. (You can donate here.)
You may have heard that Jill has a new book out: Motherhood Comes Naturally (and Other Vicious Lies). If you have a funny bone, you will want to read it. I read the book cover to cover in a day. It’s as hysterical and honest as you’d think it would be, and I was bummed when I was finished – because I wanted to read more.
And if you’re a blogger, I hope you’ll buy Jill’s book to return the support that she shows our community. She deserves it, and you’ll love it. Everyone wins.
Nikki Knepper from Moms Who Drink and Swear
Nikki is another blogger I’ve gotten to know a little more lately. She, too, has an amazingly hysterical book out right now: Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind.
I’m in the midst of reading Nikki’s book and honestly? I am torn about whether I want to keep reading it. I love it and don’t want to put it down, but should I save it for my vacation in two weeks because I love it? I’m thinking it deserves to be read with a Mai Tai in-hand, so I may make myself wait.
Not only does Nikki make me snort with conspiratorial laughter, but behind her lovable potty mouth is a woman who amazes me with her kindness and her giving nature. One minute she’s making me laugh, and the next I’m teary because of a selfless act she commits to help one of our mutual friends.
Nikki is a fabulous person and a fabulous writer, and I hope you’ll grab a copy of her book. You won’t regret it. And if you’re one of the few people in the world who haven’t liked her Facebook page, you can do that here.
Who is a blogger whom you think deserves a shout-out because of her great blog and amazing awesomeness?
PS : Here’s the list of the Boston mom bloggers I hung out with last week – check them out!
Annie at Stowed Stuff
Cheryl at Busy Since Birth
Diane at Dollops of Diane
Jessica at Don’t Mind the Mess
Julie at Dennehy Public Relations
Julie at Next Life, No Kids
Kerry at Kerry Goodwin Photography
Kim at Kim World
Kim at Red Shutters
Lollie at The Fortuitous Housewife
Nikki at Days with Us