I don’t consider myself to be a “Mommy Blogger.” This probably stems from the fact that I had been blogging for a full two years before I became a mother. I guess if I had to pick a category to fit into, it’d be “Green Blogger.”
When I joined the ranks of the Green Bloggers back in March of 2008, I was amazed by the wonderful support, encouragement, friendliness and fun of the Green Blogosphere. I loved joining challenges with Crunchy Chicken, Green Bean, Chile, Arduous, Crunchy Domestic Goddess, and I’ve found wonderful friends in Laura and Jena. Along the way I’ve had lots of fun with Amber, Retro Housewife Goes Green, Green Mamma, Aisling, and been inspired by Jenna, Country Girl, Matron of Husbandry and Sharon. (So sorry if I forgot anyone!)
Since becoming a mom, I’ve gotten more involved in parenting topics and have made some nice new friends. I’ve also seen some moms be really mean to each other. It’s been kind of shocking because my old circle of Green Bloggers lacks this mean element. In working toward the common goal of sustainability, there’s no reason to be mean to each other. There are disagreements, sure, but not the drama that I’ve witnessed in Mommy Blogs and Mommy tweets. I’ve found myself following along with some of the squabbles and taking sides, but trying to keep out of the actual argument. I might comment on the topic (for example, with my Bark It Out post), but I try not to argue.
I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to start drama to drive traffic to my blog because I blog for me, not sponsorship or free stuff or anything else. I think the “Mommy Wars” are unproductive and I’m taking a hint from my family of Green Bloggers. I’m hoping to encourage, help, support, have fun with and maybe even inspire other moms. I refuse to be a Mean Mom and I challenge other moms to do the same!