>Kathie Lee Gifford doesn’t get it. The Today Show’s Hota Kotb doesn’t really get it, either. Three well-known bloggers took some time out from BlogHer Business conference to sit down and talk about blogging for the Today Show. They were introduced as “mommy bloggers” — as in “Oh, no, not the mommies!” The feature was edited to make the women sound like they sit around all day chatting online and make a living doing it.
The lovely Mir was initially concerned about the final production making her look “like a dork” in public. After the feature aired, she was more concerned about the obnoxious “Tell me your secret!” emails that were the price of her 15 minutes of sound bite fame. No one editing the production realized that these women are the exception, not the rule, of the blogging world. They don’t make a living talking about diapers. They make a living as freelance writers; their clients are often online. Believe me, they work. How would I shop for Christmas and birthdays without Mir’s Wantnot?
Punditmom gets it and explains it well. Many women started blogs because they were not finding their voices and those like them in mainstream media sources. We may or may not be moms, and we may or may not blog about our children. We do, however, have a voice: a strong and ever-growing collective voice.
Jenn at Mommy Needs Coffee (I think she’s my doppelganger with a Texas twang) wrote about blogging for passion or products. If a blogger writes only for the products, the writing doesn’t stay fresh long. I don’t know anyone who subscribes to a feed reader or bookmarks a blog just to read paid posts or ads. It’s the personal nature of the blogosphere medium that makes it interesting and exciting.
I liked Mir’s comment that blogging is cheaper than therapy. It’s the reason I started reading blogs and writing my own. I continue because I enjoy it. Getting the occasional free book to review and winning a prize now and then are bonuses.
To read a summary of Mir’s experience and to view the clip, check out The Business of Mommyblogging on BlogHer. It’s worth it. You’ll get it.