There’s tonnes of reasons why I think Mummy Blogs are fab. I think of a ‘mummy blog’ as one written by a Mum, rather than any other type of person. They may not even be about mummy stuff, but they will still have a particular slant, which other blogs won’t have. You can get blogs about babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, children, teenagers, single mums, divorced mums, married mums, stay at home mums (SAHM), work from home mums (WFH), and going out to work mums.
But the main reason I recommend Mums check them out is because they can give a REALITY CHECK, something we all could do with sometimes. The more honest the blog, the better the reality check. (How can you tell if it is honest? If it has both happy and sad, coping and struggling, good and bad days discussed in it). Reality checks help us to see that the grass is different, but not always greener on the other side, and to appreciate our particular lawn.
So if you are a Mum, and haven’t gotten into Mummy blogs yet, I really recommend you have a go. They are easy to fit into a Mum’s life, for a quick 2-5min read, and will often give you a much needed giggle.
You can just keep all the URL’s but it’s tricky to keep up to date, so the best option is to either subscribe by email or an RSS reader. You can do both of those by clicking on the little orange square thingy on the RHS of my blog.
(By the way, if you are subscribed to my blog, you might want to re-do it, as I have just updated my blog to use a different feedburner). I use google reader, which means I can read the blogs on my macbook air, iphone or ipad (geeky apple household here we come): http://www.google.com/reader/
If you would like a list of places to start, then there have been a couple of lists of the top British Mummy Bloggers and awards recently (all measured in totally different ways!):
Tots 100: http://www.whosthemummy.co.uk/parent-blog-index/
Make sure you add Sally who hosts the Tots 100, as she is hysterical, but not listed in the list anymore: http://www.whosthemummy.co.uk/
Wikio’s Top 20: http://www.wikio.co.uk/blogs/top
The Gurgle Blog Awards: http://www.gurgle.com/articles/Lifestyle/36776/Top_20_mummy_blogs_on_the_web.aspx
Alpha Mummy Top 10: http://timesonline.typepad.com/alphamummy/2006/12/10_great_blogs_.html
Cision top 10 Mummy Blogs (also check out Daddy & Parenting): http://uk.cision.com/Resources/Social-Media-Index/Top-UK-Social-Media/Top-10-UK-Mummy-Blogs/
For people already really into blogs, what are your favourites, or do you have lists you can recommend to my readers? Are there any other tips you would give people?
Oooh by the way, I’ve never been up for an award for any blog list, sob sob. I once got listed as in the top 50 mummy bloggers on twitter, but that was ages ago. So if you ever see any competitions going, feel free to recommend me, plug, plug!