Let’s Face It. You’re a Mommy Blogger

The first thought I had when I decided to attend the Irish Blogger Agency launch on the 25th of September was Frick, I better pluck my eyebrows! This was to be one of my first blogger networking events, and there would be fashion bloggers at it. Fashion Bloggers!! I have chatted with plenty of fashion bloggers since I started Over Heaven’s Hill and they are absolutely lovely people but boy do they send me into a cold sweat. Especially, if I am going to be in a room full of them. You see, I’m not the most fashion conscious person. I am by no means fashionable, up to date or on trend. The best I can come up with, as far as the fashion stakes go, are skinny jeans – which I pray will forever be in fashion because I’m not sure I could go back to the baggy jeans days of the noughties. Let’s face it, I’m a Mommy Blogger and we’re not exactly the coolest bloggers in town. But I know, through my pregnancy, that I’d have been lost without the numerous parenting blogs I read. Those nine months and that first year of fighting through teething was hard. I struggled and barely knew what the hell I was doing as I learnt about my new life as a mum. Parent bloggers – their advice, their happy moments and their torturous hard days – said one very important thing to me, “you’re not alone.”

I rarely asked my consultant questions during my pregnancy. Not because I didn’t trust her or didn’t see her enough. My questions were not always medical related, and more than likely not serious enough when they were, to warrant a doctors appointment (I’m not the rush off to the doctor type of person unless blood or seething pain is involved). Questions I had were answered quickly and eased my worrying mind after a quick browse on the internet. 

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Now, bear in mind, I’m a Medical Librarian specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I have worked in a medical library in a maternity hospital for ten years. Going to the internet to ask a random question is not in the ethos of my career. In fact, I have given the lecture and the stern look when a friend or family member says “they checked the internet.” Dear God, no. What jargon and crap did they find in cyberspace that is sending them into a panic? I would redirect them to Medline Plus or offer to find appropriate, relevant and, more importantly, accurate information for them. I myself, would source pregnancy related information for my own queries on specialised databases or refer to books designed for medics, nurses and midwives.

As the months went on and A started to do somersaults and hiccup inside me, I became overwhelmed with the information on UpToDate and Medline. I needed experience, not facts. I needed to know that what I felt someone else felt it too and everything turned out ok. And that’s where the beautiful Mommy Blogger came in.

Admittedly, it appears that every second mother has a blog or considers writing a blog. Whether it’s the pause in life and change in identity which maternity leave seems to bring to mothers or the yearning for something more than simply being a mother. There are many of us.

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So, while calling ourselves a Mommy Blogger or Parent Blogger may sound uncool, we’re actually pretty en vogue. No, we may not come across as hip or trendy as we talk about puke on our work suit or wearing the same jeggings for five days straight. But pregnancy and parenting is a hot topic. Always on trend. Never out of date. And I for one still reach out to parenting blogs when I’m trying to figure out my toddler and her ever interesting moods and ways. Experience trumps data.

But hey, I’m still going to pluck my eyebrows and throw on a bit of eyeliner for the Irish Bloggers Agency Launch. In fact, the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards last Thursday was an eye opener – FYI no win for Over Heaven’s Hill this year but the circus was amazing and it was incredible to say I was a finalist! I won’t ever be mistaken for a Fashion Blogger or dare I say a Beauty Blogger at any blogger events. That’s not to say that us Mommy Bloggers don’t scrub up well. We do. In fact we are beautiful but there’s an inherent difference between our beauty and our style and that of the swoon worthy fashion and beauty bloggers.

I’m proud to say I’m a Mommy Blogger. Sharing my wisdom, my parenting faults and successes. Asking my own questions and answering those every day what if’s and is this normal moments of parenthood. I thank all of the parent bloggers that reassured me over the years, told me that it’s completely normal and said, yes, it sucks, it’s hard but look at how awesome it is too. 

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20 thoughts on “Let’s Face It. You’re a Mommy Blogger

  • September 19, 2016 at 8:23 am
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    Congratulations on being a finalist. Skinny jeans are definitely my best friend! I’m proud to be a mummy blogger too and I love reading about other Mum’s experiences. Thanks for sharing yours. A x

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    • September 19, 2016 at 10:35 am
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      Thanks Annie. Being a mommy blogger most certainly is one of the most positive things in my life. We’re all a wealth of information πŸ™‚

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  • September 19, 2016 at 9:01 am
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    Probably more than most of us you’re a writer too! A lot of blogs are just ‘this happened, then that happened’ but I’ve always liked your one because it’s much more than that!
    James Hopes recently posted…Nanny. Nanny. NAAAAANNNYYY!!!My Profile

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    • September 19, 2016 at 10:37 am
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      Thank you so so much James. I try to bring a bit more to my blog, and its created its own structure over the last few months with the individual series. Where my blog goes, I go πŸ™‚

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  • September 20, 2016 at 10:09 am
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    Sometimes experience really does trump data I agree. I couldn’t count the amount of netmums threads I trawled post 2nd birth searching for a shared experience, some of them 10yrs + old. That’s why I shared my traumatic birth experience on my blog because I understand that need for a shared experience. Great post! And great recognition being a finalist for an award well done. πŸ™‚
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  • September 21, 2016 at 9:16 am
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    Oh I love, love, LOVE this post! The reason I started blogging was after turning to the internet for ‘experience’ stories myself (usually in the dead of night when I just couldn’t stop worrying about whatever it was!). I wanted to be able to help other like they’d helped me.

    Also, congratulations again on being a finalist! #BloggerClubUK
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    • September 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm
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      Thanks Lucy, and yep I think we’re all awesome. I’d be lost without all of my fellow bloggers. Real experience is what new parents and old parents need for reassurance

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  • September 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm
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    There’s nothing uncool about us mummy bloggers πŸ˜‰ Funnily before I started blogging I read some of the big name blogs and just assumed being a mummy blogger was a cool thing to be. It’s only since I’ve launched my blog, that I’ve realised we get a bad rap sometimes. How very rude! Go mummy bloggers (and our skinny jeans). x #ablogginggoodtime

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    • September 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm
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      It is a shame we can get a bad rep in the blogging world cos I think we’re pretty awesome. Horrible being stereotyped when we’re so much more than simple being parents

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  • September 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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    What a great post! Mommy blogger’s make a difference to so many people. For me it’s the lovely comments from people that make all the effort and guard work worth while. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime πŸŽ‰
    An imperfect mum (Catie) recently posted…A Blogging Good Time #17My Profile

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    • September 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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      I still read Mum Blogs for advise. Thats one of the great things about us. We know we don’t know everything and need help and support ourselves sometimes. If I can help one person, I’m happy

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  • September 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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    We should absolutely stand proud to be Mummy/parenting bloggers – they are just as beautiful as fashion bloggers! I love reading about other people’s experiences in parenthood, and your blog is one of my favourites. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam Hope to see you next time x
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    • September 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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      Oh thank you Bridie. I love know that parent bloggers are there when I need them. Someone always has the answer

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  • October 3, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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    Congrats on being a finalist! I think mom bloggers are super cool πŸ˜‰

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