Category: This Week in the Momosphere

Momosphere Recap: Mommy Business Trips, Drunk Reese and More

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By , April 26, 2013 2:27 pm

•  The Wall Street Journal stole the show late in the week with an article belittling mommy conferences and their attendees. The indignation was immediate (and I’m sure it will continue well into next week.) The article leads with an interview with Katherine Stone of Postpartum Progressand makes the case that conferences are nothing more than dressed up “mommy business trips.” They are excuses for moms to escape the day-to-day and have fun with their girlfriends under the guise of professionalism.

There’s certainly something to that perspective given that only a relative handful of the 5000 attendees at Blogher, say, are really running their blogs as a business. It is beyond me, though, what that has to do with a well-established and successful blogger like Katherine Stone. Here’s Stone’s response  and Cecily K’s wrath on Babble, Joanne Bamberger’s tidy rebuke on Broadside and Jessica Gottleib reminding us that if we brand ourselves as mommies, then we should hardly be surprised when everyone else calls us mommy too.

I don’t doubt that the article was little more than a sensationalist pageview grab. Then again, I am now subscribed to the Wall Street Journal.

•  It was otherwise a mostly quiet week from where I sit (which was just fine by me). We all gossiped about Reese Witherspoon’s drunken antics when her husband got charged with a DUI, but that got stale fast. Lego’s opening a school in Denmark and the Duchess is still pregnant and planning to stay with her mum for a bit (gasp!) when the baby’s born.

•  But before we eagerly move on to lighter times and let the horrors of last week fade away altogether, read this TwoBusy post on Dadcentric. It’s a stirring and poetic account of a family trapped in their home with a madman on the loose. Nothing happens and everything does. It’s blogging at its best.

More of me. Other stuff I wrote online this week (and last, in this case):

Can A Woman Rape a Man? Our Double Standard When It Comes to Sex Assault at iVillage.ca

10 Things You Need to Know About Justin Trudeau at iVillage.ca

Clever or Crass? Playtex Animal Ad Campaign Aims to Help Keep Your Pecker and Your Beaver Clean at iVillage.ca

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Momosphere Recap: Actually, I’mma Pass On This One

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By , April 19, 2013 1:46 pm

You know what? Screw this week and it’s bombings and explosions and manhunts. It has been a non-stop string of terror and horror and sadness.

Let’s instead take a moment to remember last week when one of the most talked about things in my social media feed was this guy’s tumblr of his crying kid.

I’m going to go make my own toddler cry when I stop her from choking to death on a Lego piece and be bloody thankful that this is my life right now.

Momosphere Recap: MomThrive, Frank Bruni and Goodbye, Dawn

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By , April 5, 2013 2:24 pm

  • The would-be inaugural meeting of the MomThrive conference was set to happen this weekend in Toronto. Proving (perhaps) that putting on a mommy blogging conference isn’t a license to print money after all, organizers were forced to cancel with only a week’s notice due to “a situation beyond our control”. I can only assume it has something to do with money, but I could be wrong.
    Blogger Sober Julie, tried to salvage some sort of get togetherfrom the wreckage by organizing a meet up for the attendees who were already out their travel costs. Things came together quickly with the hotel providing free meeting space and discounted rooms, many speakers willing to come and talk to whoever showed and other vendors throwing in freebies as well.
    The original organizers are pissed. Or, at least, they made sure to state that they, “…are not in any way associated or involved with this event, nor are we “happy”.” On the one hand, it’s understandable that they don’t want to see their hard work and planning be taken over by somebody else. But on the other, they had every opportunity to find a way to save their own event and failed. “Cancelling” on vendors, sponsors, speakers and attendees at the last minute is simply not “professional.”
  • Moving on: Parents these days. Frank Bruni devoted several column inches of last Sunday’s NY Times to explaining how this generation of parents are spineless, self-involved worry warts who aren’t doing their kids any favours. The good news is, however, that it hardly matters because kids will grow up just fine anyway. I’m not surprise it garnered mixed responses either dismissing his childless, can’t-possibly-understand-how-hard-it-is perspective or praising his honesty and insight since the column really didn’t say anything at all. Helicopter parents are doing it wrong and so are free-range ones. Yawn. There are as many different approaches to raising children as there ever were. The only difference is that now there are opinion columns in the Times talking about.
  • Also this week, the mom blogging community lost one of their own to cancer. Dawn from Defying Melanoma continued blogging about her struggle with Metastatic Melanoma right up until a couple days before she passed away. There is a fund set up to help feed her husband and two sons, if you are so inclined. The outpouring of love and support has been wonderful and I, like so many others, would like to leave you with the last words Dawn wrote on her blog, “Check your skin people. Check your skin.”

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Momosphere Recap: KFC, Victoria’s Secret and more

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By , March 29, 2013 10:29 pm

I started this series of mom-blog news recaps two and a half years ago on this blog and never did a another one. So I can’t blame you for doubting me now when I say THEY’RE BACK!

There is just too much ridiculous gossip hard-hitting mommy blog news that speaks for itself to pass up. It’ll be just like The Daily Show! Except instead of Jon Stewart, me. And instead of TV, this blog. And instead of satire on important news stories, a quick round up of mom blogging controversies. And probably not as good. And no celebrities.

Right. So here goes.

  • KFC brought some influential bloggers to Kentucky for a Twitter party to promote their new kids’ meals (which seem to be about as healthy as you’d expect). Cecily K has a great account of what went down on Babble. Essentially, a lot of people (influential bloggers and regular people alike) began using the #kfckidsmeals hashtag to discuss KFC’s health record and ask questions about the nutritional content of the meals. Jessica Gottlieb followed up with a blog post breaking down such hard to grasp concepts as integrity and doing your job without whining.Accusations of hashtag hijacking, bullying and general mean girlness abounded. A marketer got in on the fracas with a post reminding bloggers to watch what they say or else nobody will want to work with them, chiding that if, “…you’re going to launch a protest, you ought to do so respectfully, professionally and in a classy way.” (I must have missed the part where the mom bloggers busted out the combat boots and Molotov cocktails.) Then everyone hugged and made up. No they didn’t. The same old show will be coming soon to a branded tweet up near you in the near future, to be sure.
  • Victoria’s Secret was forced to pull some racy underwear from their website this week because it was perceived they were marketing to tweens/young teens. There was a huge backlash from mom bloggers and this post by Evan Dolive went especially viral. There was a bit of, well, are they or aren’t they marketing to teens? Amanda Marcotte, writing on Slate, said everyone needed to chill out because teens are going to have sex no matter what their underwear looks like. But my favourite posts on this topic were penned by men and talk about the pressure teen girls feel to play out some oversexified version of adulthood. Because, really, anyone who is old enough to strut around in lace panties that say “I dare you,” isn’t going to want to wear them anyway.

    UPDATE: This Jezebel post will help take the righteous indignation out of your sails. Now doesn’t that feel better?

  • My own Facebook universe was plagued with what I can only call Screenshotgate when it came out that a certain group of people have been in the habit of taking screen shots of conversations happening on personal profiles and private groups. The idea is that they were somehow using these screenshots to damage a party’s reputation and perhaps cost them potential business relationships. Let the record state that I don’t know who was doing this to whom or why they were doing it. This is purely an unsubstantiated rumour that I am spreading for your own entertainment and titillation.
I now realize as I hit publish after 10pm on Good Friday why I didn’t keep this up. It’s a lot of work. So give me your feedback! Do you like it? Is it fun? Or just a rehash of stuff you already knew? Be honest, please and thank you.

Formula For Boycott, Gay Parenting, and Mom Bloggers For Sale

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By , October 9, 2010 4:04 am

Every Friday night, when I don’t have anything better to do, I try to read some blogs and generally get caught up with my corner of the blogosphere.  (You know, where parenting intersects with Toronto.)  Sometimes I even indulge in a wee alcoholic beverage or two while I do this.  Why not take this relaxing past-time, I thought, and somehow turn it into work? I know!  I’ll write a re-cap blog based on my reading and that’ll sell like hotcakes on the interwebs. Or at least I’ll start blogging more regularly and about Important Things that everybody else is on about. So, unless I find something better to do, give it up for:

THIS WEEK IN THE MOMOSPHERE

  • Okay, so this first one is totally from last week, but whatever. Old Navy sells infant onesies with “Formula Powered” printed on them and the internet goes crazy. The lactivists are aghast at the company’s blatant disregard for the health and well-being of babies everywhere and you can practically hear them chanting, “Boycott! Boycott! Boycott!” Then there’s the backlash in favour of the poor souls who can’t breastfeed for whatever reason; don’t they have the right to buy t-shirts advertising their own feeding method? Isn’t that in the constitution? There was even, get this, a boycott of the boycott in which people vowed to shop more than usual at Old Navy. And, yes, there were a couple voicesof reason amidst the fracas, too. So if you happen to be compiling a worst-baby-shower-gift-ever list, this shirt could probably crack the top ten. 
  • As long as we’re dipping into last week’s news, people are still reeling from the suicide of a gay Rutgers student and the precipitating invasion of privacy by his roommate. Parents are blogging about raising tolerant and accepting children. Dan Savage talking about getting to be a gay parent will make you cry. Even Sarah Silverman has nothing funny to say about this. I tend to miss much of the Christian-right, homemakers dialogue, somehow, but it seems they have even found nicer waysof saying that homosexuality will send you straight to hell and keep those people away from my children. 
  • Long live high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)! (That’s glucose/fructose for us Canadians.) Mom Central Consulting took on the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) as a client and organized a blog tour to promote the view that HFCS is just like sugar. Several bloggers were paid in gift certificates to pass on the edu-promotional material presented to them. That’s about when the shit hit the fan. Some very capable and level-headed bloggers called out Mom Central and the individual blogs for selling out their integrity on such a hot-button topic. Mom-101 in particular argued against HFCS for nutritional, environmental and economic reasons and stressed that bloggers have an obligation when they’re being paid to know what the hell they’re writing about. Stacy DeBroff of Mom Central responded on her blog with all kinds of golden Star Trek/Borg material. Liz Gumbinner from Mom-101 then answered backon her own blog and now there are a lot of bloggers clutching gift certificates who just don’t understand why the nice doctors would lie to them. 
  • In other totally unrelated mom-bloggers-fawning-over-brands news, the She’s Connected Conference is happening in Toronto in less than two weeks. All over Twitter, Canadian bloggers are gushing about how much they really, really, really want to be selected to attend a one day conference which is going to be half, “Why you should work with brands,” and then the other half, “Hi! Here are the brands!” (I’m not saying I’m not going, I’m just saying I forgot to “apply” until just after the deadline.) It’s better than winning a chance to go to an infomercial; it’s like earning the chance to work for a company — for swag.

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