Everybody Wants Me on Mother’s Day

If you’ve got the word “mom” in the name of your blog, Mother’s Day becomes a time of year when you’re the most popular gal in your corner of the blogosphere.  Many PR and marketing people pay scant attention to the actual content of your site — if it says “mom” anywhere, your E-mail in-box is inundated with solicitations to attend events or write about promotions for everything from dolls to diapers, and nutrition to nanny services.

Usually I just delete the missives while shaking my head over the lack of homework by some promoters , but sometimes I can’t help myself and I get a little snarky, invoking the idea of my friend The Bloggess and her extremely effective reminder of the non-sequitur of Wil Wheaton collating papers. (One recent PR person I sent the link to with a polite note reminding her about the fact that I don’t write a parenting blog was not amused.)

So aside from the fact that Mother’s Day already is an overly-commercial time when our families are guilted into thinking they have to buy us gifts we really don’t need or making us a fancy dinner (note to family: you can make me an un-fancy dinner any night of the year), now women who are online who happen to be mothers — a.k.a.  “mommybloggers” — are inundated for at least a month before our designated annual day of rest to work for someone else while receiving no payment in return.

Wait a second.  Isn’t that what we do every day of the year for our kids, husbands and partners?

There are certain things I’m more than happy to participate in — bringing more attention to the fact that not much is being done about the mercury and other pollutants in the air our kids breathe or using a little humor to remind people that mothers are okay with multi-tasking as long as we get paid fairly for it or using the second Sunday in May to remember  all types of mothers.

There are also about 50 mothers I especially need to think about this year — the ones who made my book possible by sharing their stories and who will prove to other moms, as 2012 is upon us, that it isn’t all that scary to talk about politics or to write about political engagement or to get involved in a grassroots campaign.

Everybody wants me on Mother’s Day.  And I’m more than happy to help out, as long as the person asking has taken the time to consider whether the “ask” makes sense for both of us.

P.S. — I forgot to mention that there actually are some very wonderful communications professionals who do get all this.

Image by Joanne Bamberger, all rights reserved.

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6 Responses to “Everybody Wants Me on Mother’s Day”

  1. Jen Says:

    You are awesome. I will not ask you to do anything for free on this day or any other specially-designated celebrate someone day, but I will appreciate you and your writing and your passion every single day.

  2. Karianna Says:

    True, true! On Father’s Day we do the heavy lifting. On our kids’ birthdays we do the heavy lifting. And on Mother’s Day… we also do the heavy lifting – whether online or off.

  3. Shannon Drury Says:

    Attention PR flacks! PunditMom works hard for the MONEY… so you better treat her right! Alright?

  4. Anita Says:

    Ditto to all the comments above. You rock. And I love that Wil Wheaton link.

    And thank you for linking to the MomsRising movie about Mother’s Day and fair pay!!

  5. Jenny, Bloggess Says:

    I so love you. I was just saying today that I’ve been so overwhelmed with telling people that I don’t want to write about their mother’s day products. And the Wil Wheaton link has been used. A lot.

  6. Karen/Chookooloonks Says:

    While I can only imagine the inundation of bad pitches the author of a blog with the word “mom” in the title must get this time of year, I’d like to also point out that those of us whose blogs are titled with nonsensical and somewhat unintelligible words also get a ridiculous number of inane pitches.

    :) Great post, friend.

    K.


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