Lists are always a touchy subject, especially in the blogosphere. Who was included? Who wasn’t? Are they really important? Are they a fair representation of “the best?” But it is nice when your peers get together and decide that what you’ve been doing is worthy of being mentioned. So I was honored to be included on Babble’s Top 100 Most Influential list.
Now, many of you know I have a love/hate relationship with the term “mom blogger,” because many people use that phrase as a justification for suggesting that the writing and work of mothers online isn’t important because, well, we’re just “moms.” But if we can use the attention that lists like this one can give to the important writing and issues that women online care about, then I’ll take one for the team!
What did they say about me?
Joanne Bamberger from PunditMom continues to find herself on our Top Mom Blog list this year as she tirelessly covers issues of our time with grace and epic smarts. We love that she embraces diversity in political opinions — despite having very strong opinions herself — and feel empowered every time we read her blog, whether it’s her PunditMom blog or the Spin Cycle she writes on Babble Voices.
Joanne came out with the book PunditMom’s Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America this year, and it is a must-read for the astute analysis of the biggest Internet force — you know, women. You will go to PunditMom for the fabulous perspective on mothers and politics and stay because it just makes you smarter.
Thank you, Babble, for the kind words and continued support of women writers online, who just happen to be moms! Here’s hoping that this is just another step on the way to collective world domination by amazing, smart women!