Blogging and The Voice of Women

Two months ago my adorable, sweet, loving, perfect, first-born baby boy turned 3. It was a sad day and a happy day.  I was happy to celebrate his special day, happy that he was a kind, sensitive little boy and an amazing big brother.  But then I was sad in the same moment. Side note: this whole parenting thing is a bit of an emotional roller coaster.

Anyway, I digress. I was sad because I was in total disbelief that he was ALREADY  three – where did the time go and how do I get it back? I want to package up and freeze forever everything that he is.

But then I realized … holy heck. 3 is Hard – with a capital H. Terrible 2’s? Really – they have nothing on 3 so far. He’s becoming his own self – a little bit opinionated and a lot bit independent. Throw in a touch of sassiness and you have yourself some fun, interesting and challenging times as a parent.

So, you are probably wandering what any of this has to do with Social Media right?

Well, late one night after a particularly rough bedtime battle that wore me out and left me in tears I went to the Internet and started searching. How to get your 3 year old to stay in his bed? How to be a better, more patient parent to a 3 year old? You get my drift.

What I got was not just answers to my questions but an overwhelming online community of Mommy bloggers who were experiencing, or have experienced, the same things I was. Really – you mean I’m not alone in this? I felt connected. I got advise in a real world, I’ve-been-there-too, you’re-still-an-awesome-Mom, kind of way.

So, it got me thinking … blogging has totally changed and expanded the voice of women.  There are thousands of blogs out there written by woman, for woman.

The Social Media Examiner interviewed Lisa Stone, CEO and co-founder of BlogHer about how blogging has done this. I think she hits the nail on the head when she says: “Finally, there is the perfect toll for woman, who are defacto by nature, social, to communicate their likes, dislikes, their loves, their hates all over the internet when they choose to.”

We have control to share, connect and inspire when we WANT to. And I have the control to be inspired and connected when I NEED to. It’s a win, win for everyone.

I never thought I’d be the type of person who would follow a blog (or several), but I’m totally hooked. I’ve found inspiring stories from every corner of the blogosphere. Parenting, cooking, fashion, friendship, advertising, marketing, etc. It’s amazing and I’m officially addicted. Are you addicted to blogs too?

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