my blog roll call post, catnip inspired me to do what I hope is a great idea for my new blogroll. Instead of a sidebar blogroll, I'm making the blog roll a post (as opposed to a page - because Blogger is too uncoordinated to include pages in the template - cheap bastards - and when I say cheap bastards I'm referring to myself in the plural because I'm too damn cheap to pay for a premium platform, so a blog roll post it is... and whoops, that would be the first tangent of 2009 folks, I'll get us back on track).
So yes, I will create a blogroll post AND update it on a regular basis so that the technorati love keeps giving and giving and giving and giving and we all get the recognition we deserve in the blogosphere. And then we will all get free chocolate and autographed pictures of David Hasselhoff because I understand that's what happens when your ranking goes up.
Oh and when I say catnip, I mean the blogger catnip, not the weed my cats roll and smoka man, because if I'm going to do drugs, it's not going to be something as cheap as catnip - take my word on that. Cats are notorious for selecting cheap & weak drugs to abuse but being control freaks AND cheap, they like to only ACT stoned, not actually BE stoned. Cats are a strange and thrifty species. But that's a post topic to tackle another day.
Today, I'm going to tackle the term "mommy blogger". Do you like that term and do you apply it to your posty self? Personally the term makes me squirm and my gut-reaction is to say "no, I don't like it". But why do I dislike the term? I'm a mommy (well... technically, I'm a momma because I'm raising a young Tennessee Williams) and I'm a blogger, so logically, I should be a mommy blogger and proud to wear the moniker.
But I'm not exactly comfortable with it and I'm not exactly sure why. For the record, I also hate the term cougar which was a term my friends wore with some kind of warped pride back when we were all single and thirty-somethings and once again, it made me squirm. It's not that I don't like cougars, it just seems so confining to define yourself by one small aspect of your life. Unless of course you are a professional cougar who lives, eats, and breathes young men and crave their life blood. For that, I can get calling yourself a cougar.
I think most of my uncomfortable feelings stem from resistance to being pigeon-holed. Wow, saying "being pigeon-holed" sounds vague nasty and something that would cost a lot to have done extra *wink wink nudge nudge*. Also possibly something PETA would get on your case about. ANYHOW I'm more than a mommy and I write about things that are not mommy, yet I'm pretty damn sure I fall into the category of mommy blogger. And there is nothing "wrong" with that (implying there is a "right" which I don't want to do so that's why I'm abusing the quotes).
Let's see: I have cute (imo) pictures of my kid on my blog and I talk about how she outsmarts me on a fairly regular basis, but I still consider the mommy part as only one aspect of my blog, not my defining standard. I have always thought I blogged about life in general and the fact that I am also a parent plays a part mostly because I work from home.
Plus I cannot forget how much I write about my insanity - perhaps I even write more about my insanity than getting outsmarted by a preschooler. So maybe I should be a unstable blogger - now there is a label I can wear with pride.
But to be fair, I only started blogging because I became a parent so again I revisit the mommy label. Would I feel better if I was called a parent blogger? Possibly. Mommy does scream I have a v*gina and I don't like to be defined by my sex. Le Sigh. Why can't I just be a life blogger?
So how do you feel about the term mommy blogger? Meh? Love it? Embrace it? Hate it? Discuss. I'll sit back and read the comments while eating my cheetos and gossip trolling for Binkywood. Though if I don't get any comments, I'll assume no one cares. It's probably been discussed to death elsewhere at another time and I'm just late to the party that I didn't even realize had been thrown.
In other news: have you read the roast of Tanis, The Redneck Mommy? You may have heard of her before... on CNN or in mug shots on the wall of your local post office. Her online roast started today over at Cynical Dad and trust me, that lady had it coming - this is what she gets for having such an amazing rack and using her powers for both good and evil. So go read Part I, though in my opinion, Part III will be the best because that's where my contribution will be found*. Don't worry, I'll linky love it when it's posted. So what better way to spend a Monday than roasting another blogger, especially one as je-ne-sais-quoi as Tanis. Now go on and get BUT after you tell me if your thoughts the term mommyblogger.
* totally kidding - totally totally kidding, the other roasters rule