Local mothers find blogging ‘therapeutic’Written by Michael Driehorst | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you didn’t know it by now, a lot of moms are online.
According to a May 2008 eMarketer report, moms make up 43.7 percent of all females who go online, which is about 35.3 million mommies.
More recently, a May Nielsen online report stated that “power moms — women age 25-54 with at least one child — represent 19.2 percent of the active online population.”
One is BareFootfoodie.com’s Brittany Gibbons, a 28-year-old mom living in Delta. Her sarcastically funny, blunt blog with a bit of adult language draws 3,100 visits a month, according to Compete.com.
“My blog is absolutely a form of therapy,” Gibbons said. “I can’t talk to [my kids] like that. When I get them to bed, it’s the only time I can let spew from my head.
“It’s the only way I can keep it all together and be myself, and still be respectful during the day,” she said.
Gibbons has two sons, age 3 and 2, and a daughter born April 30. She’s a stay-at-home mom who said her blog earns upward of “a few hundred dollars” a month from the ads on it.
She started blogging in November 2007 with a focus on recipes and Toledo area restaurant reviews.
“At first, I wanted to it to be more local because I didn’t see anything else like it,” Gibbons said. “But it was so boring. It was getting lost in the sea of legitimate food blogs that were legitimately good and mine was crap.”
It was the middle of last year when Gibbons changed the focus. From then, site traffic and comments really grew to where readers will leave 40, 50 or more comments on each post.
Holly Whitney — more commonly known as “pixie” — started Pixie’s Temple, her first blog, in August 2005. The focus was to document her interest in the Yourself Fitness video game forums she belonged to.
Whitney, 32, of Toledo, has a son, 2, and teaches at Davis College. She started The Wee One blog in August 2007 to document her pregnancy. She stopped posting at The Wee One within a few months and changed the focus on Pixie’s Temple.
“Once I started seeing changes [during pregnancy] and started writing about preparing for our baby, the blog turned to a way to document his growth,” she said. “Motherhood was such a huge part of my life that it was unnecessary to post at both blogs.”
During his first year, Whitney posted weekly pictures of her son, posed with a stuffed monkey to show how he’s grown, along with observations and experiences each week. Once he turned 1, Whitney started posting monthly pictures.
“I write a letter every month to him, writing about the changes I see in him and reflections on the past month,” Whitney said.
Whitney merged her Pixie’s Temple blog into her latest online incarnation in March at ArtistMotherTeacher.com, which gets about 2,500 visits per month.
“My main purpose in my blogging now is to leave a legacy for him to pass on,” said Whitney, who plans to use an online tool at Blurb.com to turn her online content into a book.
Through her blog, she’s able to talk about parenting issues and get feedback.
“I’ve been able to make more connections with other mothers. It’s like a nontraditional play group. It’s very therapeutic to get my words out,” she said.
Gibbons said she is surprised at the impact her blog has made.
“I’m daily shocked that anyone reads what I write and that they’re touched on any level,” she said. “I stay at home and weird things happen. It’s tough to think that’s normal.
“I get e-mails from people feeling that the same situations are happening to them. The community that’s come out of it is amazing,” Gibbons said.