LDS Mormon Mommy Blogs
Women Bloggers have powerful influences in social media.
According to a survey recently done by BlogHer, the women’s blog network, along with iVillage and Compass Partners, 42 million women in the United States participate in social media at least weekly. That means that 53% of the 79 million adult women in the United States who use the Internet are involved with social media of some sort. That is a large percentage to be reckoned with!
The survey showed that Facebook and MySpace are still the number one social media choice of women, with Blogs coming a close second. Although Facebook and MySpace may seem like the place to “hang out” because of sheer numbers, Blogs are actually the better way to produce interaction and involvement
"Bloggers have a broad reach in the social media population and the survey demonstrates that women who blog are the most actively engaged social media participants -- constantly seeking out new ideas and ways to share their opinions about those ideas," said Susan Wright, president of Compass Partners.
“Just as significant as the number of moms writing blogs, reading blogs and looking for advice on what to buy for their children is the psychology behind that last category. Studies show that moms are increasingly losing trust in established "experts" -- institutions and the like -- while trusting more in what other moms have to say. That trust extends beyond members of their family or immediate community to other moms -- strangers -- they meet online”, reported Stephanie Azzarone of Child’s Play Communication.
Although there are many misconceptions about Mommy Bloggers, they really are exploding with great force in the Internet world. They certainly now must be taken seriously!
Among these numbers of women with mass influence in social media are the Mormon Mommy Bloggers.
The Nielson Family
The Nie Nie Dialogues
One choice experience Mormon Mommy Bloggers have been able to share in is the Nie Nie Dialogues. The Nie Nie Dialogues is a blog written by Stephanie Nielson. Stephanie writes about the happenings of her family including her husband, who she refers to as Mr. Nielson, and her four children all under the age of 7. Her blog fans love her fun, family-oriented perspective and her positive attitude on life. On August 16,2008 the Nielson’s were involved in a private plane crash that left both of them in critical condition, with Stephanie receiving serious burns over 80% of her body. Still in the recovery process, Stephanie writes with the same positive attitude that she is known and loved for.
When the news of the accident spread through the Blogosphere like wildfire, Nie Nie’s followers were quick to come to her aid by way of financial and emotional support. Her sister Courtney Kendrick continued to keep her readers posted on her own blog cjanerun.
Segullah, a blog by the staff of the literary journal by the same name.
A blog called Segullah is another place where Mormon Mommy Bloggers like to visit. Segullah is the combined effort of over 20 talented women writers who have attempted to encourage literary and artistic talent, provoke thought, and promote greater understanding and faith among Latter-Day Saint women.
The title of the blog, Segullah is from a Hebrew word signifying a cherished personal possession that is set apart and diligently cared for. “It is a term the Lord has used with affection to describe His covenant blessings and responsibilities we receive in relationship with him.”
Light Refreshments Served
Another group effort is a blog called Light Refreshments Served. The title is a play on the Mormon way of life. Mormons love meetings. In fact the blog authors explain, “meetings are a way of life for Mormons. And every time there is a flyer announcing Enrichment Night, the Ward Talent Show, or the Pinewood Derby, you will find: *Light Refreshments Served. We suspect our church would come to a grinding halt without the refreshments.
This blog is our online version of those “light refreshments,” intended to welcome and encourage socializing and chatter in a polite, loving environment that is supportive of others. May it nourish and strengthen us. We hope you’ll visit every day and leave refreshed!”
These girls who write for Light Refreshments Served are loved because of their candid writing flare, allowing them to be just your neighbor, your sister, your aunt, and your friend. Make sure you come for the meeting, but you will really enjoy the Light Refreshments Served.
You can certainly learn a lot from Mormon Mommy Blogs!
There are a multitude of instructional Mormon Mommy Blogs. Some really good ones that have to do with food storage and emergency preparedness are Safely Gathered In and Food Storage Made Easy. There are Mormon Mommy Blogs on homemaking and family skills like 11th Heaven’s Homemaking Haven and Merry Misadventures of a Matriarchal Madwoman.
On Mormon Mommy Blogs you can find book clubs, places to share recipes, photo shoots, scrapbooking, the latest in fashions (modest of course), home decoration, suggestions on child rearing and thoughts on everyday family life. You can pick up buttons, bangles, bows, and other blog paraphernalia to add you your very own blog saying where you visit regularly and who you are a fan of. There are even contests and “give a-ways”, and always suggestions on where to buy the latest goodies for the best prices. Mormon Mommy Blogs are an adventure in themselves, just one click away from loads of fun. And if you find you are short on time, you can find all of the above at Molly Mormon because as they say, “we all have a little Molly in us!”
Seriously, so blessed!
Finally after you have visited all the Mormon Mommy Blogs you can handle for one day, make a stop at Seriously, so blessed to had a little humor to your adventure. Seriously, so blessed is written by a composite character called Tiffany/Amber/Megan/Nicole, known as Tamn, who writes a satirical blog, in response to all the perky mommy-blogs so prevalent in the Blogosphere.
The author who wishes to remain anonymous explains, "I made 'Seriously, so blessed!' one afternoon while our baby was napping last month, just as a joke for a couple of friends after laughing about how funny family blogs can get...the widgets, the enthusiasm, the tone, the whole bit," she said. "I definitely made it in good fun and not out of spite."
"Many readers will say things like, 'Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the everything-is-so-gag-me-perfect world of blogging. Thanks for cracking me up and reminding me we don't have to pretend we have perfect kids and are madly in love every second of every day.' "
That good fun turned into an amazing blogging sensation. The author says she relates with the bloggers
she parodies. "A lot of the stuff I joke about is also true for me (I love
Diet Coke, I blogged about my pregnancy, I watched The Bachelorette, I think my
husband is the best ever, blahblahblah)."
The author behind the blog says she is a returned missionary, and will begin her last year of graduate school next month. She also maintains a real-life blog that is "boring and normal."
More places to find LDS Bloggers
- LDSBlogs.org - Mormon Archipelago: Gateway to the Bloggernacle and list of LDS and Mormon Blogs
- LDS Bloggers
Simply a list of my person favorite LDS Bloggers who can be found on the Blogosphere. Perhaps you might find some of what they have to say interesting too.
- Feminist Mormon Housewives
A safe place to be feminist and faithful.
- LDS and Mormon Blogs
An attempt to list the Bloggernacle. A directory of LDS Blogs and Mormon Bloggers
Mormon Mommy blogs are fun.
If you haven't had a chance to check out this viable resource called Mormon Mommy Blogs, make sure you do it soon. Not only is it a ton of fun, it is informational too!
Have fun clicking through the Blogosphere!
BTW if you know of another good Mormon Mommy Blog... make sure to share the link in the comment section!
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