In July, I explained why I’m not a craft blogger. Today I’ll explain why I’m not a mom blogger. Yet technically I am one, because according to Mashable, a mom blogger is any woman with kids at home who has read or contributed to a blog in the last 30 days. However, I don’t consider myself to be a mom blogger, as I primarily focus on books and writing and rarely post about my children. I do, however, know a lot about mom bloggers, as I conducted research and published an article about them.
But today, I’ll explain a bigger reason why I’m not a mom blogger. It’s because I’m not really good at all that stuff. You know, domesticity, intensive parenting, crafting, etc. Mom bloggers might post about the awesome activities they do with their children, or the neat ways they include their children in the kitchen. I don’t.
But today I’ll try. Here’s my latest attempt at being a “picture-perfect” mother.
My daughters wanted pancakes for breakfast. I can do pancakes. Easy.
However, they wanted them in shapes. Olivia wanted an Enderman (from Minecraft) and Daphne wanted Mickey Mouse. So, I attempted these shapes with the batter.
From far away, they look okay. They might look like . . . something.
A closeup tells a different story.
They just look like blobs. You can tell I failed by the look on Daphne’s face.
HAHAHA!! Oh my goodness!! Daphne’s face. Classic. Well, my friend, I do MOST things like you make pancakes, so I don’t think you’re doing too badly. Thanks for making me laugh after a long shift.
I guess I need to focus on what I CAN do right. And it isn’t true that you do everything like I do shaped pancakes. Not true at all!
Hahaha, I know exactly what you mean. I also can never be a mom blogger since, though I recently became a mom (well, if you think a few days short of a year is recent), but I have no idea what I’m doing!
I do read and follow a couple of mom bloggers and I really admire their posts about their children, especially the funny and witty ones that most moms can probably relate to. I don’t think I can ever be a mom blogger.
I’ll just stick to being a book blogger, because even though I don’t know much about that either, I at least have more confidence in talking about books than sharing parenting techniques (if any) and/or observations.
That’s exactly it. I feel more confident talking about books, like you do. Thank goodness for the moms who do have expertise in this stuff and share it with us via blogs. 🙂
Oh this made me laugh!
🙂 This makes me happy!
You’ve captured the essence of Mickey Mouse; isn’t that what counts? 🙂 Though I am not a mother, I’ve read some blogs maintained by “crunchy” or organic moms to find low-cost, organic substitutes for daily-use things like cleaning supplies, shampoo and conditioner, or DIY around-the-house tips. Moms are a powerful and resourceful crew!
They are pretty amazing as a whole! And I love the idea of essence. Yes, essence counts!
Well, at least you fed them! They should be happy. 😉
LOL! Great point.
What a face!! I have seen that face from my kids when my imperfections show. I guess Martha Stewart has nothing to worry about, but can she summarize Jane Austen or Harper Lee like you can? Take care, BTG
Ha! Maybe someday they’ll appreciate that.
Awww, you tried!
And hey, pancakes – always good!
Yep! They tasted good. 🙂
Ha ha, I love your post and all the photos! I could be a full-fledged mom blogger if I posted about my failures 😉 On another note, I think a mom blogger is any mom who posts about motherhood (whether it is crafts and cooking or their struggles in motherhood). That Mashable definition doesn’t make sense to me – a man who writes a blog about technology or books or whatever and who happens to have kids would never be called a “dad blogger.”
By the way, my kitchen looks exactly like yours, based on the first photo of the corner with the stove. 😉
Another twin moment! I wonder if we have the same floor plan. And good point. Not all dads are “dad bloggers.” Is that even a thing? Maybe all men are just “bloggers” while women have to be categorized for some reason. Of course, there are male book bloggers… And those are categorized. Food for thought, I guess.
Kids are so honest! Look at that face! But right now I’m also looking at the face of your blog– the spines of the books in the banner photo– actually a shot of your shelf? -Ret
Yes, an actual shot of my shelf! After I rearranged it according to color. 🙂
Ha! Thanks for the laugh! I actually tend to stay away from the Mom blogs, because they make me feel like I’m not doing enough with my kids. I think I’m doing okay until I look at those blogs. As for domesticity, I’m okay with the cooking and baking, but forget the housework. I do what needs to be done and that’s it. I have heard my kids explain to their friends that I keep the spiders (and their webs) on purpose as pets. Which I do, actually, because I love spiders and it’s been one of my ways of teaching my kids not to be afraid of spiders and insects. But, I often wonder what their friends go home and tell their parents. Oh well, they keep letting them come back! 🙂
That’s funny, and smart. Spiders are good! It sounds like you are always prepared for Halloween! And yes, I hear you on avoiding some of the blogs. It can be hard to see such idealized versions of everything.
I actually find it hard to believe that anyone could make pancake batter that would look like anything but a pancake!
I love this. I bet the pancake tasted fantastic anyway.
Yep! It tastes the same, right?
So I’m a Mum Blogger too? I never knew it! I would stuggle to present the ‘picture perfect’ home life too, but I’d rather read a blog post like this than a ‘look what a fantastic thing I made for my kids’ post! For the record, I don’t think your pamcakes look too bad 😉
Thanks, Cathy! I think funnier self-deprecating posts are the type I can handle too. I put too much pressure on myself as it is!
They both look like Mickey to me. But as long as they taste good, that’s all that counts!
The Enderman was supposed to have arms and a head, but I gave up… 🙂
Whether or not you are a “mom blogger,” you clearly try to be a creative mom who makes her daughters fun pancakes! I’m not a mother yet, but from seeing my mom raise 7 kids and my sisters raise just as many between them, I know there is no such thing as a “picture perfect” mom.
So true! I think love is the most important thing, and we can all show that differently.
Oh wow this made me laugh so hard! I’ve never been able to make a good shaped pancake :(! They do, however, look super tasty which is what matters really!
Thanks! They do look tasty. 🙂
I think I can make almost perfect Mickey Mouse pancakes… But I’m not a mom nor a blogger… So where does that leave me?
P.S.: For I can see, you are a good blogger and a wonderful mommy!
Oh, thank you! I think you need to come to my house and work your pancake magic!
I made a point of staying on my About page that I’m not a mum blogger (although by Mashable’s definition I guess I am). I blog for me and while sometimes I write about my family, I don’t want to be pegged into one category.
I’ve never tried to make specifically shaped pancakes – that’s cool!
I can understand why you would do that. I feel like I’ve categorized myself as a blogger, but not in the mom category. And yes, shaped pancakes are cool, but I should admit that I probably didn’t “try” very hard! 🙂
Hahaha I love it. Mickey wasn’t too far off the mark really, but I don’t know what happened to that Enderman, still better than I would probably be able to do.
I have discovered that I am pretty good at the creative fun stuff in general and with kids, but my domestic skills blow. Seriously they are so bad, I suck at washing up and I detest laundry! Especially putting it away! If I had time to be a domestic person I think I would be better at it, but I’ve got a full time job, house building, infertility, insulin resistance, others weddings/events (which are seemingly never-ending) and a gaggle of nieces and nephews who are always around… who’s got time for domesticity?!
No kidding! There is no time. It is the first thing that goes to the bottom of my list when things get busy.
Kind of horrified to learn that Mashable consider any mum who has read or contributed to a blog in the last 30 days to be a ‘mom blogger’. I mostly blog about writing, books, and videogames – doubt many dad’s writing on those topics would be considered a ‘dad blogger’!
Excellent point. I guess we women often get pegged into one role or stereotype…
Hi, so cute images even though they make laugh me laugh with full heart. Your daughter so pity with you. But she loves you. It tells her face. And I do not think cooking bad is not being not good at being mom. You can still be a good lovely mom. Ask your daughter if you have any doubt.
Ah, this is so kind of you to say. I hope when I ask her she says yes. She tends to be a daddy’s girl!
Oh yeah, that’s me! I’m that mum! But I did teach them to read all by myself and in the grand scheme of things I’m going to say that having a head start on literacy is more important than a mum who can carve carrot sticks into the shape of Frozen characters. 🙂
You are so right! I now feel vindicated. My girls love books. 🙂
This is pretty adorable, actually! I would still eat your pancakes, btw… Hope all is well!
Thank you! 🙂
Lol… your daughters face is too cute. Did the pancakes taste good at least? Mine would have burnt!
🙂 They ate them, so yes, they tasted just fine!
This made me laugh — sorry your batter bested you, but those look like deliciously fluffy pancakes!
Fascinatingly odd definition of a mommy blogger — is every guy a daddy blogger? I suspect the forthcoming Little Reader will feature in my blog, now and then, but I don’t imagine myself as a mom blogger — just a book blogger who has a kid…
Yes! Just a book blogger who has a kid. I love that you already have a blog name picked out for the baby: Little Reader. Very very cute!
Haha! Great post! Very funny! Great attempt at the shapes, I wouldn’t even offer my kids shapes so your doing something great!!
Thanks! I’m glad I tried. 🙂
I’m amazed you got interesting shapes! Well done =). Mine want shapes for everything. Even their sandwiches can’t be normal squares or triangles. They want circles and, thanks to my loving husband, polyhedrons.
Oh wow! You and your husband are making the rest of us look so boring! 🙂 Will you be my parents?
lol, the key word there was ‘want’. I told my husband HE had to make any shape that had more than two syllables. I caved on the circle pb&j because I thought it would be, you know, cute . . . the first time . . .
Ha! And now you’re stuck doing it. Oh, I know how that goes. . .
hahah, Oh dear! That’s pretty much the same story at my place too. While I do blog about the kids a lot, you will see how I shy away from crafty and cooking posts. I am terrible at both!
🙂 I’m glad to know I’m not the only one!