What Gets Bloggers Talking?

March 15, 2010 Uncategorized 13

It appears that one thing that can motivate a throng of bloggers to write about one theme is to publish an article in the New York Times. If you are not familiar, yesterday there was an article entitled “Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand.”  If you are a SITS follower you are more than likely familiar with the article and the chatter it has erupted. 

In a nutshell the article is written by a fellow “mom blogger”.  She is reviewing a recent event, a “Bloggy Boot Camp” presented by the SITS crew.  The writer is, in my opinion, a bit flippant as she refers to the workshops, discussing the possibility of achieving 28,000 hit on your tutu tutorial. 

Today on SITS in place of  the usual link to a featured blogger there is an uproar over this article, and links to several blogs where the one theme of outrage is shared.  While I do see the article as sort of condescending of the “mom blogger” and the power of this medium, I am not really offended.  I think the writer referred to the women attending the conference in a less than positive light, and the headline itself was extreme but headlines lure readers, and the NYT is in the business of making money. 
I believe that Tiffany and Heather,who created SITS, are taking this very personally, and I suppose I would too if my creation were not given its fair shake in the media.  What I see is the loyal following getting a bit up in arms, over not that much.  
I  blog for me, I like to write, and this is a good outlet.  I’ve briefly entertained the notion of seeking advertisers, of finding a way to to parlay this small hobby into a way to make money.  I don’t see that as an avenue for me, and I’m very good with that.  
So what do you think?  Is the article fair?  Is the response over the top or rational? 

13 Responses to “What Gets Bloggers Talking?”

  1. Anita

    Very interesting.
    I still feel so new at blogging; still learning how BIG it can be! So, I find the article worthy of reading.
    I don’t know where my blog is heading or how long I will write it.
    Kudos to those who know how to earn income via blogging. I guess they’re giving the public waht it wants and it seems innocent enough…or is it?
    Thanks for making it a topic today.

  2. Crazy Mom of Three

    Not sure what to think. I am not a fan of that publication I guess, so I am inclined to diss what they say and go with the bloggers being the ones who know the real scoop about things! I blog for myself. Something about putting my thoughts out in the world feels refreshing to me; as if I get things out and figured out, etc. Getting upset about things does route attention to a publication as well as a blog. So, everyone here probably gains off of this silly situation if they want attention to their publication or blog.

  3. Kristen

    I didn’t read the article, and I don’t think that I plan to.

    That being said, I blog for me. I’ve just recently started a new blog aside from my personal family blog that is about nursing…and that one I’m hoping to become a little larger…but even if it doesn’t, I’m ok with that.

  4. Beth

    I didn’t read the article yet… but I think it is abolutely shocking how much time people put into “blogging”… so of those moms that spend that much time blogging should go get a job…out side of the home…know what I mean? I get tired of hearing how busy moms are that don’t work but they can in turn spend that much time online? gag me! I am saying all this jest…I spend too much time online…thus my fasting…which I am sucking at right now…lol…I guess I should go read the article!

    I don’t think much money is made on small blogs…now if I were Pioneer Woman or McKmamma…holy cows!

    I blog for me.. only me…I think it as a journal…but where I get caught up is reading everyone elses journals, posting on boards and facebook… too much!

  5. Casey

    I saw the uproar on the SITS site and didn’t comment there today. I also didn’t really read the article or any of the posts they linked to and don’t plan to.

    I blog for myself as a type of therapy. I love that I have readers and have made some great friends but I do it for me.

  6. sheila

    Hmmmm, I didn’t see the article…but…you know what they say….press – good or BAD – is press. It’s probably driving hoards of people to SITS site.

  7. mama-face

    I wrote about this…though no where near as intelligently…I don’t think the article was necessarily fair, but being that it was a purely subjective opinion I don’t know that that was even possible. (Well, maybe the writer didn’t intend to put such a personal spin on it, but she did…making it more of an opinion piece). Which is only MY opinion. πŸ™‚

    I think that those who blog, women bloggers especially, are always trying to justify ourselves and our motives; which is so sad really. If we were making styrofoam sculptures would we feel this way? (very silly comparison, I know…)

    Now if I could just get over this follower thing…………


  8. Sandy

    I think it was much ado about nothing. Like most everything in the papers the title was meant to get people to read the article. The article really wasn’t about the title.

  9. K

    I don’t think the article gave SITS a fair shake, but I don’t think it’s worth all the fuss.

    Any press is good press right? I bet SITS got a ton of hits from the whole thing – along with the bloggers who were quoted in the article.

  10. Ali

    I didn’t read the article but did read a couple of blog posts about the situation which were very much anti-NYT. It reminds me of the whole SAHM vs. Working Moms thing that comes up every few years in the media–women attacking women. It makes me sad. We need to support and encourage each other!

  11. BLissed-Out Grandma

    I just read the article. It was very informative, and yes a tiny bit snarky, but if you want to be seen as a professional, don’t go barefoot at your conference. I unsubscribed from SITS the day before this brouhaha erupted (bad timing, I guess) because there was just no “there” there. For me, that is. If I remember right, I got here through WOW, which I think is a GREAT idea.

  12. Andrea (ace1028)

    I have read the article. I only recently took the SITS button, because I started following them on Twitter just to find out about new bloggers (or just new to me, anyway!) and to me any outlet for bloggers is a cool one. I did read some of the responses, and I can recognize and respect the reactions. I can’t say too much, as I blog for me, and say what I enjoy saying, talk about what I like, etc. I’ve done one giveaway for a friend. I’ve got one book tour person offering me a book to read (how could I possibly turn down a free BOOK?) and that’s pretty much it. I guess I figure to each their own. If it’s something someone is passionate enough about that they’re going to post a reaction, more power to them. If not, that’s cool, too. You gotta be you, I think.

    And on that note, I love that Michael Buble’ song! πŸ˜‰

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