Being named to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs for 2012, and what it means to me.
I went ice skating for my birthday last month, and it made me so happy, I spent the entire time grinning like this:
Yesterday, I got news that put the same goofy grin on my face: Planting Dandelions has been selected one of Babble’s Top 100 Mom Blogs for 2012.
The list has been around since 2009, so I have had plenty of opportunity to watch how people on and off the list react to it. When you’re a person whose work is being recognized, it’s wonderful. When you’re a friend and fan of the people whose work is being recognized, it’s wonderful. When your own work is not being recognized, it’s not always so wonderful. I know this feeling first hand, and I know some of you reading this feel it today.
So tomorrow, for a Writing on Wednesdays post, I promise to share some acquired strategies for working through the why-not-me days that inevitably come to us all. I have lots of practice in this area.
Today, though, I’m going to grin this goofy grin, and have my Sally Field moment. When the barista asks for a name for my cup this week, I’m going to tell him “NUMBER FORTY SEVEN.” Let people who are cooler than me play it cool. It means a lot to me, as much as any of the recognition I’ve gotten for my work in print.
- It’s meaningful because many of the Top Babble Moms are women I think of as friends, colleagues, and alumni–we grew up together in this medium. I’m so proud to be numbered among them.
- It’s meaningful because I read most of the Top Mom Blogs of 2011 –nearly every day–and it’s a good list. I don’t love every single post, or every single voice on it, but you could stack up the content against any women- or family-aimed media outlet and be impressed with the quality and variety.
- It’s meaningful because the list is a great introduction to unfamiliar voices. When I added all 100 Top Mom Blogs of 2011 to my reader last year (those with full feeds, anyway), I was subscribing to numerous bloggers I’d never heard of. Today, some of those are my favorite daily reads. I’m excited to see lots more new-to-me names on this year’s list, and I look forward to meeting new readers of Dandelions.
- Especially, it’s meaningful to know that this medium’s definition of success can include a small, slow blog like this one, with an editorial calendar based on “write when I can, don’t write when I can’t.” Though blogging has played an immense part in my professional writing career elsewhere, around here, it is still largely amateur hour. My audience is influential, but small. I’m hoping to launch an ad/sponsor program in 2013, but on pretty selective terms. I love blog conferences, but I just don’t have the budget to attend many.
My networking strategy?
Try to be kind and supportive. Avoid meanness and drama.
You may not believe this, but not every industry rewards this approach to doing business.
I’m so happy to be part of one that does.
Thanks, Babble, for including a dandelion in your lovely bouquet.
And thank you, readers, for your attention over the years, list or no list. That’s been the greatest honor of all.