Thursday, December 31, 2009
By Katie M
This New Year is not just about celebrating a new resolution, but rather a new REVOLUTION that has taken social media by storm. The emergence of mommy bloggers online - and their influence on advertisers - has made quite an impact on the Internet this past year (see statistics below). And here at Triad Smarty Pants, we have had the pleasure of (virtually) meeting a number of fantastic local moms who - in addition to their everyday responsibilities as mom and wife - manage to run a succesful blog about their own life experiences. So to celebrate these mommy bloggers, we are featuring their blogs below. It's all about viral marketing here in the blog world, so please log on to their blogs and tell your friends about their sites!
We received this list of local mommy blogs from readers and mommy bloggers, themselves. Some have been guest bloggers on our site and some have been featured as Smarty Moms. If you know of other Triad mommy blogs you'd like added to our list, email us here and we'll get it listed. Additionally, if you are a blogger (or just a writer or just a parent) who would like to submit a blog to TSP, send it on! Just be sure to read our guidelines first before you craft your work.
Here's to all you mommy bloggers (and mommy blog readers). Congrats on your coup d'etat! Now go check out these mommy blogs and add them to your daily reading lists:
A Is for Beautiful
An Art Family
The Willis Family
The Chappels in NC
Pickles and Cheese Blog
Patrice and Matt Williams
One Nutty Girl
Blake and the Girls
Phil and Stephanie Moore
The Black Family News
All on a Summer's Day and Summer School Daze
Expanding the Albertsons
Quick stats on mommy blogs. Did you know?
- More than one-half (53%) of the US female Internet population of 79 million actively participated in some type of social media at least weekly. Of the female social media participants, 75% took part in social networking and 55% used blogs.
- A survey by Razorfish and CafeMom found that Websites, referrals from friends and family, and information from search engines were the most common sources online moms used to make a purchasing decision. They were less likely to use TV, magazines, newspapers or radio to make their purchasing decisions.
- Women are so enthusiastic about reading and writing blogs, they are stealing time from other media to spend more in the blogosphere and on social network sites.
- There are now more women on the Web than men.
- Women’s community was the most visited and fastest growing Internet category, tied with politics. The number of unique visits to women’s community sites jumped 35% to almost 70 million from 52 million.
- Women outnumber men on Facebook in every age group
- 36.2 million American female Internet users actively participate in blogs every week. You get 15.1 million women publishing at least one post a week and 21.1 million reading and commenting at least weekly.
- More than 8 out of 10 U.S. moms go online at least once a month.
- 88% of mothers said the Internet has helped them stay connected to the world
- 85% believed technology has made their life as a mother easier
- 66% said they relied more on technology since they became a parent
- Because of blogging, 24% of surveyed women watch less television, 25% read fewer magazines and 22% read fewer newspapers.
How have mommy blogs changed your world? Add a comment below!
*Stats sourced from a recent 2009 Social Media survey published in emarketer, and http://athome.kimvallee.com (a lifestyle and entertaining expert and speaker on social media trends).