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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Year of the Mommy Blogger

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

Classic Campbell

An Art Family

The Willis Family

The Chappels in NC

Connor Mcguire

Little Llamas

Pickles and Cheese Blog

Patrice and Matt Williams

One Nutty Girl

Blake and the Girls

BK Marshall

Rouse Adventures

Phil and Stephanie Moore

The Black Family News

Fierce Beagle

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 (a lifestyle and entertaining expert and speaker on social media trends).


Victoria said...

Great list today, ladies! I just found a few new ones that I am sure I will be checking daily along with TSP!

Mama Llama said...

what a great list of mommy bloggers! looking forward to hopping around and visiting the sites!

Caroline said...

Had such a good time surfing through all the mom blogs today. Thanks, TSP!

Anonymous said...

Great post today! Really enjoyed all these and am happy to be back into my routine of checking Smarty Pants since I was way out of it during the holidays!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Thanks so much for including me on your list today! So many other great blogs from the Triad area and I thank you for introducing me to them! Keep up the great work TSP...I enjoy and learn so much each time I pop in for a visit!

Monica~ James~ Connor said...

Thanks for the feature TSP & I welcome all new readers to "The Life of Connor"! Can't wait to check out the other blogs listed.

Allison T. said...

I just spent some time checking out all of the mommy blogs - they are great! Happy New Year!

MrsAshley said... is my blog! I love blogging about coupons, freebies, grocery deals, beauty advice, time saving tips, it's all here!


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