Attack of the Mommy Bloggers!
Gosh there are a lot of mommy bloggers out there. I always knew that blogging was appealing to stay-at-home moms who are looking for a way to express themselves, but I never realized just how many child-bearing females are ready to post. Over 13% of the applicants for the Jobacle writing gig mentioned that they were a mommy within the first sentence – that’s almost 100 people! And while I have nothing against mommies who blog, I did find it interesting that many people applied thinking that the mere fact that they had offspring would get them the gig. My advice would be to only mention you’re a mom if it is relevant to the blogging job. In this case, a snarky career blog could benefit from a mother’s experience, but it by no means should be the #1 selling point.
I respect bloggers who are mothers. I honestly believe their contributions on the Web reaches far beyond rallying against Motrin. But if I were a mommy blogger, I would not want to be defined by my motherhood. I’d want to be judged by my stellar writing skills and comprehensive research. So why then, dear moms, did so many of you kick off your pitches with the fact that you have 4 kids? In this case, unless you added some context (which very few people did), that fact is irrelevant.
P.S. – There were also 5 daddy bloggers who applied.