First of all, I want you to know up front that I got a copy of the summer issue of Ms. magazine in my mailbox the other day, and a request to read their article on Mommyblogging. Just so you know, in an effort to be completely transparent with you, my fellow politicos, they did ask for a 50 word summary of the blog for a future posting).
At first glance at the mag, I thought, "Aw, God, not another of these 'Wow, moms can put two thoughts together and blog!" articles that I've been asked to comment on in the past. But since Ms. has a great rep as a forward-thinking political magazine, I figured that I'd give the article a read.
Kara Jesella writes a fair-minded article, and brings our a really salient point that we've all probably experienced. I know that my blog, which started as a way to talk about my family and political views, has really become more of an online family room for political ideas, with the give and take of my readers really being the highpoint of the experience for me. I didn't intend for it to become a primarily political forum, but I guess it has, and I see that as a positive evolution...though Tweenie was complaining about my lack of family stories as of late! Momma Politico has taken on a life of its own, between the blogosphere, Twitter, and all of the other media that play a part. It's not the road I started down, but it's been a great journey and I'm sure as hell enjoying the ride! Hope you are, too. And I'd like to think our conversation is making a difference, even in the "six degrees of separation" sense. I feeel like my life has been enriched by your blogs, and I am humbled to be among such a smart group of politicos and just plain great people.
So, what do you think? Have women as bloggers become a force to be reckoned with? Do we have political clout? Or are we still in our infancy, with our political potential yet to be released? As always, my fellow politicos, I want to hear your take on things, so comment away! (More later on Pelosi's healthcare industry "loaded for bear" comments, so stay tuned!)