Three years ago today, I began publishing DotMoms.
People often ask why I started this group momblog. Here's the answer.
I believe in the power of writing to help us understand our lives.
I want to encourage writers to tell the whole truth about parenting, and in the process I want to give them the opportunity to work with an experienced editor, receive feedback, publish their momoirs, and gain confidence as authors.
I also want to connect those writers with readers eager to see their real lives as parents reflected, so we could learn together that while each mother's experience is singular, motherhood doesn't have to feel like solitary confinement.
When we give voice to our struggles and successes, our trials and triumphs, we free ourselves from loneliness, from fear, from judgment. Telling the truth frees us from the prison of our perceptions and releases us into the world of possibilities. If knowledge is power, then knowing we're not alone gives us the power to connect with others. Knowing we're all flawed gives us the power to accept ourselves and others. Knowing who we are as mothers gives us the power to choose how we parent.
That's DotMoms, enlightening parents, one post at a time. Because enlightened parents are happier parents, and happier parents create happier childhoods.
When I first started DotMoms, there were a couple dozen mom bloggers and no single daily blog where you could read a collection of mothers' voices. I never promoted DotMoms, but readers, journalists, publicists, marketers and advertisers found us, wrote about us, asked us to promote their products. Now, there are more mom blogs than I can count, more sites that feature multiple mothers' voices, and more activity in the momosphere than ever before.
Still, DotMoms serves its purpose as a place where warm, witty, wonderful women write about their lives as mothers, and where readers can start the day informed about parenthood and infused with a spirit of optimism about family life.
DotMoms has been keeping mothers company since 2003. If it takes a village to raise a child, then you are our virtual village. Thank you.
Julie Moos is founder and editor of DotMoms. She lives with her husband and 10-year-old son in Safety Harbor, Florida.