In the past few years, the internet has exploded with new web sites and blogs targeting moms (and dads, too.) Working moms and dads, stay-at-home moms and dads (SAHMs and SAHDs), single, divorced, writer and executive parents—for any label you might identify with, there's a corresponding deluge of URLs now vying for your attention. So, I decided to help try and cut through the clutter by reviewing some of the best, and will soon will be launching a Mommy Blog + Parenting Web Sites Directory on Care.com.
Here's a handful to get you started:
Online since: October 2006
Founder: Ann Crady, CEO
One of the original niche social network-family advice hybrid sites, Maya's Mom allows parents to connect, journal, and share based on a selected group (public, private, or hand-picked "friends.") Ann leveraged her past experience as an executive at Yahoo! to launch Maya's Mom as an original Silicon Valley startup, and it is still considered one of the very first established "mommy blogs." Big brands took notice: Maya's Mom was recently acquired by Johnson & Johnson-owned Babycenter.com.
Online since: Spring 2007
Founded by: Nataly Kogan, CEO and Victoria Grace, President
Launched by former venture capital junkies turned working moms, Work It, Mom! is a hybrid parenting advice and social networking site for moms looking to find that ideal work/life balance. A fair amount of the content is member-written, making it both relevant and community-oriented (plus a great way to get published!)
Online since: Mother's Day, 2006
Founded by: Amy Keroes, CEO and Dawn Dobras, COO
Calling itself the "working mother's guide to managed chaos," Mommy Track'd is a fun and stylish site offering parenting articles, product picks, and more reviews for the professional mommy-nista set. Tongue-in-cheek features like the "Three Martini Complaint Department" sum it up best: funny, chic, and playful.
Online since: 2005
Founded by: Allison O'Kelly, CEO
Serving as " an innovative, highly-selective, professional staffing solution," Mom Corps helps thousands of moms stay in and return to the workforce while managing their family and personal life. Online and offline events, like the Mom Corps Coffee Club, help moms find the professional and parenting resources they need to be successful.
Online since: 2005
Founder: Beth Feldman and Yvette Corporo
Capitalizing on sarcastic humor and real-life experiences (versus expert advice, Role Mommy serves as just that: role models for the modern mom. Founders Beth and Yvette come from the fast-paced and entertaining world of broadcasting, and their professional experience lends a unique voice to this content-driven site. Check out their recently published book, Peeing in Peace: Tales and Tips for Type A
Check back next month for more recommended sites and blogs to help you navigate the internet parenting world. Stay tuned in to my newsletter and blog for more info!