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The top 50 mommybloggers who didn’t make the Babble top 50 mommybloggers list and are probably more fun anyway

12.29.2009

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I was honored to make Babble’s list of top mommybloggers last week. Because it’s always nice when some writers I think are talented look at my writing and say Hey, we like your writing too! But the problem with lists is that they are, by definition, finite. And I hate when people feel left out.

I’m also not crazy about a format that actually ranks us (I’m evidently better than Chris Jordan but not quite as good as Rookie Moms) or requires me to ask readers to vote for me because frankly I bet that every one of us would just as well throw our support behind NieNie and call it a day.

After a silly Twitter chat about it with Mrs. Kennedy yesterday, an idea was born: A list to honor some of the crazy skills, big and small, of lesser known mom bloggers. Particularly mom bloggers you might not be familiar with if your reading is limited to those on lists. So I asked people, Hey! Who wants to be on a list! And looky here at all these cool and interesting people who did appear.

Hope you find some fun new reading along the way.

In no particular order (seriously, nooooo order):

1. A Mommy Story: Christina and I have been blogging about the same amount of time and she’s so consistently smart and insightful she needs to be on more lists, and her kids have cool Shakespearean names. Also, she is a walking compass. She can always find north, so feel free to get lost with her in a haunted forest any time.

2. The hilarious and effervescent Melissa Chapman writes the WCBS parenting blog, among others, and has become a delightful friend in recent months. She is also the only Jewish girl in NYC who married a doctor and wishes she married a plumber instead. Long story. Has to do with union benefits. The book’s coming out soon, don’t worry.

3. Jaelithe Judy can SEO the crap out of your blog, and she rivals Queen of Spain and Cynematic (#4) for the ability to never ever back down from a political brawl on Twitter.

5. Speaking of politics, Dana Loesch deserves serious props for influence. It was pointed out to me that she’s the only member of Momversation that didn’t get a Babble shout-out which is just stupid. If you’re a Republican, you need to be reading Dana. If you’re a Democrat, you probably should too. She’s a great writer, even if her politics are all turned around.

6. Did you know that Amy Turn Sharp is not just a blogger and mom and all around nice person, but she also makes some of the most gorgeous handmade wooden baby toys in the world? It’s true, I saw it on Cool Mom Picks.

7. Kelly Mocha Momma Wickham is the brilliant mind behind the Purse Drive. She also once famously asked at the BlogHer conference, yo, marketers, where are all the pitches to the bloggers of color? At which point everyone started sending pitches to Renee instead. Champagne manufacturers – send Kelly some samples for review. I hear she uses her mighty and powerful thighs to open them and is willing to share the photos.

8. I was reluctant to include Joanne Bamberger, aka Pundit Mom here, because she’s so famous now she’s made the CNN.com masthead or something like that. But she doesn’t make mommyblogger lists much because ooh, politics…skeery. (See also: Dana Loesch)

9. I really like Momtrol Freak since I first met her this summer at BlogHer.  However she neglected to tell me then that she is certified in SCUBA, drives clutch in San Francisco, and can do eleven different accents not including a mosquito impression. Of course, I’m not impressed unless she does it with a 17th century Irish Brogue.

10. Jennifer Taggart, or The Smart Mama can tell you what may be toxic in any consumer product, which won’t surprise those of you who read her blog. She can also fold her tongue into shape of a clover, an odd side effect she acquired after licking one too many BPA-laden sippy cups as a kid.

11. Mamikaze calls herself a slacker, but I  beg to differ. Evidently she can give “the look” that stops any kid dead in her tracks, which means I may need to borrow her to help me get through the next three years or so. Or at least this week.

12. Linsey K can remember vast amounts of useless information, so if any of you have any questions about pretty much anything at all, I suggest you look her up immediately and call her at home and she’ll be sure to help.

13. Deaf Mom is a bona fide deaf mom, raising three deaf or hard-of-hearing kids. I don’t know her well enough to make dark jokes at her expense and be sure that she won’t hate me, but I do admit I wonder what she says to her kids when they’re ignoring her because “What, are you deaf?” won’t work. She also can fake clean her house in ten minutes and if that means more than imagine it getting clean, that’s pretty darn good.

14. Jennster is the one chick who could make Dennis Rodman blush, and I’ve met them both so I know of which I speak. She also has this amazing ability to cut the bullshit, take an unpopular stance, and write what’s on her mind without being an asshole and making people hate her. Quite a few of us could take a lesson there. Me included.

15.  Mommy Mae claims she can fall asleep standing up at a concert, although that doesn’t count if it was a John Tesch concert. Poison? Warrant? The Crüe? Yes. That would be a skill. I think we need more to this story…

16. Screwed Up Texan is double-jointed in more than one place, so invite her to your next bachelor party.

17. Laurie White of Laurie Writes is by all accounts, the first ever mommyblogger that is not a mom. (Although Elisa Camahort Page is a close second). Laurie is even on several Twitter lists of power moms because – eh, no kids. Minor technicality. She is so thoughtful and insightful, even in 140 characters, that she makes me want to be a better person. But I won’t be. Because I’m too busy.

18. Kami Lewis-Levin- is a great writer who takes on working mom issues on her blog; and on mine, she’s one of my favorite commenters. But you know, you think you know a gal and then you find out that she can reinterpret portions of Balanchine’s Nutcracker set to Beatles songs.

19. Laura Mayes is that name you know even while you don’t know how you know it. That’s because she flies under the radar of the press a lot, too busy writing amazing books, founding brilliant websites, running highly successful conferences and stealthily spreading good cheer. She can also tie a cherry stem in a knot with her tongue. I’d like to get her and Jennifer Taggart drunk together at a party just to see what happens.

20. Elizabeth of Adjunct Mom isn’t actually an adjunct mom. She’s a full-time mom, and an adjunct professor. Also a quilter. And knitter. And cross-stitcher. But that was all far too long for a Twitter handle so Adjunct Mom it is.

21.  Kim Tracy Prince of House of Prince has been blogging since you had to chisel your thoughts into rocks that were just shaped like computers. That’s 2004, in case you’re wondering. She also does a killer Nancy Kerrigan impression and knows her way around a pool hall. Take that as you will.

22. Maternal Dementia has one of the best blog names ever, although she’s not demented enough to have lost her ability to sing all 50 US states in alphabetical order. I’m convinced she just memorized some arcane B52s song, but who knows. I love her tag cloud on her blog, with words like France, gratitude, memories, morning and mother, which I mention whenever I write about her. Which is now twice. She’s a cool lady and one day I’m going to buy her dinner at El Bulli.

23. The Weird Girl is in fact weird, because she really wanted me to know how great her homemade cranberry oatmeal cookies are. I hate fruit in my cookies. But I love the Weird Girl. And so I forgive her for not remembering some post I wrote three years ago about fruit in my cookies. And by that, I mean oh, I’m sure your cookies are just delish and if I were to like any cranberry cookies at all they would definitely be yours.

24. As long as the penis-owning Dutch of Sweet Juniper made the Babble mommyblogger list, I feel it’s only fair to include one more here. Penis owner, that is. Not that I can vouch for it, but I’d assume Laid Off Dad has one. Doug is a real life friend and member of the NYC blogging posse that kindly gets me out of the house for grown-up time every couple of months. He’s also ambidextrous, and has pretty much every Monty Python movie set to memory so if you start to quote Life of Brian together, you can be there all night together. Pack provisions.

25. Mrs. CPA claims “I can do a tax return so pretty and neat it would make you weep” which only sounds like a plug for her business. In fact, she’s not actually a CPA but a Tunisian circus clown, and that’s sort of their brand of humor. Down there. In Tunisia.

26. I admit I’m a bit envious of Not Ever Still Life With Girls, who has the enviable ability to speak fluent backwards English. David Lynch, are you reading? Make this woman a star!

27. Cecily Kellogg thinks in blog posts and 140 character blurbs, which is either a talent or a pathology.  I’m going to go with talent because until health care is all fixed, I’d hate to saddle her with a documented pre-existing condition.

28. Susan Wagner is that blogger that everyone wants to be friends with and probably will be, because Susan is just that nice. She is also pretty. She’s kind. She’s a fantastic writer. She dresses well. And evidently she can tie a bow so perfectly, that if they had a Project Runway spinoff called Project I Can Tie the Best Bow, she would take it all. That may in fact be why they haven’t come out with the show just yet. Who could beat her? Nobody. Where’s the drama in that?

29. Speaking of TV, Marinka, a fellow New Yorker claims she can watch Snapped for hours guilt-free while the laundry is just sitting there. Now that’s a mother we can all take a lesson from.

30. Similarly, Miguelina can ignore her blog for months at a time and feel zero anxiety about it. That’s because pretty women can get away with that sort of thing. Plus she’s not lying awake at night worried that the free cleaning products from PR people will dry up. Smell that? That’s the smell of liberation. Or maybe Marinka’s dirty laundry. Hard to tell.

31. High-powered PR executive by day, Julia Beck of Forty Weeks has Gumby-esque powers of impressive flexibility by night. Surely that delighted all the boys back in high school and scared the crap out of their mothers. And now she’s a mother. Hm. Karma.

32. Carmen of Mom to the Screaming Masses is one of the first mom bloggers I ever found, and the one good thing about the south. (No! I kid! There are eight good things about the south, not counting Laura Mayes.) She could quite possibly kill me for saying that though, because she’s a purple tip in Muay Thai and a yellow belt in capoeira. I don’t know what those things mean, but they sound painful.

33. If you don’t read PHD in parenting, you should. Unless you like blogs filled with cute pictures of babies and paragraphs with no punctuation and canned bean dip giveaways. Then nah, she’s not for you. She’s polarizing, but rarely infuriating which sounds easier than it is.

34. Andria Stanley has the amazing gift of timing: After a ton of fertility treatments to conceive her son, she somehow manages to get pregnant again, on her own, only weeks before filing for divorce. Whoo! Being a single mom is talent enough in itself. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if she can do stuff with her tongue too.

35. Reasons you and I both should spend more time on Jenn Danielson’s blog, Quarter Rest: 1. She’s left-handed. 2. She can use the term slackassery properly in a sentence.

36.  Brandi B has more than 13,000 tweets to her name which, well wow. She is also a walking IMDB, and can tell you who That Guy was and what movie you saw him in which comes in very handy when you’re about to run up to Paul Rudd on Bleecker Street and ask him if you went to college together. She also has twins and a four year-old and cancer. Ugh, stupid cancer. Can you just go away already and leave us all alone? You suck.

37. Devra and Aviva are the moms behind Parentopia, published authors, and benevolent advice dispensers. Devra has an unholy love of Top Chef finalist Richard Blais (seriously, ask Kristen Chase some time) and Aviva has some kind of Rain Man skill by which she can tell you when any type of meat will expire in the fridge. It’s all connected in some strange voodoo way. Not sure how yet but it will come together if you think about it.

38. Jennifer Mendelsohn of Clever Title TK has about the most fun blogroll in history. Instead of boring links to other bloggers (yawn), she’s got links to celebrities she interviewed when she was at People Magazine–and maybe slept with? Who knows! She can also tell what any food will taste like just from looking at it, which is a skill I could have desperately used in Spain a few times.  I need to spend a whole lot more time on her blog. And I think the clever title is already there.

39. Karen of Karen Chatters downplays her cooking skills but dude? Salt-crusted beef tenderloin with cippolini onions in a balsamic glaze. Also she is fearless, this woman. She is totally willing to dress her child up like an elf on Christmas with no fear of repurcussion later in life.

40. Jill, aka Scary Mommy has such an avid fan base, every time one of those top mom blogger lists shows up, her readers flock there to write, “But what about Scary Mommy?” Either that, or she has 62 aliases. Who wouldn’t love a woman who’s not afraid to post a huge photo of her kid picking his nose. Plus?  she runs this lovely Kitchen Shoppe where you should spend lots of cash, now. In fact, I’m not even sure why she’s a scary mommy. Maybe she will stab me with one of the butter knives if I don’t buy something from her.

41. Amber Strocel is your go-to source for info on global maternity leave, and growing cucumbers. Not necessarily together. Although if you’d like to leave your job in Greenland to have a baby and grow some cucumbers, check with her first. She’ll hook you up.

42. Candace Lindemann has far too many skills to mention. Also, I’m getting really tired typing and it’s late. But aside from starting Bloganthropy, she also makes balloon animals which is two ways she gives back to the moms of the world. (Although no one cries when their Bloganthropy pops and now the line is too long to get another.)

43. Blogging since 2002 (!!) Jen B of Jennui is one of the grand dames of the mom bloggers, doing it with grace, humor, and a Canadian accent, all while touching her tongue to her nose. Evidently that’s a marketable skill in some country. I’m not sure which but I think it has a Q in it and no vowels.

44. Jill Anne Berry is proof that you can have a 13 year-old daughter and live to tell the tale. Next year she will be 14. The year after that, 15. And Jill will still be there, plugging away. Really, I’m just impressed with the entire process.

45. HD Lewnberg of Live Green Mom is so new to blogging, that her about page currently reads This is an area on your website where you can add text. This will serve as an informative location on your website, where you can talk about your site. Look at it as a chance to discover a yet undiscovered new blogger that you will come to adore. And proof that you don’t have to be here 6 years to get on A LIST. Besides, she taught herself to ride a unicycle this summer.  There is a clear dearth in the world of self-taught unicycle-riding mom bloggers and she’s just the gal to fill it.

46a and b  Cagey, aka Kelli Oliver George, and Sara Lena  of The Anvil Tree share my own useful skill for identifying famous people’s voices in commercials and animated films.  So clearly they are a talented, and important pair of women, worth your time, energy and money. (Should you be sending money to random bloggers for some reason.)

47. Jennifer McNichols writes a very good consumer advocacy style review blog with her husband Jeremiah, called Z Recommends. So if you ever wonder where the parent bloggers are who are writing negative reviews – there they are. All two of them. In one blog. But that doesn’t make them negative people. Can someone who makes a good pumpkin cheesecake be negative? Nope, it’s a physical impossibility.

48. Momo Fali is another writer writer, so expect more of those annoying paragraphs and wacky punctuation marks. She can also do that spoon hanging on the nose thing which is one of the best party tricks ever. Especially if you’re ten. Or have a kid who is ten. Which she does.

49. Rita Arens of Surrender Dorothy is too modest to say she has any skills besides almost curling the bottom third of her tongue (what’s with all these tongue skills anyway?) but she did happen to get the first ever mom blogger compilation published. She is also kind and spiritually generous and principled and has that pretty blonde midwestern hair going for her. (Oh, and that’s a Cool Mom Picks amazon affiliate link so don’t report me to the FTC.)

50. Anissa Mayhew can come back from a coma. Top that.




Oh yes I KNOW I left you out. And you, and you, and you. And your best friend. And your favorite blogger. These were just the 50 who contacted me. Feel free to leave your own mad skills, raging talents, and stupid blogger tricks in comments.

135 shards of brilliance… read them below or add one

Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm

How in the world do you have time to read all these blogs, write hysterical comments about them, be a great mom, and work? You amaze me!

Now, how am I supposed to work and read all these blogs while I am at work? Seriously, I can't wait to check these bloggers out. And you should check out pointyuniverse.blogspot.com. She's pretty funny too – but definitely an unknown. I have no idea what she can do with her tongue!

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Mamma December 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm

A fine, fine list.

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Maria Melee December 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I love it!

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Email From The Embassy December 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Hey! You left me out!

Actually, I'm not sure if I qualify as a mommy blogger. I'm more of a “person who gave birth to four kids while living in random places overseas” blogger. But – since I'm currently tucked away behind the Great Firewall here in China, I know almost none of these bloggers. Thanks for this list – if I can match wits with the Chinese censors, I'll check them out. And congrats for making the other list. I don't know how they chose the rankings, but mom-101 is a favorite of mine (and yes, the Chinese censors usually let me read you).

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Fairly Odd Mother December 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm

My 2010 resolution is to get away from the computer, not read even more great blogs! Sigh. . .tough to do with so many great writers out there.

I think we should start a campaign to force Halushki/Jozet to write more than once a month in 2010. I adore her and her writing and miss reading her more-frequent updates.

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Melissa Chapman December 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Leave it to Liz, the ultimate Mom 101- to slave all day in the salt mines, cook up the bacon, tend to her sweet, smart daughters- be a supportive companion to her significant other and find the time co-helm the wildly successful Cool Mom Picks, contribute her talents to oh so many books and magazines, do TV appearances, write this here blog which is well in a nutshell brilliant and then as if ALL that “other stuff” weren't enough show us how truly magnanimous she is by sharing the wealth and shinning a bright light on other mommybloggers. I for one am nominating her for Sainthood… xo

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Maggie, dammit December 29, 2009 at 1:40 pm

At first I was all, “Seriously? Another list?” until I read it. You, mah dear, have wicked skills. This was wholly awesome. Well done!

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Scary Mommy December 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Best. List. Ever. I am honored to be on it, even if I had to ask myself.

Had you not added me, I would have totally been after you with those butter knives. Good call on your part!

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Capital Mom December 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

That was a awesome list. I now have a ton of new blogs to check out. And people to follow on Twitter. Thanks. Looking forward to next year's list. :-)

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Motherhood Uncensored December 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm

What? My bible book recitation with a leg behind my head is good enough for Babble but not good enough for you.

Mutiny! Tragedy! Treason!

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Dyar Baby Momma December 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Wow now I really won't be productive when I go back to work next week…

I am more of a just post pics, videos and cute stories of the kids instead of screpbooking or baby books kind of blog. I live vicariously through other 'mommy-bloggers' so this is great.

Talent – I can pump while feeding the baby a bottle and drinking coffee… Does that count? ;)

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Lauren December 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Great list! I already read most of those anyway!

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Mom101 December 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Oh my gosh Capital Mom – a tradition? Fun! Can I think about it a little later though? Like after my hands finally uncramp from typing this one?

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Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub December 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Tons of great bloggers on this list! Some of my favorites, in fact. Thanks for putting it together and ….oh, yeah…. can I be on it next year?? ;)

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Heather B. December 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm

They sent the pitches to Renee instead of Kelly because…well…never mind. ;-)

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Andria December 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I am so freakin' honored!

And, #50? LURVE it.

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Mom101 December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Bless you, Heather B.

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The Professional Family Manager December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I'm with Capital Mom. Make it a tradition! Besides, your list is significantly more entertaining and fun than the Babble list. (And, yes, Scary Mommy should have been on the Babble list, too.) There are just too many great blogs out there now, which is absolutely wonderful. Blogs have definitely replaced my former print recreational reading material; not only is the writing and content superior and more relevant to my life/needs, but I don't have to pay for subscriptions or buy mags at the grocery store. Love it!

But, hey, congrats on making the Babble list! It's well deserved!! :-)

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MDTaz December 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I love that one of the most-known, most-loved “mommybloggers” (that's you) would be so generous of spirit and heart that you take the time not only to know all these blogs, but to write a post like this. In this community, there may be A-lists, but you remind us that we're all on the big list together, blogging our hearts out, post by post. That is why you rock, sistah.

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slouchy December 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm

#50 takes this list to a whole new level.

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Robin (noteverstill) December 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

You rock. Thanks for a little spotlight love and some great new reading leads! I just KNEW my stupid talent would come in handy one day ; )

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Forty Weeks December 29, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Why Thank you Ms. Liz — this is a fabulous list and I feel better knowing that if ye ask ye shall receive is for real, not just the Jewish Girl's Anthem! I do appreciate your including me and my twisted karma of flexibility and fate.
I am off to do some more high-powered things today, I'm sure! Many thanks for the love. Oh, and for including me with the rest of the amazings on this kick-ass list!
PS – if Jill gets you with her butter knife I am right here with my, posse of four kids to take her and her down…as soon as they turn off the tv…

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Ms. Candice December 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm

This list made my day! I'm off to read!

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Adventures In Babywearing December 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I am a huge fan of several that you listed. Especially number 50. Can't wait to have her hug me again soon.

Steph

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Loukia December 29, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Yes! Great list, many I read already! :)

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jodifur December 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

at list, some of my faves I thought no one else knew about. And look, people do!

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Elita December 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

This was a really fabulous list! You're right, it does get very boring to hear about the same handful of bloggers over and over again, when you have people like Candace and Kelly, amazing women doing amazing things to make this world a better place. If only I'd seen your tweet, I could've begged to be included, too!

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Julie @ The Mom Slant December 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I love this list and the bloggers on it. Also, Babble ought to hire you to rewrite their blurbs.

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Kami Lewis Levin December 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I love that you use your powers for good, not evil. The mark of a true superhero. Thanks so much for the blurb. I'm now a bit feklempt. Talk amongst yourselves…Today, my Day of Rest (my awesome last Hanukah gift – you all should make your husbands do this for you – a day of staying in bed, watching DVDs, being waited on/being left alone…) I shall spend perusing these other lovely ladies of the cyber-pen. And Liz, please do this again next year. In your spare time.

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Julie Nemitz December 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

You're still my favorite read! Both lists (Babble's and yours) are fantastic and a most kick-ass way to enjoy my vacation week.

Happy New Year!

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Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents December 29, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I get to find some new reads this way! Happy New Year!

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Screwed Up Texan December 29, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Love it! But first you must give me some tips on belly dancing for this to really work.

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Sarcastic Mom / Lotus December 29, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Haha! Fabulous. :-)

I have to admit I was going to be VERY jealous if these bloggers actually did receive chocolate tiaras.

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Muskrat December 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

What a charitable public service you've provided here…a just a shade past Christmas to boot!

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Courtney December 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Great list, insanely funny, almost motivating me to get out of bed and go write a post on my blog….almost!

Can't wait to add much of these to my google reader….when I get out of bed ofcourse

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Jenny, the Bloggess December 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Love this.

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Girl con Queso December 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Aw, thanks for #19. And yes, the goal for 2010 is to get me drunk at a party and see what happens. It will be rad.

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Rita Arens December 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm

You put a ton of work into this. What started out as a joke became a big labor of love, and thank you for that. I am familiar with about 3/4 of this list, but am adding the rest to my reader now. It's been a while since I've seen a good blogroll. Thanks, Liz!

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Amy December 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I'm pretty sure that in the ranking of Mommybloggers, I'm #48,592,351. Right behind Courtney Love.

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Midwest Mom December 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Great list — some I knew and some I didn't.

Personally, I enjoy Green Girl in Wisconsin, but I'm midwestern, so I'm probably biased. ;)

I'm with one of your earlier commenters — doing a little less writing/FB/tweeting and a little more living in the new year.

Balance is a good thing. But so is your list. Great job, and Happy New Year!

- Julia at Midwest Moms

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Susan December 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

You? Are the best. Truly.

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Jenn December 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

what anawesome list!! i dont even have the time to read all of my current favorite blogs, now i have more to read?! falling in love with some of these already!

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Dana December 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Thanks, Liz.

You put more work into your site than most marketers put into their pitches or editors elsewhere put into their content. Your site is a staple.

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Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) December 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

That is hilarious! Thank you for the inclusion, although I would say my voice recognition gift is more of a detriment than a skill since it has ruined more than one movie for me.

I think January should be Blogroll Reconnaissance Month. I know I have some incredible, inspiring, amazing voices lurking in my own blogroll. As such, I am going to spend January sifting through other's blogrolls.

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MollyinMinn December 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Fabulous list. Thanks for taking the time to share it!

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Unplanned Cooking December 29, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for this list. I love finding new blogs with a unique voice. And congrats to you! That's quite an honor.

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Mocha December 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm

You have a gift for the blurbs, ma'am. That's a talent I envy. You're my favorite person in the world right now and I'm thinking longingly of your pretty, shiny hair.

There are a few ladies I haven't read who are on this list and I must THANK you for bringing them together so that I can visit each and every one.

p.s. I saw that, Heather B.

p.p.s. My word verification is “gangstaff”. It's an omen.

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Piper of Love December 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Woot Hoot and Holler!
I am so happy Momo made your list, she's a topper on all my lists. Plus, I love her guts.

Kudo's!

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melissa December 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

terrific list. i love so many of those you have mentioned!

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Julie {Angry Julie Monday} December 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I love this list. I'm proud to know that almost all of these awesome women are already in my reader!!!

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Chris December 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Only because I hadn't hit the I Like button obsessively this past hour ;-)

I completely agree with you on the whole ranking and voting thing. But you already knew that.

love this post Liz.

Oh and I am baffled by Babble calling me a psuedo-militaristic mother. I think I am one of the most laid back mothers I know. Oops time for morning formation here.

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Y December 29, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I contacted you, and still got left out of the list? THE STORY OF MY LIFE.

Butt hurt aside, this was awesome. You're the best,

(Kidding about the butt hurt. Not kidding about you being the best.)

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mommymae December 29, 2009 at 4:41 pm

it most certainly was NOT a john tesch concert! i would never disrespect john so much. it was a string cheese incident concert, thankyouverymuch.

and i didn't even know i was getting on a list. that's fancy.

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Kim Tracy Prince December 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Mmm, thanks for the chocolate tiara. It was delicious.

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Devra December 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Aviva is a refrigerator/freezer savant. Who better to bring it to The People than you?

It's quite possible you've increased the liklihood of Richard Blais following me back on Twitter or provided him with documentation which may be useful in serving me with a restraining order.

It's probably a 50/50 shot either way.

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Lee Vandeman December 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Yay!!! What a list! I had some of those chicks on my 51-100 list too….

Now I'm gonna start a list of the top 50 moms WITHOUT blogs because they need to get on some lists too.

:-)

From Lee of Moms Without Blogs….

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Mr Lady December 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I love Scary Mommy. I have no idea why she wasn't on that Babble list, and I was. That girl can write circles around me.

I'm a hard core moderate, and Dana Loesch is just about my favorite poli-blogger ever. EVERYONE needs to be reading her.

I could go on. Wicked list, Liz.

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Laurie December 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

I love that you take me seriously even when I don't. That is only one of the reasons why you, I love.

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Redneck Mommy December 29, 2009 at 5:35 pm

You know it's a damn farce when my talentless arse makes a list and none of these fierce writers do.

I'm glad you corrected this.

Well done.

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Mrs. CPA December 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Totally not a pitch for any business! But it's my most famous skill, besides a mean funeral corn recipe.
Thanks for including me.

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PlusSizeMommy December 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Brilliant !!!

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Intentional Birth December 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

What a fantastic list! Thanks so much for putting this together. I read some of the great moms listed here, but will be sure to check out the rest.
Super funny too.
Karen

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Maria Niles December 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Unsurprising brilliance, Liz. And you've inspired me – I am adding to my life goals to be in the same league as Laurie and Elisa (two of my personal stalking victims, um let's make that heroes) as a list-worthy mommyblogger who just happens not to have any children. I'm far too haphazard and scattered a blogger to qualify for a spot in such brilliant company as these 50 but I can curl my tongue and raise a spock eyebrow so I'm halfway there!

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Aimee Greeblemonkey December 29, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Awesome. Love this!

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Keri - Toyqueen December 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Wow, what a list! Hopefully I can make it on these “top” lists someday!

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Karen Putz December 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

What a fun list– so many new moms for me to connect with! And yeah, it's a real problem getting deaf kids to listen to me, especially when they close their eyes and turn their hearing aids off…

As for fake cleaning– all I can say is that the oven stores a lot of stuff and Rubbermaid boxes are a Mom's best friend.

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MelADramatic Mommy December 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I almost forgot what I wanted to say because I'm laughing at Heather B's comment!

Thanks for putting this together. I shouldn't add a single new blog to my reader, but, I'm weak.

I agree, I think this should become a tradition.

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Jennifer Taggart, TheSmartMama December 29, 2009 at 7:02 pm

I'm so thrilled to have made your list . . although now I feel like a must actually write a post for the blog instead of taking a vacation from it. So I will do it, wearing a chocolate tiara of course.

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Candace April December 29, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Liz, You are funny and very sweet. Thanks for including me, the check is in the mail. KIDDING, FTC!

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Anonymous December 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Hmmmm, great list, but you are missing jodifur and sweetney and goon squad Sarah and pretty much all the mamapop crew, who are my faves!

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Mom101 December 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Agree Anon! Lots of my favorites there. But this was a totally democratic process – if you asked me to be on the list and you weren't already a so-called A lister…voila.

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Desiree December 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Super list! I will now be lost in many more links to come.

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Gunfighter December 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hey, I know some of those ladies, and count them as friends. It's odd that I read so many of those blogs and some of them I have never heard of.

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Jenn / Mommy Needs Coffee December 29, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Love, love, love this list! Cannot wait to catch up on my blog reading now that I am returning to the land of the living and the land of bloggers! Superb list of bloggers here to re-engage with.

You're amazing!

I think I did make at least one list: The “WTH Happened to This Old School, Does She Even Blog Anymore, Has Been Blogger?!” I rocked that category! ;-)

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Musings of a Housewife December 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Um. I hereby declare that you deserve to be on every list for eternity for your ability to come up with this list and make an accurate and hilarious description about each one.

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Average Jane December 29, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Excellent list! One of the loveliest things about BlogHer is that I've met a surprising number of the women you've mentioned.

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Christina December 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Whew, I always wanted to be on a list, and I'm just glad it wasn't a Top 50 Annoying Mommybloggers We Want To Leave Us Alone.

Actually, I'm proud to know several of the amazing women you wrote about, and can't wait to check out the ones I don't know. It's like a late holiday gift of new talent to read. Or a curse, if you knew that my bloglines needs an industrial-strength plunger to clear out the backlog there.

(And I'm totally going to corner Laid Off Dad at BlogHer this year to chat Monty Python.)

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2Wired2Tired December 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Congrats to you even though you dismissed it, I still think it's an honor for you and great list! I'm excited to check out some of the blogs on your list and find new favorites.

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Lara December 29, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I want to be on a list, but I don't think they make a list for “Random life bloggers who don't fit neatly into any of the blogging categories and alternate between funny and heart-breaking on any given day.” But if they ever make that list, I hope I'm in the top 10. Or 20. Or just anywhere on the list really.

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jenn December 29, 2009 at 11:22 pm

oh so many more to read!! thx :)

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Piper Heiney December 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm

OK, so I'm not surprised I didn't make the list. I'm a virgin mommyblogger after all. But I swear I'll be here in 2010 or I'll … I'll … I'll … I'll mail you all my used vibrators. And I won't clean 'em first either. So there.

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deborahlquinn December 29, 2009 at 11:58 pm

okay so I go on vacation, stop reading everything except the latest Stephen King novel (thus also toning my biceps–the sucker is huge) and miss my chance at being on a real actual list. Of writers. Whose work I admire and respect. Note to self: must never, ever, turn off internet access again. Seriously? A great list and a great idea and if I were ever to be included, I would totally fall over in shock and probably never write again.

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amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay December 30, 2009 at 12:20 am

in love with you as always…

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abby December 30, 2009 at 12:30 am

I big bit of me sighed to see all the amazing women out there doin' their thing proudly for everyone to see.

what a wonderful world…

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Nicole December 30, 2009 at 12:44 am

What Deborah said. :)

Except it was the Wheel of time series, not Stephen King :) And this should be a tradition

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PunditMom December 30, 2009 at 1:00 am

Thank you SO MUCH for including me! I am honored to be included with these fabulous women. And, yeah, the rest of us have NOTHING on Anissa. And I know our thoughts and prayers are all with her and her family.

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Momo Fali December 30, 2009 at 1:14 am

Yeah! What does Babble know, anyway? Thanks for the mention. My spoon trick with live in infamy!

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Jennifer Mendelsohn December 30, 2009 at 3:27 am

I'd like to thank the academy…

No seriously, being included in this company (Hello? Anissa?!?) made my day. And I'm seriously humbled and delighted that you took the time not only to list us, (hell, all I did was tweet you back!) but to write such cogent, witty little blurbs about all 50 of us.

For the record, I did not sleep with any celebs I profiled for People. Except maybe Bob Denver.

And I'm going to spend the rest of my days on earth trying to make funeral corn better than Mrs. CPA's. Actually, I'm about to google to find out what funeral corn is.

Anyway, thank you so much.

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Mom101 December 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

Oh geez Jennifer, thanks – I thought I was the only one who had never heard of funeral corn.

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Julia December 30, 2009 at 3:45 am

MrsCPA gave me the skinny on the funeral corn (the eating of which, may create your own funeral, but oh so yummy getting there!!). Here goes:
corn, cream cheese and butter plus pepper to taste. She suggests I start making for Bris and Bar Mitzvah celebrations!

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Dionna @Code Name: Mama December 30, 2009 at 3:46 am

I have so many tabs open I can't count them. Looking forward to new blogs to read and people to follow, and I have high hopes of making the list next year :)

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ExtraordinaryMommy December 30, 2009 at 3:47 am

Loverly list – amazing women – thank you for taking the time to give them the props they deserve!

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Jennifer Mendelsohn December 30, 2009 at 3:55 am

My people typically do deli for funerals. Not so much with the corn. ;-)

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Noelle December 30, 2009 at 4:17 am

Yay for Kami for making your list! I actually found her blog through a comment she left on yours (or vice versa?!) Can't remember for sure, but either way, love her!

And MarinkaNYC, too!

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the weirdgirl December 30, 2009 at 7:44 am

What a list! There are some great bloggers here!

I DID forget that you didn't like fruit in your cookies. But I love you too so I promise not to send you any. How do you feel about fudge?

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NYC Single Mom December 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Ironic, that I found you from the babble list and now thrilled you put your list together, Loved your comments about each.

I just started blogging in Jan 2009 after I lost my job and I love it. I aspire to write as well as the bloggers on your list
Needless to say, thank god for lists because I would never have discovered you.

http://www.newyorkcitysinglemom.com

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Mama Cas December 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Holy crap! The PRESSURE! I want to read them ALL! Can you come by and babysit my 4 kids for the day so I can catch up on some awesome blogs? No? Damn. I guess I'll have to bookmark this and make my way down the list. Can you at least drop off a couple cases of Mountain Dew at my house? I'll need the caffeine to assist me while I read into the weeeeee hours of the night.

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Carmen December 30, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I LOVE you. LOVE you.

I can't say any more than that. You are amazing.

And I still owe you a drink.

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Jaelithe December 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I SO do not belong on the same list as some of the other people here. But thank you kindly for the mention.

I don't think ANY of us can beat Anissa Mayhew's talents. Anissa Mayhew may in fact be superwoman.

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MommyNaniBooboo December 30, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Holy swimming in a pool of great bloggers, Batman!
Looks like I've got some reading to catch up on…

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Sarah December 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm

I don't have a shard, but I can *maybe* manage a shart. Sorry. I have the sense of humor = to a 12 year old boy. Love the list! I only knew 3 of the 50 so I am anxious to mingle.

Mox is brought here today by the back cover of brain, child magazine…in case you wonder about those kinds of things. Because I do. So…yeah.

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whymommy December 31, 2009 at 2:26 am

Fabulous bloggers! Fun topic, Liz… I love meeting new friends, and seeing old ones recognized for their worthy talents — in addition to their words!

The women here could be a powerful force, you know … oh, wait, they already are.

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7aki Fadi December 31, 2009 at 4:36 pm

thanks for posting this, I will check them out :) . I need new blogs to read.

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Dee December 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Thank you Liz for including me on this list. I am honored. I am still figuring it all out. I thought I would feel overwhelmed and overshadowed when I began blogging a mere week ago but instead I feel welcomed.
Happy 2010 to us all!

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Ali January 1, 2010 at 1:20 am

ANISSA!
yes, yes, and more yes.
:)

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adrienne January 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

#19 & #47 are two of my favorites! Thanks for an excellent off-beat list!

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margalit January 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Fabulous list, and so nice to see after the Babble same old same old. Thank you!

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Rayne of Terror January 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I have a talent! I read every blog on this list and commented on every blog that allows comments while nursing a baby in the last few days.

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Julia January 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Rayne of Terror – you read ALL of these while nursing, pretty amazing indeed! pls email me your bra size – I would love to send you some goodies from Bravado — truly impressive! Happy New Year!

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6512 and growing January 2, 2010 at 4:38 am

You rock for doing this.
Just for the record, Breed 'em and Weep is a fabulous blog too.

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Mommy Cracked January 2, 2010 at 5:22 am

I think it was extremely cool of you to hilight some lesser known (and some well known) bloggers. These lists are always so fickle, but what you did here was nice.

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Nicole Pelton January 2, 2010 at 6:03 am

That was great, and not just your commentary :) I just really don't have time to read all these great blogs, what with all the new food network competitions.

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Nicole Feliciano January 3, 2010 at 12:30 am

Love the list. And I have a tiara at the house that I keep on hand for these occasions when I have to celebrate my fabulosity on my own! Happy New year.

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Korinthia Klein January 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Wow. Thanks for the list! I'm looking forward to checking all of them out.

I'm new to blogging and am amazed by the number of truly wonderful mommy blogs out there. What great company to be in.

If you somehow find the time to check out one more blog, mine is called “Holding Down the Fort” on Babble.com.

http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/holding-down-the-fort/default.aspx

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Amy @ Living Locurto January 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

This is a great list!! Congrats on making the Babble list as well:-)

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Magpie January 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Staggeringly awesome list.

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ster January 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

this is by far the best blog list i've ever read… yes, because i'm on it. so what. i adore you. and love that you took the time to write this list and do all that work and acknowledge people- and well, it was swell of you. HAHA, swell.

and i think you're right. i could totally make dennis r blush. he'd love it. and then want to do bad things to me, which would probably make me pee a little. how attractive.

THANKS A LOT LIZ. :)

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Karen January 5, 2010 at 4:04 am

This is fantastic! What a great list. Has kept me busy reading tons of new blogs for the last 4 hours or so and a great way to avoid my to-do list today. Tomorrow will be laundry day. Thank you!!

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Lisa January 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I love your lists. And I love that so many StL bloggers are on it!

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Baby Sweetness January 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

What a great and nice idea! But I agree – how do you have time to check these all out?! I might have to make a point of doing one a week for 2010… (the standard 2 weeks vacation in there) and then hope to make the list myself in 2011 so that I can get 3 weeks off then! ;)

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Kat @ TodaysCliche.com January 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

WHAT I WOULD do to be on that list! My blog is only a month old… is that too “new” to be considered? Hopefully, if you take a look at it, you'll soon discover I may be in a groove? I dunno, but would LOVE LOVE LOVE a shout out… you're soooo terribly sweet to write all of those things about those other bloggers; way awesome! I will certainly follow your blog; love it. Please stop my mine, Mom-101!!!

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Michelle January 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

Your blog is new to me. I found you via the Forbes Twitter list {I must have been living in a cave} but I absolutely love this list. When I got to #50 I knew that you had done it so right. Beautiful.

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MDTaz January 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I was inspired by your RT of Rayne of Terror…. so I also visited every blog on your list (it took me a good week…) and added many of them to my RSS reader. Thanks for introducing me to so many writers and so many worlds of words.

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Katherine from Postpartum Progress January 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

This is great. Thanks for giving me some new blogs to read! Not that I needed even more work to do …

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Katherine from Postpartum Progress January 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm

So here is what your list has done, in the last few minutes since I thanked you for giving me new blogs to check out. I went to Jaelithe's blog and happened upon one of her pieces on sensory processing disorder. My daughter has sensory processing disorder. The post had me in tears. I can't believe someone else is practically describing my daughter. Then I see that Jaelithe suggests also reading Amalah on this topic. So I jump over to a post on Amalah about SPD, and find more information. Nothing makes me cry anymore. Yet, I have tears in my eyes today. Someone else understands this.

This is why the women of the blogosphere are so freaking awesome. Because they share the love and it allows people like me to find someone — or actually two someones — who can serve as guiding lights to me as I try to help my sweet little girl. Now I'm not alone.

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My Bottle's Up! January 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

great great GREAT list!

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Kelly January 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Hey!
In reference to #32, well, I just have a couple of things to say…
1. I had the pleasure of meeting Carmen, and some other southern blogging moms, at Great Wolf Lodge last year. Fabulous woman…way too skinny for having that many children.
2. Even though officially I didn't come out of the south, I do live there now and blog about it. So, (wiping the tear from my eye), don't discount other fabulous mommy bloggers making the south a better world.

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MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner January 20, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Great list—can't wait to dig in to some of these!

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Kim Moldofsky January 31, 2010 at 5:05 am

Not sure how I missed this a few weeks back, but I'm glad I found it. It's a great list!

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Musings from Me March 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Liz–I must be the most clueless, detached, and out-of-it blogger out there. I had no idea that you included me on your top 50 list. I don't know what to say except: Thank you so much AND I will read my Google alerts from now on! No more deleting them…since I missed this fabulous link up!!

BTW, your review of the NYT article on the Baltimore Bloggy Boot Camp was spot on!

Here's to the next time our paths cross!

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Bitchin' Amy October 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

The ranking on the Babble list was completely bogus & made no sense, so I didn’t see a point in getting too worked up over it. I’m always happy for the women I know who are named on these various lists that pop up throughout the course of the year. There are so many amazing women writing in our community that I think I stopped taking it personally after the first year of not making it on any of them. It’s impossible for everyone to be listed. I swear on everything holy, it always boils down to WHO you know, not what you know, not how often you post, nor what you post about. It’s subjective. Just like your list, just like mine. :)

That said. Your list is amazeballs.

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NYCSingleMom November 26, 2012 at 6:48 am

Look forward to checking out the list. In the future, add to my to do list, suck up to Liz more when I see her (kidding, I love you)

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Jennifer Miller November 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

I am a brand new Mom blogger so am just building a readership. I think it’s terrific that you are promoting a number of other Mom blogs. Will check them all out! And please check out mine…Confident Parents, Confident Kids, confidentparentsconfidentkdis.org for parents who are actively supporting kids’ social and emotional development. Happy blogging!
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Tammy November 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

Dana Loesch, really? After her mean and ugly attacks on Sandra Fluke? It’s one thing to say her politics are the wrong way, but she’s just a nasty, bile-filled shill for right wing haters and liars. Can’t believe you endorsed her in any way. http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/03/20/cnns-dana-loesch-and-the-bullying-campaign-agai/186286

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Nessa December 2, 2012 at 10:12 pm

I am so excited to have some newness to read while feeding the babe in the wee (way too wee) hours of the night!
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