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4 cents an hour and a shiny pink button

People ask me why I blog. All the time.

Well, some still ask what a blog is. 10% of these interactions occur at cocktail parties; 90% of these interractions occur in an elevator at an actual blog conference. The person asking generally has a bad hair cut and an ill-fitting jacket, and is attending some other conference filled with people with bad hair cuts and ill-fitting jackets. And I think, don’t roll your eyes at me, Mr. MCNCAAF Conference attendee! I bet you don’t get to got to a party tonight with glow sticks and a giant unicorn cake.

Anyway.

Those people who do (kind of) know what a blog is, they want to know why I do it. They ask why I keep it up when I’m so busy in advertising and I’ve got so much else going on with my website and these two growing kids, and sheesh, don’t you make about $.04 an hour on Mom-101, all things considered?

And I say, yes. All those things are true.

I also say those thing are exactly why I blog.

Here, I do not have to make logos bigger or make headlines smaller, or convince women that their successes in life will be measured by things like freshness or sparkling, spot-free glassware. Here, I can use the word oy and not worry how it will play in Peoria. Here I will not be told that the word awesomeness is polarizing. Here I can write about things that no one else talks about. Or things that every mother talks about. Or things I can’t talk about in front of my kids. Or things that I wish we’d talk about more.

I write posts that get 150 comments and posts that get 4 comments, and either way, I pretty much never regret having written them.

Also, here I have you.

This week, when I got the phone call from a big fancy editor of Parents magazine telling me they had chosen Mom-101 as Best All Around Mom Blog in their Best Blogs contest, I was rendered speechless for one of the few times in my life.

Partly because are you kidding me? Holy crap.

Also partly because I didn’t know you could win awards these days without begging your friends to hit a big VOTE button once a day from different IP addresses until they hate you and you can never ask them for anything again.

(Holy crap!)

My inclination is generally to say such things don’t matter all that much, but to me, this one does. It feels really, really good (really good) when people you respect say, “nice job.” No matter what it’s for.

I hope you all get to feel that as often as possible in your life.

Now back to the part about you…

One of the things the editor mentioned on the phone was how much all they love reading discussions here. She noted that the commenters here always had such good things to say. And how, scanning the comments, there are so few that just say “haha you’re so funny!” or “cute picture!” or “cheap Canadian Viagra!” (Though that last one is more the doing of a good spam filter.)

So I am especially honored to post this little pink button, because I truly don’t think it’s just about the writing. It’s not about posts. It’s about the blog. And a blog is, at its best, is a community that lives and breathes and thinks and discusses and make each other better and smarter, even after the blogger has hit publish and walked away to go pee.

If you want to know why I keep coming back here for $.04 an hour, that’s as good an answer as I can come up with.

best all around mom blog

See how I ended that last sentence in a preposition? That’s another thing you get to do on a blog. Awesomeness.

{ 135 comments… add one }

  • Lindsay Lebresco 11.16.2011, 7:50 am

    Now I feel compelled to write more than “Congratulations!” So I’ll say well deserved too, because it most certainly is.

  • Michelle C 11.16.2011, 7:59 am

    I’d just love to say a huge CONGRATS!! I know it is a lot of work doing anything else when you are a mom, I’m a single mom, and hats off to you for all the work you do!! You have worked hard for this, enjoy it :D

  • Nina 11.16.2011, 8:06 am

    Wow–congratulations! You deserve it Liz!

  • Rachel Blaufeld 11.16.2011, 8:24 am

    I will not comment with congrats because the guy in the elevator may not know it, but all your readers know you deserve this.

    I will give you the highest compliment ever – my husband has commented on your blog and NEVER on mine!

    Enjoy your pink button for a long time….it is so well earned! Rachel

  • Lori 11.16.2011, 8:25 am

    haha you’re so funny!

  • Jill 11.16.2011, 8:37 am

    Congratulations Liz! Recognition really does feed our souls –especially that kind that comes from perfect strangers and is so genuine. Bravo!

  • Fer 11.16.2011, 8:42 am

    Yeah! I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for still writing here, despite everything else you do and everyone else who needs your attention. Write on!

  • Brook 11.16.2011, 8:50 am

    Congratulations!

  • Laura Mayes 11.16.2011, 8:52 am

    So exciting! And so well deserved! You are the best.

  • Lissa 11.16.2011, 8:53 am

    Mazel Tov!

    Now, tell me more about that cheap Canadian Viagra….

  • Bren 11.16.2011, 9:08 am

    You know, I think it’s about YOU. You make this a place where people can say what they feel without fear of snarky repercussions from you, can actually learn something USEFUL without being preached to, can laugh because – Hey! – you’re FUNNY – in the real way – not the “I’m so funny listen listen listen” way, sometimes cry because what you say is oh-so-true and God bless you for saying it, and we can all walk off feeling smarter even though our 14 year old believes – KNOWS – that he can hear your brain shriveling in your head from stupidity.

    KUDOS KUDOS KUDOS – all the more because you DIDN’T ask for it.

  • My Kids Mom 11.16.2011, 9:18 am

    I think your professional experience has meshed well with your personal experiences in this blog. I look at the traits that make it so easy to read and think of changing my format. I look at the topics you discuss and wonder if I should let my politics show more publicly. I wonder if my kids could stand a bit less privacy. All in all, I think you are able to meet us, your readers, where we are and to push us a bit further. All while entertaining, informing and keeping us company. Congrats!

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 9:27 am

      Oh Jill, I have the same conversations in my head. I read Amalah and think wow, I should share more. I read Girls Gone Child and think my photos suck. I read Motherhood Uncensored and think I should be more candid about some things. I read the Bloggess and I’m like wow, I’m not funny at all.

      All we can do, really, is write what we know. Dammit, all those creative writing teachers in college were right.

  • magpie 11.16.2011, 9:19 am

    You’re fabulous.

  • Fairly Odd Mother 11.16.2011, 9:24 am

    Ack, you ended with a preposition!??! Title revoked!

    Oh, you know I am kidding and am so thrilled to love your blog and love you. You are the reason I started blogging b/c it looked like so much fun and I loved reading your posts. (still do!)

    And, yes, I LOVE your commenters. I think you must have a secret IQ test that keeps the really bad ones away.

    (hugs and many congratulations! And I hope Nate was impressed!)

  • Julie Marsh 11.16.2011, 9:25 am

    This *is* a big deal. It’s an honor that’s well deserved, and it gives me hope that in spite of all the aspects of our blogging environment that drive us crazy, good writing and thoughtful discussion still matter.

  • Jen Singer 11.16.2011, 9:28 am

    I agree with Parents 100%. You deserve the pink button and the very public kudos. I love your honest writing and your hilarious, yet poignant blog, Liz, and I’m so glad to see someone so talented get the recognition you deserve.

    All that’s left to say is the obvious: Cheap Canadian Viagra.

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 9:40 am

      Hoping I’ll rank for those keywords now. Fingers crossed!

  • Janel 11.16.2011, 9:33 am

    Liz, I found your blog about four years ago when my oldest daughter was just a baby (and was still my only daughter) when they did a style piece on you in Parents Magazine. I remember thinking, “Huh. ‘I don’t know what I’m doing, either’. I can get with that.” Reading your blog inspired me to read other blogs, then inspired me to start writing again myself, and now, four years, two more daughters, and a blog later, I’m still reading, enjoying, and being inspired by your blog. Thank you for not quitting your $0.04/hour job. The pay sucks, but the benefits are awesome (for your readers, anyways).

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 9:39 am

      Wow Janel, that’s worth way more than $.04. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Alli Worthington 11.16.2011, 9:44 am

    Everything about this post is perfect.

  • Sherry Carr-Smith 11.16.2011, 9:45 am

    First, congratulations! And second, Amen. The community you’ve built is amazing because of the conversation (and Canadian Viagra, obviously). The reasons you talk about for having a blog are exactly the reasons I have one. You also touched on the advice I give friends who want to “blog to make extra money.” You have a blog to write or vent or post pictures; and, you sould do it all with the thought that nobody will ever read and it’s just for you. Luckily for us, your writing and venting and photos are full of awesomeness.

  • Carrie at TikiTikiBlog! 11.16.2011, 9:50 am

    So very, very deserved.

    I don’t comment much, but I always appreciate your candor, humor and truth. Always.

    Many more good things for you!

  • The Dalai Mama 11.16.2011, 9:55 am

    You summed it up so well. When I first starting blogging back in March of 2006–you were one of the first blogs I read regularly and thought–“if only I could be like her…”

    It is such a great community and I am thankful to be a little part of it. Congrats–it is very well-deserved.

  • Avitable 11.16.2011, 9:57 am

    Well, fucking duh. Your blog is always awesome and consistently one of my favorites.

    Nobody deserves an accolade like you do, and for a gift, I’m going to send you some Canadian Viagra.

  • Amy Sue Nathan 11.16.2011, 10:03 am

    I feel like I’ve known you from the moment I started blogging way back in 2006. It’s been awesome to watch your girls grow and to be part of a community of moms that I didn’t have access to when my kids were little — way, way back in the 90’s. Yours is one of the few parenting blogs I still read. I laugh and I learn and I thank you for that.

  • Amanda 11.16.2011, 10:06 am

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, you consistently make me laugh, cry, think and rail against this or that.

    This time I cried happy tears. Raising my cup of coffee in your general direction.

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] 11.16.2011, 10:12 am

    Well-deserved! And you didn’t even have to beg your throngs of internet friends to click a “like” button for you or have a whole controversial post written about how popularity contests are SO HIGH SCHOOL!

    You did it the easy way: you EARNED it!

  • Jill V. / TerraSavvy 11.16.2011, 10:15 am

    Liz –

    I have been reading your blog for a few years now and you are one of the reason I started blogging. You showed me I can be myself and no boss or anyone else can tell me that I need to change what I’m saying.

    It’s a creative outlet for me to share and I am so glad you are sharing a big part of your life. The conversations that go on here are always worth my time – and with three kids there isn’t too much of that to spare these days.

    So, I say to you, congratulations! Well deserved recognition.

    Show off that pink button sister!

  • Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom 11.16.2011, 10:29 am

    SO, so deserved! Big congratulations. And let us know when you’re teaching the course on making four cents an hour! ;)

  • schmutzie 11.16.2011, 10:30 am

    Congratulations! This is well-deserved.

  • Melanie 11.16.2011, 10:33 am

    Congratulations and very well deserved. I’ve been lurking here for awhile and you always deliver. I enjoy coming here because you’ve created a smart, funny space. You know your stuff and it shows. Kudos!

  • Kathleen 11.16.2011, 10:33 am

    Congrats! Don’t know you except thru your blog which I enjoy immensely. You are one cool and funny and thought provoking person.

  • Jason 11.16.2011, 10:35 am

    Well deserved! There’s something to be said for having your work recognized by pros, and you’ve certainly earned the accolades. (I don’t get too excited about awards, but when the folks at Parents sent me the email saying DadCentric had been chosen by them for the Dad Blog equivalent…I may have man- squeed. It IS pretty cool.)

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 12:45 pm

      HUGE congrats to you too, Jason! I squeed for you.

  • Jenn @ MommyNeedsCoffee 11.16.2011, 10:35 am

    The joke is on them! We ALL know you are the best source for cheap Canadian Viagra ever! And I think at 4 cents an hour, you are one of our communities top earning bloggers these days. ;)

    • Jenn @ MommyNeedsCoffee 11.16.2011, 10:38 am

      * Or “our community’s top earning bloggers” — Blame the lack of enough coffee. Can’t leave that without correcting it. Too much book editing on my mind.

  • Nicole 11.16.2011, 10:36 am

    Congratulations!

    Your blog was one of the first I ever I read and kept coming back to. You inspired me to start blogging, even if it took nearly 3 years to build up the courage to do so.

    Your posts are always full of awesomeness and the recognition is well deserved.

  • Rebecca Keenan 11.16.2011, 10:38 am

    I rotate through my regular blog reading list, but month after month, year after year, I always come back here. When the proverbial shit hits the twitter fan, I always wonder what Mom101 has to say – and it’s always the level-headed voice of reason I was looking for. Also, funny stories and cute kids.

  • KH99 11.16.2011, 10:40 am

    How freeing to end a sentence with a preposition! Take that, English professors and editors everywhere! Congrats on your well-deserved honor!

  • Sean Naughton 11.16.2011, 10:45 am

    More than congratulations..
    On a daily basis I am awed by what you express and the way you express it. You make me laugh, you remind me to be compassionate and most of all you continually demonstrate how truly powerful social networking can be. Personally, I can’t thank you enough.

    Celebrate and be deeply nourished…
    you are FABULOUS!

    more to come I am sure.

  • Or-Tal Kiriati 11.16.2011, 10:47 am

    Hi Liz,
    Well deserved! I enjoy reading your posts and envy your sense of humor. And I totally, totally get why you blog. I often think “what if” blogs existed when I was a journalist… (Hmm, perhaps I should blog about this…).
    Keep bringing those smiles in our day and show off that pink button!
    We’re proud of you :)
    Or-Tal

  • Mom-Friday 11.16.2011, 10:51 am

    You are authentic, you’re honest, fearless, creative, funny…it’s what make you and your blog so great!
    Congratulations, and I can say that on behalf of all my (mom) blogger friends here in Manila, Philippines!
    You rock!

  • Mommy Points 11.16.2011, 10:57 am

    I love it – very well deserved. I also agree completely that Mr. MCNCAAF isn’t going to have near as much fun with his fellow conference attendees and isn’t going to do near as good a job keeping up with them once he gets home. Congrats a million times over. :)

  • mark 11.16.2011, 10:58 am

    congrats!

  • Megan 11.16.2011, 11:03 am

    Just chiming in with a big, fat “Ditto!” to all the other comments here. You inspire us all to be a bigger part of this amazing community. Thank you for sharing your awesomeness with us.

  • Lindsay 11.16.2011, 11:06 am

    Congrats, Liz! I have to agree with the editors on this one- I always come back to your blog because not only are your posts often incredibly thought-provoking, but your comment section is fantastic too! I always really enjoy reading your perspective, even when it’s radically different from mine. You make me think, and I’m so proud to know you. :)

  • abbeyviolet 11.16.2011, 11:07 am

    I agree with their assessment. The people joining you here to discuss are very awesome. The post are well-written and thought provoking. I visit often and leave with new ideas or perspectives to puzzle and I like that. I also like that you are a great mentor to the “rest of us” with small little blogs that are working on writing and reaching out. I think, in short, both you and the blog are so multifaceted that it really works to build a community and a richer virtual relationship. Thank you.

  • Rae 11.16.2011, 11:10 am

    Wow, incredible. You work so hard at this, at the whole community thing, it’s amazing. You deserve a shiny pink button.

    Also, they CALLED you?! People still DO that? That makes it all the more impressive!

  • Helen Jane 11.16.2011, 11:14 am

    You were in my dream last night, and were appropriately horrified when I showed you the giant (half wood! purple!) tooth that I had just pulled from my mouth. If that’s the effect you have on my subconscious, you can imagine the impact you’ve had on my conscious brain.

    What I’m trying to say is, CONGRATS.

  • Liz 11.16.2011, 11:16 am

    Parents magazine didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know but it’s nice to see a mainstream pub validate what I’ve thought for a long time. Yours is definitely the best all around mom blog. As I said over on CMP, yours was one of the first blogs that I bookmarked years ago and have never tired of. I don’t always comment, mostly because I’m lazy, but you’ve inspired me to be a better writer, even if you didn’t mean to.

    Congrats, Liz.

  • Esther Crawford 11.16.2011, 11:19 am

    So glad this award went to you because this blog showcases all that I like about the blogosphere.

  • Dorf's Daughter 11.16.2011, 11:20 am

    Here’s something hardly anyone knows: you can’t NOT write. You have always written. Journals filled with snippets of overheard conversations; observations about people and events; simple phrases; couplets and doublets and silly rhymes. When the student was ready, the teacher (call it a Blog if you must)appeared. You would have found an outlet for your great gift in any case. Your community, and I, are grateful you’ve made time to share it with all of us through this new medium.

  • Loukia 11.16.2011, 11:22 am

    You deserve this honour! So, so amazing. You’ve always been one of my top three bloggers of all time. You also always get me inspired and give me ideas for blog posts. Like now? I’ll be working on my “Why I Blog” post, thanks to you!

    Congrats!

  • MD 11.16.2011, 11:23 am

    Congrats, Liz! You deserve all the kudos you get…and many more. So happy for you. It’s such a great testament to your skills as a mother and writer.

  • jodifur 11.16.2011, 11:24 am

    Well, you are one of my favorites and I have great taste in everything! (kidding! kidding!)

    Congratulations! Richly deserved!

  • Jayme 11.16.2011, 11:29 am

    Yours is one of the first blogs I started reading when I set out to find this mythical community of funny, smart moms online, willing to share their stories and experiences and tears. I remember skimming through posts on other sites thinking, well I don’t make my own food so no to this one. Or I don’t herd my own sheep then shear them and knit booties from the wool, so that one probably won’t interest me. And then I read yours. And we have virtually nothing in common, other than being wives and mothers. But it doesn’t matter here, in this space. Whether you’re writing about your work or your kids or books or politics, I can always relate, in some way. I feel welcome here.

    And that’s why you are so deserving of is award. Many, many congratulations. And twice as many thank yous. Really. Thank you.

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 12:41 pm

      I also don’t make my own food or herd sheep or knit booties. So there are three more things we have in common!

  • Danielle 11.16.2011, 11:36 am

    And you’re surprised? This blog is fantastic and the award is well deserved! Congratulations. I began blogging because of you. This is the first blog I have ever read and I still stop by regularly.

  • Betsy 11.16.2011, 11:39 am

    I think your “I don’t know what I’m doing either” subtitle is just about the best welcome mat for a mom blog anyone could come up with. Here’s to big fancy editors with good taste. Congratulations.

  • Vanessa Jubis 11.16.2011, 11:49 am

    It’s the love and passion you have within you that keeps you here with your *blog family*. Hats off to you fellow blogger…Congrats! :)

    Vanessa Jubis

  • Isabel @AlphaMom 11.16.2011, 12:11 pm

    Applauding away madly. So well-deserved.

  • moosh in indy. 11.16.2011, 12:26 pm

    Insert very well thought out congratulatory comment here.

    However here…insert ZOMGAMAZEBALLS!!!!1!!

    (See that? I’m Internet bilingual.)

  • Capability 11.16.2011, 12:30 pm

    Love your blog and agree that writing whatever you want – especially that wild ending a sentence with a preposition thing – is the best part of having a blog and congratulations! Keep sharing your super funny and smart take on it all!

  • Goddess in Progress 11.16.2011, 12:31 pm

    Couldn’t be happier for you. I love reading your blog. It is always honest and authentic, and so clearly comes straight from your head and your heart. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes thought-provoking. But I’m always glad when I click through and read what you have to say. I’m so glad you write here.

  • Jenn 11.16.2011, 12:36 pm

    Cute button!!! ;)
    (sorry, I couldn’t resist. Congratulations!)

  • Issa 11.16.2011, 12:38 pm

    This will sound all lame and crap but whatever. Not like I haven’t been saying silly things here since oh 2006. (Good lord Liz, I remember your first posts.) Anyway, when people start blogs or are just new to the community and they ask me where to start? I point them here.

    Congratulations. You deserve that pretty pink button.

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 12:40 pm

      That’s high praise Issa. I always love seeing your name pop up here. Thanks for bringing so much to the conversation all these years.

  • becky 11.16.2011, 12:42 pm

    I met you at my first BlogHer back in San Jose in 2006. Does that mean I can say I knew you way back when? Also? Big congrats. That is totally awesomesauce.

  • Beth Blecherman 11.16.2011, 1:01 pm

    Congrats!! So well deserved!!!

  • Carrie 11.16.2011, 1:05 pm

    WOOOHOOO!!! I love coming here and am glad you are recognized for your writing. You can tell this is something you do because you enjoy it and have something to share, not because you feel obligated. That’s what makes it so enjoyable. Also that you don’t try hard to be entertaining – you just ARE! (I like that I can also write comments that aren’t grammatically correct)

  • Marci 11.16.2011, 1:05 pm

    I agree with the award wholeheartedly. I love reading your blog, and especially the comments afterwards. I am sure the editors at Parents Magazine were impressed because you cultivate the best (and most thoughtful) conversations.

  • No Drama Mama 11.16.2011, 1:46 pm

    The blog as a community is great. But it is also about YOU, and what you write. I follow lots of blogs, and some I only occassionally remember to skim. But I always remember to check you out. Well, you and Crappy Pictures.

  • leanne 11.16.2011, 2:09 pm

    Congratulations, Liz! I’m so glad you blog. Not only do I enjoy reading what you write, I enjoy the conversations that you start, this community that you have helped foster. So thank you for building this space and for welcoming us into it. I like it here.

  • Hillary M 11.16.2011, 3:06 pm

    Ending a sentence with a preposition is one of my favorite things about blogging too. And starting sentences with “and” and using lots of passive verbs…..it’s freeing. Congratulations on your well deserved honor.

  • RookieMom Whitney 11.16.2011, 3:19 pm

    Congrats, Liz. And thank you, as always, for not just blogging and being yourself here and everywhere you go, but also for being a leader in this space, for setting a high bar for integrity.

  • Jayme 11.16.2011, 3:44 pm

    Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading when I set out to find this mythical group of moms online, willing to share their stories and experiences and tears and smiles. It was the first one I read where I felt “at home”, if that makes any sense. We have virtually nothing in common, other than being wives and mothers. And yet, as I read through your archives and got caught up on what I’d been missing, I found myself nodding along, or laughing, or crying, or feeling some of the same emotions you wrote about. You make us feel a part of your life, not just as readers of your words, but as actual players in the show.

    To me, that’s why you are so very deserving of this honor. Many, many, many congratulations are in order. But so are 100 times as many thank you’s. Really, thank you.

  • amy @teachmama 11.16.2011, 3:46 pm

    Liz–You rock. Your blog rocks. You totally deserve it, my friend. And seriously, you earned it.
    xo

  • Asha Dornfest {Parent Hacks} 11.16.2011, 4:03 pm

    One of the things I love *most* about you is that you can recognize your own worth, talent and place in this community while being so obviously humble and grateful AT THE SAME TIME. You thank us even though you’ve done most of the work, and we feel like we’ve won with you. We feel excited for you AND a little proud of ourselves…that’s what you do. Everything you achieve, every recognition you get, you embrace it…and you share it. Amid all the self-promotion in this space, there’s plenty of false modesty to go along with it. I truly admire how, after all this time, and after all you’ve done for mom blogging as a writer AND as a community voice, you continue to empower us with your example. xo

  • Food on the Table 11.16.2011, 4:47 pm

    Congratulations! Just keep on doing what you’re doing, it is definitely something you do best. Way to go!

  • justaub 11.16.2011, 5:17 pm

    So, yes- Parents stated exactly why I keep occasionally commenting. I feel safe and I feel respected. The comments are filled with others who have smart points of view- they may not be the same point of view as my own but I actually respect each and every one of you. The blog-this goes without saying, really-is why I keep coming back.

  • kim/reluctant renovator 11.16.2011, 5:21 pm

    Congrats, Liz! This is well-deserved, and imagine the product review opportunities that will come your way now!!!!

    I kid, but let’s hope a book contract is not far behind now that you are officially a Big Deal. (But, really, you always were in my book.)

    • Mom101 11.16.2011, 5:30 pm

      If I don’t get at least 6 offers to post a coupon by end of day, I’m giving the button back.

  • Elaine 11.16.2011, 6:25 pm

    Clapping and hooting and hollering over here!!!! No lie, ask my kids. ;-)

    Congrats Liz! I think this is just FULL of awesomeness!!!

  • Sheila 11.16.2011, 7:44 pm

    I will add to the congratulations. I love your blog and I have no children. Your writing is interesting, thought provoking and very often, funny.
    Thank you for continuing to educate and entertain us!

  • Al_Pal 11.16.2011, 8:42 pm

    Awesomeness indeed. ;D

  • Mrs. Q. 11.16.2011, 9:22 pm

    SQUEEEEEEE!!!! Now excuse me while I go around telling everyone “I know her!”

    (And sorry but, after reading the comments, I just may love your mom a wee bit more than I love you. )

  • Stephanie P. 11.16.2011, 9:24 pm

    Well, now. Isn’t this wonderful news! Congratulations to you, Liz! Totally, totally deserved. So very happy for you. Even if you are knocking the Viagra my country works so hard to export.

  • Sarah 11.16.2011, 9:49 pm

    You totally deserve it – congratulations. I’ve been reading your blog for years and would agree that as well as the wonderful posts, the comment section is always an interesting place!

  • Wendy 11.16.2011, 9:54 pm

    You deserve every penny of the enormous cash prize that I’m sure Parents is sending your way…(Just kidding, Parents’ editor – great choice!)

    And I LOVE your mom commenting on this post (so poignantly)!

  • Poker Chick 11.16.2011, 10:06 pm

    I was going to say “congrats”, but the focus group hated it, so I gave them a few options, and they went with “underpants”. So “underpants” to you!!

  • Marinka 11.16.2011, 10:40 pm

    So happy for you. And for us. Because we get to read you.

  • Kelley 11.16.2011, 10:41 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is making me cry! And I’m working so it’s a little awkward. But I’m so excited for you, and so happy that people get rewarded for doing good, and for loving their kids, and writing about it, and making us all be better parents and people by the very fact that you allow us to think and talk and write and be honest. So thank you. And congratulations!
    You. Are. Allsome! (which is what the 7 year old I ran a race for said, so it’s the highest, highest compliment.)

  • Holly 11.16.2011, 11:58 pm

    You are the most amazing writer – you write so effortlessly and i find so much joy and honesty in your words. Congrats and mazel tov!

  • Val 11.17.2011, 1:39 am

    So glad to hear you received this…even though I didn’t know it existed and I don’t read Parents magazine because it makes me feel like a bad parent. You are a voice of sanity in an insane world. Love your writing.

  • Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 11.17.2011, 8:09 am

    That is truly awsome! Congratulations!

  • kate C. 11.17.2011, 9:10 am

    Oh my goodness!! You were the first ‘mom blog’ I started reading, and the only one that I haven’t considered kicking off my google reader at some point over the years. Congratulations – you do deserve it!

    You have a great writing style, pick interesting topics, and seem to genuinely care about your readers!

    Way to go! :)

    • Mom101 11.17.2011, 9:36 am

      High praise, Kate. Thank you so much.

  • Ryan 11.17.2011, 11:39 am

    Way to go Liz. Your blog is by far one of the smartest, most entertaining and well written out there. Congrats on a very deserved honor. :)

  • Tamara 11.17.2011, 12:55 pm

    Congrats! You deserve this recognition. And let me add, Mom-101 is one of the select blogs I read religiously, and was was partly what influenced me to start my own blog this year. I admire your work very much, thank you for doing what you do. 4 cents an hour is one way to look at it, the other way is priceless and immeasurable.

  • Kiley Ayliffe 11.17.2011, 6:42 pm

    Just wanted to say, big fat thumbs up! I only recently found your blog and read many of your posts (after putting “single mom” in the search box) during most of which (and I am a little bit reluctant to admit) I cried, no…wept, and then laughed my ass off at your wit, your candor, your familiarity with smart mothering lexicon… I am an avid fan. You absolutely deserve this recognition. OH, and after your story about the post-salon trip to the restaurant with your girls, I WAS inspired to acknowledge and comment on jobs well done to some of the mamas that came into my restaurant today. (Is it terrible that I secretly enjoyed the super-duper uber conservative women horrified by a hippie mama nursing her one year old, strapped to her front in an ergo, AT the table in the middle of lunch rush, with all the boob exposed? i wanted to freakin’ high five her right there!) Anyway – THANK YOU for all you do, and think, and write. I’ll be looking forward to reading ever more.

    • Kiley Ayliffe 11.17.2011, 6:58 pm

      AND i *just* realized I’ve read you before! in Brain, Child magazine!! (another one of my absolute favorite reading materials, especially when finally getting one or two hours of uninterrupted naptime wherein I didn’t fall asleep myself) Seriously, way to go.

  • Korinthia Klein 11.17.2011, 10:09 pm

    Well deserved! Congratulations! I love your blog.

    And check with Grammar Girl if you don’t believe me, but ending sentences with prepositions? Totally okay.

  • Julie 11.17.2011, 11:09 pm

    Many heartfelt congrats to you on your win! I’m sorry we didn’t bump into each other at the BlogHer conference in August: we were both moderators. (I was a speaker for Write Brain.) I was the 9-months pregnant one who spent most of my time seeking chairs. Luckily, those Dr. Scholls people took pity on me, and let me highjack their foot massage machine while my husband grabbed coupons. Yeah, he was THAT blogger. We’ve been blogging for 10 years, but only recently joined BlogHer about a year ago. That week was an incredible experience for us.

    Anyway, we share with you the same Parents Magazine awards category: Martin and I were the Readers Choice for All-Around Mom Blog. I promise, we didn’t spam, stalk, or promise an iPad to get our readers to vote. Although, we did put a note on our blog footer every now and then. Oh, and the badge on our sidebar. Whether that’s begging or not, I guess that’s open for debate. But regardless, we still think it’s pretty cool. :)

    As for this post, I always enjoy hearing why others blog, and it’s great you have a place to shed the professional and just get personal. And it IS awesomeness when something you enjoy doing so much gets recognized. This will be your third Parents magazine profile, right? They obviously love you and for good reason!

    • Mom101 11.18.2011, 7:51 am

      Julie, all accolades deserve heartfelt congratulations. And a huge one to you. How wonderful to have a community that admires you enough to take the time to vote for you. Doesn’t that feel like the biggest win of all?

      Thanks so much for stopping by. And yay for you and Martin!

  • Julie 11.18.2011, 1:00 am

    P.S. – And can I just say I’m a wee bit jealous you actually got a phone call from one of the editors!? All I got was an email. LOL But at least I can print that out and stick it on the fridge!

  • Christy 11.18.2011, 9:27 am

    You totally deserve this award, because your blog is the Whole Package: stellar writing, on thought-provoking/interesting topics, with a great “discussion” that follows in your comments. It doesn’t get any more ‘awesome’ than that! (Sorry ~ had to do it.)

    (P.S. Long time reader, finally de-lurking, because I just had to say congrats!)

  • Holly 11.18.2011, 12:33 pm

    I’m hopping over from With Two Cats, but wanted to congratulate you on your hard work and awesomeness. I don’t think most people understand why I blog and I’m not sure that I fully understand either, but I have something to say and I’ve found others that want to read and respond – and that is pretty darn awesome. I’ve found a group of people who share the same interest with me but that I don’t know from boo, and people I’ve known forever could give two hoots about these interests – funny isn’t it? Big props to you and your very successful following and writing – keep on having fun.

    • Mom101 11.18.2011, 2:19 pm

      It seems like you understand it perfectly. Thanks so much for your visit Holly.

  • Kerry 11.18.2011, 6:49 pm

    So well deserved! Congrats Liz!

  • Amy Jo 11.18.2011, 6:58 pm

    I’ve been reading here since I discovered blogs, and I’ve never once clicked “mark as read” in my reader. Well deserved! Congrats!

  • Anna 11.18.2011, 8:48 pm

    congrats on the very deserved award. and also? i would totally love to hear your tips on how you make4cents an hour!

  • Jane 11.18.2011, 9:52 pm

    I love it that I found you with this very post. Congratulations to you! I’m looking forward to discovering more about you.

  • Heather 11.18.2011, 11:48 pm

    I’m so happy you won this award! Even though we all know we’re not a sum of what people think of us (that would be a roller-coaster of a life if we believed that!), it’s still nice when people and companies with large nets cast good things in our direction. Congrats!!

  • Kyran 11.19.2011, 9:10 am

    Well earned, well deserved, well done!! xoxo

  • deborah l quinn 11.19.2011, 11:10 am

    now I feel tempted to say LOL and LMFAO (altho I’m never quite sure what that means) and then offer you some cheap Middle Easter Viagra, the genyooowine stuff. But I won’t say ANY of that, actually. What I’ll say is that reading your blog made me think that blogs could be flexible, smart, funny places where people could have funny, smart, intelligent discussions. Most of the time. Or just exchange fart jokes. It’s all good. Actually, though, when my blog grows up it would like to be your blog. Thank you for creating this space.

  • Meagan @ The Happiest Mom 11.21.2011, 11:26 am

    So well-deserved. Whenever people ask me to name some mom blogs I like, yours always tops the list. Congratulations Liz!

    • Mom101 11.21.2011, 4:09 pm

      Wow Megan, that’s high praise from you. Because you know how I feel about your blog.

  • Boske Kids 11.22.2011, 4:50 pm

    Well done! I like your authentic voice. The secret of good prose is to tell a story and you write truths. Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition and keep up the hard work! I know it is difficult to be all things as a young mother – so many of us are trying and your efforts help!

  • dusty earth mother 11.22.2011, 5:53 pm

    So delighted for you, Liz. And all those reasons you named for continuing to write this blog? I loved/agreed with every one. But I am also somewhat pissed that you’re making that much money and need to know your secret. Oh, wait. You’re the Best All-Around Mom Blog. Right. I forgot about the awesomeness part. :-)

  • Harold 11.24.2011, 2:27 am

    Congrats Liz. you deserve it.

  • Sarahviz 12.05.2011, 1:56 pm

    Absolutely, utterly deserved. Congrats!

  • Amanda Petite Mommy 12.10.2011, 8:46 pm

    Congratulations! Yes, you definitely deserve it. Your blog is one of the few I always come back to and one that I read even through my year long blogging hiatus.

  • Desiree 3.21.2012, 1:26 am

    This is my first time commenting on your blog, but just from browsing around here I can definitely tell that receiving that award from Parents Magazine is well deserved. You deserve every recognition you get.

    I am very new to the blogging realm, and my family happens to read my blog everyday. They keep telling me over and over and over again how I’m supposedly “brave” for “not holding back.” If what I’m doing is considered not holding back I’m almost afraid of what they’ll think as I continue about talking about my PPD, and how my paranoid mind really works. I don’t see it as “not holding back.” I see it as my life.

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