Dear Wall Street Journal – Go Home, YOU’RE Drunk

Today, after making sure that the cellist was comfortable at the school science fair, completing an early morning phone interview with a leader in autism research, and completing homeschool lessons, and cutting out patterns to cut (all before noon mind you – a personal record of mine) I was linked to an article by the Wall Street Journal on “Mommy Business Trips.”

>collective sigh<

The entire article was so demeaning to those of us who take our jobs as seriously as I believe most bloggers do. While I’m at it, while I know a lot of us don’t mind the term, can we stop calling everything “Mommy {fill in the blank}” because contrary to popular belief, EVERY blogger doesn’t always have kids. Some also happen to have penises – that they were born with – and lack breasts, hence they can’t be moms.

Basically, the point that I’m trying to make is whenever articles like the one posted in the Wall Street Journal yesterday,  paints all women who blog as late sleeping, bon-bon eating, alcohol imbibing Desperate Housewives I get a little irritated. ESPECIALLY since I’ve SEEN plenty of work conferences that have been male dominated that can easily be categorized as doing the same. How about some of these men could easily be writing your prescriptions?

Oooh, didn’t like that? Well, now you see just how errant it can be to totally use a blanket statement to describe a group of professionals in a less than glorious light.

Sure I’ve made friends at the blogging conferences that I’ve attended. They’ve taught me how to code, how to have a greater reach, the proper way to file business taxes, etc. I also PAY for my conferences and don’t get reimbursed. I’m not sure why that should be important, but I feel that if a corporation as large as the Wall Street Journal is going to judge women who decide to have a great time AFTER conducting business, then it should be noted that most of them are coming out-of-pocket in some form or fashion.

 However, let it be known that I miss my kids. A lot. When I do want to escape from them though,  I ESCAPE THEM WITH MY HUSBAND, not leaving him to fend for himself. Gosh, what type of wife do you take me for?!

I’m sure by my twitter and Facebook feeds, there are a lot more bloggers who will take a more serious tone than I did – because I mostly deal in sarcasm as it makes me feel great, except when I’m sewing. Sarcastic sewists end up getting needles through their fingers, and I like my digits. Anyhoo, there will be lots more articles about this, which makes me feel a bit irritated because the Wall Street Journal will just be ANOTHER online “blog” of sorts getting way more hits in one day than I do in half a year, and they’ll pay to send the reporter to a conference where I don’t doubt she’ll get up early, refuse to eat any sort of sugar item, and make sure to call her children and husband to handle the household business because they just can’t get along without her.

~Make It  A Fantastic Day

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  • Reply
    Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)
    April 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Woo hoo! This is how I want to say it but I have too much to do today to get ‘er done. 🙂 Well said.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      April 25, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Those cumbersome children of mine are actually napping. And you know that I wrote this while sipping a martini (wait, what goes in a martini? I’ll change it regular wine) and watching soap operas.

      • Reply
        April 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        Eating bon-bons too, right?!

  • Reply
    April 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    While I am not an avid blogger, I do go to conferences and markets. When I don’t take my family with me, paying for the trip (hotel, admission to activities for while I am in my conference, food, souvenirs, etc) not only for me but them also. I have spent the weeks prepping my family for my absence. Meals prepped and menu written; day care transportation orchestrated; child care when needed scheduled and paid for; grocery shopping for the entire time I will be gone done; laundry done and put away; Skype tested between the two laptops so my husband and children can talk with me while I am gone… Do I need to continue? Shame on you, WSJ for making it sound like the “mommy blogger” bails on her family and their needs. SHAME ON YOU. Mrs. Houseful is right. It is time for you to call a cab and go home, you are OBVIOUSLY drunk.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      April 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      THIS! I mean, did she do research. Did she REALIZE that all of the article was so demeaning to so many people? REALLY?

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    April 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love to see bloggers get each others’ backs. That had to be the most irritating thing I’ve read in awhile. Talk about robbing an entire profession of their validity.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      April 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Yes! We have to say when we’re “sponsored”, we’re seen as lushes who go to conferences to escape our “mundane” family lives, and blogging is just an online diary that we share with randoms so that we feel we are important. Ugh!

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    How I Pinch A Penny
    April 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Are we as blogger getting punked? Is there a hidden camera some where? I can’t believe this article made it past an editors desk!

    • Reply
      Natasha Nicholes
      April 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      I figure if the editor deems blogging as a “hobby” rather than an actual job with deadlines, dead ends on leads, and the such, then s(he) doesn’t care about what it is that we do anyway. I feel the entire direction of my blog going elsewhere after all of these attacks.

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    April 26, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I purposely didn’t link to the WSJ in my post because they aren’t getting any traffic from me if I can help it. I also remembered a post I wrote in 2010 when a writer for the NYT titled a post about the Bloggy Boot Camp conference “Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy, I’m Busy Building My Brand.” SERIOUSLY.

    The least they can do is actually COME to a conference and shadow someone for a day and see how much time we have for lazing around eating junk food. It’s like me writing a post about a football game that I didn’t even watch and commenting on how the players sitting on the bench looked so comfortable there. GAH.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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      Natasha Nicholes
      April 26, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Yeah, no link for me either. I thought about it and removed it. Even before blogging became BIG, I had a friend who I followed, and I took it as a business as well. A personal business that she fought long and hard to be able to do. One day they get it, until then we just have to continue being rockstars.

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