When asked if she ever finds a danger in over-sharing, or writing some less-than-perfect truths about herself and her family, she says that her role as a blogger is to be as truthful as possible. For instance, one of her more memorable posts detailed her difficulty breast-feeding. In other posts, she writes about the often-confusing state of motherhood.
“So many women grin through it. It is socially unacceptable to say, ‘This sucks — I don’t know who I am or what I want.’ My mission is to say, ‘It’s OK not to enjoy your children sometimes or to have the desire to run away,’ ” she explains. “It makes you a very real mother to feel these things.”
Baltimore Sun blogger Sarah Kelber has similar sentiments about the power of honesty in writing.
“To me, parenting blogs don’t really work if you aren’t really honest with what’s going on in your life,” Kelber says. “When there is not a voice to it, people don’t connect to it as much.”
From the privacy of her family basement, surrounded by the clutter of children’s toys, Kelber often types away late into the evening when everyone else in her household is asleep. Like the other Howard County mom bloggers in the mix, with the click-and-clack of her keyboard Kelber finds herself on a mission to connect, whether it be about the latest breast-feeding trend or about something as mundane as laundry.
The blog comments — the back-and-forth conversation on the topics — are what help drive her toward her next post.
“Blogging can help you get through the valleys. As a mom, some days are really hard,” Kelber says. “As a parent you’re so not in control of your own time. It helps to know you’re not the only one.”