I'm really confused about the content of this article. The point is that people
of the LDS religion like to blog and can be popular when they don't share their
testimony every other sentence? Okay, great?
I agree. This was a fluff article.I am not a fan of reading these
blogs. Sometimes they've got good stuff but mostly it's "Look at my cool
life"! Just another reason for Mormon woman to compare themselves to each
The article by Emily Matchar made me want to vomit into my keyboard. Her
article was not only condescending (her talk about being an overeducated atheist
made me want to fire back with, "Um, sweetie, you are supposed to wait
until other people say that about you, not proclaim it smugly yourself,"),
plus it revealed something I see as wrong about our culture. Her description of
our lives as almost shrilly cheerful; with emo husbands in black glasses, skinny
jeans, and tight plaid shirts; and crafts and elegant meals shown next to
beautiful, well-behaved children gives a false sense of reality that makes
actual Mormon mothers wonder if they will ever measure up to an ideal that
I usually don't care to read the numerous copy-cat, over-exaggerated, and
under-realistic "Mormon Mommy blogs".... and I'm a Mormon.
This so-called article misses the most important issue here. These mothers of
young children are spending time blogging that they should be devoting to those
children.These women will come to regret the day they chose to
ignore the counsel that "no other success can compensate for failure in the
home. " Their neglect of their children will have tragic consequences.Our society is already in the midst of an epidemic of substance abuse,
crime, and immorality. These mommy bloggers are apparently content to
contribute further delinquents to the total.
@ John, how do you know they aren't blogging when their children are asleep?
Um, John, did you ever think that blogging is a way to work from home while
keeping an eye on your kids? It's not hard to type a few sentences at a time in
between playing with and chasing the kids around the house. Before you know it,
you have a decent article, your kids are taken care of, and the house is clean.
The ads and page views bring in extra income for a lot of the more popular
bloggers. It's not a bad second job.
I really miss the news articles that at one time appeared on most news web
sites. They have been replaced by the blogs. Cheaper to produce but they usually
have no news content.
I take issue with the claim that these blogs present an ideal that doesn't exist
or is unattainable. In fact, it's a pretty accurate, although extremely positive
view of what my life is actually like. I make no apology for having an extremely
happy family with an enormously talented and beautiful wife and children. Of
course not everything is perfect, but what's wrong with emphasizing the positive
in our lives? Are we supposed to pretend we are miserable? I think the way of
thinking that says we should always focus on the negative in an effort to
"keep it real" promotes a false sense of reality. And I think people
who become offended by happy talented people should spend less time criticizing
and more time developing their own talents in a positive and constructive
manner. And once again, I think John Charity Spring should relax.
I'm wondering what is suffering in Mr. Spring's life to make the outlandish
claims he does.I'm also wondering what is being neglected in his own
home when he sits on a Utah newspaper thread?So Johnny, are you
doing all you can in your home while you justify the tearing down of others on
the Dnews threads?Somewhere there is a verse of scripture that talks
about an eye and a mote...Johnny, could you look that one up for us and return
and report?Blogs are a great way to share with your family and
friends what's going on in your life. Pictures and videos can be uploaded for
all to see. It is a great journaling technique and a way to share the gospel.I believe in Conference one of the 12 Apostles encouraged blogging and
using the internet as a way to communicate the gospel.Johnny, could
you look that one up to and return and report? have a great day
I think it's awesome that women from different religious perspectives
enjoy reading "mormon mommy blogs". "the basic messages expressed in
these blogs — family is wonderful, life is meant to be enjoyed, celebrate
the small things — are still lovely," wrote Matcahar, a
self-proclaimed atheist. "And if they help women like me envision a life in
which marriage and motherhood could potentially be something other than a
miserable, soul-destroying trap, I say, 'Right on.' " Many
women, especially today view that having a family is the worst possible thing
than can happen in any one's life. But that is not true. Family is just
that, enjoying and celebrating activities, such as the first day of school,
baby's first steps, and other random things like birthdays or summer camp.
Family, when each other upholds their divine responsibility as parents, can be a
blessing in any one's life.