Well, it had to happen, I guess. Even the term “Bloggernacle” has now become the subject of a turf war of sorts over at BCC. Apparently, some hack reporter wrote an article about the phenomenon of Mormon Mommy Blogs and got the story of the origin and definition of the Bloggernacle all wrong. Ronan pointed this out in his post, and then, somewhat surprisingly, some Mormon Mommy Bloggers showed up with enormous chips on their shoulders and dared everyone not to take them seriously as the big, huge, enormous, serious and superior bloggers that they are. Some, me included, were only too happy to oblige. The strangest comments were the ones from Sue, who seemed intent on starting a fight over whose blog is bigger where none ever existed before. Sue maintains the Mormon Mommy Blogs site, with the provocative tagline: “Taking over the Bloggernacle one blog at a time.” I thought that was intended to be funny, but now, I’m not so sure:
If you think T&S or ANY of the old school bloggernacle blogs get more hits than CJane, you’re DREAMING. My own blog gets thousands of unique hits per day, and my technorati authority for both blogs eclipses all of the “big” ldsblogs.org. I get so irritated by the dismissive, uninformed male bloggers dismissing the mommy bloggers who are KICKING THEIR TRASH.
The term “bloggernacle” definitely came from this corner of the world.
On the other hand, mormon blogging as it exists today has almost nothing to do with what is going on here in the old school Bloggernacle. It isn’t even on the radar of most mormon bloggers. You may have coined the term, and there is definitely a great community here, but it’s not all that relevant to the current mormon blogging phenomenon.
I have my own largish blog. A few months ago I started the Mormon Mommy Bloggers site – mostly to prove a point. The attitude of some bloggers over here seems to be, “oh – look how cute, those mormon moms are blogging!” (and there ARE blogs that fit into the “oh look, how cute” category, undoubtedly) but the reality is that a lot of those mormon moms are absolutely KICKING YOUR TRASH – in technorati authority, traffic, and subscribers.
My point was that the NAME the Bloggernacle came from this neck of the woods, but the mormon blogging phenom did not. You can’t take credit for starting the mormon blogging phenom as it exists today, just because you started the name. If you were to trace the biggest mormon blogs in existence today (the ones that represent mormon blogging to the outside world), most of them have no connection to the bloggernacle.
And finally, the pièce de résistance:
Whether or not Steve and J. want to believe it or not, many of these personal blogs are much larger than any of the traditional ‘nacle blogs. CJane’s blog is not just one of the largest mormon blogs, it’s one of the largest blogs in the WORLD. I don’t say this to start a playground fight, but to point out that to the larger world, these personal mom blogs DO represent mormon blogging. We exist, even if you don’t acknowledge that we exist. It’s like Horton in reverse. We’re Horton, and you’re the people on the speck of dust, and we’re telling you, “we are here.”
This all gives rise to several questions. First, where have I heard this silly debate about “whose blog is bigger” before? Oh yeah, it was here, where fMh got all bent out of shape over not being included in the category of “big” blogs as part of the Niblets. So, what’s with this female obsession with being big? I’ve heard of males obsessed with being big, but usually they don’t show up and shout about their bigness from the rooftops. They already know whether they are big. If they are big, they feel no need to talk about it, and if they aren’t big, they just buy a sports car to compensate. Maybe the gals should try that.
Second, do these MMB bloggers blog about mormon issues enough to even be considered as part of the nacle or even as Mormon bloggers at all? Seems to me most of them are (admittedly) blogging about family issues and are not primarily Mormon at all, except as part of their backstory. With that in mind, why is Sue trying to lay claim to the term “Bloggernacle” and why is she comparing herself and her co-bloggers to the nacle blogs? It’s a mystery to me.
This debate also echoes some of the issues in the previous and ongoing debate over the term “Christian” or even the Prop 8 debate over the term “marriage.” Your thoughts?