Staceyann Chin, a powerful spoken word artist and author of the memoir "The Other Side of Paradise," is now a pregnant Mommy Blogger for The Huffington Post. Recently written from her hospital bed, where she is being forced to rest in order to protect the child she worked so hard to conceive, her honest blog posts often move me to tears as well as laughter.
In recent posts, Staceyann speaks about the terror of experiencing complications during pregnancy and shares her fears of Halloween and Baby Registries (I'm sure we can all relate on the Baby Product Brain Overload stage - I certainly can). In my favorite post so far, "Open Letter to My Unborn Daughter (Or Son), she responds to the accusations that she is being too public about her personal life (tell me, what Mommy blogger hasn't felt the weight of THAT insult?) and questions how her identities as a Jamaican, a lesbian and a single mama will affect her child's life and mentality.
No matter the topic, Staceyann writes with an eloquence and a ferocity that is sure to open up your worldview. On top of it all, I must say that the two times that I met Staceyann after attending her thrilling readings/performances, she was kind, empathetic and quite personable.
She makes it easy to reach out to her: you can email her at email@example.com with your own stories and positive advice; and you can follow her on Twitter @ staceyannchin.
If you are looking for a single mother's honest look at life in New York City, Issa Mas' Mom Blog is for you. In addition to being a mother to a four year old son, Issa is a freelance writer and single parent life coach. The passion for her work comes through her posts and tweets. I most appreciate the way in which she shares knowledge and advice without being 'preachy' or condescending.
Recent posts by Issa include an intriguing review of single mom Jane Devin's memoir "Elephant Girl," updates on her weight loss journey, and the importance of "living your life on purpose." The first post I ever read by Issa is about how depression kept her from writing for a while but she returned because she "could use what I was going through to help others." Issa drew me in with her complete candor and words of inspiration; and I am sure she will draw you in too.
You can contact Issa via email at: NYCMamaIssa@yahoo.com. You can also follow Issa on Twitter @IssaMas.
In this Mom Blog, written by "Shell," the mother of three boys, ages 6, 5, and 3, pours her heart out and not just on Wednesdays, as she may lead you to believe at first glance. She lets out all those words and stories that she cannot say aloud and in person without worrying about others' judging her.
One of Shell's most moving posts is about how one of her sons lives with lead poisoning and the difficulty of not knowing what the outcome of the issue will be. Recent posts include one on "motherbitches," another on why the soccer field terrifies her and what doing a detox taught her.
You can contact Shell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; and you can find her on Twitter at @shellthings.
Elena Sonnino, the writer of Ciao Mom, describes herself as "A mom [to a young girl named "Principessa,"] a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an ex-wife, a teacher, a runner, [and] a cancer survivor."
Recent posts include one on celebrating the moments between milestones, one in which she uses personal experience to teach how to write a good pitch, and another on where her inner fuel comes from.
One of my favorite aspects of Ciao Mom is Elena's invitation for women to share their own stories by linking up with her "Just.Be.Enough" posts every Monday. As the founder of the Just.Be.Enough site, she implores her readers to "share our mission to empower, inspire, and remind women, parents and children that the time has come to celebrate ourselves!"
You can contact Elena at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow her on Twitter @CiaoMom. You can also contact Just.Be.Enough at email@example.com. Follow @JustBeEnough on Twitter too.
Decorated with the word "Y'all," this Mom Blog offers great insight into the life of a single mom raising two children in the South. Recent blog posts include one in which she discusses a huge confrontation between her and her mother and a Thank You Post to all those people who have made life as a single mom easier.
I especially enjoy her "Friday Fragments" posts in which she shares fragments of her life. Written with a casual and often comedic air, this blog is sure to make you smile as you share in her joy and shake your head as you share in her anger.
You can contact this anonymous blogger at firstname.lastname@example.org.