The winners and miscellaneous

by singlemomseeking on October 2, 2009

About that “miscellaneous.” Something happened this week that has irked me — and I need you to tell me if I’m just making a big deal about nothing.


So, I got this email in last week from a high-level PR manager at The Bump. You might be familiar with the site? It’s one of the most popular sites for pregnant and new moms.

Anyway, she sent me a long email in which she asked me to publicize their first “The Bump Mommy Blog Awards” on my blog. (Which, essentially I’m doing right here and now. Ha!) The theme, she explained, is: “Who’s the best mommy blogger on the block?” Cool. What a great idea! (And, no, not just because I want to win a $100 gift card to Pottery Barn Kids.)

So, I clicked over and saw a long list of categories: stay-at-home, fertility, special needs, adoption… even Daddy Blogs got their own category. You can imagine my surprise: there is NO category for single moms. Fine, we might fit into one of the above — say, a single mom by choice who had some fertility help, or a single parent who adopted.

Still, I shot them back an email to ask about where single moms might sign up, and she wrote back:

“Thanks so much for pointing that out. We are actually going to add another blog category now, so you can enter. It will be a miscellaneous category.”

Miscellaneous?? Sure enough, hours later, there was a category at the very bottom called “miscellaneous,” defined as the following:

“We want to make sure we have the chance to recognize all the best mommy blogs out there, so we’ve added a miscellaneous blog category to cover anything we may have missed. Don’t see the perfect category for your favorite blog? Nominate it here.”

You get my point: have you ever felt like you were part of “anything we may have missed”?

I’m not trying to take on an “I’m-a-victim” attitude, but you see where I’m coming from don’t you? My mind is spinning with ideas: I could  nominate every blog on my Links Page up the wazoo so that single parents dominate every category. What do you think?


Update: Head’s up at 3 p.m. PST on Friday: The Bump apologized!

Mamas, your voices have been heard! I just heard back from PR at “The Bump Mommy Blog Awards” in this email:

“We saw your blog post this morning and wanted to let you know we will be adding a new “Single Moms” category, which will be live on the site tomorrow… It was not our intention to offend you and we sincerely hope that you understand.”

“It was by no means our way of slighting an entire community, but quickest way of including everyone who was interested in participating. I should’ve explained that in my response to your initial email, and I deeply apologize.”


Boys are Back

Yeah! Here’s the list of folks going to see The Boys are Back screening:


And the Poster Brain winners?

Mommy to the Monsters and Priscilla San Remo

P.S. I’m sorry to keep you in the dark about this, but Carole-the-matchmaker has been out of town and I haven’t been able to reach her — yet — about the winner of the one-on-one coaching session. That winner is coming soon!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Pineapple Princess October 13, 2009 at 1:19 am

I agree!
.-= Pineapple Princess´s last blog ..“Your Photo- My Edit” – Open Call =-.


QTMama October 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

Ahh Rachel, I say thank you for pointing out that Single Moms DESERVE their own category, and it shouldn’t be under Miscellaneous! I HEART THAT!
.-= QTMama´s last blog ..Reunions, Old Crushes, New Crushes and My WingMan =-.


Kari October 4, 2009 at 3:51 am

Yay!! I am a winner 🙂

I can’t wait for a a night out! Its been a very long time for this budget conscience single mama 😉
.-= Kari´s last blog ..Getting Healthy! =-.


mommypie October 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Wow. I received the same email, but didn’t go as far as clicking over to the site. I’m glad I didn’t — Mama woulda been a leetle taken aback. Good for you, Rachel, for making The Bump aware of a massive faux pas.
.-= mommypie´s last blog ..The Tooth Fairy’s first visit to the Pie House. =-.


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