Nature Abhors a Vacuum and So Do Mombloggers

| June 23, 2010 | Comments (13)

That line from high school chemistry has always stayed with me. Nature abhors a vacuum. Mother Nature doesn’t like empty spaces or gaping voids and neither do mombloggers, so when the recent news broke that the Chicago Moms Blog and its sister sites were closing, the conversation quickly turned to ways to keep the sites operating and the community going.

Questions started flying as soon as the news was announced. Concerns were aired. More questions were asked and many of them were left unanswered, perhaps for legal reasons or perhaps because the answers simply didn’t exist. There were just too many unknowns.

We bloggers were staring into a void and we didn’t like it.

Contingency plans were floated, urls were purchased. (I bought eight last week, though not this one.) Twitter handles were claimed and alumni groups formed. Plans were put into place as though there was no time to wait. Of course there no time to wait, every avid blogger knows a week online is like a month in real life.

Eager for news of the larger community and sorting through the mixed messages about what the future might hold, looking into our shiny monitors like modern day crystal balls, we started talking and planning, just in case. As time passed, again we’re talking speed of Tweet online time, it seemed that the best thing for Chicago’s regional mom blog was to forge ahead.

You see, as days passed, it seemed that even in the unlikely event the entire group was somehow salvaged, we’d be forever fractured. The initial news of the group’s demise came so swiftly and unexpectedly that putting us back together would be like hastily reassembling Humpty Dumpty. Sure, the larger pieces might fit, but the cracks would be visible. Trust and its sister intimacy would be slow to return after such a quick exit.

I believe in the power of women sharing their stories and their lives online. I see what my blog and Twitter friends are achieving personally, professionally and in their communities. I believe we have a tremendous opportunities ahead of us here at TheChicagoMoms.

I believe a strong regional blog is the rising tide that floats all boats. Whether our contributors are writing here with hopes of building a community or brand relationships, whether they are here to play with words or publish a book, I believe good things and exciting times are ahead.

Won’t you join us?

Category: Blogging

About Kim Moldofsky: Kim Moldofsky is a Chicago-area Social Media Mom of tween boys. Blogging since 2005 at Hormone-colored Days and around the web, she has a reputation as an insightful blogger who supports the momblogger community. She connects brands and bloggers for conversations, events and product reviews at MomImpact. View author profile.

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  1. melanie says:

    kim, thanks for putting into words so well the experience of this past week or so (has it only been a week?). you really have nailed the events and circumstances that surrounded the end of the sv moms collective so well.

    can’t wait to hear more…

  2. Whymommy says:

    Wow! Quick work indeed! I am so glad to hear that the Chicago Moms are moving forward and that you’re a managing editor of the new venture! Good luck — we’ll be listening!

  3. I am excited about this…



  4. drlori71 says:

    I had no doubt that you would fill the vacuum. I look forward to reading more TheChicagoMoms!

  5. I know it’s crazy quick, but the blogosphere never sleeps (neither does our fearless leader MJ, I think!).

    Thanks for your support. Here’s to good times ahead!

  6. NancyLoo says:

    I’m in! Thanks for all your hard work, MJ, Kim and Vanessa!!!

  7. Kris Cain says:

    I’m in too! Thanks ladies. :)

  8. molly says:

    So excited to see what’s ahead Kim!

  9. Susan @ 2KoP says:

    Can’t wait. Thanks again. Love this line:

    “Trust and its sister intimacy would be slow to return after such a quick exit.”

    Truth there.

  10. tracey says:

    Speedy work indeed!

    And why don’t I have a gavatar? Hmmm. Have to work on that now…

  11. tracey says:

    I think i have a pic now…

  12. Farrah says:

    Well put, Kim. I am proud to be a part of such an awesome group of ladies! :)

  13. Neil says:

    Congrats on doing what had to be done so quickly to fill in this need for Chicago Moms.

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