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Lucretia M. Pruitt is more commonly known as GeekMommy on GeekMommy.net, on Twitter, and in the hallways of more than one Tech and Social Media conference. Convinced that no one can easily type "Lucretia" on a phone keypad from memory, she took the 2 greatest passions of her life: her daughter & her geeky soul, and came up with GeekMommy to write under. Trying to raise a Digital Native child in the 21st century keeps this Digital Immigrant mama on her toes and on the Internet... and she loves every minute of it. Now she uses her diverse skill set and passion for Social Media to help others navigate its ever-changing waters. As a Blogger, Speaker, and Social Media Strategist, she's liable to be anywhere reading anything on the 'Net and trying to figure out how it all fits in for her company Social Media Matters. As one of Walmart's 11Moms, she's trying to help get consumers and companies together using the Social Media Tools. And as the cohost of TechMoms Talk Tuesday nights at 6:30pm PT, she just talks about it all nonstop with her BCF (Best Co-host Forever!) Monica Brady and anyone else who will join them.
Lucretia Pruitt's 10 Blogs That *Your* Mom Doesn't Read
What? Your Mom isn't obsessed by everything having to do with Social Media Marketing, community building, blogging, social networking and public speaking? How about pirates? Does she like pirates? Well, if your Mom wants to do what I do for a living and to find out how to do it well, who is doing it well, and what's coming up next? She's reading Chris Brogan's blog. If she is? I probably know her, it's one lively and interesting community over there in the comments.
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Tara Hunt blogs about whatever she thinks about. Fortunately for me, what she thinks about is stuff I want to know about. It's probably a little too geeky, too San Francisco, too wired-lifestyle and too acronym-filled for your Mom - but Tara's got her finger on the pulse of what's going on next. And besides, she's gorgeous, smart, and prone to using farm animals in her metaphors.
If Zappos.com is not your ordinary shoe (and other stuff) seller, then this isn't your ordinary 'corporate blog' either. Inside Zappos is the only company blog I read regularly. They're not concerned with showing you their quarterly profits or issuing press releases in the guise of blogposts - the folks who post to Inside Zappos (it's a group authored blog) are just sharing with their readers what it's like to be a part of the Corporate Culture at Zappos. Photos from inside their unique Las Vegas headquarters, video interviews with people who work there, silliness, fun, and what makes the day go by for those who work there.
Patton Oswalt is that one guy, from that one thing - you know the one I'm talking about, the funny one... what was his name? It turns out that his blog is full of darkly humorous, bitterly funny writings that you can totally hear in his own voice (assuming those aren't the voices in my head doing a good impression of him.) Unfortunately, he doesn't update it regularly, but when he does? Pure gold. Again, though, gold laced with profanity and an edge that might make *your* Mom tell you that you're not allowed to have "that Oswalt boy" over to play - but it's totally worth being grounded over.
Okay, maybe your Mom does read this one. Everyone should. It's not so much reading as experiencing though. Ever since Frank Warren started this project back in 2005, it's been like eavesdropping on the private thoughts of strangers, while looking for the ones that are somehow close to your own. People mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard and every week, Frank posts 10 of them online. For those who can't get enough? There are also books and museum tours.
Erin Kotecki Vest - aka The Queen of Spain - approaches blogging like she does her life, with passion! Whether she's writing about parenting, politics, or her latest project, she manages to spur lively debates and devoted readers. Not for the faint of heart, or those who can't take the writings of a Liberal, transplanted-from-Detroit-to-L.A. Mama who loves Obama & the Red Wings with equal fervor. If you think she's wrong? You can always use her own favorite phrase and tell her to "Suck It!" But you'd better be able to tell her why articulately!
Jenny Lawson, known by her fans as "Jenny-the-Bloggess" (spoken breathlessly, reverently and without spaces) writes in her own irreverent style. A no-holds-barred trip into whatever crosses her mind, thebloggess.com is no PG romp through motherhood. With enough four-letter words to make your Grandmother blush, but stuff that's funny enough to make you want to read it to her anyways, it's always on my must-read list... I just make sure to keep a clean pair of underwear around, because sometimes I *do* laugh that hard.
And maybe your Mom watched Star Trek, or knows every line from "Stand By Me" but this? This isn't "that guy." This is Wil Wheaton - the guy who played those guys a couple of decades & more ago. He's an actor, a writer, a father, a blogger, a gamer, a poker fanatic and an all-around geek. He's been on Twitter since before it was cool. He's been writing "in exile" for almost 3 years now... and it just keeps being awesome. If *your* Mom reads it? She's cooler than I thought - introduce me.
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This blog is about what you'd expect from the title - only funnier and less in need of an intervention and a stay at Betty Ford. What do you expect from a woman most other bloggers refer to as Mr. Lady? (I know I knew her last name once, but heck, even I refer to her as "Shannon, Mr. Lady" so it's easy to believe it's Lady.) Despite the fact that she abandoned Denver to go live in the Great White North - she still makes me feel better about not being a perfect parent.
Your Mom is no June Cleaver if she regularly reads the XKCD comic (http://xkcd.com/) - but if she reads the "blag" (say it with a bad Eastern European accent and you'll understand why it's funny) that accompanies it? Then she's my kind of geeky. After all, not many blogs out there are just as likely to have me checking their math as they are laughing with tears streaming down my face. On second thought, maybe if your Mom reads this, you shouldn't tell me. I like to think I'm special.