What the BMB Network is all about

BMB is the largest network of British parent bloggers, giving you a place to gather, share ideas and opportunities and support each other. It’s a place to meet new bloggers, hone your skills and find your blogging “voice”. For those who want to work with brands that have relevant information for your blogs, we present you with appropriate opportunities and help make introductions.

It’s inevitable that when you gather a roomful of dynamic, highly opinionated people together — all at different places in their life and blogging – there will be disagreements and even clashes. Enter the world of the written word, where it can be so easy to mistake a person’s motives or to read something into a comment that was not intended, or for a legitimate disagreement to quickly escalate. Occasionally when this happens, it can be a recipe for ongoing negativity. Cue the fireworks.

We have guidelines at BMB to keep it a place where we can engage in constructive conversations in a safe environment. Healthy debate is encouraged. Directly attacking people is not tolerated and appropriate action will be taken.

If bitching is your thing, we strongly suggest you go somewhere else. There are plenty of other forums (and blogs) that thrive on this downward spiral.

We’re here to help improve your blogging skills, present opportunities and support each other through blogging and this parenting gig. We believe blogging should be a positive activity whether you’re writing, reading, Tweeting or just getting to know other bloggers. We welcome everyone who feels the same.

Susanna and Jennifer

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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at Jenography.net, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel, CNN.com, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

15 Comments

  1. 01 November 2010 / 12:16

    Outstanding advice! I don’t know why some “bad apples” feel the need to turn “mummy blogging” into a bad phrase. It’s a genre. It’s not REAL LIFE. We all need to reassess and get back to the real reason we started blogging. Unfortunately, when competition, perks and “fame” become an option and you’ve got WOMEN together, there’s a real propensity for school yeard antics to come out. Let’s forget about the competition and just WRITE! Thanks for clarifying ladies!
    Karin

  2. 01 November 2010 / 12:30

    All I would add is that it is OK to hate an idea, but no the person linked to it. I think people that make it personal have no class!

  3. 01 November 2010 / 12:39

    I think that people can agree to disagree. that’s what makes the world a great place.
    As long as someone is not telling me that I have to do something there way, they are free to try and explain to me why they think their way has merits. They just have to remember it is my choice in the end.
    A person convinced against their will, is of the same opinion still. So what do you gain by trying to convince someone of something they don’t want to agree with you about.

  4. 01 November 2010 / 12:54

    I’ve found BMB to be a very supportive, respectful and nurturing environment for us Mum (& some Dad) bloggers. It is sad that some feel it necessary to attack others and be bitchy. Yes, it’s fine to disagree, but we are all adults and should behave as such. Debate is healthy when it’s the ideas that are discussed and questioned, not when people stoop to personal attacks and spiteful comments. Good on BMB taking a stand and keeping us all on the right track.

  5. 01 November 2010 / 13:19

    Great guidelines! Can I use this space to thanks BMB for organising the Super Savvy Me party? I got one of the prizes (cooking with kids) and we are delighted.

  6. 01 November 2010 / 14:26

    Thank you for posting this, Susanna and Jen. When I started my blog and joined BMB last year I loved the community aspect of blogging. I hope we can all move forward now and support each other, with BMB leading the way. Most of us are friendly, let’s focus on the positive.

  7. 01 November 2010 / 14:29

    I was not aware of what was happening until it was al over I think. It makes me very sad that people were upset. It is all about using the appropriate language & remembering that a human being will be reading it!

  8. 01 November 2010 / 14:49

    Good point! Having an opposing idea doesn’t turn someone into the devil.

  9. 01 November 2010 / 14:50

    Simone, congrats on winning a prize. The Twitter party is just one of the ways that we’re looking to expand and engage bloggers. So glad you enjoyed it!

  10. 01 November 2010 / 15:21

    The BMB network is pure class and the amazing achievement of Cybermummy is testament to what can happen when likeminded people work together. Best of all the network is supportive and positive, thank you and well done for all that you do.

  11. 01 November 2010 / 15:30

    I think blogging has made me more tolerant of other people’s opinions – I mean you don’t have to argue with someone. If you don’t agree I say just let them have their opinion and you have yours. What’s the point of having a fist figh over it eh?

  12. 01 November 2010 / 18:30

    I love that we all have different opinions–it helps me learn more about the world. And one thing I really love about parent blogging in the UK is all the fantastic networking with really wonderful people. I just hate that some people don’t respect different opinions, confuse the opinion with the person, or worse: I hate that a few people seem to actively seek out a fight under the disguise of feeling hurt or offended.
    Life is so much more fun when you choose to look at the good things. x

  13. 01 November 2010 / 22:08

    I think there is a trend in blogging to be quirky, sarcastic and ironic, its so insincere but everyones doing it now. And i think that attitude can sometimes come across as rude or offensive when perhaps it wasnt supposed to be.
    Sometimes its hard to express ourselves in the written form as a ‘tone’ cant be convayed. And its also easy to be delibrately mean to someone as you can hide behind your computer screen.
    I think we all just need to learn how to react to anything offensive and determine whether we should take that persons comments on board or not.
    Aqeela xx

  14. 02 November 2010 / 07:37

    I love BMB and I’ve made a lot of friends through being part of the network, and in the early days, when I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing, the support and advice I received from other members was invaluable.
    I think the concept of ‘Social Media Mums’ is an interesting one – Twittermoms tweeted an article re this yesterday

  15. 03 November 2010 / 17:24

    Mean-ness is so unnecessary, in blogging, as in life. Why people feel the need, I’ve no idea. It’s so much fun building and being part of a blogging community. Why do people feel the need to take away others’ joy?