Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Social Media Power Moms of Color

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The other day I mentioned that I had tired of the same old conversations among brands and bloggers. It seems like they haven't changed much and I'm weary of being stuck in an echo chamber just adding to the noise. So I feel compelled to warn you that what follows is nothing new. In fact, in May 2009, I had a feature article in the MediaPost Engage: Moms column about the need for ethnic diversity in blogger outreach.

I was pretty disappointed after seeing the latest Power Moms List.

No wait, I was excited because I have so many friends on that list and it was-more than a rehash of the familiar faces that seem to be on the Big Lists. After a quick review of the honored bloggers, I headed over to the MomImpact Facebook page to share the list, and then it hit me.

Where was Jennifer James, founder of the nearly 15,000 member Mom Bloggers Club and so much more?

What about Stacey Ferguson, co-founder of a fabulous blog conference for women of color, FTC attorney and, of course, long-time blogger?

So I said this, "Great women, but lacking in diversity, which is a shame."

And I shared a few thoughts via Twitter, where I learned that a "Social Media Power Moms of Color" list was coming soon. But that didn't satisfy me or others, apparently. It was seen as too little, too late. I'm not sure if the new list ever came out. Regardless, I made my own version.

Marketers, PR pros and editors looking for high powered social media moms of color, look no further.

In no particular order, here are ladies who bring the awesome online:

Jennifer James
Stacey Ferguson

Kimberly Coleman
Carrie Weir
Ana Flores
Thien Kim Lam
Sandie Anugulo Chen
Melanie Edwards
Melanie Sheridan
Christine Koh
Miss Lori
MJ Tam
Ilina Ewen
Carol Cain
Leticia Barr
Yoly Mason
Divina Rodriquez
Caryn Baily
Veronica Arreola
Onica (Nikki from Mommy Factor)
Renee Ross
Grace Duffy
Duong Sheahan
Migdalia River
Anissa Mayhew

(D'Oh! forgot these wonderful women on the first go around. See my note below and let me know who else to add!)

Kris Cain
Stefania Pomponi Butler
Kelly Wickham
Sheila Bernus Dowd
Liz Dwyer 
Jennifer Rabulan-Bertram
Christy Matte 
Christie Crowder

Disclosure: I hate making exclusive lists because I like to be inclusive. Also, I just know I forgot to include some brilliant women. No offense intended! Leave your name and blog in the comments.

Also, as much as I would have loved to give a brief description of what makes each of these moms so fabulous, I have consulting to do and walls to paint.


Justice Fergie said...

thanks so much for the nod, Kim, and for ALWAYS keeping this topic at the forefront of everyone's minds!

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! I appreciate you making your moms of color list filled with many different colors.

Wisconsin Mommy said...

I guess I am a bit perplexed as to why there are two separate lists (theirs, not yours). The women you list are influential and fabulous bloggers. Period. They should be included on the original list and not included in a separate list that seems to be a bit of an afterthought. Just my two cents.

Asianmommy said...

Thanks for providing this great list! I recognize many of these names, and I look forward to learning more about these fantastic bloggers.

Nikki @ Mommy Factor said...

Thanks for including me on that list. But a bigger thank you for seeing this issue and adding your voice on this topic from the start till now.

Tech Savvy Mama said...

Thanks so much for including me among this list of amazing women! I always love how conscious you are of this issue and willingness to ensure it doesn't go away!

JamericanSpice said...

We do need a list like this. I agree with you.

LittleTechGirl said...

Thank you for adding me Kim! I had not seen that original list until your post. And yes... you have to wonder. Same thing happened with the Twitter list. Thanks so much for pointing it out. :)

Ana L. Flores said...

Kim....you continue to amaze me! Thanks so much for putting together this list and for including me among so many amazing and talented women..many of whom I'm honored to call my friends!

Thanks for keeping it real!

Carla @ All of Me Now said...

Wonderful list! I recognize many of the Latinas on this list and am so happy for the success they're seeing. Some names are new to me so definitely going to check them out. I'll say this, though. While women of color may not make it to these "lists" it's nice to know companies aren't necessarily going by them. Because I have witnessed tremendous achievements in the last few months amongst Latinas I follow. New reader here but definitely sticking around =)

Silvia said...

Kim, thank you for this post, yes! we need diversity!! I´m so happy to see so many familiar names who bring so much light to our blogging world :)

Silvia Martinez

A bilingual blog for mommies


Carrie at Tiki Tiki Blog! said...

And so, I arrive on Latin Time.

I just heard about your post and am here to say Muchas Gracias for always keeping it real. Thank you for always extending the reach beyond the obvious, easy, quick. Thank you for being broad-minded and inclusive.

These lists do usually have the same folks, the same good folks, but yes, it would be nice if their editors/reporters/researchers made a little more effort in compiling.

But, whatever...we're good!
All is good.
You are good.
Power Mom Good.

Hope to see you in 2012.

Karen Hartzell, Graco said...

Great List, Kim! I feel honored that I actually have met so many of these power women irl. They are all truly personable, lovely and talented!

PS...you ain't so bad yourself!

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Kim, I'm honored and flattered. Thank you so much for the inclusion. Yes, this topic seems to have been covered before but never the less, it seems to be a discussion that needs repeating. I appreciate you being willing to keep the conversation going.

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Kim, I'm honored and flattered. Thank you so much for the inclusion. Yes, this is a topic that has been discussed many times but bears repeating. I appreciate you being willing to keep the conversation going.

Kimberly/Foodie City Mom said...

Kim, thanks for the inclusion. I'm glad to know you. Initially, I was going to add on some wonderful WOC, but I gave up when my personal addition list went over 10!

Suffice it to say, there are many wonderful moms...from all ethnic backgrounds...involved in social media!

Melanie - ModernMami.com & Ella Media said...

Aaack! Just seeing this Kim. Definitely appreciate you taking the time to bring light to this and opening it up for discussion. Many just look the other way. ;) And, of course, thanks for including me in a list of awesome ladies!

Migdalia - @MsLatina said...

Thank you for including me in your list Kim! There are so many wonderfully diverse bloggers that do not get the recognition that they so justly deserve. Your list is just the tip of the iceberg. Hopefully companies will realize that they are losing out on a huge market by excluding a large part of the blogosphere.

Migdalia Rivera

Sommer said...

I agree with you, if I make a list I forget someone. What I love blogging lists for? Finding great new bloggets to follow. It seems since 2010 I am delisted but oh well, ebs and flows!

MorethanMommy said...

I just saw this post... thank you. It's so incredibly insulting to have to have a separate list for women of color. The women on your list are some of the MOST powerful in social media. Dooce may have a lot of readers, but she's not nearly as impactful as some of the women on your list who are influencing the influencers. I'm tired of "Top" lists because they don't acknowledge their own subjective biases. And I'm tired of "influence" being measured solely by the number of people who read your blog. Those who are deeply entrenched in social media, but who also mentor others, are the people we need to keep an eye on, even when their blogs don't have the readership of the Pioneer Women. Power isn't just about having people looking at you. It's about what you do with those eyeballs once you have them.