NEW YORK, Dec.13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Babble (Babble.com), a leading online parenting platform, today announced its 2011 Babble Top 100, Babble's gold standard ranking of North America's most influential mothers in social media. Introduced in 2009, Babble's annual list underscores the social, cultural and economic force that Babble believes mom bloggers have become in today's media world.
With more than 3.9 million mom bloggers in the US alone, mom bloggers have taken on a powerful and important role in media and have become the go-to authorities on the issues that matter to many of today's moms. Of the 32 million moms who go online each month, 54% of them visit blogs. With that platform, the Babble Top 100 mom bloggers possess a powerful sphere of influence, generating a combined unique monthly viewership of more than 50 million. Many bloggers on the list are well-known brands in their own right and are accomplished authors, contributors to publications such as The New York Times and CNN and on-air experts for television programs like Today and Good Morning America. The first ten bloggers on the Babble Top 100 include:
- Rebecca Woolf, Girls Gone Child
- Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess
- Catherine Connors, Her Bad Mother
- Heather B. Armstrong, Dooce
- Alice Bradley, Finslippy
- Katherine Stone, Post Partum Progress
- Monica Bielanko, The Girl Who
- Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman
- Amy Corbett Storch, Amalah
- Kate Inglis, Sweet Salty
"In the two years since Babble started cataloging the year's top mom bloggers, the number of blogs and their reach have exploded," said Alisa Volkman, Director, Sales and Product Strategy and co-founder, Babble Media. "This Top 100 tells us that there is an insatiable need for first-person parenting information and storytelling. As more moms turn to the Web as a parenting resource, I believe that the opportunities for unique voices in mom blogging will continue to skyrocket."
The Babble Top 100 represents a socially and culturally diverse group of mom bloggers from more than 20 states in the US and provinces across Canada. The bloggers cover a wide range of subjects including home design and decor, health and fitness, politics, post partum depression, and more.
Over a two month period, a panel of bloggers and women in the social media field evaluated mom blogs from across the Web for the Babble Top 100, based on six different categories: Best Written, Most Confessional, Most Controversial, Funniest, Best Design and Most Useful.
The entire Babble Top 100 mom blogger list can be found at Babble.com.
Since its inception in 2006, Babble has become one of the most celebrated parenting sites on the Web, named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2010 and by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Websites for Women. Its stable of 200 bloggers contributes to the site daily writing about a variety of parenting topics including pregnancy, child care, health, food, family activities as well as lifestyle topics such as home, fashion and family products. As one of the premier blogging platforms for a new generation of connected parents, Babble has created a vibrant community of parents who support, encourage and celebrate the highs and lows of raising children.
Babble is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, reporting into the Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG).