|Source: Wikimedia Commons ~ Ida Waugh|
And so this observation got me thinking about the perfume blogosphere, and how many female blog owners I know (or can think of) who are mothers or not. I am curious to know whether the not inconsiderable amount of work involved in regular blogging - Gaia Fishler's comment always comes to mind at such times, namely that 'blogging is not for the fainthearted' - is difficult (though by no means impossible) to combine with being a mum.
|Source: Wikimedia Commons ~ Giovanni Dall'Orto|
The other point I would be interested to know - but which is not so easily ascertainable - is whether any of the bloggers without offspring feel that their blog is in any sense a child substitute. I do think that might be true of me up to a point. I guess blogging does give a focus and structure to my free time in the same way that bringing up a kid might. Okay, not really in the same way, as child rearing is much more full-on(!), but a blog needs regular tending, say. And the more it grows in terms of post output, the more satisfying I find the whole undertaking! Hmm, maybe blogging is more like gardening than having children - please do let me know what you reckon, whichever side of the parenting fence you are on.
And this is by no means a scientific exercise, because in some cases I simply do not know the parental status of the blog owners in question, and there will be many others out there whom I have omitted to include or simply don't know at all. So I will just start by tossing a few names into the arena, and see where it gets us.
|Source: Wikimedia Commons ~ Joseph Martin Kronheim|
Female perfume blog owners with known children - UPDATED
Robin of Now Smell This
Marina of Perfume Smelling Things
Patty of Perfume Posse
Elena of Perfumeshrine
Birgit of Olfactoria's Travels
Carol of Museinwoodenshoes
Carol of Bloody Frida
Sheila of The Alembicated Genie
Samantha of iscentyouaday
Lena of Olfactorialist
Sigrun of Riktig Parfym
Lavanya of Purple Paper Planes
NB Interestingly - and this may just be coincidence - some of the above currently have co-bloggers to help spread the load. I don't know the early history of the other blogs, but I do know that Birgit started Olfactorias Travels on her own, and her prodigious output in that initial phase was matched only by her remarkable time management. Special mention should also be made of Carol of Museinwoodenshoes who manages to combine solo blogging with raising a large family of children. And until fairly recently she used to have a day job too! In response to my post, I also heard from Lena of Olfactorialist on the subject of blogging and motherhood: 'I have a son born in January and I have to admit that I completely underestimated what it means to be a mom. The cuties eat up all your time.'
There are further refinements to this classification - and doubtless others I have failed to think of! - such as the age of the children and whether they are dependent and living at home, which would likely have a bearing on a blogger's free time for creative pursuits.
Female perfume blog owners with the pet equivalent of at least one or two children
Gaia of The Non-Blonde (somewhere in the realms of 10 -16 cats? I envy her those - well, at least three, certainly)
Kafka of Kafkaesque (one large & emotionally demanding dog - the Hairy German ;-) )
|Source: Wikimedia Commons ~ D Lothrop Company|
Female perfume blog owners with no known children - UPDATED
Victoria of Boisdejasmin
Denyse of Graindemusc
Katie of Katie Puckrik Smells
Victoria of EauMG
Ines of All I am a Redhead
Suzanne of Eiderdown Press
Lucy of Indieperfumes
Natalie of anotherperfumeblog
Carrie of Eyeliner on a Cat
Michelyn of Cafleurebon
Martha of Chicken Freak's Obsession
Ari of Scents of Self (in her defence, she is only about 22!)
Sarah of Odiferess
Olfacta of Olfactarama
And it goes without saying that there are A TON of other people who could be added to this list, and their status clarified - do please suggest other blog owners to round out and balance the picture, which I will update accordingly.
|Source: Wikimedia Commons ~ Elmar Ersch|