When last week’s article in the Boston Globe about food blogs came out and it listed Pim’s full name, I got to wondering. So I googled her and it turns out that Pim, of Chez Pim, and I not only work for the same very large computer company, but we’re in the same division, and even in the same building (which considering there are about 45 buildings on campus, is pretty interesting). Who knew? So I emailed her, and she IM’ed me this morning, and we made plans to go out next time I’m back in town. Small small world ….
And it got me thinking about this odd little blog world. For instance, I’ve been watching these two new nanny shows on TV — Nanny 911 and SuperNanny — and I found myself wanting to chat it over with Leah, who writes so beautifully about domestic life and feminism over at Struggle in a Bungalow Kitchen. I was a nanny for a while, although not one of the professionally trained sort, and I’ve been absolutely fascinated by these two shows. For one thing, who knew people were in so much trouble out there in suburbia? These families are living in utter chaos — both physical and emotional. And the mothers, in particular, seem absolutely shocked to find themselves unhappy with their domestic situations, and yet seem equally mesmerized by their own messes. I have some ideas about how these shows betray some fundamental truths about the failures of feminism as a political force, but I’m still parsing them together. However, knowing there’s this funny space out here, where there are other smart women interested in food, domestic life, gardening, careers, feminism and their intersections gives me incentive to keep poking at these idea bubbles.
The blogosphere gets a lot of mixed press, particularly from the print media, but I find it interesting that in our own little ways we’re all finding actual connections with one another ….