It was August in San Diego.  The second morning of the BlogHer Conference.  I walked into the giant room where breakfast was being served.  I looked up and was thrilled to see a familiar face in the sea of bloggers from the previous day, the lovely and super friendly Nicole at “Word of Mouth Musings.”

Nicole waved me over. There was an open spot at her table, and I asked a woman if anyone was sitting there.  Ahh, a free spot!  I moseyed on over, got my breakfast and returned.  I was making small talk with the lady to my left.  She was friendly, down to earth and, oh so, totally familiar.

We went back and forth a few times trying to figure out where we may have met before.  She thought I looked just as familiar to her. We went through the whole “Where do you live?”, “Where did you work”, and finally I asked, “Where do you blog at?”

She answered, “Scary Mommy.”

I gulped.

For the first time in my blogging career I felt like a groupie.  I wasn’t looking for Scary Mommy and by accident, I had stumbled into her. (Because if I was looking for her, I wouldn’t have had the guts to sit down right next to her!)

I had frequented her blog, for the funny and the oh so outrageous in parenting. Jill tells it like it is. She’s a great “help me get through my day” read. She’s not for the most conservative at heart — just a warning. 😉

Do Scary Mommy and I actually know each other?  Perhaps we were best friends in another world together, in another life.  Or maybe, we were just at the same Washington, DC bar one night in the early 2000s on line next to each other waiting for the ladies’ room.

Perhaps, we’ll never know.

I’m guest posting at the “Scary Mommy Society” today.  Comments will be closed here, so please go there and check it out and send me some World Moms Blog love!


Jennifer Burden


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Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post,, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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