Patti Ford is one of the funniest people you've never met. A lot of people feel like they have met her, at least through her blog, "Insane In The Mom-Brain."
"I thought that just my friends would read it." she says. Hardly. It's a huge success and she has over 72,000 likes on her Facebook page. She blogs about spiders having sex, unicorns that like to get drunk, stabbing people with sporks in delicate regions of the body, and of course her family. She more or less fell into blogging after having surgery on her neck that temporarily rendered her unable to speak.
"I was writing updates to friends and one of my friends has mommy website. The thought my stuff was hysterical and asked me to start writing stuff for her website."
"I was e-mailing medical updates to friends and one of them ran a mommy website. She thought my updates were hysterical and asked me to start writing for her website."
Four years later Ford is one of the bloggers featured in an anthology of articles by 36 other mommy bloggers. The book has been out two weeks and it's doing very well on Kindle, Amazon and iTunes. It's also on sale locally at the Blue Willow Bookstore. It's called "I Just Want To Pee Alone." It's a blunt and honest yet irreverent and hilarious take on motherhood.
Two other Houston mommy bloggers are also featured in the book, Rachael Pavlick of "Rach Riot" and Kelley Nettles of "Kelley's Break Room." I sat down with all of them at the kitchen table in Ford's house to discuss the book. Wine and laughter flowed. The bloggers clearly like each other, and play off each other beautifully. Pavlick insists she's not a "mommy blogger" per se.
"Mine didn't start off as a mommy blog, but since I'm with my kids every day it kind of turned into one."
When I asked who was the funniest Nettles laughed.
"Patti has the most followers, but I just think I haven't been discovered yet!," Ford gasped in mock outrage and they all laughed.
Will there be another book? Who knows. They certainly have the material and senses of humor for one. If there is don't expect it to be any more "parentally correct" than this one is. After all, the brains behind it is a blogger named "Jen" Who writes the blog "People I Want To Punch In The Throat." Take that, June Cleaver!