Top 10 Reasons Why Babble Kicked Me Off Their List of “Best Mom Blogs”

The folks at just released their annual list of “Best Mom Blogs” featuring 100 talented and classy women — exponentially more classy than last year’s list because, well, I have been dropped from the honorees.  I’m not going to lie:  it stings a little.  Not just because I didn’t make the cut, but because they expanded the list from 50 to 100 featured bloggers and I still failed to make the cut.

I know, I know… ouch.   Now would somebody tell the cats to stop looking at me with such grave disappointment?  Nobody’s looked at me like that since I told my Grandma Kirby I’d been offered a job as a staff writer on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” and she replied, “So this means you’re never going to law school?”

My boobs aren’t the only thing that went downhill after giving birth to Drew in June.  This site did, too, because I simply did not have the time to post with the same frequency I did pre-baby-who-never-sleeps-or-naps-or-lets-me-put-him-down-for-a-second.  With both kids in daycare now, however, I’m starting to get my groove back.   I also have time to surmise other reasons I was booted from the list…

Top 10 Possible Reasons Why Babble Kicked Me Off Their “Top Mom Blogs” List

10.  This year’s bribe check bounced.

9.  My mom refused to vote for me repeatedly this year.

8.  They didn’t want their readers to be intimidated by my beauty:

7.  With Disney acquiring Babble, I was disqualified for publicly announcing I had ogled a pantless Donald Duck.

6.  Negative points for overuse of italics, em dashes, ellipses, “in fact” and easy Kardashian jokes.

5.  In fact, you know who was probably on this year’s judging panel…?  The Kardashian sisters and The English Patient screenwriter — and they totally decided to exact their revenge on me.

4.  They were hoping for less talk of Mr. Candy’s cute butt, more pictures.

3.  The husband-wife team behind Babble had me blackballed for poking fun at their Christmas card:

2.  They are afraid they’ll lose advertisers if they continue to support a woman with the #1 name for hookers in the U.S.

1.  They left the site, angry I had lured them with false promises.  “Laughing stork?  I didn’t even SEE a stork on there, let alone a jolly one, did you?

In all seriousness, congratulations to all the wonderful moms on the list who will hopefully learn from my mistakes:  ALWAYS respect Donald Duck, despite (or because of) his aversion to pants.


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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. She also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats who enjoy blanketing every inch of the house in kitty fur.


  1. Mette

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Awww – you are my #1 Mom blog!!! But I would agree on #4!

    • Mr.Candy

      Dec 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      More of those pictures on Candy’s “other” website!

      • Candy

        Dec 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

        Awww – thanks, Mette!

  2. Jovi

    Dec 14, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Well I have very discerning taste (proven by the fact that I think pajamas are appropriate clothing for outside the house) and you are my #1 blogger. Granted, I only read one blog, but that shouldn’t matter… But seriously, I love this site!

    • Candy

      Dec 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      (proven by the fact that I think pajamas are appropriate clothing for outside the house)

      So happy to hear you would have approved of my ensemble for Mr. Candy’s office holiday party this year!

  3. martini lover

    Dec 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

    you are one of the most original bloggers out there. just keep on keepin’ on!

  4. Deeva

    Dec 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

    LOL!! When life hands you lemons, write a funny post about it!!

  5. CJ

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    You’re still on MY top 100 list, if that means anything!

    • Candy

      Dec 14, 2011 at 7:47 pm

      Being on your top 100 list means a lot to me. Even if it’s your list of top 100 weirdos.

  6. stell

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’m looking forward to more Laughing Stork TV… As Martini Lover says: keep going. I know I’ll keep reading.

    • Candy

      Dec 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Oh, Stell, I brainstorm the direction of Laughing Stork TV every day. Once I determine what to do, and (perhaps even more importantly) what I can keep up with, it WILL return! Sooner rather than later, I hope.

      In the meantime, if there is anything in particular that you guys think you would enjoy in video form, please let me know!

  7. Jenn S.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Pffff, who trusts a site named Babble anyway?? Candy, you and your tales of mommyhood are awesome!

    • Candy

      Dec 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

      YOU’RE awesome.

  8. Tracy

    Dec 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I think I found you from that list last year. But I am still reading and totally enjoy your site.

    • Candy

      Dec 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Yes, I’m grateful that last year’s list gave me the opportunity to connect with readers like you. Thanks for sticking around!

  9. Jenny

    Dec 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I love your blog–we had our sons about 5 days apart–you’ve kept me laughing through prenancy and beyond! Thank you.

    • Candy

      Dec 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Five days apart…? Our sons could be cyber-playmates! Thank YOU for your kind words, Jenny.

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