Utah's female blogger population is a growing demographic. Sometimes referred to as "mom, or even mommy, bloggers" — a nickname most of these college-educated, politically active and environmentally conscious writers shun — this group of women has a lot to say, and people are reading it. According to a national survey, 14 percent of all American mothers with at least one child in their household blog about parenting or turn to blogs for advice. As of May 2012, 35 percent of blog-reading or -writing moms in the U.S. were located in the state of Utah, beating the next closest state by 12 percent. While most of Utah's women bloggers won't see any national recognition, some have gotten exactly that, landing book deals and speaking engagements and invitations to the White House. Here's a look at a few of the top Utah female bloggers.
Allison Czarnecki is the author of "Petit Elefant" — which she calls a "family lifestyle blog" featuring family, home, style and travel topics.
Styled after a magazine, Czarnecki's blog follows frequent trips she takes with her husband and two kids. She has been featured in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Daily Herald and the New York Times, among others.
Jen Austin is not a typical stay-at-home mom blogger. She served in the U.S. Air Force, worked as a strategist in a Utah law firm and founded the St. George News before starting "Utah Mom Blog." She also has worked with at-risk youth and domestic violence victims. She has two young boys and blogs about crafts, book reviews and daily life.
C. Jane Kendrick's self-titled blog began in 2005 as a way to talk about issues she faced, like infertility. She won a Weblog Award, "Best Major Blog," in 2008 for her writing chops and keeps up her non-blog writing as a writer for the Deseret News. She is based in Provo and has also been featured in books, interviews and a number of online webzines.
Vanessa Brown's blog "I Never Grew Up" features ideas for family fun, learning, recipes and other home-related posts. Before leaving the online business world, she started an online coaching program called "Moms Make Money Blogging" to teach other moms how to make money from their writing, as well as several other similar online ventures.
"NieNie Dialogues" follows the life of Stephanie Aurora Clark Nielson, a survivor of a near-fatal airplane crash who was burned over 80 percent of her body. Nielson juggles five young children and six blogs that follow her life with her family and their adventures as well as her personal story.
She has won a number of awards including "Most Inspiring Blog of 2009" and has been featured on shows like "The Today Show," "Entertainment Tonight," "Anderson Cooper" and "Fox & Friends."
She also recently published a book, "Heaven is Here."
Nicole Hill Gerulat is a Utah native who is now based out of San Francisco and New York. Her six blogs all contain aspects of her personality and interests including family, photography, teaching and design. She has been featured in "Salt Lake Magazine," "Design Mom" and the Deseret News, among many others.
Her newest blog, NicoleClasses.com, is where she teaches classes on Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and photography techniques to interested students.
Natalie Hill, sister of Nicole Hill Gerulat, is actor and a blogger formerly from Utah who is now based in Manhattan. Her blog, "Mormon in Manhattan," follows her life in N.Y. and all the things she experiences, her thoughts as she makes her way, goes on auditions, meets people and her observations on being Mormon outside of Utah. Hill even includes her own vernacular, BHH.