This post is a Project MomCasting submission for a new reality tv series about women bloggers
My name is Ann Imig, Stay-At-Home Humorist and creator of the live theater production, LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER. I started blogging to improve my writing and launch a writing career. I never imagined the rich community of creativity—especially among mothers—that blogging provides.
My unique view:
Moms who write online can spring their literal voices from their blog voices in local productions of LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: Readings by local writers on motherhood.
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER (LTYM) explores motherhood in a similar style to Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monolgues” --minus all the vagina-talk. Sorry for that visual. Anyway.
Blogging is my stage. When I write, I imagine speaking directly to an audience. I found myself searching for a bigger audience for my voice and the voices of other mothers who blog; an audience beyond the blogging community.
In March 2010—inspired by one too many rounds of Uno with my kindergartner —I conceived LTYM. Eight weeks later, on Mother’s Day, 11 mom/writers and I packed 300 people into The Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin for the first annual production.
We launched a Mama Movement. Celebrating and testifying about motherhood, each woman read her own writing into the microphone. An audience of those who might never visit the blogosphere, enjoyed a piece of its vitality.
My journey going forward involves sharing that microphone with mothers everywhere.
I want to see Mother’s Day productions of LTYM replicated in communities nationwide. I want to encourage people—even those who will never get on a stage—to write. After the show last May, a woman told one of the performers that she went home and wrote for the first time.
My ambition for growing LTYM includes supporting parents and communities in a creative and tangible way. The benefits of LTYM reach beyond the audience and cast, with a portion of the proceeds going to local charities supporting mothers and families.
As an online Mom, I produce quality writing and build creative connections—all the while bringing humor to parenting’s most UNO stressful UNO situations NEVERENDING UNO.
I make things happen.
In addition to building a strong following on my blog and twitter, I bring traffic to my site and build my platform writing for McSweeney's, and numerous websites. I’ve appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, in Madison Magazine, and The Wisconsin State Journal. BlogHer named me a 2010 Voices of the Year finalist.
My children remain clothed and fed. I still play Uno.
My online life connects me to other parents and writers, and LTYM extends that connection with the greater community. I am changing the world with my blog—by encouraging creative expression through writing and celebrating Motherhood in the blogosphere and beyond. Project Mom Casting can help get that microphone to mamas everywhere, so future audiences can LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER on Mother’s Day.
After the Eggs Benedict, of course.