Looks like there was quite a bit of drama over on Circle of Moms.
I guess when they ran the Adoption Blogs contest last year, it was suggested to the powers that be that they open it up to include not just adoptive Moms, but other people involved in the adoption triad: birth mothers, adoptive Moms, and adoptees. A wonderful idea, in theory.
So they did that. Only problem is, there's just a lot of drama entangled in these two camps. It seems many of both the adopee-rights activists and the adoptive parents are very sensitive, in a polarizing way, about issues they feel strongly about. It stands to reason, I suppose. I kind of got into it with one of them once, and it was not pretty. Such a shame, as I really think we could learn from each other, but it's probably no different than anything else: pro-life vs pro-choice, dem vs republican, breast vs bottle, you name it.
Here is the Circle of Moms announcement about dropping the contest:
Top 25 Adoption Blogs by Moms – 2012
UPDATE: After serious consideration, we have decided to cancel our Adoption Blogs by Moms – 2012 contest. Our Top 25 program is meant to celebrate, connect, and support mom bloggers. Following some feedback from participants in our 2011 contest, we decided to make this year's Top 25 more inclusive. In doing so, we unknowingly stepped into a very sensitive issue and debate, and we apologize to all the moms who have been offended, no matter what your position on adoption is. We're committed to finding a way to give all parties in the Adoption Triad a voice on Circle of Moms. If we run a Top 25 Adoption Blogs in the future, we'll consult with mom bloggers in each part of the Adoption Triad on how to create a supportive contest where all bloggers would feel welcome and respected by Circle of Moms and by all participants. We appreciate the time and energy every participant put into this contest during the past week, and we sincerely regret that we can't reward those efforts in the way we had planned to when we launched the contest.
Are you a mom who blogs about adoption or foster parenting? Whether you're an adoptive mom, foster mom, adult adoptee, fostered adult, or mother who placed a child for adoption, we're looking for mom bloggers who write about adoption or foster parenting in a supportive, positive way.
Voting ended on Apr 26, 2012 at 4pm PT. Top 25 Adoption Blogs by Moms – 2012 is now closed.
Anyway, I wanted to thank all of you wonderful people for voting for me. I know if the contest had continued to play out, you would have gotten me into the top 25, easy peasy. Y'all are the BEST!
But fear not. There's still a vote-for-me contest goin' on. There's always a vote-for-me contest goin' on. Top Mommy Blogs! Just one click of this button (below) and you've voted. You can vote every day!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!