Since our community has grown so much this year, I realized that I may have a few followers who pop in and out and who may not know what Modern Alternative Mama is really all about! I thought I should go ahead and clear it up for you. You’ll see that Modern Alternative Kitchen is posting a similar blog today. We, as a network, want to just take this opportunity to let you know who we are. This is a bit of a follow-up to last week’s post Bloggers are People, Too.
How Did We Start?
It was fall, 2009, and I had just discovered a lot of new information about health and wellness, largely because of my daughter’s food allergies. We had discovered dairy, then gluten, nuts, peanuts, legumes, and a number of others. It was overwhelming, yet I felt like my eyes had finally been opened! We began to reject modern medicine (who could not, after repeated visits, tests, and treatments, help us with her) and look towards alternative treatments. I spent hundreds of hours reading about alternative health while she slept. I wanted to share it with everyone!
(If you’re curious, you can go back and read Rebekah’s Story and Rebekah’s Story, Updates to learn more about how this all started. She’s now a very healthy, happy 4 1/2-year-old with no more food allergies and no speech delay.)
No one really wanted to listen, and in my eagerness, I often accidentally offended people. I had no idea that the information I had discovered was so controversial! When I first heard that flu shots might not be good for babies, I mentioned it briefly on a message board — and wow, did people get upset! (I really, really meant it innocently and did not yet understand the serious controversy that was out there!)
Then I discovered blogs, blogs that wrote about the kinds of things I was interested in, from the perspective I wanted to write from. The very first one I discovered and the one that motivated me to actually begin MAM was Keeper of the Home (I’ve been a contributing writer over there for almost two years now). Stephanie showed me that there is a whole bunch of people out there who eat real food, practice alternative medicine, home school, entrust their family size to God, and live as Christians. I had no idea!
So Modern Alternative Mama was born.
The blog grew slowly at first, and then much more rapidly starting around the 1-year mark, when I finally hit my stride. Since then we’ve continued to grow fairly rapidly, and this year we are in the process of launching some sister sites. Modern Alternative Kitchen was launched in early July, and Modern Alternative Pregnancy is due to launch in just over a week. Next week you’ll learn more details about our next sister site!
It’s been a wonderful journey as we’ve expanded and our audience has grown. This year alone we’ve tripled the traffic to the blog, and nearly tripled our Facebook fans too. That’s so exciting! But of course, with it comes new fans who may have stumbled on a helpful post, and may not have fully explored the site. I also know we have a very diverse community. And that’s wonderful!
But in case you’re wanting to know more about us, and if we, as a whole, are a good fit for you, I wanted to share a bit more about who we are (and are not).
Modern Alternative Mama is:
- Living as a Christian, based on following Biblical principles
- Leaving family size up to God/large families
- Christian/traditional marriage
- Natural/alternative health (including not using antibiotics or vaccines, for our family personally)
- Real/traditional food
- Natural and Christian homemaking
- Homesteading/farming (coming soon!)
- Natural/Christian parenting (an area I’m still struggling to balance, frankly)
- Sewing and crafting (when something strikes my fancy)
- Natural birth/ pregnancy/ breastfeeding
- A supportive, positive, and diverse community for those who are interested in any or all of the above
Modern Alternative Mama is NOT:
- Traditional medicine/pro-modern medicine
- Worldly/non-Christian point of view
- Junk food
- Feminist (as in, “must work outside the home,” “having it all” or the idea that homemaking is wrong, bad, or demeaning to women)
- A place for negativity, rudeness, swearing, etc.
In no way do I promote intolerance of those who believe differently, nor will I allow commenters to insult me or one another. I promote my own worldview and aim to support those who share it. I hope to help families become strong in the Lord, in their marriages, as parents, and with their health and wellness.
If we are not what you thought, no hard feelings! We want to be honest and transparent about who we are and what we promote. We fully understand that many of you will pick and choose what works for you, and we understand that many of our readers feel passionately about one of our subject areas, and may feel very differently on others. That’s okay! As long as everyone adheres to that last principle (a supportive, positive, and diverse community) we’re all good!
Why Does This Matter?
I don’t want to be shy about saying who I am and what I stand for. I know that, especially as a Christian woman, wife, and mother, that there will be people who take offense to me and my beliefs. I am okay with that. I am still going to put it out there because it is important to share that I love God and I strive to follow Him. I fail all the time and I can’t say I’m a shining example of a Christian in any regard. But I still strive to do better everyday.
I want to attract a community that largely believes a lot of what I do, so that we can come to support and learn from each other. I understand that my followers and I will never agree on everything and I love that we can share our differences respectfully. I’m being up front now so that we can understand and appreciate any differences, and maybe some of us can connect on new levels!
Over the next few months, with the launch of our sister sites, Modern Alternative Mama’s focus will be shifting just a bit. We’ll be talking a bit less about food, pregnancy, and the next topic (health!) and more about homeschooling, homemaking, and living as Christian mothers and wives. We’ll still talk about food and health because those topics are part of being mothers and wives! But the nitty-gritty details will belong to the sister sites.
Since we’re (still) hoping to move to a farm property in the next few months (ideally before baby arrives, but we’ll see…), homesteading and farming will be major topics too. We’ll be talking about the “stuff of our lives” a bit more often! I want to share with you who we are and the journey we’re on to continue “living the non-mainstream life!”
I hope that this is important and hopefully exciting to you!