It started yesterday. I saw it on feeds and I had to look. I write a ton about films, after all, so it’s only natural to want to see when there is a film that is kind of about me. Me, as in an “American Blogger.” Here is what I saw.
I used the day to really think about this because I was upset after seeing the trailer (haven’t seen the film yet- reached out to the director for a screener/interview with no reply as of yet). Not with the bloggers, I actually think I know a couple and happy that they are getting recognized in this massive community that we are all a part of. What bothered me was the using the name “American Blogger” and only showing a tiny portion of what an American blogger is. The film maker, Chris Weigand (husband of blogger Casey Weigand), interviewed 51 bloggers, friends of his wife, so it makes some sense that most of them fit into the same mold. Young, white (ok ok, 95% white?), pretty homes, gorgeous families…a glorified highlight reel of one chapter of an epic story in this new universe called a blogosphere. In a way, it’s brilliant. It’s an era where almost everyone you know is a blogger, yet no one knows what we do or how we do it. But this interpretation of my life (yes…I am an American Blogger after all) has some serious flaws.
You see, my friends and readers. That is not my story, not even a little bit. Also, that is not the story of I’d say more than 90% of “American” bloggers you may be reading on a daily basis. What about the fathers who are breaking fatherhood stereotypes and changing the how men talk about parenting? What about the plus size bloggers who show us daily that women are beautiful at all sizes? What about the boomer bloggers who teach us that being amazing doesn’t end at 30, 40 or 50? What about the LGBT bloggers who teach us just to love one another as we are? What about the the multitude of ethnically diverse bloggers who make up the landscape of a changing “American” culture where being an American is more than just the color of our skin?
I’m sorry but this is not the story of the “American Blogger.” This is the story of one family and their friends who blog. 51 friends out of millions and not one of them tells my story or that of my genre and niche but the film maker dares to call it “American” (even though he says is cause he traveled across the country to make this… sorry buddy, that is more like a Weigand Blogger Road Trip). So I’m going to change it.
Hi. My name is Yolanda Machado. I am a Latina woman who is a wife and mother. We are raising a bicultural child in the mixing pot called Los Angeles, my life isn’t airbrushed, my living room isn’t soft lit and my life is a bit quirky. This blog is my American blog…what’s yours?