Today I read this discussion on Thinking Housewife:
The Virtual Home
One of the blog readers decries the abundance of homemaking blogs. She writes, among other things: "The blogs all seem alike. There’s a narcissism about them that is annoying."
Is this a fair criticism? I would say that it depends. There are certainly narcissistic women whose only objective in starting a blog is to boast about how great their life is, but are they a majority? I doubt it. I read a couple of this type of blogs and personally I enjoy looking at the beautiful pictures and reading about what other ladies are doing with their homes. I find their example inspiring. Take, for instance this one:
I have linked to it before. Mia's blog is one of my favourites, it's so soothing, the photography is very beautiful and you just get a warm and cosy feeling after reading it. It brightens your day. How is it narcissistic? I would say that running a blog like this is a public service.
The reader further states: "...I sense that the legions of blogging homemakers are not a counterweight to feminism." Again, it depends. There are some homemakers who call themselves feminist progressive housewives or something similar and they are probably not friends to the traditionalist cause, even though their family life is fairly traditional, however, there are also plenty of conservative Christian homemaking blogs which not only post photos of their kids and houses, but also feature articles about homeschooling, marital submission, the importance of marriage etc.
Even if a blog appears to be neutral, like the one above, I still think it counts as a counterweight, because it encourages domesticity.
Laura wrote a rather balanced answer where she pointed out that a woman can get envious or angry by watching pictures of the perfect homes, and called it feminine pornography. Pornography sounds like a strong word to me, as I can't imagine anyone getting excited by watching the pictures on homemaking blogs, but then what do I know? Though it could just very well be that the problem is not with the one who posts the pictures, but with the lack of self-control of the one who views them. May be, if they get so frustrated that their own homes are messy in comparison to those they see on the net, they should get off computer and do something to clean the mess.