5 Qualities of Top Mom Bloggers

As I may have mentioned before in previous posts, I am a Northerner at heart, but moved to the South years ago. There are a lot of things that I love about the South like the warm weather and the beaches that I live by. However, on the flip side I love the fall colors of the North. There are sincerely many reasons that I could go back and forth with as to why I love both regions. One thing that I have truly learned to love in the South is the food.

There are so many different cultures to try down here! My favorite at the moment is good Southern Soul Food! This good is oh so delicious and yes comforting! We all need a little comforting sometimes and if food is what you need then that is what you shall receive! Once I had a taste of soul food I was hooked. There are so many wonderful soul food restaurants where I live. My waist line may not like it sometimes, but my heart is happy! I really wanted to learn how to make Southern Fried Chicken. I tried once before and it just was not working for me and I mean that I really tried. It was until that I found the perfect recipe and patience to go along with it that I was able to fry the perfect chicken. This recipe is amazing and the gravy is even better! Try this recipe and perfect your frying. You will not be disappointed!

A flavorful crispy breading on the outside with a tender and moist center is what Southern Fried Chicken is all about. It’s the sort of finger-licking-good comfort food that appeals to everyone. Serve it with your favorite homestyle sides and wash it all down with a glass of sweet tea for a taste of the South in your mouth.



Typically, the way fried chicken is seasoned in the South, depends solely on how you grew-up eating it. Some cooks add herbs to the flour, some marinate chicken pieces in hot sauce, some add more seasonings, in addition to table salt and black pepper for the breading. Some cook’s season the dredge and not the chicken. Some, like myself, season every single layer starting with the chicken, the egg wash and the flour. Now, I’m not one to say any of those ways are wrong, and feel you should have some liberty to make it your way with the flavor palate that you enjoy. My rule of thumb is, if you enjoy the flavor then, it’s a win. Not being a fan of bland fried chicken, I definitely go for seasoning every layer.


Some things to keep in mind when frying chicken:

  • Shallow frying in cast iron allows you to fry each side of the chicken pieces evenly. It also maintains the oil temperature more effectively.
  • Season each layer beginning with the chicken, the egg wash and the flour coating for the best flavor.
  • It’s best to use a neutral tasting oil with a high smoke point such as peanut, canola or vegetable oil. Skip the olive oil for this one.
  • Never overcrowd the pan. Fry chicken pieces in batches removing to a rimmed sheet pan fitted with an oven safe rack. Skip the paper towels. Preheat the oven to 200°F and place the pan into the oven to keep chicken warm between batches.
  • Don’t guess the oil temperature, use a thermometer. Start each batch at 350°F knowing that the temp will drop to around 325°F when frying. Adjust heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature between 325°F-350°F.
  • Adjust cooking time depending on the size of the chicken pieces. Generally, dark meat takes longer to cook but, also consider the size of large breast pieces and adjust accordingly.
  • If you’re concerned that the outside of the chicken is cooking too quickly and over-browning, chicken may be placed into a 350°F oven for a few minutes to finish cooking.
  • See how to make Air Fryer Southern Fried Chicken here.


Most importantly, be assured that anyone can learn the best technique for making fried chicken. Just keep in mind that it takes practice. When cooking, there are always variables so, practice makes perfect. There are so many side dishes that go well with fried chicken such as:


  • 2 beaten egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 4 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Beat the egg and milk together in a bowl.
2. Combine the flour with the garlic salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and paprika in a big plastic bag.
3. Put the chicken in the bag, seal it and shake to coat it.
4. Dip the flour-coated chicken in the egg mixture and again in the flour mixture.
5. Heat the oil in a skillet to 365 degrees F. Brown the chicken on all sides in the hot oil.
6. Turn the heat down to medium low and give the chicken another half an hour or until it is cooked through.
7. Drain it on paper towels and serve.


As I plug along on my blog like The Little Engine That Could, I often reflect on what I an do a little bit better or smarter. For inspiration, I have often found myself looking to the top mom bloggers, as I am sure we all have at one point or another. It is only natural to look to those with experience and success for guidance or ideas. While reflecting on these women, I ran across a reoccurring list of qualities that each of them have. Below is a list of five qualities I have seen in the top mom bloggers and feel are essential in moving up the rungs of the virtual blogging ladder.

1. Grande Cojones


Yes, that is just a slightly disguised way of saying big balls. You know what I am talking about. Any woman who is tough enough to make it to the top in a world of PMSing females is likely apologetically outspoken. They say what they want and make it quite clear where they stand. They don’t cower in fear wondering what people will say or think. They just do it and let the chips fall where they may.

This is the hardest quality for me to grasp, because I have always been fearful of what others will think of me. In recent years I have grown a tiny pair of ball-ets though, and hopefully one day I can be free to say what I want without second guessing myself too.

2. A Supernatural Ability

Okay, maybe not supernatural, but most women heading up the ranks of top mom bloggers have some sort of special skill. Whether it be crafting, comedic ability, web design or even photography, there is usually something that they excel at and this helps them gain a loyal following.

Take the Pioneer Woman for example. Her photography is beautiful and her informative posts in this niche have definitely played a part in her success. For those of you who feel like you have no special skill, relax. Your special skill could be something as simple as having a knack for navigating Twitter or drawing out a response from your readers, it doesn’t have to be something grand like juggling live piranhas.

3. A Knack for Pimping Their Blog

Whether it was gained from an educational degree or simply an innate skill that they were born with, top mommy bloggers have a keen business sense. It may not even be outwardly apparent and some may even try to disguise it, but rest assured it is there. It takes knowledge of networking, PR and so much more to gain a following of that size and these ladies are smart cookies!

Look at Megan Calhoun from Social Moms, she turned Twitter into a money making venture and runs a very successful blog networking group. The good news is, that this is a skill that any woman can learn through hard work and application.

4. A Little of This and a Little of That

Versatility is not necessarily a must have quality in the top mom bloggers, but many of them have it. The ability to be versatile and branch out into a variety of different niches keeps your readers involved and allows you to continue to grow a new and expanding readership year after year.

One of the most versatile women I know is Trisha from MomDot. She has blown through a variety of niches in just the last year alone. She has also seen success and steady numbers in each of those niches.

5. Heart

The last quality that I feel is important in each of the top mom bloggers I have observed is heart. This is perhaps the most important of the qualities in my opinion, because your readership is only going to continue to care for you if you show that you also care for them. It is through heart that you stay connected and grounded to your readers and keep them from becoming nothing more than a number to you.

I can think of no better example of heart in a top blogger, than that of the Bloggess this past Christmas. What started out as her offering a few gift cards that were purchased with her own money to families in need, turned into an enormous outpouring of love and kindness that she coordinated herself to help over 500 people. That is why we do what we do day after day isn’t it? To help others and have a chance to have our voice heard and shared.

In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you have all of these qualities or only a few. Anyone can become a top mom blogger! It takes years, it takes hard work and most of all, it takes dedication, drive and heart. If blogging is your dream and your passion though, it shouldn’t matter how many readers you have or how much money you make, it should be about doing something you love and having fun with it!

What qualities have you noticed in the top mom bloggers that you admire? Read about the latest trends in mom blogs from my friend Heather.


  1. I think this is a really good observation. 🙂 I am not a good blog pimper…and I'm not very good at anything in particular…and I don't have any balls either. I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me. lol

  2. You did a great job with this post. I like many others have issues with number one. Very well said! You have a new follower!

  3. Thanks! I really just wanted an excuse to use the word in a post, so I had to come up with a topic it would work with. 🙂

  4. I love me some big balls. Huge. Gotta love a post about mom blogging that includes 'balls' and 'pimpin' HAHA Love it. And your points are all right on too 🙂

  5. Excellent advice! I agree with you. I've often wished I had a more "supernatural" ability but I've come to accept that I'm just who I am (and I won't take pictures like her or be as funny as her, but some people do still read my blog). 🙂 Thanks!

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