10 Things I’ll Really Miss About Mommyish

vintage woman at tyoewriterDear lovely Mommyish readers,

After founding Mommyish in 2011 and 2.5 years at the helm as editor, I’ll be leaving. It has been of the utmost pleasure fostering this lively community and seeing our little corner of the web flourish through your varied opinions, contributions, and submissions. If you’ve been here for awhile, then you know better than anyone else that it’s the readership that makes Mommyish a very different place from other parenting communities. I’ve always been impressed by the unique palate of our readers and their willingness to explore taboos of motherhood with both thoughtfulness and humor.

While our writers and editors have constantly strived to be candid in their parenting narratives, it’s you who have truly kept this conversation honest.

You’re an awesomely brazen group who have consistently kept me on my toes and I’ll miss you and all of the staff dearly. Feel free to visit me in the Twittersphere and The Gram.

I’d wish you all luck on your parenting quest, but honestly, I doubt you’ll need it.


Koa Beck

Editor in Chief

1. Eve texting me Bambi gifs

2. Readers being awesome in the comment threads

3. Getting stellar pitches from women who know that they’re going to get flamed for straying from motherhood mythologies and give #ZeroFucks

4. Eve selling me a pitch that I’m a little iffy on but will probably do well

5. Writing a reactionary piece to some epic racist, slut-shamey, victim-blamey nonsense

6. Getting into debates about racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism and everything in between

7. Hanging out with very opinionated women who don’t scare easily (staff and readers)

8. Getting tips from devoted readers who see problematic stuff and choose to send them to US

9. Questioning my own ideologies through reader feedback

10. Eve swearing a lot an doing this in the background

(photo: tara n moana)

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  • Melissa T

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy :(

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  • LadyClodia

    Oh, we’ll miss you so much Koa! Best of luck and happiness in all of your future endeavours! And thanks for being such a great editor in chief here!

  • Rachel Sea

    We’ll miss you. I hope your next endeavor is fabulous.

  • Bethany Ramos

    You will be missed!!

  • alice

    If I didn’t have to work, I might make a list “10 Things I’ll Miss Most About Koa Beck”… but for now I’ll skip to #1:

    Having a smart, fierce, EiC at the helm of a “Mommy Blog” who actually *isn’t* a mommy, eschewing the “Us vs Them” didactic tradition of Parenting Blogs and creating a space where Parenting Issues can (and often do) transcend dirty diapers and nap times to more universal issues of sex, class, race, culture, (the kardashians), etc.


    good luck!

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  • Polyamorous Mom

    best of luck Koa!! with out you, i would not be a writer! (though still a poly mom)

  • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter
    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      We all know that you will still be sending these to her on the regular. LOL

    • Ptownsteveschick

      If you leave too I swear I will cry.

  • Tinyfaeri

    Best of luck!

  • LiteBrite

    Aw man. :(

    I’ll miss you. Good luck and don’t be a stranger!

  • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

    I’m gonna miss you so much! It was wonderful working with you! Now I haz a sad.

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  • B

    U readers are going to miss you

  • Amber Starr

    Aw, this sucks for us, but hopefully you are on to even bigger and better and more fabulous things (Though, to be fair, there aren’t many things more fabulous than the group of crazies who call Mommyish home- writers and readers alike). You will absolutely be missed, so you better come back to visit this crazy little corner of the internet some time! Best wishes to you!!!! <3

  • nikki753

    Thank you for all that you’ve done at Mommyish. I don’t have kids (yet? or ever? Not sure yet.) but I still love this site. Congratulations to you and I will now be using #ZeroFucks more often.

  • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

    Wishing you many celebratory morning-after-headaches and nothing but hardcore success. Your successor will have some pretty awesome shoes to fill.

  • Cee

    Awww no! What is going on with the ladies on The Gloss sites?! I know you guys gotta do bigger and better but these exits are just too close *sob*

    Well, Koa you and your writers on Mommyish have created a wonderful environment in which many of us, including non moms can share things. I have never seen a more welcoming community online other than this one. The writers and commenters on here are just awesome and I think you created that environment with your articles and leadership.

    I wish you the best of luck wherever you go, and if…IF you are trying to have a baby (it seems like you and your gf…wife? were) I wish you the best of luck on that too.

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  • Sarah Morgan

    Best of luck in your new adventure! Mommyish is one of my absolute favorite sites.

  • Mae Blackwood

    Awh, no more Koa Beck posts? :[

    Now I’m sad this morning.

  • CeliaDaniels

    These Video are totally funny and Humor in the Mind .


  • http://twitter.com/mariaguido Maria Guido

    Thanks for everything, Koa :( You will be MISSED!

  • StephC12

    I wish you all the best!!

  • http://Mommyish.com/ Amanda Low

    You’re the first editor who accepted my writing on parenting, and in a way you were the catalyst for my blossoming freelance career :-) I loved working with you, Koa!