KTVU Fox Ross: Welcome to Mornings on 2. “Siliconmom.com” It all started when one new mom in the South Bay needed to talk to others who could communicate in words of more than one syllable. It was a chance to bring motherhood into the high-tech world. Alison van Diggelen. Welcome, nice to have you here. Alison: Thank you R: So before motherhood, your whole focus was on your career. Did you imagine staying home all day? A: No, definitely not. R: What was it like staying home? You’re isolated…. A: Like many mothers in Silicon Valley I was new to the area, I didn’t have family or friends. It was important to find a moms group and feel connected. R: So you put together siliconmom.com. What is the purpose of the website? A: Siliconmom.com is there to connect mothers, provide a voice for mothers…share the commonality of our experience. It also provides a forum to share our wisdom and our stories. R: You’re looking for stories, commentary, poems…. A: Yes R: What have you learned from your website? A: That moms can help each other, that you’re not alone. We can share our wisdom. R: Are you communicating all around the world? A: Yes, we have subscribers from the United States, to Europe, Australia and Africa. R: Was it hard coming off your high-tech experience and coming to a… slowness is not the word. Motherhood is probably the toughest job in the world, but it’s a slower pace? A: (Silence, wry smile) R: (laughs) A different pace? A: It’s a hard job, it’s constant. But siliconmom allowed me wear another hat sometimes and to do my passion which is writing. R: You wrote a Dr. Suess story about families in Silicon Valley whose whole focus is on business not family. A: Yes, it’s called Waiting for the IPO. R: I read a quote by you “I breathed a sigh of relief when the stock market stumbled in March….” A: Yes, I think it was a reality check for many who felt their families could go “on hold”. There is a commonality of experience for mothers whether they live in Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley or Silicon Glen in Scotland. I’m trying to bring together these mothers through my website. R: You can go online and connect to mothers (and fathers) at www.siliconmom.com. Thank you for coming Alison and seasons greetings to you. A: Thank you
Alison van Diggelen, Editor of Siliconmom.com, with Ros McGowan of Fox TV morning show.