on being interviewed...
By rachelmhammond on April 12, 2012
It was the Thursday before we moved, and I should have been elbow deep in serious packing. Boxes were stacked up in every corner, and the house was trashed. But instead I spent the morning dashing around the house picking up balled up newspapers, sticking random unpacked “stuff” in cupboards and drawers, and putting on eye shadow.
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Leigh Ann Towne, a reporter from Fox 17 News, who wanted to interview me about being a blogger. I thought about postponing it…I thought about having the interview happen at a coffee shop…I thought about hiding under my bed…but ultimately I agreed to have her come to the house and just “make it work”. The kids were already scheduled to go on a play date with a friend of mine, so I had the house to myself (to pack, of course).
The kids left just as the reporter and cameraman showed up, and I nervously brought them into my dining room, where I had set up my “workstation”. Laptop (kid fingerprints freshly wiped off), random paperwork, to-do lists, iPhone, and a couple things that we had featured on the site recently…just because. I also had my notes – okay, my scribbles on the back of a grocery list – that I had quickly jotted down while the kids ate their pop tarts. Even though I had no idea what she was going to ask, I thought maybe I would remember my main points if I wrote them down. (Yeah, right)
While the cameraman set up, we started to talk about the website, and I was on a roll. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that I was going to use up my “good” answers before the camera even went on, because once she started asking the real questions…well, let’s just say that I don’t quite remember what I said. Afterwards, we went up to Fiona’s room and they did some footage of me recording a video post in her glider. Kind of amusing, sitting among the stuffed animals and board books, but hey, there is great natural light up there!
We snapped a quick picture…
…and they were gone.
I didn’t think much else about it, because I had to get back to the “real job” at hand…packing and moving, but then this evening I received a Facebook message from Leigh Ann that the piece was scheduled to be on the 10 o’clock news. I’ll be honest…I started to panic. Thankfully, I only had to hold my breath for about 30 minutes before the news came on, and then 30 more minutes until it was on, and then 2 more minutes while the piece was on.
What was it going to say? Was I going to look ridiculous? Would they see the random tape dispenser in the background? Would it make the site look…good? Would you be able to see that my highlights were ridiculously grown out?
Thankfully, Leigh Ann did an amazing job pulling together all the parts and pieces to turn out a great story on both blogging as a career and on MomColoredGlasses as a website for moms. I think I cackled strangely once…looked a little pale (new makeup necessary, maybe?)…but the content was spot on.
The best thing about it though is what one new Facebook follower said:
I just saw this bit on Fox 17. I had never heard of your page before; but it looks and sounds awesome. I am always looking for more things to do with the kids on my Head Start bus, and with my grandchildren. Thank you for putting so much work into a great site for others. =)
That’s cool. It’s also the reason for all the late nights writing posts, battles with technology, massive e-mail conversations, and constantly doing something I have never done before…
It’s a community of moms who can share their perspectives, experiences, knowledge, and advice with others…and I love that I have the opportunity to be a part of it.
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