Why Blog? To Find Your Own Truth

I've been blogging for almost four years, but for the past six months, it has felt more like a chore than a joy. My posts have been sporadic at best, whether it was a lull in content ideas or a busy freelance schedule, one thing was clear: I seemed to have lost my passion for blogging. ...more

Explaining Blogging to an Alien

Most nights, I get home, and my brain is full of stuff I have a hard time sorting through.  As I’ve developed my craft, as I am beginning to refer to it, I’ve found that it’s so cathartic to sit down and spill my guts onto the computer screen.It feels impersonal — it feels like no one will know that these are the thoughts in my head.  I don’t know why it feels this way, because I know many people who read my randomly spilled out thoughts… including my parents and grandparents....more

Insert Awkward Silence *Here*

It happens to me every time I am explaining what I do to one of my friends, an acquaintance, family members, or a friend of a family member. I tell people I am working, that's not bullshit. I feel like I am working. I spend hours in front of my computer working on all things that relate to Proud Working Moms - dreaming up ways to help all of the legions of hard working moms. My goal is to help encourage, inspire, and make our fellow PWM's smile. It seems simple enough and worthy of support from those around me. Yet this is how the conversation always goes:...more

Why Blog

A blog is really all about, sharing your experiences and getting feedback from a community of commenters.View Post...more

Stepping Back into the Garden

Fifteen weeks ago, our lives changed forever, as Baby A made her arrive three days late.  At seven pounds, fourteen ounces she was, from the first, a delightful little snuggler.  Now that we’ve settled back into our life together, and after much deliberation about whether this was the place to do it or whether I should start a new blog more devoted to the changes our life and lifestyle have taken, I’ve decided to return to the garden, not because everything is the same or because all of the pieces will fit as nicely and logically as they used to, but because this is the place wher...more

Getting Paid to Blog

For the past 4 months and 9 days, I have read hundreds of blog posts, bought a few manuals and picked the brains of veteran bloggers - all in an effort to make money blogging. Otherwise known as "Monetizing My Blog". The biggest thing I've learned is that it is a lot of work in a very competitive market. It's hard to get noticed, it's even harder to keep your numbers up. As for SEO, I still need to read up on that. It would be a heck of a lot easier if I could just write the content and someone else managed the blog for me, unfortunately, all my spare cash goes into the magnets I send to the Human of Week. If you must know, I don't get paid in the traditional sense. No one is sending cash or bitcoins my way, I think it's fair to say that I am losing money. So how do I get 'paid' for blogging?...more
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Coming out of the {Blog} Closet

This is my Coming out of the Blog Closet Post... a very rough draft describing my career path over the past eight years.  I started this summary for my LinkedIn profile.  In our house, we call this type of  draft a "sloppy copy" :...more

Blogging: It's Not What You Think

BloggingIt's Not What You ThinkMy one year anniversary with Momma Candy came and went without much acknowledgement. ...more

Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks

Yesterday I lost a very dear friend, my little netbook computer. One minute I was happily working away, sending emails, and checking how many likes my latest Facebook status was getting. The next moment it just died.Panic set in.What am I going to do without my computer?What will happen if I don’t obsessively check my Facebook pages, or my blog’s latest page view count. Not to mention Twitter, I just need 100 more followers and I’m up to 2,000....more

Go Blog Social 2014

Go Blog Social is a blogging event in Kansas City that was designed to educate and inspire bloggers.View Post...more