What is a Blogging Tribe (and Do You Need One)?

Back in the day, when I was blogging at A View from the Park, I made a few blog friends—other bloggers who regularly commented on my site. I loved getting to know these women via the Internet, and I continue to follow the ones who are still around. I didn’t really call them anything other than “blog friends,” though one of them used the term “blends.”When I started Mommy Sanest, I researched—and I continue to research—how to be successful in this very cluttered mommy blog space. And over and over, I keep seeing that I have to find a blogging tribe—“blends,” if you will....more
Wombat Central I am with you. I think my issue with this tribe thing (and maybe it’s just the ...more

My (New) Top 3 Social Media Sites

Back in February, I wrote a guest post for Mom’s Make Money called Top Social Media Sites to Help Your Blog Grow. Here’s the infuriating thing about social media–it changes. And if we want to be successful with it, we need to change, as well....more

Networking for Introverts

Networking: for many people, the bane of their existence. This is even more pronounced for introverts like myself. Even if your job mostly involves working behind a computer, you probably had to do some networking, at the very least in the form of the interview, to get your job. Especially nowadays, when getting a job partially lies on who you know, networking is increasingly necessary. No longer can you just hope to get promotions based on the quality of your work. You’re going to have to come out of your cube and talk to people! ...more

Relationships – Not Money – Make the World and Your Small Biz Go Round

During one of our first dates my now husband asked me, “What’s this world all about, Susan?” I answered, “Relationships.”Whether it’s your relationship with family, friends, co-workers, employees, customers, suppliers, competitors, teachers, advisors, etc. – every interaction affects your life in some way. And the value of relationships can’t be ignored, particularly when it comes to building your business....more
These are great lesson to teach!!  It has taken me years to lean that business (and personal ...more

Twitter: Why Doesn't Everyone Follow Me Back?

I need to rant for just a moment.Lately I’ve been noticing a trend on Twitter. I mentioned a few months ago that I found it useless for traffic. The big reason? Because the attitude seems to be, “I’ll follow you as long as you follow me.” So most bloggers have hundreds of people they’re following....more

Networking: How to Do It & Why It's Important

The top questions about networking tends to be, “How do I increase my followers on Facebook/Twitter/etc.?”A few months ago, I received an email from a fellow blogger asking how my Facebook following had increased so quickly.This is a question bloggers receive very frequently. And it’s a good one! To be honest, most of us don’t have a single clue what we’re doing. We experiment and see what works and doesn’t work (or takes too long to work). So I sent her a list of things that I’d done that I thought was helping me....more

How to Become a Master Networker at your own Company

1. Invite someone from another department to lunch or coffee once a month. Getting to know people outside your department makes you more visible and valued and increases the likelihood of collaboration in the future.2. Join a committee/company initiative. This is a great way to network with people and get to know them on a more personal level.  An example is a service/volunteerism project or committee....more

Why Content Creators Should Be Using Google+

Google is a mega-hub. We all know this, but so many people have written off Google's social community, Google+ because people they know "aren't there." Honestly, you'd be surprised how many people are there, and how much using Google+ for your links will impact your visibility and views....more

How to Maintain and Build your Network while Traveling