The Mommy Blog Identity

Top Mommy BlogsIt used to bug the crap out of me when I’d see “mom” in someone’s bio. True story. I was like, I see you’re a mom, I feel that’s one of those things you don’t really have to tell me. The entire “Mommy Blog” trend annoyed me. I thought separating them into their own category was just silly. This was of course because I had no idea what I was talking about.

So now, here I am, with “mom” usually first in my short bio. It took me so long to become a mom, that people are just lucky I don’t walk around wearing a badge that loudly proclaims my mom status. Oh wait. I’m usually dragging a toddler while wearing clothing with various food smears and have Cheerios in my hair. I think that speaks for itself.

Today I got the message that my blog was finally accepted into the Top Mommy Blogs website. For some reason, it made me feel a little more official. Maybe because I got a cute cartoon badge. (Go ahead! Click it! It’s a vote for my blog) But also because I decided to embrace the fact that yes, I am a Mommy Blogger. That’s what I enjoy writing about the best – being a mom and raising my son and all the crazy things that come with it. ❤

 

 

Bloggy Stuff

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I have been signing up for blog sites as I find them. Trying out Bloglovin, which requires you to do a random post with the html code in the top. I thought it would be weird to just have that post floating there with no explanation (like, why can’t I stick it in a side widget or something?) so I decided to turn it into and actual post.

I would love to hear what sites fellow bloggers are a part of and what is working or not working for you.

I’m currently waiting to hear back from Top Mommy Blogs. Anyone recall how long it took to get a response?

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The Unfollowers

I recently tried a marketing lesson thing that was supposed to unlock some sort of magical secret to using Twitter effectively and growing your audience. The main lesson I got out of it:

1) Follow a bunch of people

2) Unfollow them if they don’t follow you back

3) Repeat

It got more detailed than that of course, and there were some good tips for someone just starting out on targeting your market. But this seemed to be the core curriculum, and I just don’t agree with the method. It just seems a little silly, childish even. “I’ll follow you only if you follow me back!”

I follow people because I’m interested in their stuff. I’m not going to stop following someone unless they just post irrelevant content I’m not interested in. Likewise I’m not going to follow someone just because they followed me.

Will this method gain you lots of followers really fast? Yes, probably. Will these people necessarily care what you are writing? Probably not. Pretty sure the German DJ and air conditioner place that followed me yesterday aren’t interested in my potty training stories. But they are interested in my follow back.

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Tag, You’re it!

awardI am both flattered and happy when another blogger includes me in those “blog awards” that are kind of like chain letters just without the threat at the end. I’m like “squeeeeee…you picked me for something!” But there’s also a little angsty voice inside me going “Oh noooo, now I have to DO A THING….” (but seriously, I am happy to be nominated)

I have 3 of them I have yet to participate in, so I thought maybe I could roll them all into one post. But then I couldn’t find the first one because it has been so long, and one of them was a “Book Blogger” thing that would probably take me a while, so I settled on the “Versatile Blogger Award.”

So without further ado…

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 5 other bloggers of your choice. 
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

So 1) Thank you Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns for the award! And also to Purple Slob In Recovery for the Book Blogger Award 🙂

2) THE FACTS

  • I have been married 15 years and have a 2 year old. I don’t know a lot of people who wait that long to start a family lol
  • I ran my own costume and corset boutique for 7 years before deciding to be a stay-at-home-mom
  • I’m 5’9″, so 6′ ft. with even short heels. The #1 comment when people meet me is, “You’re tall.” (in case I didn’t know already, lol)
  • I love the water, sun, sand and ocean. That’s where I feel most at home.
  • I also love the rain
  • Cooking makes me happy. Maybe because I like drinking while I’m cooking, but it’s a magical combo
  • My mom was a dancer so that’s where my love of costumes and dressing up comes from

3) ... AND THE NOMINEES ARE…

4) ok yeah, I’ll get around to notifying them sometime, lol

New Category Added: Biz Buzz

I added a new category today called Biz Buzz. It seems like 99% of mom blogs are angling toward some kind of business. You know what I have a ton of experience in? Starting and building small businesses using the Internet. Seventeen years to be exact, since I built my first personal website in 2000 using the ancient Geocities platform. I think it would be silly not to share what I’ve learned over the years.

So welcome to the new business category, aka Biz Buzz 🙂