Figuring Out What To Do When I Grow Up

Last year I heard about a conference called #140 and knew I had to go. Because I had fallen hard for the Twitter. So I hit up a Twitter friend to talk with me and dragged him and my husband to Hutchinson.  There I was struck by the number of stories I heard and the number of hugs I got instead of cards. I felt like I was talking to people just like me. However these people were living their dreams, taking a chance, and doing what they loved. And I wondered why I wasn't doing the same.   I came home determined to find a way to turn my hobby of social media into more than just a blog. And in many ways I did. I took my enthusiasm for connecting people and started Social Media Club Mid-Missouri. Instead of just adding my voice to the local blogging community, I created a space for collaborative blogging about Columbia Missouri. If you read this today you can head more about how I did this at 4:10CST on the #140conf Livestream.   So here I am at #140conf again and this … [Read more...]

Ten Reasons I Hate Google Plus

  Oh Google, I've been a fan for a long time. Gmail makes me happy, Picassa makes me sing. But Google Plus just makes me mad. Here's why: 1. Google Hangouts: Hangouts have validated video as a normal form of communication. Um Google, I am on the ineternet because I don't like interacting with people in real life. Now you want to me to see and talk to them just like they are across the table from me. Thanks for nothing. 2. Chris Brogan: I met him in person and he seems like a nice guy even if he seemed to think it was odd that I asked him where he lived. What can I say? I suck at small talk, especially over cocktails. And yes, he seems to have a lot of interesting things to say. But Google Plus could be renamed Chris Brogan Plus. This could be remedied by the whole Facebook technique of hiding but there's not a one click way to do that on Google Plus 3. Design: Wait is this secretly a Microsoft product? Because it seems overly complex (see above complaint). Now Google … [Read more...]

Digital Mail : Love and Sex

It was a very love filled press release week. These two cracked me up the most! Did you know that August is National Romance Month? Me neither. And don't tell my husband. But if you haven't had enough of Valentine's Day you can celebrate with these Summer Kiss cocktails from VOGA Italian wines (mute your computer before clicking): 1 shot peach Schnapps, fill glass halfway with VOGA Pinot Grigio Sparkling, fill the rest with cranberry Juice (they also suggest adding a few ice cubes but that sounds blasphemous to me. Romance, schomance. I think i will make this on Monday to celebrate the best Summer event: back to school day. In case you get in the spirit, Wet manufacturers the world’s best-selling line of intimacy products wants you to know that you should get out of the house if you want to get busy. Their poll found that 67% of respondents said they tend to have better sex while on vacation than they do at home. 82% of respondents admitted they would be more likely to have sex … [Read more...]

Headed to BlogHer With Missouri Wines

Tomorrow I head to BlogHer. Whoa! It seems like I have been preparing for weeks and all of the sudden it is here. This will be my second year at BlogHer. And wow have things changed. Last year I went knowing no one, barely blogging, and with no plan. This year I am headed there with four friends from CoMo, two different blogs, and a carefully executed plan. And this year I am concentrating on the things that are most important to me. I turned down party invites to spend more time with friends I don't get to see very often. Instead of attending sessions just to attend them, I am concentrating on the few that are really important to me. I blocked out only one two hour period for the special needs mini conference and let myself do whatever I wanted the rest of the time. The biggest decision I made this year was to approach a sponsor. I wanted to partner with someone who I felt comfortable promoting and who fit in with the message of my blog and my personality. And I am thrilled that … [Read more...]

Giveaway For Non BlogHer Attendees : Mamarazzi and Plate to Pixel

So it's finally the week of the BlogHer conference and if you're not going you're probably sighing a huge sigh of relief that a week from today it will all be over and your favorite tweeters and bloggers will finally start talking about something else. Even though I am going, I feel your pain. There's nothing worse than hearing about something you can't go to constantly. So I would like to give you a piece of BlogHer! Even though the talk may be all about the parties on twitter, the real meat of the BlogHer conference is the learning opportunities the sessions offer.  I can't pack you in my bag for my geek bar appointment and the photography roundtable I am attending. But I can give you some of the knowledge through two informative books from Wiley publishing about digital photography. The first is Mamarazzi, an every mom's guide to taking better pictures of your kids. It is a must have for any mommy blogger. It will " show you how to compose shots, handle cameras from basic … [Read more...]

BlogHer Bootcamp : Top Ten Tips for Roommates

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BlogHer BootCamp : Top Ten Fashion Tips

On the Sundays leading up to BlogHer 2011, I am posting a series of top ten tips that will make your BlogHer experience a little better (I hope!). Last Sunday I tackled packing so it seems appropriate to follow it with one on fashion. Especially since judging from the tweets, clothing seems to give people some of the biggest anxiety. This list will help you tackle your fears and prepare you to wow the crowds or at least keep you from dissolving into tears as you pack.   Top Ten BlogHer Conference Packing Tips   1. Be Comfortable: When planning what to wear, think about what you feel most comfortable in and then pack that. No, I am not advising you to pack the sweats and tee you wear around the house. But when picking out what to wear maybe you pack an elevated version. During the day a nice pair of jeans and a fancy tshirt with a nice blazer or sweater work just as well as slacks and a blouse.  Candice over at Fashionably Organized wrote a fantastic post with … [Read more...]

How Twitter Changed My Life

Thank you to BING Social Search for sponsoring my post about social media. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do. As I pack for the Type A Conference tonight, I have been reflecting on how much my life has changed in two years. In June of 2009, my husband and I had come to the mutual decision that it was time to explore other options than our home in the Twin Cities. I was devastated. I had finally found the group of mom friends I had wanted since I had the girls and quit my job to stay home with them. These women were not only supportive as parenting peers but were also the kind of close friends I didn't know that it was possible to make in adult hood. I couldn't imagine my life without them. Two months later, I couldn't imagine my life in Columbia, Missouri even though I was already living there. A big city girl my entire life, this college based community was entirely foreign. I had trouble finding other … [Read more...]

WordCamp Kansas City Wrap Up : WordPress Thoughts, Tips, and Tricks

Wordcamp Kansas City is winding down and they have packed a lot of learning into the last day and a half. With a couple of exceptions, the sessions were very informative and engaging. Great job guys!! I will be emailing you guys for tips because I really want to bring Wordpress camp to Columbia, MO now. You can read all of my live blogs from the sessions I attended here: Wordpress Camp Kansas City LiveBlogs. Here is a list of resources, recaps, and relevant information from camp and for fun, follow the Wordpress Camp Kansas City sign on its adventures. Bob King compiled of list of #WCKC Tweeters. Please bookmark this post as it will be updated as blogs, etc are sent to me. Want to be added? Contact me! I would love to add your links! Session Notes and Slides: WordpressCamp Kansas City (slides from all presenters will be put up here once they are received) PlugIn Presentation Wordpress Peformance Wordpress : the Engine That Drives Your Online Marketing Machine … [Read more...]

LiveBlog Wordcamp KC : So you have a blog, now what?

Day two of Wordcamp Kansas City it starting off with a session from Syed Balkhi on planning and excuting your blog. Yesterday I was typing furiously during his session on monetizing your blog so I drank extra coke this morning in order to be on my game for this session. So here you go, Sayed's guide to starting your blog (on Wordpress of course!) Start off with your goals, know what you want to do with your blog. Have a plan for what your content will be. Then imagine your audience... who is going to read that content you are writing. Think about the individuals who will come to your site and what they want to read. How long will you be doing this? What is your exit strategy? Know where your blog will go and how it will end. Visualize the far reaching plan for your blog. Now that you have that figured out, it's time to  start. Get a great looking theme and then remember the commandment of  blogging: content is king.  You can have a catchy title, just use a SEO plug in to have … [Read more...]