My Hows and Whys of Blogging

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I was tagged by AdeDoyin Adebiyi from the blog She Be Knowin to write a post all about the hows and whys of blogging at The Mom with Moxie. And, even though I’ve been blogging here for over five years, I’m super excited to share my answers with you. Who knows, maybe they’ll help someone just starting out. So without further ado, here you go…

How did you get into blogging?

I’ve actually done a post on how I got into blogging. You can find it here, but here’s the shorter version:

The idea first came to me late spring/early summer of 2010. I wasn’t working at the time, and was looking for something to fill the time between taking care of the kid, the hubs, the home & the job search. I’d always loved writing & had recently discovered a few blogs that I liked – both “mommy” and not.

Come July, I was still tossing around the idea of starting a blog, but didn’t know what to write about. What would me my “niche?” It was then that I got a freelance position with a digital public relations firm, where one of my main responsibilities would be to “pitch” bloggers on behalf of clients. Needless to say, I was exposed to all kinds of new blogs. Mommy blogs, fashion blogs, tech blogs, gossip blogs, you name it, there was a blog for it. Really, people were just blogging about their lives and/or what interested them. That was when I decided that I would start a mommy blog, with a dash of my special brand of randomness thrown in. I thought that if I found these people’s lives interesting – maybe someone would think the same about mine.

What was your first blog post?

Well, my first post was just a place holder titled, “Stay tuned…”. My first actual post with real content was “Fashion Friday: The Purse Edition.”.

What advice would you give a blogger starting out?

  1. Make sure you can commit the time to blog regularly. Great, consistent content is very important.
  2. Choose your blog name carefully. A name like “Mom of Toddlers” is cute, but your kids won’t be toddlers long. Choose something with some longevity.
  3. Find other blogs – both in your niche and not – to write guest posts for. The relationships and exposure are invaluable.
  4. Attend conferences. They’re great for learning and networking with other bloggy folks. The conferences don’t have to be big, national ones though. My first one was a state-based conference, my second was regional.
  5. Remember, even though you may choose a niche, you are not stuck in it. It’s OK to blow the whole up and start fresh.

What would be your dream campaign?

There are a few:

  1. Disney World
  2. Summer Travel Destinations
  3. Electronics (digital cameras, phones, etc.)

Do you have a plan for your blog?

I work in PR and marketing, so of course I do. Although, I haven’t been following it like I should. Also, it needs updating, as my goals have changed. And, I have some new marketing tactics and blog series ideas I’d like to add in. Stay tuned for the awesomeness. :)

What do you think about rankings?

I would love to say don’t matter – and to an extent that’s true – but unfortunately a lot of brands see them as the Holy Grail. But, even if your blog doesn’t rank high, you can still work with some great companies. Just be consistent, grow your social media following and write great content. Also, again, attend conferences. A lot of brands are there as sponsors.

So, there you have it – a post all about blogging. I hope you enjoyed it. And, if you know someone interested in starting a blog, please share this post with them.

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You’re invited to the 7/23 #FreshThymeMI #TwitterParty! #ad

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I am so excited, friends. On July 22, Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets is opening up three new metro Detroit locations this month (Northville, Troy and Rochester Hills). On July 23 from 8:00-9:00 pm EST there will be a Twitter Party to celebrate the grand opening. There will be prizes, good prizes: three (3) $50 gift cards, two (2) $100 gift cards, and one (1) $250 gift cards. 

The Twitter Party will be hosted by Hire Influence; Dad of Divas, Kendall Rayburn and The Hungry Dudes will serve as the panel. Be sure to follow them and ‪#‎FreshThymeMI‬ hashtag!
 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

On Bloggy Con & Cedar Point

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When I first heard about Bloggy Conference, I was super excited to find out it was held in Ohio – just one state over down from Michigan. When I heard it was at Cedar Point, I bought my ticket as soon as I could. Growing up in metro Detroit, Cedar Point is the closest amusement park – only two hours away. As a kid, teenager and young adult I went on a regular basis.

Glenn Fam goes to CP

Because the conference started early Saturday morning, we decided to take the kid out of school at midday and got on down the road. Since we hadn’t been in nearly five years, we were excited to check in and get some time in, at the park.  Especially since I would be busy with conference stuff most of Saturday and Sunday.

Mom and the Kid at CP

 

All-in-all, the conference was great. I had an awesome time. The speakers were wonderful. I learned tons from Missy Ward about monetization; got to talk photography with Angie Keiser from Fashion by Mayhem; received a crash course in SEO from Allison Kulage-Chaney from Bareknuckle Digital; got some great tips on vlogging from Katy Morgan of Katy in a Corner fame; learned the legalities of blogging from Rachel Brenke; and ended up with sore wrists from typing so many notes during Ang England’s session on writing, e-Books and publishing.

As previously stated, I had an awesome time at Bloggy Con 2014/Cedar Point; however, there were a few things I wish had went a little differently.

  1. I love the babies, really; but having them crying through presentations was super distracting. It’s like when your baby cries in church you take them out, as not to disturb everyone else. The same should be done at conferences – everywhere, really.
  2. The Wi-Fi in the conference portion of Hotel Breakers was very spotty. Granted, I was just using the free version. It’s possible that if I would have paid for the “better” access, would’ve my connection have been more consistent.
  3. One of the rooms the sessions were held in didn’t have any additional power sources, other than the ones in the walls. A blogging conference without tons of plugs available? Two thumbs down. I should say, that the other room had more than enough, for which I was eternally grateful.
  4. The convention hall very noisy with vendor area separated by just a curtain. At times, it made it hard to hear the presenter(s).

I also loved Hotel Breakers and the old, creepy vibe tied in to Halloween/Halloweekends. Parts of it reminded me of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining. While you could tell it used to be beautiful in its heyday, some parts of it could use a bit sprucing up. Luckily, they’re in the midst of a major renovation that will be completed sometime next year. I can’t wait to see it, once it’s done.

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In addition to me enjoying the conference and hotel immensely, we (the Glenn fam) had a wonderful time at Cedar Point. Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween one of my favorite holidays. Halloweekends was a great time to be there, for the most part. Unfortunately, the kid was a bit freaked out by some of the monsters – not when they were by themselves, just when they traveled in packs. Luckily, there were family-friendly options as well. Also, he had been coming down with a cold the entire weekend, and on Sunday afternoon my poor baby had had enough and wanted to go home. We stopped at CVS on the way out of Sandusky to get some cold medicine for him, and hopped on the freeway home. Apparently, the medicine had him feeling better because he wanted to know when we were going back.

My name is Bree, and I’m a procrastinator.

Say it with me… “Hi, Bree!”

I planned on posting this a while ago, but… you know.

Lol. Seriously, though. I feel like I’ve been a horrible procrastinator when it comes to TheMomwithMoxie.com. There are so many things I have planned for this little ole blog. I just haven’t been motivated to get them done. I really need to get off my duff.

It’s weird, because I’m not like this with any other aspect of my life.

I think I need some inspiration.

What inspires you?

Unmotivated

Motivation is a powerful thing. It gives you purpose and a reason for doing… anything, really. To be unmotivated means, to me, death (metaphorically speaking). I absolutely hate being unmotivated. It makes me feel useless and uncreative.

Unmotivated describes how I’ve been feeling about blogging – and writing in general. I just haven’t been able to muster up the whatever I need to draft blog posts, write short stories, nada. For weeks, I’ve been baffled and unable to figure out how to get my writing mojo back, where it went on the first place, or why it left. It took a while, but I finally figured it out… I’m burnt out. I need a break from writing. Just a little one.

I’ll be taking a mini blogging sabatical. Just for the rest of July. I need this. My soul needs this.

See you in August. Try not to miss me too much. :)

I’ve Been a Busy Bree

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Hello, friends. Long time, no blog. :)

It’s been a super-busy few weeks, in the Glenn household: I started a new job, my lovely mother in law came for a visit, and the kid and I attended a weekend-long family reunion. Needless to say, blogging kind of fell by the wayside. Luckily, things are slowing down a bit, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be back to blogging on a regular basis, soon.

In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on:

New Job: Getting acclimated to a new job is tough, time consuming and very rewarding. As I said, few weeks ago I started a new job as PR and marketing manager at an area hospital. For me, it was a bit like coming home, as I worked for a sister hospital several years ago. The saying, “you can’t go home again,” is for me, thankfully, a not true. I’m so glad to be here, and am having a wonderful time learning the ropes again.

Relatives Visiting: The hubster‘s mom came to visit for a couple of weeks. It was so good to see her, and even better to see how happy it made my husband to have her staying with us during her visit. Unfortunately, because of aforementioned new job, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her (or take any pictures).

Family Reunion: Every year, my extended family (on my mother’s side) has a three-day family reunion. This year was the 67th occurrence. Most years, the location varies, and this year it was here. I always love this time of year, because it means I get to see family I haven’t seen in a while, meet new family members, and spend time with my local family as well. And while being the host city means more work for us, it’s so worth it.

Now that things are getting back to normal, I excited to get back to posting here on The Mom with Moxie, as well as catching up on my blog reading.

I have a ton of post ideas and research done, and I can’t wait to share it with you. See you all real soon!

You Know You’re a Blogger When…

  1. You keep a notebook by the bed, just in case you have ideas for posts, in the middle of the night. Last night, while The Hub and I were watching a movie,  I suddenly got a few ideas, for blog posts, so I quickly grabbed my notebook and jotted them down.
  2. You approach and/or react to everyday situations, with the mindset of, “I wonder if this would make a good blog post. Yesterday, the kid was in rare form. A total a-hole. Nothing I did, could get him “right.” That triggered my idea of doing a links post, about disciplining a child (should be up soon).
  3. You’re out and about – or even at home – you’re taking pictures, not for the sake of preserving memories, but because they would go great, with a blog post you’re writing. When the kid and I were at Virginia Beach, I took a ton of landscape and crowd shots, so I could use them, instead of stock photos.
  4. You have friends and family members coming up to you, beginning the conversation with, “I’ve got a great idea for a blog post, for you…” The hubs is the one who does this the most. Good thing, his ideas are always good!
  5. You’ve just witnessed your friends or family, in a funny or embarrassing situation, and they look at you and say, “I’d better not see you posting about this, on that blog of yours.” I get this a lot, especially from the hubs.

Well, that’s my list. What do you think? Did I miss anything? Let me know, in the comments section, below. If I get enough, I’ll do a follow-up post, and give you credit for your suggestion.

Welcome to the “NEW” The Mom with Moxie

New and Improved TMwM

Hello, hello, hello my friends! Thanks, for stopping by. How do you like my new design? I partnered with the lovely Heather from Viva la Violette to do the design. Didn’t she do a fabulous job?! Going in, I wanted something light, simple & clean. I think Heather hit the nail on the head.

I’m still going through, cleaning things up that don’t fit the new design so please “pardon my dust.”

Anyway, let me know what you think.

By the way, are you following me on Facebook and Twitter?

Blogging Serendipity

I often get asked, how I got into blogging. It was very serendipitious, really.

The idea first came to me late spring/early summer of 2010. I wasn’t working at the time, and was looking for something to fill the time between taking care of the kid, the hubs, the home & the job search.

I’d always loved writing & had recently discovered a few blogs that I liked – both “mommy” and not.

Come July, I was still tossing around the idea of starting a blog, but didn’t know what to write about. What would me my “niche?” It was then that I got a freelance position with a digital public relations firm, where one of my main responsibilities would be to “pitch” bloggers on behalf of clients. Needless to say, I was exposed to all kinds of new blogs. Mommy blogs, fashion blogs, tech blogs, gossip blogs, you name it, there was a blog for it. Really, people were just blogging about their lives and/or what interested them. That was when I decided that I would start a mommy blog, with a dash of my special brand of randomness thrown in. I thought that if I found these people’s lives interesting – maybe someone would think the same about mine.

Once I decided to start a blog, I had to come up with name. I’d worked in communications for nine years at that point, so I knew how important a catchy and memorable blog name was. I started out by writing down all the things I wanted my blog (and by extension me) to embody. I wanted it (me) to be bold, spirited, funny, brave, fearless, honest, real, etc. I started putting those words in to Thesaurus.com, looking different words to use as a blog name. The word “moxie” kept coming up. Eventually I settled on “The Mom with Moxie.” It was exactly what I’d been looking for. Blogging was exactly what I’d been looking for.

I love blogging. It allows me a creative outlet for my writing, lets me keep people updated with what’s going on with me and my family (aka the hubster and the kid), and has allowed me to make some awesome friends in the blogosphere. Blogging has also opened so many doors for me to work with brands and community managers. But like everything else that requires a huge amount of time and effort to maintain – I got blogged-out. I even took a break from blogging. But, I couldn’t stay away. Even worse I got restless with the direction The Mom with Moxie was going. Instead of quitting, I decided to start a different blog.

I’ve actually had a few different blogs, over the last 2 years. In addition to The Mom with Moxie, I’ve had BreeGlenn.com – my PR, social media and marketing site/blog; BreeUnscripted.com/UndeniablyBree.com – my “I want to express myself as more than a mom” blog. Eventually (this past year) I decided to embrace The Mom with Moxie brand, and just mix in a bit of the PR, marketing and social media with the crazy randoms, and the momisms.

It wasn’t until then that I decided to get serious about blogging. You know, posting more regularly, looking into advertising and affiliate links, etc. I hired an awesome graphic designer to create a new look and feel for The Mom with Moxie, I signed up for a few blogging newsletters, I scoured the internet for tips and ideas to make The Mom with Moxie a place women wanted to visit. A place I’d want to visit.

I am honestly so happy with where my blog is right now. And I can’t wait to see where this adventure called blogging takes me.

Follow #Local4Shopping for Great Black Friday Deals in #Detroit

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Last year, through a partnership with the Hay There Social Media TweetTeam™, I had the privilege of working with some of my fellow Detroit-area bloggers on a WDIV Local4 News Black Friday shopping initiative.

I’m so excited to report I’m participating once again, this year. So, if you’re in the Detroit area, and plan on shopping the sales on the big day, be sure to follow #Local4Shopping on Twitter for all the great deals my fellow bloggers will be tweeting!

My husband finds it hilarious that I’m involved in anything Black Friday related, since I never went out before I had a child. Now, I’m all about the deals. Last year, thanks to my cousin babysitting overnight, he and I were able to just stay up, and head out at 3 a.m. that morning. Unfortunately, the hubs has to work this year (boo), so I find myself having to come up with a new game plan.

In addition to tweeting deals, my fellow bloggers and I will be featured on a news segment. So, be sure to tune in to WDIV Local4 News tonight at 11 p.m., for the story!

Here’s a video of last year’s story. I’ll be sure to post this year’s, as soon as I can.

Don’t forget to follow all us #Local4Shopping TweetTeam™ Members on Twitter:

Join in the conversation:

What’s your plan for Black Friday? Do you even have a plan? Or, do you just “wing it?”