This session was on starting a community based blog. Hosted by Nancy White, this was a really session that started lots of ideas floating around in my head. There I am, sitting under the white sign in the back!
How in the world am I going to get all of my thoughts and notes and ideas from BlogHer in writing. I've got to pack for myself and possibly my kids, clean, and generally prep to be gone for a week. Then, I don't think I really want to blog about anything but my trip while I'm on my trip.
Attending a session about starting a blog community...I have been thinking about starting a blog for people parenting kids with ADHD. This is an interesting session getting us to think about how to start, what kinds of questions to ask yourself about what the purpose of the blog, what do you want out of it, what will the community want? What is the invitation and why is it valuable to the community?
This is an idea that I'm committing to. Don't know what it will turn into. Any ideas out there?
I'm so excited to be going to BlogHer this year. Although I can only go for day 1 as I will be on my way to Hawaii on day 2, I'm looking forward to connecting and re-connecting with some of my favorite bloggers. SoCal Mom has tagged me to participate in a sort of virtual meet-up/get-to-know-you kind of exercise called BlogMe, so here goes:
1. When did you start blogging and why? Or Talk about your blog. What can I learn about you in under 5 minutes? I started blogging in November of 2004 because a co-worker of mine ('yall might know her, it is the one and only Grace Davis of State of Grace) had a great blog and my desire to write about anything and everything took over. If you visit my blog you will see that I'm totally into my family, taking photos, and keeping up with current events (either news worthy or pop culture kinds of things). 2. Who do you read every day, rain or shine? Well, of course I read State of Grace everyday...here are some others... Becky's Bizzaro Socal Mom Snidget Elkit in Wonderland Twinga And most recently I've started to read Left Coast Mom regularly
3. How would you describe your writing style? Casual, unrefined, but clear and to the point. Occasionally I try to get a little fancy.
4. What don’t you write about? Anything considered a no-no in your book?
I don't slam anyone I know, and try not to slam people in general, but some people make that very difficult. I hate negative energy and try to stay away from it whenever possible.
5. So soon we’re going to meet each other at BlogHer. Important question. How do you party?
I went to Chico State, so I party very well, thank you! :0)
6. What is your favorite thing that you wrote? What got a strong reaction from readers? Links please?
I'd have to say that letters to my kids and posts about their major life events have been my favorite things to write. I seem to have more passion in these posts than others. This letter to Darren was one of my favorites as was this brag session about Payton. As far as strong reactions from readers...hmmm...This post about Ann Coulter earned me my first flame, however with the negative energy thing going, I decided to delete the flame and my response to it.
7. Have you written anything controversial? Is blogging controversial?
Yes, and it makes me nervous. I'm not one for sticking my neck out normally, but blogging has given me a place to test those waters.
8. Are you and your blogging persona the same person?
What you see is what you get.
9. If you had a super power, what would it be?
An unstoppable metabolism!
Well, actually 20 days until I get to where this photo was shot. Napili Bay on Maui. This photo was tanken right from the Mauian which is where we will be staying. $150 a night for this view...can you even stand it?
In 15 days hubby, the boys and I will be "leaving on a jet plane" to the great state of Hawaii. I'll do some photo blogging from there (when I have an internet connection, which I'll actually be trying to aviod at some points). We won't have internet on Maui so I'll just be strolling down the beach with camera, my hubby and a cocktail.
Those crazy footballers! World Cup fever reaches it's height in just a few moments as we await the beginning of the final match between France and Italy. We are eating croissants and cheering for France today.
It's nice to see the world come together over SOMETHING!
In February of 2006 there was conference held in Monterey, CA called TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). The attendees and speakers/performers are 1,000 of todays brightest, most creative people on the planet. I HIGHLY encourage you watch the videos available on TED Talks, especially the one by Ken Robinson who is an expert on innovation and human resources. It takes about 20 minutes and I think you will LOVE what he has to say. Basically he is making a case for nurturing creativity in public schools rather than squelching it. It has made me completely re-think how I want my children to go about their education. You can visit the TED blog and you can also subscribe to the audio or video podcast on iTunes (search for TED in the podcasting area).
I'm going to listen to the one by Majora Carter next. Let me know what you think!