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March 2009

WE Are the Village!

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I think sometimes that if there had been blogs when I was raising my children, I might not have made quite as many mistakes.

Often, during those years, I felt very isolated.  I was sure that nobody else was feeling the same emotions, having the same problems, trying and failing at so many things, when it came to parenting.  I felt like I was the only one, struggling with this and that, with my babies, and later with my children.  I was embarrassed to ask some questions, because I knew that nobody in the universe could possibly have my same problems.

I used to wish that there was some place where I could find a lot of advice and sure-fire plans to help me.  I used to wish that there were people who had BEEN there, who could share their successes and failures; word of mouth is stil the most believable way of selling anything, and advice has to be sold, you know.  We SAY it’s :given,” but if it’s not packaged and presented juuuuust right, nobody will take it.

I was given pamphlets and booklets and diagrams and videos, but what i needed was something else, someONE else, someone who KNEW.

Sure, there were relatives who were laden with advice.  Friends, who had a lot of advice.  Some of it was good, too, and just as much of it was horrible.  And the “supply” of relatives and friends was limited, so limited, there was no way their experiences could help me with very many of the problems and questions I had.  Besides, they were, well relatives.  And friends, however beloved, don’t always agree with our own parenting methods or theories or needs.

The Blogosphere has changed all of this, and changed it drastically, and changed it for the better!  For every question or problem a blogger posts, there are potentially millions of people who have BEEN THERE, and somehow survived, and who therefore have believable and practical advice for a young parent who is wondering, puzzled, or even at the end of his/her rope.

For parents, some small thing some other parent mentions, that OTHER parents comment on, might make a world of difference.  Bloggers have created a neighborhood of trust, friendship, and advice that really counts because it comes from people who really do know.  They KNOW.

It takes a village to raise a child?  Bloggers, WE are the village!

We Have Bloggers and Blog World Heads to Texas!

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In case you haven’t noticed, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of new bloggers here on our site that will be providing some content.  I want to introduce you to Jane Goodwin and Tyler Knott Gregson.  Jane and Tyler are prolific bloggers and will be talking about all things blogging and new media.  They will be discussing industry news and what is happening in the world of blogging.  They will talk about the upcoming show a little and also be talking about what is going on in the world of technology.   Feel free to talk to them and tell them what you think and to also let them know what you want them to post about and other information. Welcome to Blog World Jane and Tyler!

Rick Calvert, Dave Cynkin and I will be in Austin, Texas next week attending Spring Break For Geeks or more commonly known to many as a SXSW Interactive.  We will be setting up shop at the Techset Blogger Lounge Sponsored by Windows Mobile and organized by Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis. We did our radio show yesterday on the trip we are taking and talked about all things SXSW with Tammy Lynn Gilmore and Brian and Stephanie and I invite you to listen in on that show but listening to the widget on the right under Blog Talk Radio.  We will be doing the show live from SXSW and giving you the on scene experience of attending the Blogger Lounge and about all the people that are there participating.  It will be the next best thing to paying for a pass and attending the event yourself.  Join us as we head to Texas for some Yee Haw!

Twitter? Even The Queen Does It!

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The fact that Twitter has officially “made it” is no longer a secret to, well, anyone.  In this day and age of blogging, micro-blogging, status updates and yes, Tweeting, everyone has a Twitter and the sheer number of new accounts every single day is staggering.  Want to know what Shaq is up to?  Follow him on Twitter.  Jimmy Fallon’s thoughts on his first week of hosting Late Night?  Simple, follow him on Twitter.

The bottom line is, everything, and I do mean Everything is moving online, and it turns out, even the Royal Family is jumping on board.  Reports of the Queen, yes, The Queen, sending emails to her family, sending Christmas messages via YouTube, to now using Twitter to send live-updates and Tweets to anyone that cares to follow her.  According to reports:

“…the Queen’s Observance of Commonwealth, which is scheduled to be held this Monday in Westminster Abbey, will feature live on the blogging site Twitter, and the officials will send “tweets” about the progress of this annual grand event. “

So, we’ve got YouTube, Website, Email, a Royal Podcast and now Twittering?!  Welcome to the present, your Majesty, we’re happy to have you.

Blog World Expo: The Best of Both Worlds!

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Blog World Expo excites me.  It thrills me.  Blog World Expo is like the culmination of bloggerhood fantasies: the coming together of people who know each other quite well, often so well that we could order for each other in a restaurant, or pick out shoes for each other.  We know all about their jobs.  We know their children’s names.  We know about their pets, and their gardens, and their opinions about big government, world peace, and whether they prefer brown or white eggs.

We know almost everything about them, in fact.  Everything, perhaps, except what they really look like.  Much of the time, we couldn’t pick each other out of a lineup.

But that’s okay, because online, assuming we’re all telling the truth – and we must make that assumption -bloggers have turned this huge planet into a neighborhood of relationships – friendship, business, and everything else, deep and lasting, and proof positive that we don’t have to know what people LOOK like, to know what people ARE like.  Most bloggers have found and made wonderful, genuine friends via blogging.

Our blogrolls and readers are full of people we wish lived next door to us, or even WITH us, because we’ve come to love them as dearly as though we met for lunch daily.

You know, we’re all just so BUSY.  Most of us work and raise children and try to nurture them and a marriage and our friendships and our talents all at the same time.  Many days, something’s gotta give.  With blogging, the conversations can wait till we can get there.  Bloggers are friends who don’t put any kind of time limitation on us.  We are here, and we’ll be here tomorrow if you can’t stop by tonight.

Blog World Expo excites me.  Bloggers will be there.  BLOGGERS!  People who, well, KNOW!  They KNOW.  Blogosphere neighbors who sit on each other’s virtual sofas several nights a week will get to sit at each others’ tables for real.

For real!!!  Then again, the Blogosphere is real, too.  Blog World Expo excites me, because it is the best of both worlds.

WINNER! Blog World Gives Free Badge To SXSW Interactive Attendee

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One of the better parts of this job is giving out the cool news.  As you know we ran a contest over the weekend to give away a free badge and pass to SXSW Interactive to a person that entered and told us why they thought they should be chosen to join us in Austin, Texas. We have finally chosen a winner!

We had difficulty choosing the person we thought best exemplified the idea behind the contest which is why I am just now announcing it about an hour later than I intended.  The entries were all so good that we couldn’t narrow it down.    We had to give other prizes away as well.  The result? The runners up, Brian Layman and  Corvida Raven will receive a 50% coupon or code for passes to Blog World and New Media Expo coming up on October in Las Vegas. 

The person that did win the badge to head to Austin is none other than Angela Bull.  Angela, I want you to be my duet partner at the Karaoke Bar!  Here is the winning entry.  Angela you did a great job!

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