Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Morning with the Mommy Bloggers

Thanks to my real-life mommy blogging friend, I had the opportunity to attend a panel and breakfast hosted by Maria Bailey (I know that you don't know who she is but trust me, the mommy bloggers do). Maria is at the forefront of helping companies access the "Mom Market." And she has brilliant ideas.

This most interesting panel was an opportunity for marketing and public relations folks to connect with mommy bloggers. I am definitely mulling over some of the discussion points. Right now, I don't review too many products (other than the occasional book) or do give-aways on my blog. Even though I receive a fair amount of pitches, very few of them seem to be a good fit for me. I am hesitant to use this space, which I intended to be about my time with my two little ones, to sing the praises of swim diapers in a way that would hardly be genuine. This blog has been a gateway to some great opportunities for me (more on my latest project coming soon!) and I am certainly open to all sorts other possibilities. I definitely recognize that there are lots of new opportunities for mamas like me that didn't exist even as recently as two or three years ago. So who knows? Exciting possibilities may await.

The best part of the morning was the rare chance to be in the company of some like-minded mamas. I don't know too many people who blog. Many, many of the people I do actually know think that my blogging is quite odd. Sometimes I even have a hard time articulating why I blog .

Listening to some other eloquent, thoughtful, and smart women talk about why they blog had me nodding my head in agreement. Blogging is a creative outlet, a social networking tool, and a therapy session all in one. Most importantly, blogging gives me a connected feeling -- an "I know and I understand" feeling. I felt lucky to be in the company of other mamas who "know and understand."

Speaking of lucky, I always seem to come away a winner at these mommy blogger events! At the Chicago Moms Blog Party in December, I walked out with a brand new Graco Swing. This time, I won a signed copy of Maria's new book (and it looks like an interesting read).


selfmademom said...

I need to start following you around more. You have good blogger get together mojo. I'm so glad you could join!

Ellinghouse said...

sounds like you had a good time. Completely understand why you don't get into the pitches too often....but sometimes I just can't help myself they are so fun!

mj tam aka sugarmama said...

So many possibilities thrown at us Mommy Bloggers and it is pretty easy in getting all caught up and winding up in all different directions. But the good part is --- there is never a bad time to go back and steer to how you want it done in the first place. We just never really know how it goes unless we try.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

It was great meeting you and I hope we get to hang out longer next time!! Another meetup should be in the works! : )


Shannon said...

I definitely am getting the "I know and understand" feeling after reading this post! I have not connected with many moms who blog either. Some people in my life love my blog and others look at me like I have 2 heads.

I am a fellow Chicago mama-blogger so I am very happy to meet you. I didn't know that there are organized events for us. Makes sense I suppose. We are a powerful group if you ask me!

Great blog! I will be back!

To Think is to Create said...

It went so well, thanks for being there to support us! :)