5 things I loved about Bloggy Boot Camp

© Lindsey Garrett

1. Wine at lunch

2. Pink nametag thingys

3. Dessert

4. Coffee on tap

5. A day without my kids

 

© Lindsey Garrett

Oh come on, you know I’m just kidding. (kind of)

I’m just practicing making lists and numbering and bolding so that Google can SEE ME better.

*waves* Hi Google!

Last weekend I attended Bloggy Boot Camp Boston, put on by the SITS Girls. Here are the 5 things I loved about it:

1. Assigned seating- As a self proclaimed shy person. I say self proclaimed because no one believes me when I say it. Just know when I sit at your table or meet you for the first time, sometimes even the second, I am terrified. SO shy. It takes a lot of courage, and sometimes wine, for me to be comfortable. So the assigned seating I completely loved.  I would have hunkered down at one table and stayed there all day if I wasn’t forced to move. I got to meet new people and practice my elevator pitch and exchange more cards than I ever would have just hunkering down at one table way.

2. Networking – There seemed to be natural times for networking because of the assigned seating. Instead of a ready, set, network vibe. There was a sit and chat and network kind of vibe. Me likey. Strangely (or not at all really) the assigned networking time was the only one that didn’t work for me.

3. Content – Personal Branding, Crafting Content, the Pitch, Photos, the Business of Blogging, Social Media, Doing Good. Those were all the topics, on paper anyway. There was so much detail and information. By the end of the day my head was spinning. Great tips, advice, must dos, should dos, and also some please don’t dos :-)

4. People So many different women (a couple of men too). Different reasons for being there. Different types of blogs. The speakers were really amazing. They were prepped and on top of their game – they gave us their all. I could tell they wanted to be there and they really wanted to share. They were walking “The Secret to Success is Support” walk! And speaking of, those SITS ladies rocked. Seriously and truly. Tiffany and Fancesca were incredible and generous hostesses.

 

 

 

 

5. Who am I?  Passion & Promise – It was the first thing we talked about over coffee in the morning. It was touched on all day. Whether we were talking content, pitches, or business. It’s all about the passion. All about you (or me rather) What am I getting out of this?  What am I putting into it. Is it worth the time I spend away from my kids?  What is my role on the web?  Is it unique? Where does my passion lie? What am I promising my readers?

What stuck with me here is how important it is to define myself and in doing so, my blog. What also stuck with me (and I’m thinking about it right now!) is how I don’t have any of those answers yet. I’m working on it.

Thanks for a great day everyone! I’m off to read other wrap up posts now, and comment of course.

 

Thanks so much to Lindsey at the Mod Chick for letting us all swipe her pics!
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You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need. ~Rolling Stones

Bongo Board, sad face

So I didn’t get that Hopscout job. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty bummed about it. And surprised. Yep, I can admit it, a little bit surprised. But in the end maybe that job is not what I needed. Maybe I needed the selection process, the positive feedback, the validation of the Top 20, the consolation of my friends (and strangers) when I didn’t get hired. Maybe what I needed was all that. Maybe I needed a little kick in the ass.

It’s not that I think that much of my self that I thought I was a shoo in. It wasn’t like I didn’t try. I worked hard on those videos. I made three of them! I tweeted and retweeted and Facebook-ed and participated. I made what I thought was a pretty awesome and creative review.

Things weren’t all great though. I had a phone interview with them that didn’t go so well. They told me it was just going to be an HR guy to make sure I was who I said I was. Um, no it was a conference call on speakerphone (I could hear myself on delay in the background) with a VP and  Production person. Um, ok. I was at a playdate. I was frazzled. I talked to fast, said um too many times (um, see what I mean). It was awful. Maybe it was that typo. Maybe they didn’t really like my video. Maybe it was TOO good ;-) My kids are too young? I’m too fat? Who knows?

Before you get all “you’re NOT too fat” in the comments. I know I’m not fat. I’ve worked hard on that. It refers to my time in acting auditions. What I know from going on auditions is that you just never know what the client is looking for and it can even change during the audition process. You can give the audition of your life only for them to say no thanks because they decided to “go in another direction”. It happens. So I can’t take it too personally.

I know I’m good at what I do and I’ll find something else. It’s a missed opportunity for them I think. Or not. They spent quite a bit of time choosing and while some of their choices may not make sense to ME, they work for them. I wish them all well, I really do. I wish the new hires well. They are all so excited that they can’t not do a great job! And to Hopscout, it was a brazen social media experiment that I hope they learned tons from and makes them super successful. I wish them all well, I really do! Got it?

Good. Let’s move on back to ME!

There has been an idea that I’ve been sitting on for a while now. And it appears that now is the time. Bubby was too little before. I was too tired. But now he’s sleeping and so am I. I am revved UP from this experience. I’m hungry and I just got a taste of it. Main course please!

Before this contest started I got a call from someone looking to talk to me about a position – a good job. During this experience I got all kinds of great feedback. When it was done, well, maybe there’s something else percolating. But whatever it is, it may not be what I wanted, but perhaps it’s just what I need!

Oh, so before I forget… I did just lose out on a J-O-B. Mama still needs a new pair of shoes, or, you know, preschool tuition. So I’m going to sell some stuff from the attic. I also have this cool new toy. It’s called a Wobble Deck. Never heard of it? Well I happen to have a video here that will sell you on it ;-)

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It’s yours for the low low price of a Mac laptop and a $200 stipend. It’s a bargain. Hopsout was going to have to pay monthly and hourly too. Any takers??

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Please and thank you, Hopscout

At the beginning of the week I received a Facebook message from a friend. She was asking me some video advice for a contest she was entering. I gave her a few bits o’ wisdom and then went to check out the contest. I wrote her again and said “Um, would you be wicked pissed if I entered too?’ Gulp. I entered the Stay at Home Millionaire contest.

Hopscout is looking for 5 Editors for their new site. A very cool site that “sells one awesome product every day, something our inner child (and your actual child) just can’t live without – something that stands out in the vast sea of so-so products. We photograph it, record it, describe it and generally have a blast showing you how cool it really is.”

If you see the job description you’ll know why I wanted to apply – a dream job really. Everything I am capable of and love to do AND stay at home with my 3 littles. I think I actually rubbed my eyes when I was reading it like a cartoon. Here’s the catch: I had to make a video ASAP as to why I was the best choice.

This is the plea…
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Then I had to get as many people as I could to vote for me.  That would actually prove to be more difficult than making the video. But I think I did pretty well. I’m a pretty resourceful gal. I’m on Twitter and Facebook with respectable followings. Oh and fantastic supportive friends and family who did a Facebook sharing dance of fools for me!!

I was not in love with my original video so I decided to make another one. An actual review to show people I could actually DO THE JOB!

This is the proof…
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According to this post by one of the founders of Hopscout today the votes are not the end all be all in the decision making. Phew! Because I think people are starting to grow a bit weary of me. “Equally important will be the quality of the videos, creativity, as well as fair play throughout the campaign.” I love that.

So please Hopscout I would love this job. Please friends and fans and loved ones and people who have stumbled here because they want a 4-Hour Body – I wouldn’t mind if you visited Hopscout’s Facebook page to vote for me as their new editor!

Thanks to Hopscout for the opportunity! Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone for voting for me and just for your amazing support.

Can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Could you be THE ONE?

Dear Successful Davis Square Internet Company,

I saw your ad on Craigslist and I responded. I haven’t heard back from you. I know it’s only been a week, but in today’s fast paced internet driven, texting, twittering society a few days is, well, an eternity.

The more time that passes as I wait for I response, the more I build you up in my head. You are anonymous. How do I find you? My imagination runs wild. I am thinking about what kind of company you are. Do you have a big office? Will you give me benefits? Maybe I’ll get to go to meetings and wear heels and talk to adults. It will be AWESOME. Are you THE ONE?

I know that we’re well suited for each other. I have skills. All of the things you say you need -I can do. And I can do them well. I am in a position to work from home. Nay, I need to work from home. Twenty hours – I have that. I’m smart, tenacious, funny. Well rounded, dammit.

And still, I haven’t heard from you. Was it something I said, didn’t say? My resume went back too many years didn’t it, you think I’m too old? You’re one of those hip young internet companies, aren’t you. Maybe you already found someone and you can’t bear to tell me because you too, fell hard.

Sigh. Maybe we are just meant to be star-crossed colleagues. Shame.

I am putting this out into the universe to handle now. I have spent too much of my free time wondering about you and what you’re doing. I need a job…

Farewell my friend (Call me!),
Sharon

Waiting by the phone.

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Who me? A Boston Parent Blogger?


Apparently, yes.  With a quick trip out to the phenomenal new Barefoot Books store in Concord, and a name tag -it’s official.  I am a parent blogger, a momblogger if you will.  Or not. Who knows? I have absolutely no time to post so maybe I’m not.  This event happened over a month ago and I haven’t said boo about it.  And it was great, it really was.

Jodi Grundig and Christy Matte, the co-founders of Boston Parent Bloggers, have done an awesome job collecting the parent bloggers of Boston (New England it seems like really) and gathering us all together virtually and in real life.

I talked to many and gathered some business cards, but really I was just trying not to make a fool of myself.  I’m not entirely comfortable in networking situations.  I’m very shy.  Large crowds do me in.  I’m much more comfortable in small groups, but even then, if I don’t know anyone I’m not so confident.

But for some reason I was drawn to these people and this event.  Some of the people that would be there: Christine of Boston Mamas and Charlene of Charlene Chronicles I have met in person.  And of course the lovely blogger at Isis Parenting, Cindy.  So going in I knew a few people, but most of the others I only “knew” online.  My twitter buds.  It was so nice to be able to faces and names together and also to meet some new people.  You know, just to up my follower count.

They gave away an awesome goody bag filled with some pretty cool stuff.  I also won a couple of things and being new I didn’t realize that it’s not in good form to win more than one thing in these raffles.  Who knew?  I never win anything so I was excited! First I won these Robeez Reindeer bootieswhich technically I didn’t win because they had four pairs to give away and only two of us dropped in a ticket for them. So did I “win”?  Maybe not.  The second was an giant basket of cookies from Dancing Deer.  And if you think I was going to say “No, no. I already won something. Please give those cookies to someone else.”  You, are crazy.  COOKIES people!

I’m excited at the prospect of belonging to this community and what that might mean for personal as well as professional relationships. I am so happy that I stepped outside my comfort zone and out from behind my computer to go to this event.  I am so appreciative that I was included.

***So it turns out that karma is a funny girl because those super cute booties don’t fit my super chubby, now 7 month old.  So I’m going to give them away to someone just in time for Christmas.  Giveaway ends Saturday 12/18 at midnight. Just comment below or @reply me on twitter to enter.  Oh my goodness, a giveaway – So I guess I am a blogger after all.

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Coming in April – a Video Birth Announcement

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…oh and another baby for us!! We are so excited (well nauseous) to be pregnant again.
We’ll keep you posted!

 

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