- Writer: Velveteen Mind (personal blog)
- Founder & Publisher: Story Bleed Magazine
- Contributor to Disney's Babble.com (modern parenting magazine)
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- Co-Host & Organizer: The People's Party
(official kick-off party for BlogHer, largest US women's social media conference)
- Social Media Consultant (major brands and individual bloggers)
Her balance and perspective make her a sought-after voice in the parenting community, at top social media conferences, and for influential consulting projects. Megan Jordan’s approach to integrated marketing in social media has generated solid case studies that are modeled almost immediately. She implores the mom blogging community to stop complaining about monetization practices and jealousy-fueled competition and instead to “own it” and make their own opportunities on their terms. But you won’t see her fussing about it, as “low gear” happily doesn’t provide that option.
Writing from Gulfport, Mississippi, Megan infuses her writing with depth as rich as mud in the bayou and humor bold as blackened shrimp. Her family walked away from Hurricane Katrina with a bare slab of concrete and now stand watch at the water’s edge as the oil rolls in to their Gulf Coast, cool glasses of sweet tea raised in celebration of their coastal culture. Velveteen Mind’s tagline is “Relish the Velveteen. Revel in the Threadbare.” and that she does, warmly inviting you to join her in the space where stories blur the lines between us.
Megan is working on a book about resilience and our cumbersome blessings.
Gulfport, MS... along the gorgeous Mississippi Gulf Coast
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Background threads teased loose in chapters gone by:
- employed by an inpatient mental health ward... attached to an ER... on the turn of the millennium; learned the intricacies of demonic pregnancies and Satan detectors.
- owner of a real estate investment company; discovered that being good at something does not mean it is good for you.
- literacy teacher of children and adults; daily looked pride in the face and convinced it to release its grip.
- French Quarter stationery store manager; as it happens, refusing to close a store so a celebrity can shop privately is much easier when a drag queen has your back.
About Velveteen Mind:
I started this blog in January 2007 after realizing that I did not want to try to keep a journal again. I had kept journals for 17 years, only to lose over 50 of them in Hurricane Katrina.
It was hard to face that risk again, yet I wanted to write. Welcome to the blogosphere.
Read some of my favorite posts so far.
Portions of Velveteen Mind are also available in audioblog format at iTunes, read by the author.
Subscribe and revel in the threadbare on the go, in the car, or while you are folding that damn laundry.
- Founder, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief of Story Bleed Magazine
- Featured in various media outlets, including MSNBC, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, AOL, and continues to develop as a strong influential platform in the parenting and publishing social media spheres.
- Keynote speaker at Type-A Mom, BlissDom
- Speaker and moderator of several panels at BlogHer, BlissDom, Type-A Mom Conference, BlogHer Handmade/ Creative Connection
- Current content programmer of BlissDom
- Regularly presents on social media strategy for private organizations, national and local PR
- One of five nominees for the 1st Annual Bloganthropy Awards, recognizing bloggers who have made a difference by using social media effectively to promote a good cause
- Frequent partner with Tide Loads of Hope, a mobile laundry unit that provides free laundry services to victims of natural disasters
- Read Velveteen Mind's Gulf Coast Disaster Series
- Co-host and organizer of The People's Party, one of the largest social media parties of the year. Traditionally held the night before the BlogHer conference, the goal of The People's Party is to create an inclusive ice-breaker for both new and experienced conference attendees. Since its inception, The People's Party has changed the face of women's social media conference party culture, evolving from a privately organized public event to an official BlogHer community party. 2012 is the 6th annual party.
Interested in sponsoring the next party? Contact me.
We've grown exponentially, but our mission remains the same:
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