Professional: ROYO - The Mega "Mindful Monetization" Session!
More and more blogger are exploring how to stay true to themselves while still taking advantage of the opportunities that blogging brings. Some bloggers may be in a niche that practically requires such consideration...think Green Bloggers or Breastfeeding Activist, but every blogger has their own value system to live up to. How do you know which monetization method is right for you, and your values? We’ll talk to Amy Lupold Bair, Leslie Flinger, Lori Falcon, Marta Wohrle, Megan Jordan and Micaela Preston about how they weigh opportunities against their value system and come out on the other end, comfortable in their own skin.
Speaking agenda for BlogHer 2010 New York City.
A few weeks ago, I read this post by our friend Megan at Velveteen Mind, where she refers to watching shows like “Teen Mom” on MTV as “homework,” the research she does as a parent to young children in an attempt to prepare herself for what’s to come, for what it’s like to be a teenager these days.
So at Megan’s suggestion (and because I have been a sucker for MTV reality shows for about 15 years), I’ve watched several episodes of “16 and Pregnant,” and for the most part, I cannot believe my eyes.
BlissDom 2010. One of my favorite mentions from the event, as she took away what was most important to me, as well.
Striking a Balance: Peaceful Co-Existence Between Your Online and Offline Life:
Here, Megan Jordan of Velveteen Mind said things I needed to hear. When she said, "Social media is so competitive and moves so quickly," I knew it wasn't just me as a newcomer feeling this way. When she said she had "just a second-ed" her kids out of an entire day while she tried to keep up online, I knew what she meant, and knew there were times when I could remind myself of my own "she's a whale of a mom" tagline. When she said she wanted to "do a few things and do them well," I thought, "Me, too."
Memoir Writing: The Power and Mystery of Telling Our Stories:
Again it was Megan Jordan's words that found my ears. When she said she asks herself if the reader can find herself in her writing, I thought it was something I could stand do more, myself. "If you want people to read it, it needs to resonate with them," she said.
My panel with Deb, Megan, and Carmen was, if I may say so, amazing. When we conferenced in about the panel before Blissdom, we were all on the same page about not wanting an “achieve balance by getting up earlier and getting more organized!” type of panel. It was real. It was passionate. I unexpectedly dropped the F bomb (um, which I have never, ever done in my life during a speaking engagement). I think we broke new ground with balance panels.
via popdiscourse.comBlissDom 2010.
But I do admire the boundary she draws for her family. And Megan from Velveteen Mind took a four month blogging hiatus and didn’t really worry about what would happen to her blog in the interim. Develop of healthy detachment from your blog. Don’t let it take over your life. Blogs make perfect slaves but terrible masters.
Post-BlissDom 2010 mention. "Do a few things and do them well" quotes me from Striking a Balance panel, one of my most quoted remarks from the event. Very telling.
It was scary to approach a stranger, scarier still to approach well-known bloggers that I've been reading for years (Hi, Playgroupie! Hi, Velveteen Mind!) or been reading for weeks (Hello LoveFeast and Vitafamiliae). But I forced myself, and the rewards were worth it.
The panels were interesting in their diversity. In one session, I was told to try all the social media to get my name and blog out there, then in the next session was told one to do a few things and do them well. I took nuggets from each panel
Victor Vito is one of my most popular posts, most personal posts, and my own favorite. Never did I expect for the band behind the title to find it and embrace it. Highlight of a blog's life.
Once in a while, we hear stories about people who have been touched by our music in a way that makes us realize how incredibly lucky we are to be part of this whole journey.
Megan and her family have one of these stories.
We stumbled upon Megan's blog entry detailing her family's amazing perspective and reflections coming out of Hurricane Katrina's devastation, and how the Laurie Berkner Band became a part of the memories and the healing process.
Megan's blog, Velveteen Mind, features "Victor Vito" as it's top "favorite post". Thank you, Megan, for sharing this beautiful story with us.
Analysis of question I first posed at BlogHer 2009 and continues to stir up strong emotion.
I first thought about this in relation to blogging thanks to Jen at Alpha Mummy. She had just been to Blogher and Megan from Velveteen Mind had posed the question. Anyway, it's been bouncing around in my mind for a little while now and has been itching to come out...