On the Road Again!

I have been blogging since March 2006 — so it’s been almost three years.  Like most mommy bloggers, I started out blogging for sport.  Or, you know, fun.  Although with my impressive lack of athletic prowess, blogging is sport enough for me!

I’d been blogging for well over a year when I started getting an occasional pitch to review a glamorous product such as Febreeze or baked beans.  Although it would be nothing for me to go out and purchase Febreeze or baked beans, I still got a little thrill to find those emails in my inbox.  Someone had noticed my blog!  Someone cares what I think about Febreeze and baked beans!  I almost fell over myself in my haste to return those emails (there’s that athletic prowess at work.)

Then came the pitch for Protect-A-Bed mattress covers.  This is the one that put me over the $40 limit imposed by BlogHerAds (I cannot accept and keep a product for review that retails $40 or more) so I started my review blog.  That was October 2007.  After that, review opportunities continued to arrive sporadically, and I was always surprised and delighted when I found a pitch waiting in my inbox when I logged on.  It never occurred to me back then to initiate contact with businesses; I just took what came to me.

Then in January 2008, the ultimate pitch arrived.  If it hadn’t been from someone I recognized from a prior campaign, I would have thought it was a joke.  Even still, I think I read it through two or ten times, trying to convince myself that it was legit.  They wanted to know if I’d be interested in a mom blogger mixer at Disney World — all expenses paid. WOULD I BE INTERESTED?  Um, is the equator hot?

I’m pretty sure I walked on air for WEEKS.  In fact, I walked on air right down to Florida where I met 20 of the most fabulous women I’ve had the pleasure of knowing including my friend Steph.  Steph and I were already friends but had never met in person, and did those emails ever fly while we were making plans (and our wardrobe choices) for the big trip. You can read all my recaps here. (I REALLY wish my pictures were working.  I’ve sent out an SOS and it’s being worked on.)

The point of this story (and there IS a point, I promise) is that trip was the turning point in my blogging journey.  It was on that trip that I realized this blog thing could actually turn into more than a fun distraction from household chores.  It could actually be a part-time job of sorts.  It could give me the opportunity to step outside my role as wife and mother and make my own little corner in cyberspace.  I soaked up as much knowledge and information as I could that weekend from bloggers who were already making something of their corners of cyberspace and from marketing-to-moms expert Maria Bailey (the inspiration behind the trip.)

Since then, many of the women from that trip have been a great source of advice and encouragement, and another awesome opportunity came as a result of that trip when Cooper Munroe invited me last fall to be one of the bloggers to represent the Generation Huggies 30th Anniversary ad campaign on her website, The Motherhood.

I can’t wait to see what 2009 holds.  My next event is the BlissDom blogging conference in Nashville next month.  And the best part is, my trip is being sponsored by Maria Bailey’s BSM Media.  This woman must not sleep because in addition to running BSM Media and NewBaby.com, she has recently published her fourth book  —  Mom 3.0, which I am in the process of reading and plan to review later this month.  The coolest thing about it is I’M INTERVIEWED ON PAGE 126!!!  Many other bloggers you may know are mentioned as well, so be sure to grab yourself a copy before they fly off the shelves.

So my next blogging adventure will be a trip to Nashville to attend BlissDom!  I’m rooming with Sarah of Genesis Moments and Sarah of Real Life, and both have the last initial P so I haven’t a clue how we are going to differentiate between them when we call them by name.  There are so many smart and talented bloggers that are going that I’m looking forward to meeting or reuniting with that I don’t dare start to list them by name for fear I’d leave someone out.  Suffice it to say, IT’S GONNA BE A BLAST!

I’ve got to ask.  Who’s going?  And more importantly, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR!?