Rapidly Approaching

If you’re wondering where my American Idol recap is, well, we had some technical difficulties with the DVR last night.  I think it has something to do with the fact that I turned off the recording last week and watched it live so that I could tape the DWTS results show.  And that canceled all the AI recordings permanently.  So perhaps a more accurate assessment of the situation is user error, although I prefer technical difficulties; it gives me something or someone else to blame.

My misfortune wasn’t contained to just last night.  This morning after I got the kids off to school, I gleefully made my half-pot of coffee and waited anxiously for it to brew.  As soon as I heard those 3 beeps signaling the end of the brew cycle, I poured myself a cup and added cream and sugar.  But before I even had a chance to take a sip, I proceeded to bump the mug and dump the entire contents all over my counter, down the side and all over the floor.  Oh yes.  It was a glorious start to my morning.

In other news, I was interviewed for Profitable Mommy Blogging last week and I just discovered my interview.  Unfortunately I haven’t been able to listen to it in its entirety because I have a 3-year-old who has gone all Dr. Jekyll on me, and at the moment I couldn’t hear a plane overhead if there was one.  I am ignoring her in hopes that lack of attention will diffuse the tantrum, but so far, no dice.  This is one of those times that I’m glad I’m a blogger and not a podcaster.  Since there appears to be a dark cloud hovering over my head this morning, let’s move on to the topic of today’s post.

she-speaks-logo1She Speaks is rapidly approaching, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I’m nervous for my own speaking portion but so excited about seeing everyone — reuniting with old bloggy friends and meeting new ones.

I just found out that Jennifer Rothschild will be the Saturday night keynote speaker, and Cheri Keaggy will be leading praise and worship this year.  I’m not even going to pretend that I know who these lovely ladies are, but I’m willing to bet a lot of you DO, and I hope that this information will inspire you to make your reservation if you haven’t already.

The word from Lysa is that there are only 100 spaces left before they are sold out.  So if you’re on the fence, you better get your tushy in gear!  You wouldn’t want the conference to sell out before you get around to registering.

I’m so excited about She Speaks having an entire blogging track this year!  Last year I was there when Shannon, Melanie, and Sophie led a few blogging sessions, and it went so well that this year they have an entire track of blogging sessions from “Blogging for Beginners” to “Technical Delights for Serious Bloggers.”

My session is called “Getting Products to Review and Give Away,” and we are going to discuss:

  • How to grow your blog traffic
  • How to get your blog taken seriously
  • How to initiate relationships with marketing companies and small business owners
  • How to run a giveaway

If you are a blogger who is just starting out or has been at it a while, and you would like to know how to get products to review and give away on your blog, this is the class for you!  I hope to see many of you there!!

And also.  Whether or not you can come, I would LOVE some suggestions about what exactly you would like to learn if you were going to attend my session.  Be as specific as possible.  What would you like to know about growing your traffic, initating relationships with PR and marketing peeps, running giveaways, writing reviews, making policies, and anything remotely pertaining to those topics.  I have to fill an hour — AN HOUR — and I don’t want to run out of material.  And most importantly, I want to make it worthwhile to those who are commiting the time and money to attend.