Archives for July 2010

What’s your angle? Where’s your voice?

A blogging Mom confesses the truth

Who are you?  What do you stand for? What’s your angle?  About what topics do you blog? Being a mom? Wii Fit? German Shepherds? Working full-time? Sailing?  How about being an East Coast transplant living in the Mid-West? I don’t know!

Look, I have had this blog site for over a year and I have yet to develop a “voice”.  I am not overly fashionbable nor have I lost a ton of weight.  Yes, I shop with coupons and look for the best price for items while surfing the net.  And I am a Mom.  I love to read, knit, crochet, scrapbook, sail, play with my dog, travel…. you get my point, right?

I guess I struggle with what it means to have a “voice.”  Do I want people to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and other social media venues?  Sure, if they are interested in what I have to say. But I have realistic expectations– I am just an average mom working to raise an ethical and socially conscious child without putting too much pressure on her to be like me or to succeed.  I am happily married to a Social Media “guru;”  my words and never his.  I would love to be part of his world but I recognize that there is very little about me that is marketable or even interesting to companies.

But this is what I am: I am love.  I love.  I love listening to people and their opinions (even when I don’t necessarily agree with them).  I love trying new products, clothes, food and places.  I love my family, my friends and my pets.  And I really enjoy reading your opinions about what I write.

So, here is my final thought for the evening.  My blog may not have a spin. But it is about the things that I enjoy, the products that I buy and my reflections on what I have seen and heard.  I almost always have one or 2 adventures every day and I try to live my life to the fullest.  I’ll try not to bore you, dear reader, but I can’t promise that I will save you any money, promote the ideal work out routine or communicate the best recipe for salsa (although I do have a good recipe.)

I’m off to BlogHer 2010 in few weeks and, to be quite honest, I am not sure why I am going.  Most of the folks who will be in attendance will have been sponsored by one company or another.  Others will have more than 5000+ people following their tweets or are listed as their friends on Facebook.  I am going because I want to learn about the world of blogging.  And if I am lucky, maybe I will meet a friend or 2 while I am there.  If I don’t go, I will never know what I could have learned or who I might have met.  If I go, I may find myself adding “blogging” to the growing list of things that I love to do.