5 March, 2012  |   4 Comments

Baby, be righteous

Blanket Fortress

First attempt at a blanket fortress this weekend found Papa a primo nap spot and Dottie a place to complete her Sudoku puzzles.

I started the herculean task of cleaning up my archives. I was so happy to find the illustrated alphabet project I completed for Nora Lea when I was pregnant with her.

Favorites include:
Dichotomy, Date Night, Doodling
Interested, Inspiration, Idle
Martyr, Mealtime, Mantras
Useful, Unique, Ubiquitous

Amazing, how much the state of blogging changes.

Back in 2008, it was so much different.
Much different than in 2002.
Than in 2010.

Funny for me to see how few posts back then actually had imagery. Our meager download speeds couldn’t manage the giant image-based posting that is normal today.

March 2012

Now, it’s so different.
Providing Value and Authenticity and a Personal Lens But Always Remember Your Brand.

Now, you must be a category expert as well as a coder, writer, Photoshop expert, photography and graphics expert, content strategist, you must be camera ready, articulate and infinitely friendly but not a bath mat. You must have numbers you don’t know you have to have on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Spotify, Rdio and you better not give us Too Much Information (that’s just gross). You must not say yes too often and never without payment but if you say no, you are probably unkind. At the same time, there’s a hungry peanut gallery, dying to criticize your every move, or worse, they have no idea you exist.

We demand a lot from our bloggers.

March 2012

I’m cutting you a break, you blogging minxes, you.
Take a deep breath and tell your story and know you’re doing a-okay by me.
Grin.

Ooh! And if you want to know more about money and blogging and maximizing and all the official stuff I do with my day job, I’m speaking at the Mom 2.0 Summit. It’s a gorgeous event, I chalk it up to that other blogging minx Laura Mayes knowing her details.

(Let’s drink something slushy on a beach together and celebrate your blog.)


4 thoughts on “Baby, be righteous

  1. 1
    Tarable says:

    Thanks for this. Cutting myself some slack and ordering umbrella drinks on the beach are two of my goals this year.

    I’ll see you at Mom 2.0…my first blogging conference since becoming a mother. Let’s see if I remember how to talk to adults. And accessorize.

  2. 2

    We need more Helen Jane’s in the world.

    I sure do love you.

  3. 3
    BethT says:

    “You must not say yes too often and never without payment but if you say no, you are probably unkind.” – Or high maintenance, right? 🙂 You are such a tee-riffic writer.

  4. 4

    Thank you for this post. I heart you forever and ever.

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