Embracing My Outer Blogger
[This post first appeared on Adventures in Parenting. It is written by local blogger, Kate Hayes.]
Last night, I went to my first ever â€śget-togetherâ€ť with other Boston area blog moms. I wasnâ€™t really sure what to expect, but ended up having a great time.
We were invited to go to a Momsâ€™ Movie Night Out event at the Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place in Dedham. Actually, I am not â€śknownâ€ť enough to have beenÂ personally invited, but another blog mom that I met on Twitter was, and was kind enough to invite me along. (Thanks Christy!) Apparently, it was a PR thing for the theater (you know, creating â€śmom goodwill,â€ť so that we can beg our husbands to take us there for date nights and tell all our friends and readers about the place. It must say, it was probably the hugest and most impressive theater that I have ever been in. The whole mall complex was completely mind-boggling! They donâ€™t have anything like that up here on the North Shore.
The theater had an upstairs â€śLux Level,â€ť which included a restaurant and bar area. And of course, the ever-so-luxurious Lux Level seating. Picture the first class section of an airplane, but in a movie theater instead. Huge, plush seats with little tables and call buttons, so that you can order your popcorn (or a full dinner) right from the comfort of your chair! Of course, you are paying more for all the comfort and convenienceâ€¦but sometimes, shelling out a little extra cash is totally worth it. (From reading another review about the place, I would recommend that if you purchase Lux Level tickets, even for a PG movie, that you are sure to bring your ID alongâ€¦otherwise you canâ€™t get in to that part of the theater.) Sadly, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll be making many trips to Legacy Place. It is located in completely the opposite side of the Boston area from where I live and it literally took me two hours to get there. Seriously, Boston traffic?Seriously? (Note to self: when I find a job, it must be something I can get to via the commuter rail. Period.) Oh yeahâ€¦at the end of the night, we also got â€śgoodie bagsâ€ť filled with a T-shirt, various bestselling novels (do serious bloggers have time to read anything besides other blogs?), coupons, and a Strawberry Shortcake toy (which Anna already had, but was thrilled to receive because now they can be â€śidentical twin sisters!â€ť)
But the best part of the night for me, besides the first chance to get out of the house for the evening with no kids since I moved to Boston in MAY, was getting the chance to connect with other actual bloggers face to face. They were all so nice, and welcomed me into their local â€śnetwork.â€ť Apparently, most of the local bloggers know each other and see one another fairly regularly. They were totally open to my 1,001 questions about what they do, how they do it, and why. And they made me feel better about some of the thoughts and doubts I have been having about how this whole gig actually works (Like: How do you find time to write all day and still parent your children too? Answer: You donâ€™t. You write when the kids are asleep or at school. Hallelujah! Iâ€™m not an underachiever after all!) After my first taste of local â€śblogger networking,â€ť I can see how a large networking event like BlogHer would be fun. It would be like last nightâ€™s friend-making fun, but on steroids. (I have never used drugs. That is just an analogy).
Soâ€¦I encourage you to visit the blogs of my new bloggy friends and check them out. They are all WAY more experienced than I am, and have some really good reviews and giveaway contests, plus just great insight to life and parenting in general. (Although Kristen from Tinker Tell (a.k.a. Disneyâ€™s best unknown walking commercial) kept pointing out that she only blogs â€śfor funâ€ťâ€¦Twitter is her real passion).
THAT SAIDâ€¦I am embracing my â€śouter bloggerâ€ť in other ways too. I am branching out with the writing gigs!
My first guest post was published yesterday on the More4Kids website. Personally, I think itâ€™s a pretty worthwhile read if you have little ones. The article is called â€śFive Ways to Enhance Travel Adventures with Your Preschoolers.â€ť Many thanks toÂ More4Kids for giving me the opportunity to share my insights!
Secondly, I was just informed that I was chosen over 50 other applicants to be a regular guest writer on the really cool blog,Â Mommy Moment. This is a weekly gig, and I am pretty excited about it. Already I am racking my brain to think of what topics I am going to write about hereâ€¦and what topics I will need to save for thereâ€¦and when I will make time to do it all. But it will challenge me, and I love that.
I am starting to feel like a real blogger now. And I like it.