Sometimes I blog about nothing too!

It’s absolutely pouring down rain outside right now, the kids are playing NickJr on our other computer (which has great preschool age games by the way) and I have a moment to catch up on some work.  I especially have a lot of blogging to be done but the same dilemma plagues me day in and day out…what to blog about?

So I headed online to FaceBook, because we all know that when you have work to do the best thing to do is just space out while staring at your Facebook news feed.  So I started perusing the Facebook scene and I saw a post from one of my mentors, Michelle Shaeffer, who recently started a new blog called Daily Blogging Ideas.  At first I assumed that none of these blogging ideas could possibly apply to anything I blog about, but I was wrong. You’d really be surprised at the ideas that just pop into your head when reading other peoples ideas.

Like this post for example.  On Daily Blogging Ideas I saw an idea about how you could actually blog about NOTHING, and so here I sit, writing away about a nothing.  Although it has turned into something it seems.

So the moral of this post about nothing is to look for inspiration in unlikely places or places that flat out are likely places, like sites that give you blogging ideas! lol

Try blogging about nothing, I swear, you’ll get into it!

Top 10 BlogHer Newbie Observations, the short list!

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Woah mamas!  What a rush the last four days have been!  I’m on a plane now and on my way home from my first BlogHer.  Many more detailed BlogHer posts to come but for now I thought I’d do a quick re-cap on my newbie BlogHer observations.

  1. Prepare to be exhausted!  I had no idea…
  2. When you see people suggest you wear comfortable shoes, they aren’t kidding. (I have the blisters to prove it)
  3. It’s really not that fancy.  I stressed to no end over what I would wear and was pleasantly surprised to find most of the women were dressed really casual, even at the parties. Jeans and a comfy shirt, flats or flip flops and you’re good to go.  Just be yourself!
  4. Socializing is hard work!  For someone who is social day in and day out online, there’s absolutely no comparison to socializing in real life, face-to-face.  It was hard, not everyone is cut out for that aspect of the trip.
  5. Swag!  Yes, there was free stuff.  I have a whole suitcase full and that was with very minimal effort and no special swag parties.  I can not imagine the amount that some must have had to take home and the cost to ship it.
  6. Get to know your audience and fans BEFORE you go!  I felt bad that I wasn’t able to recognize so many people and associate their names with their faces or their blogs with their twitter handles.  I wish I’d done my homework a little more so that I wouldn’t have felt like such a dweeb when it came to meeting people and realizing that I had absolutely no clue who anyone was…
  7. Food!  Although the cost of the trip can be overwhelming, the free food; breakfast, lunch dinner, snacks, beverages and alcohol was free!  That really does save you a ton when it comes to budgeting for your trip.
  8. Roommates!  One is good, you’ll have a buddy.  More than that and I think you’d be sorry.  Because the trip is so exhausting it is nice to have a quiet room to go back to and unwind, the more roommates you have the less time you’ll have for sleeping and R & R.
  9. Private Parties?  I found out when I was there that the private parties were set up in advance and invites/rsvp’s were obtained prior to the event.  Look for tweets about various private events if you’re interested and then email people for details.  Looked to me like there would be a lot of work involved in scoping them all out.  May not be worth it to everyone. I don’t feel like I missed anything important by not attending any.
  10. Have fun and don’t be afraid to go it alone!  The women attending BlogHer are super friendly and there are a ton of people to talk to and a lot of people who are also going solo.  You won’t have a problem walking up and making conversation and if you don’t someone is sure to approach you.

Well that’s my quick take on suggestions for newbies based upon what I just experienced.  BlogHer’12 will be in New York City next year so start planning now if this is something you think you’d like to attend.  Make it happen just like I did!

Julie

Wordless Wednesday: My BlogHer’11 Artwork!

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BlogHer Obsessed Part 2: The #HauteGreen Social Hour and just about a week away from fulfilling a dream!

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It might sound like I’m sensationalizing BlogHer, making it out to be a bigger deal than it really should be but I assure you, it’s a HUGE deal to me.

When I was a cloth diaper retailer the big deal was to go to the ABC show.  Fellow retailers would meet up, check out the latest and greatest products, take photos posing with eachother and it looked so fun.  The other thing they did was shop.  I suppose when you don’t have the funds to back up the ABC shopping spree the trip might not seem as worth it.  Taking the trip, in my opinion, separated the big guys from the little guys and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to go.

With BlogHer I feel a certain sort of accomplishment, a step towards taking She Thinks Media to the next level.  I do realize or am realizing that anyone and everyone can go to BlogHer and it has a lot to do with networking and getting free “swag” but I for one hope to actually get to learn some things, in fact I am determined to.

My next goal, and yes I am already thinking about my next trip to BlogHer, is to be able to buy someone else a ticket and make their dream of attending BlogHer come true.

So, yes I am technically a week away from fulfilling a dream, and I am super excited.  Although just last night I picked my mom up from the airport only to find that they’d lost her luggage along with about ten other people on her flight.  “Oh, it’s still back in Charlotte” the airline’s desk attendant said casually.  Visions of arriving in San Diego only to find that I had nothing to wear flashed before my eyes.  I suppose maybe it’s a good thing, to be safe than sorry, and because of this I will attempt to carry the bulk of my important clothing in my carry on.

HauteGreen?  What’s that you might wonder?  Well Haute Green Social Hour is primarily being coordinated by Calley, The Eco Chic, a fellow green and cloth diapering blogger and social media guru.  It’s being co-hosted by myself and a few other cloth diaper addicts.  We’ll be meeting Thursday afternoon before BlogHer at a local sushi restaurant and we’ve invited over 50  other green minded mommy bloggers.

Sounds exciting right?  Well it is!  My only dilemma is that my flight comes in just 40 minutes before the event starts so I will most likely be going straight from the airport to the restaurant.  I’ll have my game face on and hopefully no one will know, unless they’ve read some of these posts, that I am actually a shy, socially awkward mama who just pretends to be outgoing really well…

Oh and Calley would like me to tell you why I think I’m a #HauteGreen mama.  Ummm, well the definition of haute is high class.  So I suppose I am not really “haute” but I hope that some of my readers and fans find my blogs and the work that I do for my clients professional and classy.  As for the green part, I feel I represent well a growing number of mamas who are greener than most but are also modern.  I’m no hippie, well maybe a little, but I don’t dress like one.  Today there’s a whole spectrum of green families and I just love being a shade of green and meeting others with the same values.  Being green is not an all or nothing lifestyle and I am certainly an eclectic mix.

Phew, so enough about my BlogHer obsession.  I could go on for days, and I am sure I’ll find another BlogHer post in me somewhere before the trip.

My new favorite song…

Warning, this song will haunt you.

The battle for originality and individuality…

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The battle for originality and individuality in blogging, business and media.

Creativity and innovation are not easy to come by.  Some are naturally gifted, unique ideas flow without much effort, or so it seems.  But with the the world wide web, can you be truly unique and/or original and is it possible to set yourself apart from the rest, even if it is just for a brief moment in time?  What exactly is originality?

orig·i·nal·i·ty
noun \?-?ri-j?-?na-l?-t?\

Definition of ORIGINALITY (according to Merriam-Webster)

  • the quality or state of being original
  • freshness of aspect, design, or style
  • the power of independent thought or constructive imagination

From my experience having been an online retailer I realized quick that your “admirers” a.k.a. competitors keep a close eye on everything you do, and you may do the same, in fact if you’re smart you WILL do the same.  For the most part they do it in private, they can read your pages, follow your blog, twitter, facebook, etc. and keep tabs on your every move.  They can even copy your every move if they really want to.  So after pouring over your new package deal or promotion or other new concept, they can essentially rewrite your idea and pretty much instantly begin competing against you using it.  Sad but true.

Aside from watermarking your photos, what can you do?  If you suspect someone of copying your content a little too closely then you can try and contact them, but do you really have time to look over everyone else’s sites and try to determine if they may or may no have copied you?  What good is that going to do you?

So what can you do?  In my opinion all you can do is keep moving, keep innovating and continue trying to outdo yourself.  While the feeling your being copied is discouraging, it’s not the end of the world.  I like to think that internet karma will prevail.

Essentially, to succeed in business, blogging and marketing online, whether you feel you’re being watched or not, you should live and work like you are.  Remain passionate about what you do, continue to challenge yourself, strive to be inventive and unique and although keeping an eye on the competition is important, don’t let it paralyze you.  Think you may have a copy cat?  Feel flattered.  No one wants to copy someone who they don’t think highly of.  If someone considers you their competition, their rival, then let it inspire you to keep moving in the direction you’re headed.

This is just my two cents.  What are your thoughts?  Ever felt like you’re being watched?

 

About Me

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Welcome!

Thanks so much for visiting She Thinks Media. My name is Julie and I am a work-at-home mom to three crazy kids. My daughter is 7 and my twin sons are 4. In 2007 I opened my own retail website where I sold natural and eco-friendly items for moms and babies. I dealt primarily with online orders and since the start of my business I have had to learn how to take care of my own website and graphic design needs. Out of this I realized I have a passion for design and love helping other family owned businesses succeed. I believe that success online depends 100% on the product and business presentation through professional website design and marketing. Just as I wouldn’t shop for clothes inside a store that looked like a mess, I also wouldn’t shop online in a store that didn’t look like it took pride in it’s website and presentation.

There’s no job too small and no task too simple. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. I truly love helping small businesses achieve success and can customize any job to work within your budget, I even love bartering!

Why do I believe that supporting WAHM and Family run businesses is so important?

Not long after starting my business and creating my first website in 2007, I realized the importance of supporting other WAHM’S (work-at-home-moms) and other Small Businesses. The first few weeks, ok the first month, was really slow. The internet is a big place, they don’t call it the World Wide Web for nothing, and it takes a while for your site to start showing up in searches,etc. Many times a day I’d check my email, “refresh” -no emails, “refresh” -no emails, “refresh” -no emails. It was depressing, all those dreams and ideas, all the inspiration, it was hard to keep my chin up and keep on keeping on. And then it happened, “refresh” -“A New Order Has Been Placed.” My first order, it was as if the clouds had parted, the angels sang out. The amount of the order didn’t matter, it was the fact that someone visited my site, my store, my baby…and made a real purchase!

You know what? Many years later, I still check my email way too often, and I still get that giddy feeling when I see that someone’s placed an order. The difference is that now I know how it feels to struggle, to have a dream, to own a small business, and I want to support others who are in the same boat as I am. I want my order to give some other wahm that excited feeling, I want to imagine them packaging my order with care while holding their babe on their hip. I want my $10-20-30+ dollars going into their bank account and contributing to their success. I want their dreams to come true just as I imagine and hope for my own dreams to become a reality. So, I hope that you’ll remember my little story and imagine the small business owners appreciation of your business next time you’re shopping for a gift or looking to make a purchase. You could be making someone’s day and not even know it!
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