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If you’re part of the BWAB community, you’ll see her commenting.

If you travel through blogosphere, she’s there too.

She’s small in stature, but has a large presence in social networks, as well

In fact, she’s everywhere.

The name of her blog may produce visions of a “mommy blog”, but she rarely writes stories about her kids. Instead, she writes about issues that affect her as a woman, as a mother, as a blogger and as a caring human being, whose children are an important part of her life.

She calls herself the “Queen of Multitasking”, but in her post titled: “Multitasking Reduces Efficiency” she admits she’s trying to change her ways. She writes:

My own first goal would be to sit down with my kids every day when they get back from school and just listen to them, focusing on what they have to say, without attempting to get anything else done at the same time. Unpacking of lunch boxes and washing dishes can be accomplished after I spend at least half an hour, uninterrupted, listening to my kids.

With blogging and commenting often being about self promotion, in “Blogging – Are People Truly Interested In The Discussion, Or Is It All About Self Promotion?”, she observes:

There is a big difference between a community member promoting herself within her community, and an outsider trying to spam the community.

Where she finds them, I don’t know, but she comes up with the funniest “Wordless Wednesdays”. Check these ones out:

Effects of Inflation – $1 Bras
Your Yucky Mommy Body
It’s Never Too Early For Sugary Drinks

You’ve seen her on this blog, you’ve probably seen her on your blog, but for those who aren’t acquainted with her yet, her name is Vered, and her blog is “Momgrind”. She’s a blogger who started blogging in March (2008), but has already made a huge mark in blogosphere.

Everyone, please join me in re-welcoming Vered to the BWAB community, and don’t forget to check out her blog and the posts I’ve highlighted. She’s genuinely appreciative of all of her visitors and would love to see you there.

Hello again Vered!


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We all make mistakes when we start blogging.

I know I did.

Today’s Lesson

I didn’t do enough homework and was unprepared for what blogging entailed.

I made small mistakes like typos (and I still do), and big ones like crashing my blogs.

I didn’t know HTML, coding or the blogging language.

I had no idea what SEO (search engine optimization) was, nor did I have time to learn it.

I didn’t know the difference between a plugin and a widget, or a trackback vs a ping. (Thank you John Hoff for the great explanation on pings and trackbacks)

I spent too much time checking my visitor stats when I should have been concentrating on other areas of blogging.

I wasted many precious hours signing up for, placing ads and then checking stats to see how much money I wasn’t making.

Social networks like StumbleUpon and Digg got me addicted, and they too consumed my time.

Although all of the above are important lessons to learn, (and I did), the biggest mistake I made was…….

Not making the time to comment on other blogs sooner than I did.

I had read many times how important it was, but thought it didn’t pertain to me.

When I did consider commenting, I was often intimidated by the other comments, and felt my words might sound stupid.

Instead, I worked quietly behind the scenes, wrote for my imaginary audience, and told myself, “If I build it, they will come”.

I was content……..for awhile.

Then I realized blogging is actually about interacting with others.

I was a one way street.

It wasn’t until I made time to visit other blogs that I got caught up in the thrill of comments.

Not only getting comments, but leaving them as well.

I’m not afraid of admitting my mistakes, and that was a big one.

What about you?

Today’s Assignment

What do you feel your biggest mistake in blogging has been thus far?

Care to share?


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In business and in life, we leave what’s called a paper trail. On the internet, it’s called often referred to as an electronic paper trail.

Most transaction we make, can be followed. Our bank statement shows how much money we have, and where we spent it. Credit/debit card records are similar. Our medical records are tracked. The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) has records of our earnings and taxes we paid, as does our State government. Electronic copies of all these records are often archived on hard drives, portable media storage, in vaults or secure rooms, and with the proper authorization, they can be viewed.

Credit bureaus have our financial information. With it, they assign a “credit score”.

Companies do a “security clearance” for some types of jobs. Whether they access this information or not, is unknown, however with our social security number, birth date and drivers license number, the electronic information that can be revealed is unlimited.

Although most of this is private information, the amount of public information produced by individuals can also be detrimental.

Blogs are a good example of public information. Blogs are published works of “art”, per se.

Today’s Lesson

A post on The Blog Herald inspired this topic. Written by Andrew G.R, and titled: Blogger Beware: Big Brother Is (Always) Watching,., he says:

More than 40% of large companies read employee e-mails and are hunting for you on the major social networks.

So we have to ask, who is reading our blogs, and who will be reading them in the future?

By “in the future”, I mean 10, 20 or 30 years from now.

Currently our employer could be reading our blog.

Future employers may also read our writings.

You may say, “I’m self employed and I am my own boss”.

But what happens if our current business can’t sustain itself in a flailing economy. What if we’re forced to work for “the man” again. Or what about our spouse. If they work, an employer could easily “Google” the family name and find our blog.

Have we written anything that could be detrimental to our spouse’s employment? Or, our children’s?

O.K., so you say, “Well I can delete my blog”.

Yes you can. But, what about others (our loyal readers) who have quoted us, or the person who plagiarized our work (but left our name intact). We can’t delete their blogs. We could email them and beg to have the articles deleted, but their blog may be in dormancy and their contact information could be invalid. Or is the original post(s) cached/saved in some internet “vault”? Maybe.

And….what did we write in the comment section of other blogs? Could that hurt us?

Then there’s the issue of emails and social networks. Are we projecting a different persona? Are we being more verbal? Exposing a side of ourself that our blog doesn’t project? Are we revealing trade “secrets”?

What if the day comes we (or our spouse) decide to enter into politics? Or our company goes global? Who will dig up our electronic paper trail?

It happens, and it gets people in trouble.

Today’s Assignment

Google yourself

Google you spouse’s name

Do you like what you find?

Could it hurt you a year from now? 10 or 20 years from now? How about 40?

Would you make your grandchildren proud?

How about your “public”?

Do you care?


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