Jan 30 2015

No way! Life changing events can’t be stifled, no matter where they occur. And, my time at the Type-A Parent Las Vegas Bootcamp 2015, followed by a heavy dose of Affiliate Summit West 2015, caused a profound shift. So remarkable was the impact, I wonder if earthquakes in those parts are just high powered movers and shakers making waves!

When one wakes up, one never knows what the day will hold. And, yes, I knew I was going to blogging and marketing conferences, and yes, I knew the conferences were on the Las Vegas Strip, but who could have imagined: the people I would meet; the knowledge I would gain; the fun I would have or the paradigm shift that would change my on-line persona forever! Let me set the scene for that third weekend in January.

Crossing from Maryland to Virginia over the Potomac River to Las Vegas via Wash DC Reagan National Airport.

It started out rather sublimely. Moderation, I decided was the key. I had evolved from scheduling planes leaving at 6:00am, requiring me to be up at 3:00 in the morning. This level of maturity proved significant. Rather than try to squeeze out every blessed second of a hotel stay, getting my money’s worth, I had realized that being rested to enjoy traveling, rather than just gutting it out, might be worth the trade. Smug I was as I drove leisurely through early morning Maryland, the land of my people, to Regan Washington National Airport for a Southwest Airlines plane that would saunter down the runway at 12:05pm, fashionably just after noon.

The Southwest Airlines flight went flawlessly, as I knew it would.

Soon I was planted in the hot tub among the palms at the Hilton Garden Inn, just south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Soon I was planted in the hot tub among the palms at the Hilton Garden Inn, just south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Then, quicker than a road runner hides behind a saguaro cactus, it was Saturday morning and show time! Taking the Hilton Shuttle north to the Strip, I left for the destination that would change my life forever.

Like many before me, I had come to seek my fortune in Las Vegas, but rather than trust the gambling floor, I put my money on Kelby Carr’s Type-A Las Vegas Bootcamp 2015. Not only did I win, I broke the bank! Better than winning a stack of chips, I pulled information and networked contacts to my side of the blogging world table.

At the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the welcome sign marked the pot of gold at the end of the travel rainbow.

At the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, the Type-A welcome sign marked the pot of gold at the end of the travel rainbow.

Type-A welcomed attendees with a hot breakfast and lovely coffee service.

Type-A welcomed attendees with a hot breakfast and lovely coffee service.

First in the Paris Hotel’s Champagne Ballroom, I was excited to see the Type-A management team putting on the finishing touches to the conference room. They didn’t seem to mind me sitting at a round table in the back yelling, “Faster! Faster!,” because I was raring to get started. But, finally 9:00am came and the Las Vegas Bootcamp began with a bang. The welcoming keynote was Sarah Evans, a women not familiar to me at all, wherein lies the value of attending Type-A Conferences. How could I call myself a blogger, a social media aficionado, and NOT KNOW Sarah Evans, “The Digital Correspondent?” Especially when I’ve been blogging and attending conferences since 2010?

Type-A welcomed attendees with a hot breakfast and lovely coffee service.

Sarah Evans enlivens the morning by sharing her talk on, “Selling the Brand of You.”

But, that, right there, is my my point. I realized throughout my stay with Type-A and Affiliate Summit West, I had traveled not only to Las Vegas, but at warp drive to a higher level of Internet existence. I was networking with people, some of whom have hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. Before Las Vegas, my universe was bounded by those with tens of thousands. And, to experience it all, I really hadn’t done a thing, except roll out of bed and jump on a plane. Yay, ME for getting out of bed! And thank you, Kelby Carr for the enveloping forward motion of @TypeACon!

Type-A Parent is the precocious baby of the well known Type-A Mom, Kelby Hartson Carr. Kelby is the CEO of @Type-Aparent, which is now the world’s top conference, network and association for moms and dads who blog. Kelby has also been recently named as #10 on the list Personalities most followed by NYSE companies on Twitter.

BTW, this post is the first of three on my January experiences in Las Vegas.

Next: “This Ain’t Stayin’ in Vegas Either,” or “What to Do When Your Taxi Driver is Arrested.”

Las Vegas GuideThe Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2015

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NEXT Type-A C0nference? In New York City. Be there!

Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp (Focus: Brand-Blogger Relations)

Type-A Parent New York City Bootcamp (Focus: Brand-Blogger Relations)

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Jul 28 2012

BlogHer Chatter July 9, 2012

alienbody

SunbonnetSmart.com I’ll be looking for that post…just sayin….  🙂

Oh yeah, Melissa!?!?!?!? Well, LOOK THIS:

June 10, 2012 was the last time I submitted a post to my web site and BlogHer.com. Why? While BlogHers over the world wondered, it was no mystery to me. I knew I had found the Mother Lode.

The Mother Lode of Internet contact with little obligation that is, the social site called Twitter. Or, as I call it,  “BlogHer Light.” With a sweep of an i-PHONED hand, I found the Twitter feed flowed in. Screen fulls of avatars with news-blasts of vision bytes exploded into consciousness and I was hooked.

No more unwieldy reading and writing of BlogHer pages. Why, it was possible to get a BlogHer fix in a tenth of the time by using the i-PHONE. It was quicker, faster and available wherever I happened to be. Twitter became the BlogHer Contact-o-Matic and I didn’t look back, well, maybe once or twice, but I really was hooked. I was smitten and Twittered, but good.

Twitter was Heaven. Lots of BlogHer friends with no muss, no fuss. No drafts, revisions or photo editing worries. I could just shoot sentences from the hip, while scrolling up to move on. Gotta’ scoot!

It was the “Wham, Bam, Thank you, Ma’am” of BFFs on the run. I was immersed in 140 character mini-posts with lightning impact and pizazz. Why, I even went on a CRUISE to the Mediterranean with KarenLynn and her husband, because on Twitter, three was NEVER a crowd! …And besides, I was hooked. Twittered, but good.

The water tower of Anytown, USA. Just a simple storage facility
Nothing to worry about. Nothing to see here.
You people go back to your homes.

But, finally, living in the fast lane caught up with me. Sowing wild Twitter oats resulted in me causing a great deal of worry to my loving stay-at-home companions back at BlogHer. I guess, I just wasn’t thinking. I was letting my little computer rule my big computer, never considering the consequences. I was only thinking of myself and how many new Twitter Followers I could score. It was shameful, I know. But Honeys, I couldn’t honestly help myself.

Many of our BlogHer friends Tweet, you know that, Babes, and I was taken in almost immediately. Well, not quite immediately. Actually it took months. First, I signed up last year. Then I forgot my passwords and who can bother with resetting them? But later, I read the BlogHer technical gurus, telling me that Twitter and RSS feeds were the vegetables of blogging traffic, that they would be “good for me.”  I was doing it for us! You know believe that, don’t you BlogHer Sweeties?

If it had been up to me, I could have stayed clean. If I hadn’t listen to Laine. You all know Laine, right? Good ‘ole Laine, , of Elaine Griffin Designs? She offered to answer any questions I had about Twitter and I started down the slippery slope of Twitter contact, seemingly never to return, but Babies! I never thought it would lead to almost two months off Blogher!  Ya’ all gotta’ know I’m telling the truth!

You shouldn’t worry about my new friendships on Twitter. I ‘m just trying to up my technology quotient, that’s all. Why, @GeekBabe, @Robyn’sWorld, @theurbanologist, @sharongreenthal and about fifty others are teaching me lots about getting out there in the social scene of the Internet. It’s purely educational. I don’t get the long, satisfying posts I read by hanging out on BlogHer, you gotta’ believe me.

The more I think about it, the more I realize AlienBody is
not kidding when she says she has ALIEN, in addition to
Zombie, connections. Bottom line? Don’t mess with Melissa!

It’s all about technology. It’s mechanical. Just life in the 20teens. Why, I’ve never even been to their web sites, I swear! Well, maybe just once to link them to their Twitter names in the above paragraph. But, you can’t fault me. Everything’s always been out in the open.

Besides, think back, Sweethearts. You saying, ‘it was my fault and I showed a lack of thinking,’ ain’t exactly true. Remember AlienBody was the one that found me on Twitter, after BlogHer Moderator Denise sang like a canary, no thanks to HER! Well, that’s what I’m trying to get to. You’ll understand when you know there’s a BIG water tower where I live and none of my absence on BlogHer is really my fault. All I did was Tweet when I was in the parking lot of the bank on a bright summer day, June 10, the last day I posted and the next thing I remember is…

Thanks to my new BlogHer Buddy, E.T., I remembered to
“Phone Home” and start posting. I’ve missed you all!

…waking up dazed on the night of the full moon. I was picking myself up out of the bank parking lot and looked up to see the big moon sitting on top of the water tower. For sure, I must have gone through some sort of time warping wormhole thing, yeah, that’s it. There I was, pulling myself together, dusting myself off, when I saw the silhouetted figure of E.T., on top of the water tower. E.T. was waving goodbye to me, pointing that boney little finger and saying, “Blog Home, SunB, Blog Home.”

And I did. I did what E.T. said, because here I am.

Glad to be home, posting on BlogHer and packing for BlogHer ’12.
Hope to see you soon at BlogHer ’12 or on BlogHer ’12 at Home!

   

NaBloPoMo July 2012



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Jan 16 2012

There she is!….

….Miss Blog-Her Dot Com!

There she is!…

….Featured in FOOD!

(sung to the tune of There She Is, Miss America!)

Talking and telling is what I do best...

Oh Happy Day! What FUN!

What FUN to wake up and see one of my posts is featured on BlogHer!

In the FOOD section…

What a match made in heaven! There is nothing I like better than food and there is NOTHING I like better than to see something I’ve done in print. I could look at it for hours while savoring each noteworthy detail of my brilliance. And to find a resource like BlogHer.com is nothing sort of a miracle for this author, turned blogger, turned into Featured Food blog-gair…

Oh! Be still my heart…

In the past, commercially available post cards were handy to
show women the proper way to behave and “wear their face.”

As a woman, sometimes little affirmation seems to come from anybody. I’m afraid to say much, though, as it’s yet to be determined whether the lack of affirmation is a result of lack luster performance or truly gender related. But, I do know how it is to work hard and have little affirmation, going maybe days and weeks without so much as an “atta boy.”  Then, to find a welcoming group of accomplished women of all ages and experiences ready, willing and able to write, talk, tell, affirm and get along is a dream come true. And what fun and delight I have experienced since signing up on BlogHer.com in November, 2011, over Thanksgiving weekend.

When women share support for each other,
great things can be accomplished.

I have found BlogHer.com to be the slumber party that never sleeps; the quarterback run to the goal with the crowds in hysterical support that replays without pushing the play button; the Miss America walk down the runway where the roses are always budding, the crown forever sparkly and the body filling out the swimsuit eternally the correct size. BlogHer.com is an author’s dream come true: a receptive reading audience where the reviews are immediate, the rewards unending and the numbers always spiraling upwards….as long as one posts and comments, giving to get.

Women of any age blossom with love and support.

BlogHer.com is a remarkable group of blogging authors, and I am very proud to be represented on these Internet pages. So, thank you, BlogHer.com, for this recognition and for being there. Whether it is first thing in the morning when I wake to face the day or late at night when I just can’t sleep, BlogHer is always there. It is my pleasure to be there for BlogHer as well. I am delighted to be featured on the FOOD page and, BlogHer,  I thank you!

NaBloPoMo January 2012



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