July 7, 2008.
I have been painting my fingers to the bones. I had two huge deadlines this past week and to scramble to create a very large handful of prototypes - to say that I was stressed, would be an understatement. Only time will tell whether any of these designs are going to see it to the market place or be accepted. So, since I am missing blogging but can focus, I am getting some information out:
Support for the Mom Entrepreneurs
I got an email about a week ago about a support group for entrepreneurs that were mothers. I joined and am excited to see what the group has in store. It seems to be growing on a daily basis and I would like to think it is going to be a great resource for many a business woman. Here is the quick blurb:
The online Mom Entrepreneur Support Group offers tips, advice and resources for managing our daily hectic lives. Members are invited to share their stories and advice on juggling motherhood and running a company. They can also upload educational articles and other information they feel would benefit o other mom entrepreneur members. In addition, the group is strictly moderated. A list of rules has been established in order to keep members on track with the mission of the group. If you are a Mom Entrepreneur and interested in joining us please click here and apply for membership.
The first topic was regarding getting work done while the kids are at home and everyone threw in ideas, inputs and suggestions - other than my suggestion that consisted of hiring a baby sitter or turning on the TV. But, then again my children are older and I am not in the infant stage of raising them, or the infant stage of my business.
Free Leads, or Publicity for Your Business
If you do not mind a few emails a day listing what stories reporters are writing, this is a great tool for you. You can join the group here and the emails will start and start soon. The email has a quick list of about 35 leads, and if you fill the need for one you can shoot out an email to the reporter. I have not found a lead for me yet, but I figure it can't hurt and maybe today's email. Another one I found, Role Mommy through the Silicon Valley Mom Blogs I write for, and it is a little more "focused" and manageable. I belong to both.
Great Blogs We Should be Reading
While I was sleeping, er painting some blogs popped up, or I found some blogs while I was supposed to be painting, but I was goofing off...yes, that is more like the way it happened.
If you need some inspiration and like to see what Shelly Kennedy has been up to since closing her wholesale division of Drooz Studio you can go here. Make it a point in checking out her Flickr account -she has the most amazing photos....and looks like she throws the best parties!
Another pioneer in the children's industry has also started a blog - Kelly Rightsell. I have been a huge fan of Kelly's since the beginning and it nice to get a behind the scenes peek at her art and her family.
Lastly I have been following the humorous blog of a woman that makes t-shirts - Baby Brewing, hysterical, laugh out loud t-shirts. Her blog is just as amusing, but be warned - you will laugh out loud and snort when reading.
Okay, so here goes.......I AM GOING TO BLOGHER!!! I know right? Crazy? Well, not so crazy it is going to be here in San Francisco and all, so how far will I have to drive? Twenty minutes tops? I will hopefully figure the whole Twitter thing out so I can post, or I will blog at night. I am looking forward to meeting some of my favorite bloggers and get all inspired about blogging.