In Which I Blog About Blogging. And Maybe Do Some Bragging.

I’m in the process of doing a little bit of  housecleaning around here. There are a couple of bits of info for you to know, a couple of things I’ve been meaning to share with you, and a couple of things that are flat-out brags. I realize that blogging about blogging is sometimes one of the worst types of posts to read, but it’s my blog and I can blog about blogging if I blog well want to. Dammit. If you stick through it, though, I promise a cute kidism at the bottom.

Livefyre

Spammers have been all up in my grill worse than these annoying Georgia sand gnats that like to dive bomb my head any time they can, so I’ve decided to try out Livefyre. This affects you as a reader, because if you decide to comment, you’ll have to create a Livefyre account to be able to do so. Please do so. It’s free and it only takes a moment. Livefyre has plenty of advantages for you as a blog commenter and for me as a writer/host. Keiko recently made the switch and wrote a short, informative post about it. I’m lazy Keiko is brilliant, so I’ve copied her “in a nutshell” infographic about Livefyre and have linked it to her post in case you’d like more details about it.

AboutOne Contributing Blogger

Speaking of things being in nutshells, I’m now a contributing blogger to In a Nutshell, the blog of AboutOne. AboutOne is a relatively new online personal/family management system, which is a perfect solution for organizationally-challenged people like me. You may remember last summer when I participated in a sponsored AboutOne Summer Block Party giveaway. Now, I’m honored to be one of their writers. My main focus will be on education,  and you can catch my first post there this Saturday. Word.

BlogHer Voices of the Year

On a whim, I submitted my post “Balance” when BlogHer called for their annual Voices of the Year entries. I was shocked as all be damned when I received a couple of weeks ago that it was selected. Out of 1,700 submissions, my post was selected as one of the 20 Honorees for the Parenting category. This is undeniably one of the hugest honors that I have ever received; it is definitely the best stamp of achievement that this blog has ever received.

I wish that I would have been able to attend BlogHer. The icing on the cake would have been if I could stand up on that stage in a roomful of my peers and read this post aloud. Understandably so, the powers that be at BlogHer can only select readers from the VotY Honorees who they know will be in attendance. But that’s okay; there’s always hope for next year. If BlogHer ever decides to bring the par-tay to the Dirty South and host the conference in Atlanta, I am SO there. (HEAR THAT, BLOGHER PEOPLE? ATLANTA. ATLANTA. ATLANTA. Pleaseandthankyou.)

Of course, there’s no guarantee that I’ll ever write something that rivals Balance, and that if I do, it will be chosen. I have a goal now to one day get my feet up on that stage….but for now, I have that shiny badge over there to remind me that I am awesome.

 

Aiming Low Stuff

1. The Aiming Low Non-Conference

This is one (non) conference at which I will definitely be in attendance this year. This is Aiming Low’s first Non-Conference, and I’ll be hosting one of the roundtable discussions about the writing and other work that I do with on Aiming Low’s Miss Unlimited channel.

My homegirl JC Little was just announced as the opening keynote speaker, and while I can’t yet divulge who the closing keynote speaker is, I can say that she is someone you definitely don’t want to miss. (Hint: it’s not me. This time.)

The cost of attendance is crazy cheap in comparison to some of the bigger conferences. Registration is now open. The $50 registration fee is reimbursed when you book your room (which are doubles, triples, or quads) at Callaway Gardens. To give you an idea of the cost, a doubles room is $154 per night, and that includes meals.

Stay up-to-date on all of the forthcoming conference announcements on Aiming Low.

2. Miss Unlimited

I absolutely love writing for the Miss Unlimited channel. Three weeks out of every month, I get the chance to drop some knowledge to teen girls. Though the intended audience is girls ages 13-19ish, what’s discussed there often is applicable to women of all ages. The other MU writers and I dish on body image, self-esteem, relationships, and so on (<– that means you should read there, even if you’re 36 and not 16).

While definitely not a bad thing, most of Miss Unlimited’s readers are the adults who are already reading Aiming Low. We’re working on attracting more of the teen crowd that we’re trying to reach. In December I had an idea that we could invite some teen girls to do some guest posting for us. I am the Special Operations Editor at Aiming Low (which sounds all bad ass and boils down to me managing the guest post submissions), so it fit right in with my job duties to take on this task. The idea eventually morphed from simple guest posting, to gathering a strong cadre of teen bloggers/writers and making them featured columnists.

I spent most of my Christmas break scouring the Web for young women who fit the bill. It proved to be no easy feat, because I had high standards. I wanted girls who:

  • were between the ages of 13-18,
  • didn’t write like, “OMG the Biebz is SO totally gunna be my baby daddy sumdai, LOLZ!”,
  • had a strong, clear, and unique writer’s voice,
  • tackled the same types of topics we already did on Miss Unlimited,
  • showed some degree of longevity in their blog and blogged often (at least 2-3 times per month), and
  • represented diversity. This was a hard one, because while I put the other requirements as priorities and didn’t chose (or not choose) a girl based on ethnicity, religion, nationality, or background, I hoped that by the time I was finished, I would have a group of ladies who spanned some of the differences among people. What better way to communicate the “we’re all in this together” theme than by illustrating the universality of these common themes?
It literally took several 12-13 hour days of jumping from one teen blog to the next before I found the 13 young women who would become Miss Unlimited’s Teen Columnists. They hail from six countries and definitely represent the diversity that I was hoping for. We worked on getting organized and set up through January and launched on Aiming Low in early February. Their posts are featured every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on MU.
I have to tell you that working with this group of intelligent, opinionated, funny, and mature group of young women is one of the most rewarding things that I’ve ever had the pleasure of doing. Not only do they do amazing writing for Miss Unlimited, but they are also some of my favorite bloggers in general. I am so, so proud of them. I tend to think of them as my little sister protegees. You can check out their profiles here.
If you have daughters, nieces, sisters, or any other young women in your lives, send them over to Miss Unlimited. We’re still trying to build our teen readership. You’re welcome there, too. Just like any other blogger, they get a boost when they see people commenting on their work.

My Name is Kymberli. “Duh,” Says the Person in The Back.

When I came up with the pseudonym “JW Moxie,” it was because I had this somewhat lame idea that I could backpedal and regain a certain level of anonymity. Not that I mind general people knowing who I was, but I thought maybe I could stretch a little distance between the teacher me and the everywhere-else-but-the-classroom me. I like to drop a good f-bomb every now and then, and y’know — you don’t use that kind of language around the kiddies, even if the ones I teach are headed into high school. Most of them curse more in five minutes than I do in a whole year.

Plus, in terms of social media, I kinda feel like I’m starting to build a name for myself, even if in microscopic ways. I want people to know me and not some nickname I hide behind.

So fuck it. My name is Kymberli. Pleasedtameetcha.

 

I’m Not a Technoidiot Anymore

Whenever I needed a graphic like a header or a button done, I’d go groveling to people who seemed to know there way around a computer better than I did. Two years ago, I never would have thought of being brave enough to handle a self-hosted blog, much less figure out how to import all of my older posts in from Typepad (aka Satan). I get frustrated when there are things that I want to be able to do by myself and can’t, so one of my big goals for this past year has been to make friends with PhotoShop and improve my overall technical know-how.

I’m quite proud of the fact that I’ve accomplished building this blog from scratch, from the header to the footer and everything in between. I have Dresden, Keiko, and a long list of random tutorials to thank for that. There is still a lot more that I want to learn, but it does feel good that I have people coming to me for advice now, and I’m actually able to give it to them.

I’m at the point now where I’d like to get more practice by helping others out with blog-building and making graphics. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve made a new header for a blogger (that would be you, Delfin) and gave him the direction for his blog’s makeover, I just finished designing a kick-ass brochure for my best friend’s new private  counseling practice, and I’m working on building her blog. I’ve also been urging a friend from high school to start a blog since forever; she’s finally decided to take the plunge. I’m handling everything–getting her set up on a self-hosted WordPress account, design, concept– ERRRTHANG. For all I know, this could turn out to be a nice little side gig.

 

Finally, a Totally Unrelated Cute Kidism

I am doing this at my daughter’s bidding. The conversation went something like this-

Kaelyn: Mommy, can you take a picture of me with my new smile because I lost my second tooth and show it to the whole world on your blog?

Me: Okay.

Kaelyn: And you have say, “Yay! Kaelyn finally lost her second tooth!” And when you type ‘yay,’ you have to do it with with all capital letters and lots of exclamation points to that they KNOW! I’m REALLY! EXCITED!

Me: Umm. Okay.

So here you are:

HEAR YE, HEAR YE! Kaelyn finally lost her second tooth! YAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whole World, if you see her, make sure you tell her I told you.

 

What’s been good in your ‘hood, lately?

Comments

  1. says

    Congratulations on being named a Voice of the Year! Glad you’re getting the recognition you so deserve.  Hooray for Kaelyn losing her 2nd tooth!  And nice job on assembling the MU Teen Columnists, too.
     
    Since you’re no longer a Technoidiot, does this mean I can ask for some advice/assistance on how to make my blog look a little nicer? ;)

    • says

       @ButterflyDream  Why yes, yes you can! I’m always reading your blog, even if I don’t comment. WordPress.com accounts (the free version of WordPress) have some sort of issue going on with their comments that makes it difficult for people to log in properly. I was just discussing this with a group of bloggy friends, and they’re all having the same problem, too. Livefyre might be a good option for you, too. 
       
      Anyway, I would absolutely love to help you out with your blog! Shoot me an email with what you have in mind (I’m thinking a good header, for starters), and I’ll see what I can pull together for you!

  2. says

    Congrats on your VOTY! So proud to know you.
     
    You sound BUSY! And I love the look and feel of your blog. Probably because I love the look and feel of you. Wait, that came out wrong.
     
    YAY, KAELYN!!!!! Such a gorgeous gappy smile.

  3. says

    You’ve been busy! Thanks for the linkback. Also, you can turn on guest commenting via LiveFyre – I decided to turn it on so folks don’t have to create YET ANOTHER online account. My only gripe… it seems to lag in updating the actual # of comments you have. When I clicked to comment here, it said “0 comments” but obvs, I’ve got 8 comments ahead of this.

    • says

       @KeikoZoll Ooh! I didn’t notice the guest commenting option. I definitely want to go turn that on so that those who don’t want to register don’t have to. I did notice the lag Livefyre has with showing the correct number of comments a post has. I was wondering if you were having the same issue, too. I noticed that the comment count shows ‘0’ until the page has loaded completely. Strange. 

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