I Was Published on Scary Mommy! Shit – Now What?

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It was surreal seeing my words and photos of my kids up on Scary Mommy!

If you haven’t been following me on Social Media this week, then you aren’t sick of hearing and reading that I submitted and got accepted to be published on the popular parenting website Scary Mommy! To be honest, a few years back, I didn’t even know what Scary Mommy was – and then I saw a very funny article in my Facebook feed about waxing, and I laughed out loud reading it! Who was this author, I thought?  And that became my introduction to the site. That’s when I realized that the site was a collective of author’s essays.

From the About Page of Scary Mommy: – What started as an innocent on-line baby book in early 2008 to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.

Seven years later, in February of 2015, Scary Mommy was acquired by Vinit Bharara of the media company Some Spider, LLC. With new resources, talent and passion, Scary Mommy will continue to serve as a trusted resource and breath of fresh air for millions of imperfect parents.

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Scary Mommy’s Facebook Page.

I was trying to explain to my mother: this is kind of a big deal! This site has over 1.2 million Facebook Fans! She didn’t really get it, as the online world doesn’t really make sense to her. She has just figured out that Share doesn’t mean Message on Facebook. But it didn’t quell my excitement. I’m been throwing it up all over social media because, Damn it, I am fucking elated! Blogging gets pretty tiresome when you write and write and write and it feels like no one is really reading. I had an emotional week last week, and so this was totally welcome to finish off the week on a high note.

But then I realized – what’s next? How do I follow this up?

I don’t want to be like the band that wins a Grammy for New Artist of the Year and then their next album, and every subsequent one, sucks. So I have become slightly obsessed with my next submissions. I’m combing through past blog posts to see what people have enjoyed (via how many times it has been viewed), and to see what I think might resonate with the site.

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Aside from that, I have had time to really digest what my new-friend-blogger-coach Julie Nowell suggested to me about my Blog and how to go forward. Do I really want to be a writer and Blog full-time as a business? How can I make that happen in a better way than I am now?

And you know what? I KNOW that I like doing a variety of things, and my gifts are best spent sharing that with others. In whatever form that will take.

I’ve been challenged with a group of like minded bloggers, to write a blog post for every day of October. I’m taking on the challenge, and I am hoping that I can keep up. I’m sure some will be shorter and some looking a little less fancy, but I am working diligently on growing my reach – so as to get to be better and writing and *fingers crossed*, continue to get published.

The thing about this and any venture/business, is that it is a marathon and not a race. I know that you have to be clear with your goals, and keep doing a little bit every day towards them. So many people ask me:

How do you keep up with it all of the bits and pieces of Social Media you need to do to grow your online presence?

I have a simple formula.

  • Spend 15 minutes on Pinterest by either just Pinning, or scheduling pins to appear later. Do it while waiting in the car for kids, or in line at the grocery store. It’s pretty simple to fit it in.
  • Plan your Instagram Posts, even just in your head, and post every day, keeping your brand identity in mind. Spend 15 minutes scrolling through your feed and liking and commenting.
  • Facebook is where the majority of my Fans/Readers/Fellow Entrepreneurs are: so I schedule 1 hour a day to interact with people via commenting, participating in groups, and learning. Then probably another hour in snippets of time, finding things of relevance and saving them to post or share later.

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