That Awkward Moment When… [Facebook Edition]

“That awkward moment when…” When I hear that statement, I know that what I’m about to hear will make me laugh, probably because I can relate to the embarrassment. But these days, there is a whole new genre of “awkward moments” related to social media. Just 10 years ago, the following statements would have been […]

Unfriend You

If you are a tween girl looking for Greyson Chance, move along.  Have you ever considered unfriending someone on Facebook because of politics? Until yesterday, I hadn’t seriously considered it. Oh, I have hidden people’s updates from my newsfeed, but never severed a relationship there. I cried when I clicked the “unfriend” button on my […]

Going From Blogger to Social Media Consultant: Type A Parent Conference 2011

Last week, hundreds of bloggers, PR professionals, and company representatives traveled to Asheville for the fabulous four-day Type A Parent blogger conference! We hugged, we squealed, we learned, we taught, we got up at 7AM to make Ovaltine Smoothies (oh, wait, that was just me, Brandy, Jenn and Brittany). We danced, we ate (AWESOME food), […]

Type A Conference! Must Do Sessions!

In two days, I’ll be packing up the car (the little red clunker, that is.  It’s not pretty, but my husband needs the van to take the kids to the beach- Waaah), and heading to the amazing city of Asheville for the Type A Parent Blogging Conference!  I am super excited to see all my […]

Foursquare and Disney World: A Match Made in Fantasyland!

I jumped on the Foursquare Bandwagon about a year ago, after watching it take off in larger cities around the country.  My friends in NY, Chicago, and even Raleigh had been checking in and racking up the points for a long time.  In fact, Wayne Sutton created TriOut, a location based social network, specifically for […]

In Photos: Disney Social Media Moms, Day 1

Here are the photos from our first day at Disney World in Orlando.  We’re so thankful to be here with the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, where I’m learning about social media, and having a blast with my family! Disclosure: As a part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I am receiving complimentary items, […]

Facebook Tips for Bloggers, from Matt Jacobson

At the Disney Social Media Moms, we were excited to hear from Matt Jacobson, director of Market Development at Facebook. Yes, as in Facebook, the company. He was the 8th employee of Facebook in the early days. He gave us some tips and “Best Practices” for getting the most out of Facebook. Current Facebook Trends […]

Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas Perform Live: Disney World Flashback

As we’re gearing up for the 2011 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World in Orlando, I went back and watched some of my video footage from last year’s conference.  I found a gem that I neglected to post! On the last night of the celebration, We were treated to an amazing multicultural […]

What Makes a Great Blog Design? | Ask a Mom Blogger

Welcome to the second installment of “Ask a Mom Blogger!”  Our weekly advice column for bloggers, where we can share our tips, tricks, and how-to information with each other! Each Thursday, I’ll post a reader question and we can go to town in the comments! Last week, we talked about how to get more traffic […]

How Do I Get More Blog Traffic? | Ask a Mom Blogger

Yesterday, I was inspired by Stacie to start an advice column of sorts.  Not that I have all the answers, but the best thing about a BLOG advice column is that we can get lots of answers in the comments from a variety of different people! Our first question comes from Wendy from Living Water… […]

Ask a Mom Blogger

The blogging moms community is one of the most innovative, creative, generous communities I’ve ever known.  Yes, we can have our quirks, but usually, we are all about sharing information with each other, lifting each other up.  So I’d like to create an environment to do that here at Real Life Blog, ask for information […]

Missed Something at Blissdom? Get Everything at Home!

After three years of attending the Blissdom Social Media Conference, it never ceases to get better and better each year.  The awesome networking, the brands who create fun interactive experiences for us, the musical entertainment, the swanky parties (To which everyone is invited!).  But by far the best thing about Blissdom is the professional teaching […]

When Are You More of a Twit? (Twitterer, that is?)

This year at the Blissdom Social Media Conference, Scott Stratten gave the closing keynote. I always love hearing Scott, because he not only puts a new spin on foundational concepts, but he’s hilarious, too! He mentioned a tool called Tweetstats.com, which will graph your Tweets in various ways. For some reason, it’s not picking up […]

The Blissdom Recaps I Wish I’d Written

I’m not very good at conference recaps. I have all these ideas swimming around in my head during conferences. I take notes, even. But somehow, when I get back the rush of daily responsibilities, plus the piled up work I didn’t get to while I was gone choke out my ability to type out a […]

Are You A Bona Fide Blogger?

Chele, from The Bona Fide Life asked me to guest post about being a “Bona Fide Blogger.”   I’ve known Chele for a while now, and she is a joy to know!  Click over to The Bona Fide Life and join the conversation!  What do YOU think characterizes a Bona Fide Blogger? I have spent […]