New Writer at MomCrunch

I’m happy to be joining the MomCrunch team, and wanted to take a minute in my first blog post to say “hello!” I’m excited to be a part of this team because I believe sharing news and opinions about issues of concern for digital moms and blogging entrepreneurs is fascinating. We are making up the future as we go, so it makes sense that we should be talking about what we’re doing. Long Live Meta!

I only have one worry about MomCrunch: I hope that no sit-ups are involved.

I started blogging in 2007. I started studying blogs in ’05, after Hurricane Katrina. The potential of leveraging a connected blogosphere to do things like get supplies to where FEMA didn’t or connect stranded family members with each other or to a temporary home was evident, electric and clearly the way of the future.

Bit-by-bit the other benefits of the blogging community pulled me into the vortex. I knew I should be learning about blogs to keep pace as a marketer and long-term seriel entrepreneur, and the more blogs I read the more it occurred to me that I should start one if I really wanted to understand the power of digital communication.

Moreover, the writer in me missed the days of magazine and lit journal publishing in my past. Years of parenting and business writing (everything from grantwriting to strategic analyses to marketing pieces for my business enterprises) had paused my personal publishing. Indie online publishing, and life and pop culture blogs in particular, sucked me in big time.

Now, a large share of my business portfolio is related to blogging. I write for a few sites, including BlogHer, I participate in and coordinate outreach campaigns, I serve as a negotiations liaison between bloggers and brands, and I provide all sorts of business development consulting for bloggers to help them increase their own streams of income or reach other goals. It’s all constantly in flux and potential, and I love it.

I’m looking forward to sharing the news and opinions with MomCrunch readers and learning what you think. My viewpoint definitely has some biases that I’m cop to right now. First and foremost, I deeply value diversity in every meaning of the world. I am critical of non-diverse campaigns in the blogosphere because they seem foolish and anachronistic to me, and I just can’t respect endeavors that unwittingly or carelessly look like Leave it to Beaver throwbacks. I have a broad definition of “mom blogger” which includes single folks and dads and grandmas and anyone who has found connection in the space whether or not they write very much about parenting.

I respect and love, actually, the community of mom bloggers, but I also have never understood some of our ways. I think it’s okay to poke fun at ourselves now and then as long it’s grounded in a fundamental respect for human dignity. We grew up suckled on the meta humor of SNL and our Internet colleagues are kittens stuck in boxes, after all. I fiercely believe in donating when you can, as much as you can. I believe in investing in yourself and in your business, and I believe in turning a profit, apologetically.

I believe language matters, writing well matters, and that writers, photographers and digital creators are saving the world. I am certain the kids are alright.

That’s pretty much it. I can also be a bit of a smartass, which sometimes kicks me in the rear. When in doubt, you can guess that I’m joking. Except about the sit-ups. I’ll do anything for blogging, but I won’t do that. No, I won’t do that.

And except when I tell you I adore your blog or your new brilliant idea. If I say that, I mean it, from the bottom of my heart. I do.Our work is too important for smoke and mirrors. I’m very happy to be here with you.

For more information about Deb, follow her at @debontherocks, or check out her agency or her blog.

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