Monday, October 15, 2007

C'mon Babycenter! Err... Babycenter.com


Now that my funk is over (AKA whining more than my toddlers after a day at Chuck E. Cheese) it's nothing short of ironic that I got a gig writing for Babycenter.com. I'm listed under Momformation and my first post, Whine Gets Better with Age, can be found here (I'm the third one down.)

Yes, it's true! I am one of 3 official "Behavior Bloggers". I'm not supposed to be an expert, per se. I'm more of an "observer of manners" for all things baby and toddler related. If I must say, I'm perfect for this job. Here's just a few reasons:

* I talk to at least 3 strangers/day (whether they're interested in chatting with me or not.) What was once only extraneous info from the 99 cent checker on teething infants and the fertility cycle of miniature poodles can now be shared with the universe courtesy of Mama P!

* I now have a place to go (my desk) after dropping off my kids at preschool. No more 3 hours excursions to the thrift store to spend money on the 1993 Fred Flintstone movie action figures I just had to have.

* I now get paid. Which sort of nulls my second point, because this essentially means I can go thrifting even more than I did before. Maybe there's a Barney or a Dino in my future?

If any of you want to check me out, just go to the link above. In the future, you can just go to Babycenter.com, find the COMMUNITY link at the top, use the drop down menu and select the first option of NEW BLOGS. You'll then see two links: Celebrity Babies and Momformation. I'm under Momformation. If this seems like a confusing web, it is. Then again, my head is still spinning about how I got this gig in the first place (and another... to come next month!) Let's just not question the good fortune, shall we?
I would love any comments from you just to get me rolling. Your feedback might give me a little more credibility with my editors (as well as get some people to ping back to your blogs. It's all about sharing the linky love, right?) Any following for me is helpful because at some point I'm destined to deviate from my assigned behavior themes and ramble on and on about the benefits of organics, Yuban vs. Starbucks, or the philosophical question of "To Eat Spam or Not to Eat Spam"? (Shhh... don't tell the editors just yet. It's my thrifting money at stake!)
In closing, do any of you feel passionate about any organizations that deal with children? If so, please write me separately or just note it in the comments here. I'd like to give them plugs as I get more established.
In closing, I would like to wish my husband a Happy 37th birthday today. He never reads this blog, which is why I saved this wish for final thought. I mean, it's not like I enjoy going on and on about me, right? Right?
Oh, stoooop with the eye rolls amd leave me some love at Babycenter, will ya?

10 comments:

liv said...

Hey wild woman! Congrats on your online digs. I really like CASA organizations in general. Kids in foster care and "in the system" so to speak desperately need solid, responsible adult advocates to interface with judges, caseworkers and lawyers to see that their best interests are looked after. Just my .02.

Susie Q said...

Oh wow sweet lady! This is waaay cool. I am seriously in envy but SO happy for you! You will be an awesome addition! Loooove the way you put words together..: )

Hugs,
Sue

Susie Q said...

And hey...Happy Birthday day to that good lookin' man that hangs around with you...

Hugs,
Sue

hamiam said...

First of all: C~o~N~g~R~a~T~u~L~a~T~i~O~n~S!!!

Now, onto the charities....

I'm also a HUGE CASA fan..stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. (I did my internship as an undergrad for the supervised visitation center by the CASA in my area - was an amazing experience) The advocates, or CASA's have to be committed to the same child for 1-2 years...they're amazing.

Other neat orgs are therapeutic riding organizations - the one in my area is Hearts and Horses.

Finally, orgs like Interfaith Hospitality Network and domestic violence organizations are not solely out there for the kids, but they DO SO MUCH for them.

I am a non-profi queen, so if that is not enough for ya, let me know - I've got plenty.

Kristina said...

Hi Mama P, just stopping by to visit from your comment. :) These blogs are crazy things, aren't they? :) If you are looking for a better way to find your posts, or just posts on the Momformation site, check out my post about Google Reader. RSS Readers are AWESOME! See first post in my Techie category :) http://kristidavis.blogspot.com/search/label/Techie

Kristina said...

Ok, just cause you were so thrilled by the tip (heehee - I'm still cracking up over here about my new title), here is a link to JUST your posts. You may want to add it to your Blogger layout and add a section to the top that says VISIT ME! I need TRAFFIC and LOVE and COMMENTS! Yes, MORE COMMENTS. (Ok, I'm preggo and tired, sue me.) Here is your link: http://blogs.parentcenter.babycenter.com/momformation/author/apaventi/ I think at one point BabyCenter should be able to do RSS Feeds for specific blogggers only... but I don't think it's active. Or it would take more time than I feel like giving right now. :) Maybe later... Enjoy your night!

Pam said...

You rock, Mama P! Congratulations, your insights, wit and humor will be a wonderful addition at Babycenter.

Cheryl Wray said...

What a cool gig to get!!! I'm going to check it out right now...

meno said...

Hey good for you! I'll go check it out. I think you'll be great at this.

amisare waswerebeen said...

Congratulations. They picked the right person for the job. I look forward to reading your contributions. I'm also glad you got out of your funk. I think our funks are synchronized. So, when I start to feel like crap, I'll try to make sure to say hi to you cause you might be feeling the same way. Good luck.