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Thursday
Mar252010

Self-Publishing Mom Series: Momasphere Interviews Four Inspirational Moms

In this digital era, it seems like every day brings new changes to how we read and get information. While reputable newspapers and multi-national publishers are reeling from this new world order, these transformations have also invited great opportunity for the common mom. Self-publishing has become an attractive alternative to going the traditional publishing route.  Momasphere caught up with four self-published moms who have each successfully followed their hearts to produce high-quality, well-received books. Most of these moms miraculously continued to juggle full-time work while getting their projects off the ground. While their books appeal to a wide range of interests and audiences in very different markets, they share a passion for their projects that undoubtedly propelled them forward. Their responses to our questions were downright inspiring. If you would like to share your story of self-publishing with Momasphere, please send an email to ellen@momasphere.com with Self-Publishing in the Subject Line. Or comment here to start a dialogue!

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Thursday
Mar252010

Momasphere Members Have A Chance to Win Free Tickets to Mating in Captivity Discussion!

Click here to fill out a super short Momasphere survey for a chance to win a free ticket to A Discussion with Author Esther Perel, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic - courtesy of In Good Company. Momasphere will notify ten lucky winners by midday (EST)Tues, April 6th! Good Luck!

Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic - A Discussion with author Esther Perel on April 6, 6:30-8:30pm (NYC location to be announced to winners via email)

Esther Perel takes on these tough questions, grappling with the obstacles and anxieties that arise when our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. She invites us to explore the paradoxical union of domesticity and sexual desire, and explains what it takes to bring lust home.

A Momasphere favorite, In Good Company's (IGC) mission is to elevate the status of women entrepreneurs by providing solutions and connections that enhance the success of women-led ventures. IGC offers its members the three essential elements every successful business needs: productive workspace, powerful connections and effective ideas.

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Monday
Mar152010

Momasphere’s "My Mother’s Work" Project

In honor of Mother’s Day, and to honor our mothers, Momasphere is launching the My Mother’s Work Project, a national campaign to collect stories about our experiences of OUR working mothers.  Whether your mother’s work was in a traditional job outside the home, a less conventional work scenario, or as a homemaker, our observations of our mother’s work ethic, habits and experiences have no doubt played a part in shaping who we are.

The series will not only entertain, but will also illuminate interesting questions of how modeling behavior plays a role in our development, work-life balance, generational changes and a host of issues that most of us have not even begun to explore. As work-life balance, or the lack thereof, and happiness, or the endless pursuit thereof, take center stage for many mothers today,  we are dedicating the next few months, and longer if need be, to  creating a  repository of reflections- happy, sad, sentimental, irreverent- to share with our visitors and stimulate a dialogue. To view a sample submission CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in participating in this project by contributing a 200-600 word piece, please send an email to momstories@momasphere.com with My Mother’s Work Project in the Subject Line. Within the body of the email, please include your story, title and a short 2-3 sentence bio., including a link to your website if you have one. If you have a photo you would like to share, please attach it as a jpeg (the highest resolution you have), and let us know you’ve done so, though we may opt not to use it. While we appreciate every single submission, we may not be able to publish everyone’s story. Please make sure we have a good way to get in touch with you.  We will contact you to let you know if and when your piece will run so you can alert your fans, friends, family and maybe even your mother!!!!

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Monday
Mar152010

Long Before the Term Was Coined, My Mother Had the Work Life Balance Thing Under Control

By Ellen Bari

My mother was a lifelong educator. Unfortunately, her life was not as long, or as easy, as it should have been. By the age of 17, she was not only orphaned, but also had a license to teach Judaic studies. She taught girls only a few years younger than herself, including the mother of my close childhood friend.  I found this shocking, because all of my own teachers at the time seemed so old (and probably were).  

During my pre-school years, my mother continued to teach two afternoons a week and on Sunday mornings. She had a fur coat that she had reversed by a tailor, so that the exterior of the coat was an understated, tan gabardine and the lining was the softest mink any child could imagine. We had a ritual for the days she taught: after she put on the coat, I would crawl inside to experience that luxurious fur, and from inside this warm cocoon, give her a big farewell hug.

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Sunday
Mar142010

Mainstream Media's Bias Against Mom Bloggers

A recent article in The New York Times has the mom blogger community in an outrage.  The article titled Honey, Don’t Bother Me. I’m Too Busy Building My Brand is being criticized by many as being another attempt by media to marginalize the mom blogger industry.

The article draws attention to a popular all day conference called Bloggy Bootie Camp that took place this month where 90 percent of the attendees were mothers. They paid $89 and many traveled across the country to take place in the sold out first part of five-day tour to learn how to take their blogs to a higher level. All in the hopes of generating ad revenue, sponsorships, or parlaying their skills into paid journalism or marketing gigs.  A sample excerpt from the piece, shows why many mom bloggers are viewing the remarks as smug and snarky:

Heed the speaker’s advice, and you, too, might get 28,549 views of your tutu-making tutorial! Whereas so-called mommy blogs were once little more than glorified electronic scrapbooks, a place to share the latest pictures of little Aidan and Ava with Great-Aunt Sylvia in Omaha, they have more recently evolved into a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Mom 2.0 Empire Builder, Kelby Carr wrote a great discourse about this article on her site www.KelbyCarr.com. She remarks, “Why is it so shocking that moms would discuss something besides parenting? How ridiculous. Why was this even in the Style section? If it were a tech conference for men the tone would be entirely different. It would go in business. It would not mention minivans. And I won’t even get into “glorified electronic scrapbooks.” I know many moms who have blogged about topics such as business and social media and politics for years

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