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Look Ma, No Clones! June 5, 2008

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Today, I can be in several places at once…and I didn’t even have to be cloned. Woo!

Can you tell I’m just a little punchy after being up very late because of the WAH Expo after-hours party? What happens when a bunch of work-at-home professionals kick back, let loose and enable the web cams? Crazy karaoke, that’s what. All I can say is: “Jazz Hands.”

Thankfully, though anything that I wrote prior to that is lucid, which you can view in the following places.

(I have been a busy, busy little bee.)

Join me at MediaPost.com in the Digital Editions group that I started. Let’s talk about digital magazines (a pet project and love of mine)…is print dead? I think not, but digital’s the wave of the future. Sign up and join in the discussion…you can be a digital edition professional or a reader…let’s talk!

Join me at MetroMode Media, where, for the next week, I am the featured Guest Blogger.

And, you can get a double dose of your Erika fix today at the THIRD & FINAL DAY of Business and Learning’s SPRING WAH Expo.

At 1 p.m. Eastern time, I’ll be speaking about theWAHMmagazine, the only content-driven digital magazine for work-at-home parents and at 9 p.m. Eastern time, as a featured speaker I’ll be speaking about how editors are important to the small business owner, especially the work-at-home professional. But, it’s not just about me…there are many amazing presentations throughout the day along with networking and fun. And speaking of networking don’t miss Jennifer Gniadecki‘s talk about Non-toxic Networking, at 8 p.m. eastern, tonight’s other featured speaker.

View schedule.

Enter conference room.

Copyright © 2008, Erika-Marie S. Geiss


Tonight’s Cyber Savvy Show 06.04.08 June 4, 2008

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Join me tonight for this week’s edition of the Cyber Savvy show when my guest is Mary E. Lewis, founder and owner of Blog Stop Book Tours.

Mary will be talking about the virtual book tour, how she got started, and if you’re an author with a new or forthcoming title, you’ll want to be sure to tune in to find out how you can have a spot at Blog Spot Book Tours.

It’s a savvy new way for authors to reach their intended and new audiences…all in cyber space.

Please join us at 8 p.m. Eastern time at the Cyber Savvy show to hear about Blog Stop Book Tours.

Listen “Live” at 8 p.m. (click)

Now, if you can’t listen live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time because you’re at the Spring WAH Expo, both Mary and I will understand, as Mary presented at yesterday’s session, tomorrow, I’ll be presenting and tonight there are two fabulous featured speakers.

You can listen to the archived podcast, which is usually available about an hour after the live broadcast here.

Copyright © 2008, Erika-Marie S. Geiss

This is why I love working from home… May 30, 2008

Posted by emsgeiss in networking, parenting & family, toddlers, WAHM/WAHD Stuff, women's issues.
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Tishia Lee has tagged me for this meme, which was started yesterday by Kelly McCausey’s post at sparkplugging (formerly emoms at home). It’s funny, because I have been thinking about this lately, but it really gelled when Michael and I got to watch over a baby bird. Mine is a dual photo-essay meme with the text here and the photo essay over at theWAHMmagazine’s Editor’s blog.

But before I start, I will tag three others … so get ready ladies, you’re next: Michele Tune who writes the cyber highway, Amy Mullis, who I am sure will have a humorous spin to place on being a WAHM and Jenn Hollowell, working writer and superWAHM.

There are so many wonderful WAHMs out there, so many great blogs … but alas, I can only pick three (for this post anyway), but I am sure that these wonderful ladies will share and spread the love too! (more…)

To sleep or not to sleep…or rather, when May 23, 2008

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My mom and grandma used to marvel at how I was such an early riser as a baby. Apparently, even after my birth, which was late at night and when most sane people getting ready to turn in, I was up the next morning…at dawn.

Now, not so much. My late-teen and early adult years turned me into a bona fide night owl. Maybe it was the late nights studying. Maybe it was the late nights partying. I don’t know. Whatever it was, it definitely made a marked shift in my sleeping vs. waking patterns and preference. In fact, in many ways, it’s what’s made being a work-at-home professional with a kid (um, a WAHM that is), a bit easier. It’s quiet at night. And the chances for any interruptions in thought process or work flow are slim to none. (more…)

Rock On! It’s MommyFest 2008 May 12, 2008

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“The what?” You say. The fifth annual MommyFest online conference and blog party. I’m really psyched to be a part of it. It looks like it is  going to be a full week of talks, prizes, networking, making connections and a whole lot of blogging. Fingers are crossed that the boy, the man and the Internet cooperate with me.

So who are the boy, the man and the Internet? Well…the last one you already know if you’re reading this. If you don’t know … well, just ask Al Gore.

The boy, is my darling 27-month-old son, Michael, the aspiring writer. (Really, he is … he is going to follow in Mama’s footsteps. At least that’s the trajectory he seems to be on, and is my latest obsession.)  The man, is my darling husband, Doug, who is not an aspiring writer, but is an engineer and a public servant (we don’t use the other P-word, even though it does make me a political wife).

Who am I? I’m a work-at-home mom, like many of the MommyFest participants, a writer, blogger, editor and the publisher/and editor-in-chief of theWAHMmagazine. I”m originally from the Boston area, now transplanted in Michigan (hence the title of my blog, since Michigan is the state that’s shaped like a mitten). I actually started my home-based editing business as a part-time venture when I was in graduate school for art and architectural history, long before I was married or a parent. When my husband and I decided to start a family, it made sense to kick it up a notch and make it my primary job, since we always knew that at least one of us would be a work-at-home parent. Now, we’re a work-at-home family, me full-time, DH telecommuting part of the week from his full-time job. It’s a pretty nifty lifestyle.

I’m really looking forward to this week, spending more time with some of the moms I already know who are participating and getting to meet many others. Oh yeah, and theWAHMmagazine is also one of the sponsors and MommyFest participants get a special offer on a one-year subscription to the magazine.  Find out more at MommyFest! 😀

Rock on! It’s MommyFest 2008!

What this mother’s day means to me May 11, 2008

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Oooh! Ahhhh! Another Mother’s Day meme. Today, the blogosphere’s probably chock full of them. But beyond being a mama, and celebrating my third Mother’s Day with my husband and son, this Mother’s Day also marks an important anniversary for me in my writing career.

A year ago, my Mother’s Day gift from my husband was a set of books. Not just any books, mind you … I got the Deluxe Edition of the 2007 edition of the Writer’s Market and Christina Katz’ Writer Mama, and a couple of other writing resources. Nothing that sparked or shone when the light hit it just right. Nothing to make other women wonder “if he got it a Jared.” But they were things that were more valuable and precious than any new piece of raw hunk of crystal or ore harvested from the earth and then transformed into something pretty. (Not that I don’t like jewelry … don’t get me wrong.) (more…)

Tonight’s Cyber Savvy Show 04.16.08 April 16, 2008

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On tonight’s edition of the Cyber Savvy show, I spoke with Patrysha Korchinski, owner of Easy Results with Radio about traditional and internet radio and using radio as an effective marketing tool.

If you missed the 8 p.m. eastern broadcast of the show, you can listen to the podcast available at the PIVTR archive.

And don’t forget to tune in to the Cyber Savvy show at Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio (PIVTR) Wednesday evenings from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Another Black Eye for Detroit April 3, 2008

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It’s been a whopper of a year for Detroit, and it’s only April. So far, aside from job cuts, strikes affecting the auto industry and the worst housing market, we’ve had three big national blows to contribute to the Motor City’s perception of being the nation’s Swamp of Suckiness. Perhaps since bad things come in threes, this will be it for a while, and Detroit can manage to get out of the quagmire…but only with a lot of help.

First, Fit Pregnancy listed Detroit as the worst city to have a baby/raise a child. Second, we have Mayor Kilpatrick to thank for the “Text Message Scandal.” (New York, we feel your pain.) And now, Tuesday’s report from America’s Promise showing Detroit to have the lowest high school graduation rate in urban public schools in the United States.

I’m sure people all over the country, who are aware of these events are wondering why people even live here. Okay, so I don’t actually live in Detroit, but what happens in Detroit does affect the rest of us in the Mitten. (Youppers might disagree, but then again, many call those of us in the Mitten “trolls” since we live “under the bridge.) But I digress. This recent news really has me steaming though. I can deal with Fit Pregnancy’s report–not everyone realizes that they have choices when it comes to where they give birth or how, and that’s an issue for another post. I can almost deal with the mayoral scandal, and will wait to see the developments unfold as they’re reported in every major paper in the state and on every network—including CNN. But as a parent with a child who will be going to school in the not too distant future, the statistics about our public schools are not only appalling, but scary and it doesn’t sit well with me one bit. (more…)

A disappointing point of view March 29, 2008

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Yesterday a writing colleague disappointed me with a comment that was made about “housewives.” No, no not the show Desperate Housewives, but the actual group of people called “housewives,” which in itself is a passé term, as most choose to call themselves SAHMs or WAHMs.


WAHMs Helping WAHMs March 25, 2008

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Anyone who has been a work-at-home professional knows that it is a surprisingly large community and that we tend to travel in many of the same circles, despite the fact that we work from home and as such don’t have the same luxury or benefit of direct human-to-human daily personal contact as our colleagues who work outside of the home. While the fields and professions cover a wide range as do the personalities, one thing that is certain is that we’re a pretty tight-knit bunch, or at least I’d like to think so—and we help one another from networking events (like this week’s Celebrating Women’s Online Conference in honor of Women’s Month), or Business and Learning’s Tuesday Night Networking Chats and many other forums and opportunities for sharing, networking, commiserating.

This closeness—whether professional or personal—also means that when something unfortunate or unexpected befalls one of us, we rally together to help one another, and today is no different. One of our beloved colleagues, LaTara Ham-Ying owner of Vegan Family Living has had the unfortunate experience of having her computer completely die. We’re all online alot, and for many of us, beyond just being the outlet for communication and networking, the computer the lifeblood of our businesses. This morning, Kelly McCausey of WAHM Talk Radio posted about it on her WAHM Talk Radio blog and has spearheaded rallying the WAHM (and WAHD) community to help provide funds for a new computer for LaTara so that she can continue running her business.  If you can, please help and pass this information on to other WAHMs that you connect with.

To donate and learn more about this very important WAHMs Helping WAHMs cause, click here.  And Thanks!