How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

How NOT to Pitch a Blogger

The amount of pitches that land in my inbox is often overwhelming and...wrong.  I don’t mean to complain. I am grateful that I am even considered by publicists in my 4th year of blogging and when the right one lands at my fingertips, I am thrilled. I know when I get a pitch that is right for me. It’s generally when I can tell my blog has been sought out for a reason, usually because the person at the other end of the pitch understands my niche and knows what works here on The Culture Mom or beyond in my freelance writing world. I have written about … [Read more...]

A Two-Faced Martha Stewart

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I just went through my inbox and counted nearly half a dozen pitches that I've received from Martha Stewart's people over the past few years. Over and over, I have explained to her publicists that I'm a culture and travel writer and that my niche does not include anything remotely domesticated or crafty. But their pitches keep coming, with constant requests to attend events and this question is asked of me regularly: "Can I send you hi-res images and you can post about the line?" Since these people are associated with the Martha Stewart brand, I've been … [Read more...]

Evolving and Entering 2013

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I'm determined to reflect and write an account of 2012, as I do every year. It helps to think about my achievements, as I am ending the year on a bit of a low.  I wasn't sure why I feel this way around this time of year until I saw this tweet from one of my favorite writers and actresses, Lena Duham, and realized I'm not the only one: Then I realized that if she, the queen of everything creative and successful, can feel this way, I'm not a total loser.  I have so much to look forward to in 2013 and I need to focus on the good in my life.  I'm at a … [Read more...]

Time to Rebrand

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When I started to conceptualize this blog in late 2009, I spent months agonizing over everything.  The URL, the logo, the content, my writing.  I was not technical in the slightest.  I remember starting out on Blogger.com and writing my first post.   I remember thinking, what do I have to say?  I wanted to start a travel blog, but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to travel enough.  And then this came out, my first blog, titled "No...Wire...Hangerrrs!" Joan Crawford said it in the classic film “Mommy Dearest”. We never forgot it. Such a great line. … [Read more...]

Thank god for mothers.

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Last week when I was asked to guest blog over at the Katie Couric Show, there was no way I could refuse.  The guest was Barbra Streisand, a Hollywood icon and someone who's music, movies and career I've followed my whole life (haven't we all?).  Fortunately, I was able to step out of my everyday life and spend the afternoon in the studio and witness an hour with Barbra.  I spent some time in the green room, avoided the lines to get into the show (bypassing the 2,000 on the waiting list) and was captured in a photo with Katie Couric herself after the show … [Read more...]

New Year, New Beginnings, Being Mindful and Making a Vision Board

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I've spent the last two days in synagogue, singing, listing to familiar prayers and the beautiful sound of the shofar being blown, reflecting on a another year of my life gone by.  I take Rosh Hashanah very seriously. It's a time to think back on everything I've done this year, both positive and negative. It's a time to keep going in some ways and a time to start over in others. A lot happened to me this year.  I got involved in theater and got to work with the most amazing women ever on not one, but two shows.  I had a good stint at a client I was … [Read more...]

Being in the Moment at Mom 2.0

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I just got back from Mom 2.0.  I spent the last few days with women from all over the country, gathered to celebrate working moms and the power of the written word and social media.  For two days we listened to speakers talk about how we can make a difference using our influence, using our voice, using our intentions.  My heart is full, my mind spinning.  I met and heard from some of my own personal blogging heroes and got to spend quality time with some many of my virtual turned IRL friends.  I can't say enough about these virtues and significance of … [Read more...]

Feeling the Need to Unplug in Order to Plug

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I never used to be like this. I used to read a lot – newspapers, books, magazines.  I’d carry literature around with me. And I had more human interaction than I have now.  I called my friends.  I knocked on people’s doors at work and in my neighborhood.  I never let a certain amount of time go by before I got in touch with the people I care most about.  I had a cell phone, but to be honest, before I got an iPhone, I hardly used it. Then I had kids and went back to work, and I relied more on my cell phone to keep in touch with the babysitter, … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know How She Does It, Either by Shari Simpson

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This is the fourth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Shari Simpson, the co-writer of the comedy “Maybe Baby, It’s You” ,  (Dramatic Publishing, Inc.) and the non-dizzy redhead behind the blog “Earth Mother just means I’m dusty.” She is also the editor of Mommy Poppins NJ and writes a weekly humor column for Aiming Low. Shari won a 2006 Telly Award in the “Social Issues” category for her short film script “Positive Choice” and writes for the HOPE Worldwide … [Read more...]

Unbalance by Ann Imig

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This is the first entry in my new series "I Don't Know How She Does It," written by Ann Imig, a stay-at-home humorist and the National Director of Listen to Your Mother (LTYM). In some overwhelmed moments, I still wish I could just be content with the privilege of affording to stay home raising my kids.  I wish that the business of mothering could fulfill me completely, because my five and seven-year-old boys' baby days are bygone, and their childhoods feel fleeting. I already have to bribe my boys for hugs. Kisses are completely off-limits. … [Read more...]