Waking Up Like a Dog

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Kara Mia taking a nap

Yeah, it’s been a while. I know. I’ve been in the process of re-invention for too long and it’s time to pull the trigger on a few things, even if they’re not perfect. Anyone relate?

The topic of this post seemed like an easy way to ease back into regularly blogging for the Breakfast Blogging Club. Although, I can tell you that future posts will likely NOT be about just blogging. It feels too narrow and there are SO many other blogs doing it better.

Besides, it still stings  when I recall telling some snobby Oakland blogger a couple of years ago about BBC, and he sniffed, “Oh, how refractive.” I think that was the word he used. Yet another Blog Snob encounter.

But I digress.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m still a HUGE  proponent of blogging for business, and it can work well when incorporated into an online and social media strategy. Happens all the time.

So as I peek out, one eye open, gearing up for full blog consciousness, I thought I’d start with this easy beginning step. I’ver already committed to going to WordCamp in August, and now I’ll throw my collar in with The Media Awards coming to San Francisco in October. (This Oakland girl thanks the organizers for not picking a south bay venue!)

Here’s the scoop.

The World Media Awards and Event

Learn how to use the latest technologies and techniques to boost your blog and publishing results. The purpose of the event is to gather people and knowledge to celebrate the best in blogging and media creation. If you get the importance of a content startegy – regardless of the size of your business – you’ll want to be there.

At this event, there will be a series of workshops and events hosted by some of the world’s leading publishing experts. The event takes place on Wendesday, October 26th at the PayPal building in San Francsico.

Tickets are $50, but you can blog about this event for a chance to go for free. Yes, I’m going this route myself.  But you need to be one of the first 100 bloggers to post about it.  Wish me luck.

Space is limited to 500 attendees and you can contact the organizer, Murray Newlands.  Murray is also the organizer of the San Francisco Blogging Club Meetup. Sorry to say I haven’t been to one of their meetings yet.

If you’re part of the Breakfast Blogging Club circle and either follow this blog (really, thanks for hanging in there), are a member of our Meetup, or get the weekly emails from our Quick Start Guide of juicy blogging topics (HUGE thank you), then this event is for you. I also think folks in PR, media marketing, authors, business bloggers and content creators will benefit from attending.

Here’s what Murray Newlands says about it:

“I love blogging and wanted to create an event to celebrate the best in blogging and media. I meet lots of publishers and want to be able to create an environment where they can exchange knowledge and creativity.

“We are pleased to have eBay as lead sponsors of the event. eBay is keen to support the publishing community.”

More to be said about the event includes:

The eBay partner network is increasingly reaching out to support bloggers. Other sponsors include Growmap, VigLink and Trancos.

World Media Award judges include Steve Hall, Sarah Austin, Chang Kim, Pierre Zarokian, Cheryl Contee, Krystyl Baldwin, Adrian Harris, Jeremy Wright, Rob Bloggeries, Dave Duarte, Tanya Alvarez and Dana Oshiro

Media partners include Adrants, The Affiliate Marketing Awards, Read Write Web, mediavisioninteractive.com and Bloggeries.

And just who is Murray Newlands? Seems like a busy guy, doesn’t he?

Murray Newlands is author of “How to Make a Blog Book” and “Online Marketing; a User Guide.” He is also founder of the Affiliate Marketing Awards. Born in the UK, he now spends his time in San Francisco and New York. Murray works for Audience Mindshare and consults for Trancos Ins as well as being an advisor for VigLink.

Would love to see some of our Breakfast Blogging peeps there. Let me know if you’re planning on going.

And I promise not to hit the snooze button.

P.S. That’s my dog Kara in the picture. She’s about 10 months old. Got her from the Oakland SPCA. They told us she was a border collie mix, but she looks a lot like a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. She seems to like herding and loves water…well, mud anyway.


7 Comments on Waking Up Like a Dog

  1. Lisa Schliff on Fri, 22nd Jul 2011 5:51 pm
  2. Beth, I enjoyed reading your Blog approximately 3 minutes after I posted mine and then checked my e-mail. Yours is a little long; I keep mine much briefer for the attention-deprived (or is it depraved?). I miss the Blogging Club and am determined to come to at least one before the end of 2011. Here’s a topic for the Club: How do I discourage the spam comments? I just got one offering me Viagra. Also, I still feel like I’m blogging into a void, and nobody is reading it. So I just sent it to my Facebook Page. Let’s see if that gets me an audience. As for the Blog Snob, fuhgedaboutit.

  3. 2browndawgs on Sat, 23rd Jul 2011 3:41 am
  4. I blog for fun, but I wanted to say Kara is very cute! I would say border collie mix is more correct rather than a CBR. The 2 brown dawgs don’t care what kind of dawg Kara is, they would love to play with her. Water is their favorite!

    Best of luck with your Breakfast Blogging Club!

  5. allison bliss on Sun, 24th Jul 2011 8:39 am
  6. Honestly, Cheryl; I like your Quick Start Guide of juicy blogging topics way better than most of the books by those other snobby, refractive pseudo bloggers! Yours is always interesting, funny, and I learn something.

  7. Lin Ivice on Sat, 7th Apr 2012 4:55 pm
  8. Hi Cheryl,

    I just joined the Breakfast Blogging Club and saw your post as cruised the content. I imagine Kara is a big girl by now and that you’re more hopelessly in love with her each passing day.I adopted my Emma from Rocket Dog Rescue in SF on New Year’s Day, and she, too, has inspired a blog post:


    I look forward to meeting you at one of the breakfasts!

  9. Cheryl on Sun, 8th Apr 2012 5:51 pm
  10. How long is too long to say thank you? How long is too long to feel touched and appreciative of someone’s kind consideration.


    Lisa, If you haven’t already, add a spam filter to your blog like Akismet. There are other’s too. And be sure to clean out your comment spam regularly. We’ve heard of bad things getting access to your blog through spam comments. Keep blogging to express yourself, say good things about your business, and you’re on the right track in linking blog posts to Facebook. Just be sure to add commentary to the post, a teaser maybe. Don’t auto-post.

    2Browndawgs, You are spot on with the border collie mix. And Kara is now about 18 months old, LOVERS playing with other dogs and kids and is a joy to have as part of our family! Thank you for chiming in!

    Allison, Thank you. I’m glad you’re enjoying the tips.

    Lin, So glad you found us and joined. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month. Next meeting is 4/19, 9-11:30 in Oakland, CA. Kara is about 35 lbs of fun, tail-waggin’ fun. Would really like to connect with you some time, too. So feel free to call or email — see http://www.InsideSocialMedia.net for what I do. And love your cute bundle of puppy-ness!

  11. Tisa on Sun, 22nd Jul 2012 10:46 pm
  12. Hey Cheryl,

    Went to my first BBC last Thursday and it was AWESOME. I came away with about a bazillion new blogging ideas. Thank you!

    I’m also signed up for WordPress Camp in August. I’m not sure how much of it will be over my head, but I know I can always ask you a question or two.

    BTW, you just point out that Blog Snob to me and I’ll take care of his hipster bad attitude…


  13. Cheryl on Mon, 23rd Jul 2012 5:06 pm
  14. Thanks, Tisa! The next time I come across a Blog Snob, I’ll call you right away!

    And no worries about WordPress Camp. Yes, you will likely hear things that make you go, “huh?” But it’s a great place to learn tips and get better at using WP. Plus, you’ll meet great people at every level. Good for you of taking the leap.