Blog talk: On the Lineup

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I can’t be the only after-hours blogger longing for an extra six hours each day, hands that type as fast as I think, or a magic pill to spin less articulate thoughts into compelling copy… getting it right—and done on time—as a blogger is a daily challenge. But when I finally get a post up, and see that actual people are reading the words that I have labored over, it’s like eating a heaping, grandma-made bowl of pasta and meatballs after a long day of inconsequential noshes—sheer satisfaction.

And now that I finally got my latest post up on womenonbusiness.com, and passed along a few deliverable to clients, I am ready to dive into at least one of my upcoming posts. For starters, I have on the editorial lineup, a Q+A with Jay Jaboneta, founder of Yellow Boat of Hope, and a conversation with Val Haller, founder of music website Valslist.com and the writer behind “Music Match”. She’s got a new app coming out that is sure to be a hit on the holiday gift-giving list—from kids to parents.

Also coming up is a trio of culinary spotlights: Yellow Springs Farm (crazy good artisinal cheese maker), Wyebrook Farm, purveyors of organic beef, pork, chicken and eggs, and Boxcar Brewing Company (hopefully onsite tours of each)—all new food and drink resources discovered at Heritage Farm Fare a few weeks ago.

And, my Mighty Writers mentee is slated to deliver a guest post on our field trip to The Free Library of Philadelphia to see, listen to and get our jam on with author James McBride and his band. One of the coolest book reading/signing events that I’ve been to, I thought it would be neat to hear what a 15-year-old took away (aside from her first-ever autographed hardcover!).

Somewhere in here I plan to squeeze in a follow up to all the tweeting and posting, and most importantly, listening, I participated in during Social Good Summit 2013 in NYC. I’ve been wrestling with a few ways to tackle the endless possible angles, hence the delay. However, I am still on the #2030NOW high, and feel a sense of duty to help keep the mojo flowing and turn people onto this amazingly optimistic and powered up initiative.

And finally, I just learned that my good friend, Research Specialist at Monell Chemical Senses Center, musician and philosopher, has launched an online video talk show “Meeting of the Minds with Christopher Maute”. I am just getting up to speed on this, but after listening to him explain the central themes discussed on the air, I am curious to tune in. And, hopefully you will too—to these posts and others, as I continue to grow read.eat.DEW.write and keep up with all the interesting (and occasionally frustrating) happenings in the world.

Thanks for listening. Er, reading.

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new blogging creds

ShopMoxie:

I was thrilled to receive a very supportive and enthusiastic email from ShopMoxie founder Tom Tovar regarding the site’s Bloggers Get Local Program and (cartwheels) my joining on as a blogger. I was particularly excited because he said some very nice things about my writing, my past experience, and was surprisingly kind about my just starting a new blog (this one!) and not having all the appropriate rankings.

Probably what impressed me the most, was that he took the time to review the writing samples that I’d sent, and my social media sites for background information. Another fellow blogger received a similarly thoughtful email, and expressed sentiments much like mine. When you’re sending things out into cyberspace, it’s very hard to know if and how they’re being received when there’s no reply. The time I spent compiling information was well worth the effort, and I may be one of the lead-off guest bloggers on top of the shop local component.

Small stuff to some, but since I recently decided to see what I could make happen in the blogging universe, this is a great start.

No Kid Hungry:

I also recently became part of the No Kid Hungry/Share our Strength blogger team, and this is equally exciting. I am very serious about my commitment to helping end hunger locally and globally, and it is an honor to be associated with a renown and hardworking organization that is hell-bent on making change happen around the world. So far, I have been a better tweeter than a blogger for the cause, but I’ve only just gotten started. Stay tuned. Oh, and check out my cool badge on the sidebar menu—proudly displayed.

welcome to my latest project