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July, 2010 | Everyday Childhood

Archives for July 2010

The Ultimate Networking Tool

It’s that time of  year again… BlogHer. There are a zillion reasons why people go to BlogHer… parties, free stuff, friends, free stuff, learning, free stuff… There’s alot of free stuff. But the main reason I go to BlogHer is to network.

Networking is key to moving yourself forward in any field. In the field of blogging… competition is stiff. If I’m going to come out on top… I need to make an impression on someone. The only way I’m going to make an impression on someone is to go out there and meet them.

Here’s my best example:

It was BlogHer ’09. I was attending the BowlHer event, sponsored by Collective Bias. I kept hearing about Collective Bias and it’s amazing CEO John Andrews. The big buzz going around was the fact that John used to be with Wal Mart and involved with the Wal Mart 11 Moms.

“Wow!” I remember thinking. “I totally need to meet this guy… he needs to hear my ideas! I have TONS of ideas!”

But… that’s not how it totally went down. You see… I was walking in front of all the bowling lanes and this guy is standing there. I think… “oops… I totally walked in front of his lane.”

“Hi. I’m John Andrews.” he says.

“Oh! Hi! I’m Kelly Loubet! (Insert loads of unintelligable rambling here.)”

So… John goes on to tell me how he’s trying to personally meet the bloggers, get them involved in Collective Bias, and share ideas with one another. He asks for my card and OH EM GEE… I don’t have any with me!

What was I to do? I grabbed my handy swag bag and pulled out some Hanes socks. I tore the wrapper off and wrote my info on the back.

You did what?!?

Yeah… I did that. And guess what? I’m instantly memorable. I get an invite a couple days later to join Collective Bias and the rest is history. I’ve been doing work with them for over a year now. I’ve made some amazing friends and worked with some very talented people. (Love you Amy and Brooke!)

And that picture? Up above? That’s the actual sock wrapper. John found it while cleaning out some things a while back and thought I’d get a kick out of it.

So what is The Ultimate Networking Tool?

You.

Be yourself. Know your goals. Have ideas. Offer solutions. Know more about your passion than anyone else in your field. And above all… be genuine.

See you in New York!

xo

Kelly

Paper Crafting with Open Sky

Tonight on my live webcast… Sew Krazy on MomTv.com… I demonstrated the use of a fantastic paper crafting book in my Open Sky shop by Repro Depot. It’s called Flora.

Flora is a catalog of amazing papers. It comes with a CD for you to print at home or at your favorite specialty store! You can buy a copy of the book by clicking here.

You can watch the replay of tonight’s show… as well as any other show on my MomTv page. http://www.momtv.com/sew-krazy

Tune in next Monday at 10pm EST!

*A big thank you goes out to Kellie’s ScrapLog for inspiration!

A Dog Bite…

Five days ago, I was bitten by a dog on the face. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine something like this happening. One minute I’m chatting with a friend and the next minute I’m bleeding all over the place.

I feel sad… unmotivated. I wonder if it will scar. I look in the mirror as I change the bandages and my stomach churns. That isn’t my face. My smooth, pale, unmarked skin has been replaced by a long line of stiches under my eye, a nasty drainage tube, and a hole in my cheek that I have to stuff with sterile packing each night.
I cry. I’m conflicted over my feelings. Is it ok to be vain in this situation? I’m not typically that worried about how I look. I’m fairly laid back… relaxed… but suddenly I’m thrust into this sense of panic. I silently whisper that when the stitches vanish… the wounds will be nothing more than distant memory.

EVO ’10

I had one of those “ah-ha” moments while at EVO ’10. I think I already talked about this… but I figured out what I really want to do with my blog. I mean really figured it out. In addition… I made some amazing business contacts while I was there. That’s what it’s all about right? Making connections and having that “ah-ha” moment?

Yes… but I also got a chance to let my hair down and have some fun.

I’d like to share some of those moments with you. I borrowed these pictures from the EVO Flickr Group… Thanks ladies.

Dueling Pianos… Amazing.

Working on my skin at the Nu Skin Suite.
Gettin’ my groove on…
Making friends in the Collective Bias Hershey’s Suite.

The point is… I go to conferences to work. I do. And I make valuable contacts. And I learn amazing things. At EVO… I also figured out that I can have a good time with good friends too. Thanks ladies for an amazing time.

Thursday’s Cause: Stand For Children


I’ve decided that each Thursday, I will focus on a special cause. Being the President of the Arizona Chapter of Mom It Forward, has allowed me to work with some amazing groups. All of our events are fun, free, social gatherings with a cause. The next several months will no doubt be focused on one particular cause near and dear to my heart.

As most of you know… I’ve been actively working with a non profit organization called Stand For Children. We helped them push for education reform in Arizona by getting the word out on Prop 100, which passed an increased sales tax. We formed an online community within Collective Bias (if you’d like to be invited… let me know!). And we met up to make video responses on our feelings about public education reform.

The mission of Stand for Children reads:

“Stand for Children’s mission is to use the power of grassroots action to help all children get the excellent public education and strong support they need to thrive.”

What I love most about Stand for Children is it truly is a grassroots effort. People from all walks of life and all backgrounds show up to support their community. Supporters don’t even need to be from Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington. They just need to be passionate about the quality of education our future leaders are receiving in the public education system.

If you would like to get involved in the current video campaign… leave me your information. I’ll contact you with the specific questions we’re looking to have answered. And if video isn’t your thing? Create some text that can be used. Let’s be active. Let’s get involved. Let’s make a change.