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Social Media Marketing World 2014 – who’s with me?

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I went to Social Media Marketing World last year and really enjoyed it. Learned a lot and met some great people. And guess what? I finally decided to do it again this year.

Why? Lots of networking opportunities. You meet new people and get to talk shop as much as you want with people who understand what you do. But don’t approach it from a “What can you do for me?” attitude. Just treat everyone with respect and realize that person you meet now could send you business or answer a question or just become a really awesome friend.

It’s in San Diego. Need I say more? Yeah, I live here and I love it. You will, too.

There’s not a ton of time left, so go get your ticket while you can. Buy before Friday and you’ll get $100 off the price of your ticket. What are you waiting for? See you there!

Can’t make it in person? Save $250 on a virtual ticket before Friday as well!

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An Awesome Evening

scott-strattenOn Tuesday night I actually left the house and went to a Social Media Club San Diego event with UnMarketing’s Scott Stratten. He was talking about his new book, The Book of Business Awesome and it was … wait for it … awesome.

Scott & Scott – and I didn’t even have to twist him arm to pose with me. And he signed eleventy billion books for all of us, too. What a guy, right? At the end here I’ll post a link to a similar talk he did so you can see Scott’s awesomeness live almost live.

Later I went back to look at what Scott had signed in the book. “Thanks for the seat.” Ha! I had joked that he took my seat at the signing table (I was really just keeping it warm), so he remembered and wrote that in there. See? Awesome. Totally personable and he seemed like he was enjoying himself in spite of being tired. He also mentioned that he would NOT complain about signing a billion books. Why? Because he’s signing a book THAT HE WROTE. If you ever get tired of that, maybe you shouldn’t be an author? See? More awesome.

The talk was great and so was the Twitter conversation going on during it. What? You don’t expect a group of social media people attending a Social Media Club talk from a social media person to not tweet, do you? I didn’t think so.

San Diego has the absolute best social media community. Really – it is fantastic. I meet the coolest people and always have a blast when I’m at an event with them. I got one of the best compliments EVER the other night and it made my week. If you are here locally and you haven’t gone to a tweet-up, local bloggers event, or a SMCSD event, you really should. I love all of them. And none of them paid me to say that at all. Totally spontaneous. Smile We are so lucky to live where we do and get to do the work that we do.

Here’s the other talk of Scott’s:

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When I’m not here, I’m there

I’ve been writing elsewhere a bit and wanted to share a couple of recent posts. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to go over & leave a little comment love!

First, I went to Sonoma County for Travel Mamas, and wrote about my adventures there. Now I totally want to go on a romantic retreat with hubby.
Fun for couples along the Wine Road in Sonoma County

And then I wrote about my favorite social media management tool, Sprout Social, for Fandom Marketing. PS) There’s a t-shirt giveaway, so please go and enter!
How Sprout Social helps brands spread the love

This is why I love the internets


“It’s really not all that bad.” That’s what I — and my husband — keep telling myself. I love the time I spend with my son, even as I feel guilty that it’s not enough… or especially not enough quality over quantity.

But then I lie in bed in the morning, after my son is up and we’re both snuggled up watching a cartoon or two, and I realize how good I have it. There’s no rushing around in the morning to get him to daycare and me to work. I doze a little while he plays with his cars and sips his milk. I smile as he runs his cars all over my head and shoulders, making these new little “vroom vroom” noises.

And I realize all of this, even as we’re terribly short on money, when I am able to get out of my own head. That’s not easy when you work from home and don’t really get out much. And yet, the internet helps me there, too. I chat with people on twitter when I take breaks. I read blogs and get to see how my internet friends are doing.

I’ve even made new local friends. That’s probably the biggest thing that the ‘net has brought me. As I think I’ve mentioned before, several of my closest friends have moved in the last few years. Since I don’t work outside the home any longer, it has been much harder to find new people to hang out with. But then I went to a couple of events that I found out about on Twitter. And I started meeting other moms.

From there, I found out about events through sdGNO (San Diego Girl’s Night Out) and sdIRL (San Diego In Real Life). And wouldn’t you know it? I have made a bunch of new friends and connected with some old ones, too. (Of course, that totally doesn’t include everyone, but you can see lists of people I’ve met via some twitter lists.)

Just getting to hang out with many cool people, get our kids together for playdates, and get out of the darn house has been making a big difference for me. It’s slowly getting better, the more I push myself to go do cool things.

As long as I can keep reminding myself not to think to hard about all that I’m not doing and not getting accomplished — and concentrate on the good — I think it’ll be okay.

Nah, I’m sure of it.

I’d also like to thank the kind person who nominated me for a “Best in Lifestyle” award from the San Diego Social Media Awards (#influenceSD). I absolutely wasn’t expecting it and no matter where I wind up, I’m honored to be in a group with so many of my friends. (PS – you can vote for me here, if you are so inclined.)