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Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday's Muse: Thoughts & reflections

A few of my blogging friends are participating in PR Blackout week, which began today. The purpose, in a nutshell, is to connect to your readers without posting reviews or giveaways. (I'm not sure if that includes paid posts.)

I'm not officially participating, but I am a huge supporter of some of the blogs that are and I think it's a great opportunity to get to know them better, to read some personal posts and just to do something a little different.

Along that vane, I'm "hanging out" with Maternal Spark to consider what I want to do around here. And, you know, I think I want to do exactly what I've been doing. Let me explain:

I think over the years (about two and more than 1,000 posts) you've gotten to know a lot about me. I write about my children, my health and weight loss as well as the ups and downs of everyday life. Mixed in with that are reviews, paid posts and some PR-inspired posts. Oh, and I've done a couple of giveaways. The reason I do the reviews and PR stuff is because some of my background is in magazine article writing. When I was an editor at a business magazine, here in the Atlanta area, writing book reviews was one of my absolute favorite things to do.

I also had the chance to write travel and car reviews, a lot of features as well as some serious stuff. As a trained journalist, the "news" often comes from PR professionals - that's their job - and I normally don't write or talk about anything that I don't like. I always tell authors, agents and publishers that I'm considering the book for review - it's not a done deal. I ask PR folks to send me products I'm interested in and so forth. And, of course, I write paid posts 'cause I need the money.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because that's what it is like in this woman's world. Now, I have to hurry up and hit publish before midnight because this is supposed to be Monday's Muse. (I know I'm running late, you don't have to tell me. :P)

Almost forgot one of my standard lines: What's fueling me this week are thoughts about my life and taking care of my children. And I may take the Maternal Spark challenge and get in touch with my creative side a little. It's been awhile since I've written a poem, posted a creative photo or told a silly story. Maybe that's in order this week too.

I hope you have an extremely creative, inspiring and joyful week. Wish me luck with that (things haven't been easy around here) and I'll see ya soon.
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