CWB is on LinkedIn!

Cincinnati Women Bloggers now has a group on LinkedIn.  Click on the link to join: http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/883067  

 

 

Great Meet Up at Coffee Emporium

Thank you to everyone who came out to this morning’s Cincinnati Women Blogger Meet Up at the Coffee Emporium in Hyde Park.  We had a great turnout today and hope you all will continue coming back!

A big thank you goes out to our guest speaker, Allison Kulage with Upright Communications, who spoke to the group on SEO and growing blog traffic. If you’ve got additional questions and would like to follow up with Allison, you can reach her at allison@walkupright.com.  You can also check out her blog at www.walkupright.com/blog.

We’d also like to thank everyone who took time out of their Saturday to come out. We had a great group of women in attendance:

Shannanb – Mommy Bits and Cincinnati Losers
Deb Freitag
Di Stamper
Allison Kulage – Walk Upright
Debba Haupert – Girlfriendology
Vickie Sceifers – VS Productions
Susan Jackson – Working Moms Against Guilt and Mr. and Mrs. Get Fit
Amy Cribbs – Amy In Ohio and Cincinnati Losers
Candy Silvasy – Spa Around the World in 80 Days
Krista Neher – KriBaby
Loree Stark – World’s Best Burger and Hermits Gone Wild
Andrea Brofft – UDandi
Jane Steinmetz – Dream it, Be It, Start It

If you weren’t able to make it out today, never fear as well be getting together again next month. Stay tuned for details.  Also, like last month, we’ll be picking one attendee at random to be this month’s Blogger of the Month!  Be looking for a Q&A post with that person the first week of October. If you missed it, you can still read about our September Women Blogger of the Month (notice I didn’t write “Click Here.”)

CWB Blogger of the Month: Losing It

Many of you have been following my weight loss progress over at Cincinnati Losers. I know I speak for all the losers when I tell you what an extra motivator it is to have your words of encouragement as we battle this demon.

A lot of people struggle every day with weight – whether they are trying to lose the weight or not, the extra pounds are a struggle. Climbing stairs, buying clothes, doctor’s visits, enjoying life – every aspect of your existence is affected when your weight is an issue.

In this country of plenty, where most of us have never known a day of hunger, obesity is the reality touching everyone. 1.6 BILLION people in the world are over-weight. 1.6 BILLION people eat too much on a regular basis, don’t get ample exercise and suffer the consequences of these unhealthy choices. It’s reached epidemic levels – I should know, I’m one of those people. For now.

As if in some bizarre parallel universe, almost a BILLION other people in the world don’t have enough to eat on a daily basis. This epidemic covers the spectrum of human existence: from U.S. children going to bed each night and heading off to school each morning with empty tummies, to devastating starvation killing thousands each day in third world nations.

And there, but for the grace of God, go any one of us.

A few years ago, a Seattle woman, Debbie Hugo decided to hit both epidemics head on. She was your typical Weight Watchers leader, working to inspire others to have the same success she had with the Weight Watchers program. In September, 2003, she decided to kick things up a notch.

Her plan was that for every pound or ounce that members lost, they would bring in the equivalent weight in food that would be donated to a local food bank. This was just the spark that her members needed to commit to weight loss and have the bonus of doing real good for their community. That first year, Hugo’s Members lost — and contributed, in food — about 3,000 pounds. And they’ve continued to lose and give in the years since.

WW headquarters heard about the amazing success of this local program and decided to launch it globally. On September 7th, Weight Watchers launched it’s first ever Lose for Good campaign. For every pound lost by Weight Watchers members between September 7th and October 18th, Weight Watchers will donate the equivalent poundage in food up to ONE MILLION DOLLARS to two charities combating hunger in the U.S. and worldwide. You can read more about those organizations here.

I’ve been in Weight Watchers a few times. My recent (and final because this time it’s gonna STICK!) effort began in January, slacked off in April and re-energized in August. On September 9th, inspired by this campaign, I bought a walking CD and I’ve been hitting the exercise hard. I don’t think I would have taken it to this next level had it not been for Lose for Good. I’ve lost 5.6 pounds since it began – my very best two week period EVER! That 5.6 pounds translates into milk for a month for 67 children! My flubber did that!? Amazing!

I want others to feel inspired and join me on this journey. Weight Watchers has generously given me two free three-month memberships to raffle off. You will have your choice between a traditional Weight Watchers membership or an online membership.

So if you’ve been thinking about getting off the couch and on with your life, leave a comment here telling me what part of YOUR life is affected by your weight and why you want to LOSE FOR GOOD and LOSE FOR GOOD. You have til October 1st at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be randomly selected by that website random thinga-ma-gig. I’ll post the winners here on Thursday morning (10/2) and you can start doing it already!

I can’t wait to hear from you and become part of your cheerleading squad!

CWB Blogger of the Month: Bloggers Unite

This is a cross post from Cincinnati Woman Blogger of the Month Amy Cribb’s blog, Amy in Ohio. You can check out posts from Amy here throughout the month of September.

There are wonderful causes out there that bring us bloggers together for a common purpose – noble purposes which motivate us to act and effect real change in this world of ours.

To be clear, this is not one of  those causes. This is a cause full of self-indulgence, trash talk, underthetable gambling, and of course the potential for NATIONAL (maybe even INTERNATIONAL) blogger bragging rights.

That’s right folks, it’s the official launch of the BFL: Blogger Football League.

Here’s the skinny: Insta-Mom (our league Commish) and I are hosting a Football Pick Carnival each week. The play by play action will be done at her place:

To participate, all you have to do is post your picks for each (and every) NFL game being played in a particular week on your Blog by the kick-off of the first game. Then link your post to the Mr. Linky rooster at Insta-Mom’s site. Each week, we’ll determine a winner based on a very scientific formula that requires many scientific people who have a scientific fourteenth-century abacus, a lot of free time on their hands and not a lot of hobbies except for their scientific-ing (read: we count and who ever has the most right wins – MNF score will break all ties).   That winner will have seven days of bragging bliss as the BFL Player of the Week.  Yes it IS that exciting.  We’re in talks with Janet Jackson it is THAT exciting.  The founders of the league will take credit for celebrate your achievement and link you every way we can sending enormous compulsive gambler traffic your way all week long.

But as if that wasn’t enough, we even have this nifty badge to be awarded weekly to our BLF Weekly MVP.  In other words, people will be dying to get in on this action.

You know you want it.

Plus, just for being a member of the league you get to snazzy-up your site with this little gem:

That’s right, we’re givers.

This league ain’t for the faint of heart, we’ve got some serious talent with letters of intent on file.  Take a look at the competition:

One Ping Only

Headless Mom

Where’s My Blue Crayon

But Why Mommy

Domestic Extraordinaire

Amazing Greis

Unmitigated

A Day in the Life

Tom and Carla

Mama Ginger Tree

And more joining every day!

So come on rook – don’t be a scab! Make your picks, go check out other wannabes in the league and ask yourself: Do you have what it takes to make it in the BFL? Do you? Are you ready for some football?

Week Three Games
(for easy copy and pasting to your post)

ARIZONA @ WASHINGTON

CAROLINA @ MINNESOTA

HOUSTON @ TENNESSEE

MIAMI @ NEW ENGLAND

OAKLAND @ BUFFALO

CINCINNATI @ NY GIANTS

KANSAS CITY @ ATLANTA

TAMPA BAY @ CHICAGO

ST LOUIS @ SEATTLE

DETROIT @ SAN FRANSISCO

NEW ORLEANS @ DENVER

PITTSBURGH @ PHILADELPHIA

CLEVELAND @ BALTIMORE

JACKSONVILLE @ INDIANAPOLIS

DALLAS @ GREEN BAY

Monday Night Game

NY JETS @ SAN DIEGO
COMBINED FINAL SCORE_________

Good luck bloggers! Cause you’re gonna need it! (Insert inappropriate grabbing of my lower nether regions and maybe a spit or two.)

PS: We have a twitter account set up for BFL: BFL2008.  Once you follow it and we follow back, you can DM messages to BFL2008 and all the players in the league will receive your message at once.  So follow today.   Go to Insta-Mom’ssite if you haven’t gotten the badge yet.  Feel free to use the pics above to add some color to your picks post or design your own and I’ll steal it!

Speaker announced for upcoming Cincinnati Women Blogger meeting

Cincinnati Union Terminal at Dusk

Join Cincinnati Women Bloggers on Saturday, September 27th 9:30 a.m. Coffee Emporium (upstairs room), Erie Ave. in Hyde Park. We have a special speaker, Allison Kulage, who will join us to speak on SEO and growing blog traffic.

Allison has worked in the SEO field for over nine years and currently holds the position of SEO Director for Upright Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the past nine years, she has worked with a variety of clients in industrial as well as consumer oriented businesses, such as Clopay Garage Doors, Diebold, Jasper Engines and Valentine One Radar Detectors.

Throughout her career, Allison has participated in numerous SEO/SEM related conferences such as Search Engine Strategies, Search Marketing Expo, and AdTech. She is a Bruce Clay Inc., Certified SEO Analyst for four years and continues to train yearly to keep up with the changes in the industry, as well as search engine optimization standards and best practices.

Passionate about SEO, Allison enjoys the variety of clients she works with. Adhering to a strict SEO code of ethics, she also enjoys generating success for her clients through ethical search engine optimization.

www.walkupright.com – Upright Communications’ site. Allison has been with Upright for nine years and she’s the SEO Director. Their blog www.walkupright.com/blog and www.photoalbumsmadefun.com – a side project she’s working on.

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Area Blogger Events & Activities (Vol. 3)

Shop in the City

Sunday Sept. 14th

Noon – 4 p.m.

Oakley (Madison & Brazee, by Boca Restaurant

* Gift bags for the first 100 women plus prizes and shopping specials all day!

www.Girlfriendology.com

 

New Media Cincinnati Meet Up

Saturday, September 20, 2008,

2 to 4 p.m.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Rookwood Pavilion in Norwood)

Topic: New Media Cincinnati (Un) Conference/Community Project

http://nmc200809.eventbrite.com/

 

HealthPoint HopeBox Derby

Saturday, September 20

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Northern Kentucky University

www.hopeboxderby.com

— Personal Plug- As part of my participation in Leadership Northern Kentucky I am helping organize a soapbox derby fundraising event next weekend.  It’s free to attend and the day has a little something for everyone!  Shannan

 

Women who Wine  

Sunday Sept. 21

1-3 p.m.

Tino Vino (East Hyde Park)

* Limited to 50 women

www.Girlfriendology.com

 

Cincinnati Women Bloggers Meet Up

Saturday, September 27th

9:30 a.m.

Coffee Emporium (Hyde Park)

Topic: The Wonders of WordPress

www.cincinnatiwomenbloggers.com

 

 

Have an event you want us to include in our weekly events update?  Email news@cincinnatiwomenbloggers.com!

CWB Blogger of the Month: Parker in Ohio

The following post, written by Cincinnati Woman Blogger of the Month Amy Cribbs, can be found on her blog Amy in Ohio. Amy’s work will appear on the CWB site throughout September.

As P gets older and becomes such a little person I’m reminded of the awesome task before me as I raise a daughter in today’s world. Parenting well has always been difficult I imagine. But in this age where children have so many options and so many potential pitfalls, who amongst us can claim expertise in the best way to get them from the ABC’s of childhood through the unknowns of life.

When I was in college, I was a counselor for a few years at a wonderful summer camp in Minnesota. Before my first summer there, the director provided everyone with a copy of Reviving Ophelia. He hoped it would help us better understand the type of emotional nourishment these young girls were searching for and in knowing, be better equipped to offer it. At that time, the book was way over my head, in many ways I was still a malnourished girl myself, full of doubts and wondering about what and who I was. But one thing I did take away from that book and from those summers at Camp Lake Hubert was that feeding the female soul can never begin too early. It is an undertaking from the moment she enters the world.

How do you teach a young girl confidence? Self-respect? A healthy sense of humor for the world and herself? How do you show her that she can be the leader of the free world should she choose but at the same time let her know that if motherhood is her calling you’d be just as proud?

How do you ensure that the values you prioritize pass to her just as easily as your love of chocolate did? Things like love and friendship, showing kindness to strangers as easily as you do your family. Instilling in her that no matter the color of a person’s skin or who they choose to love or the quality of their clothes, that they are her equal and deserve to be treated as such.

I have no idea really. The best I can do is smother her with love and acceptance. Be the open-minded creature I want her to be. And then hope it sticks. Hope…

I think that’s why a commercial caught my attention a couple days ago. I have read and seen the wonderful Campaign For Real Beauty Dove launched a couple years ago. I’m sure everyone has come across it in some form or fashion. But the other day they were talking about a program they offer to young girls – workshops in schools and churches and other gathering spots around the country. This spoke directly to me as it offers girls some answers to the overwhelming and confusing questions we’re all facing. Issues like self-esteem and self-acceptance; not buying into the media’s portrayal of what a “real” woman looks and feels like. You can go online to their site and there find interactive tools for your daughters, nieces, grand-daughters as well as great information for the Mothers and Mentors in their lives.

As you probably know, I joined six other wonderful women a couple weeks ago in a new blog venture. Though weight loss was the common bond bringing us together, so much more has come to light – so many more similarities between us. We’ve all either posted or commented about the idea of being “skinny” vs. the reality of what our bodies are capable of. We’ve questioned the images we face each time we pick up a magazine or turn on the television – and how that completely contradicts with the real us in the real world. Here are these wonderful, successful women in the prime of their lives and they are making the connection that healthy always trumps skinny and THEY are the only ones that determine the who and what they are going to be. If I could bottle this wisdom and then inject it into P, I’d be set!

So it’s gonna be hard. Raising a healthy, happy daughter is probably the greatest task I’ll take on in my life. But I’m up for the challenge. I’m surrounded by excellent role models not only for P but for myself. I grow more confident and sure of my choices and opinions each day. I love me a little more each day. My hope is that it won’t take P so long to get to here, but as long as she gets here, I’ll have succeeded.