CWB Meets Tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that Cincinnati Women Bloggers will be meeting tomorrow at Red Tree Gallery & Coffee Shop in Oakley. We hope you’ll join us at 10 a.m. to hear noted recruiter Jennifer McClure speak about using blogs and other social media tools in your job search. This is a great topic for job seekers of all kinds, whether it’s full-time employment you are seeking or freelance work.

A BIG thank you to MomCorps for sponsoring our event!

Directions to Red Tree Gallery

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Cha-Cha-Changes

All great organizations evolve over time, and ours is no different. You’ll be seeing some changes at CWB starting this month.

In just a few short weeks Laura will be moving to Seattle to feed her coffee addiction and pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a ski bunny (maybe she’ll graduate to “blues” in 2010 – fingers crossed). She’ll also be peddling her PR wares on the west coast. She assures us she will think about us everyday, check in regularly, and come back to Cincinnati at least four times a year to harass us. Hopefully she’ll find a group of women bloggers to hang with in the Pacific Northwest. You can still connect with her on Twitter (@LMDeaton) her blog Laura’s Carbon Footprint or on LinkedIn (LMDeaton).

In addition to Laura’s departure from CWB, it is with great sadness that I also announce that after much consideration, Debba will also be leaving the leadership of CWB. Due to time constraints of building her site, Girlfriendology and working with her social media clients, Debba feels it best at this time to pass the leadership reins over to someone who can continue to grow this amazing community of women bloggers.  Debba will still be an active member of CWB and you will be sure to see her at meetings and social gatherings throughout the year! In addition to her blog you can find her on Twitter (@girlfriendology or @DebbaHaupert) and on LinkedIn (DebbaHaupert)

One of my favorite quotes about change comes from Pericles, and I believe it is fitting to this time when Laura & Debba are stepping down from CWB leadership: What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Debba and Laura have been amazing partners in crime and their efforts will be forever woven in to the history and the future efforts of CWB.  They are amazing women and I am blessed to be able to call them my friends.

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Now, with both Debba and Laura stepping down, I asked the two of them to help identify who might “fill their shoes.”  I am pleased to announce that stepping in as my new partners in crime are Katy (Kate-the-Great) Crossen and Susan “Action” Jackson.

For those of you not familiar with these two amazing women, I asked them each to write up a little background on themselves, cause hey, who doesn’t love to write about themselves in 3rd person???

Katy Crossen – Katy spent her childhood years in Cincinnati and is pleased to have an answer when playing the Tri-State’s favorite game, Where’d you go to school?, despite moving to the East Coast as a teen. By day, Katy serves as a media relations specialist for a major non-profit organization. By night, Katy soaks up the area’s nightlife, culture and dining scenes and shares her insight, discoveries, opinions and other minutia on her blog, Kate’s Random Musings. It is in this space, and in the social media community, that she is better known by the overly inflated moniker, Kate-the-Great. Kate is quite willing to share (and sometimes over share) the nuances of her life on Twitter.

Susan Wenner Jackson – A native Cincinnatian, Susan is a writer, editor and blogger (Working Moms Against Guilt and Family Friendly Cincinnati) who thrives on flexibility in her professional and personal life. In 2009, Susan left the corporate life of “working for the man” to strike out on her own as a freelance copywriter and social media consultant. She is the mother of a preschooler daughter and infant son.

So there you have it folks.  I hope you will all join me in wishing Debba and Laura well in their endeavors and also help me welcome Katy & Susan to CWB leadership.

We’ve had a great beginning and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Sincerely,

Shannan Boyer
CWB Co-Founder

Job Opening – Digital Content Manager

momslikemeWe wanted to let you all know about a fabulous job opportunity that has come open. The Cincinnati Enquirer is looking for a Digital Content Manager.  The position includes managing the Enquirer’s extremely popular Moms Like Me site.

You can find all the details of the position on CareerBuilder.com.

Good luck!

Next Meeting: Social Media and Politics

We’ve all talked about how much the last presidential race was affected by social media. But, have you spent much time discussing how politics and social media are intersecting in our area? Do you want to?

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati Public Library downtown (room 3A) for the next Cincinnati Women Bloggers meeting. It’s sure to be an interesting event, and we thought it would be timely with election day right around the corner. I’ll be adding additional information about our speakers soon. But, in the meantime, you can RSVP by commenting on this post. Hope to see you there!

Update: Meet Our Speakers

This week’s speakers will be Jane Prendergast of the Cincinnati Enquirer and Kathy Groob, who founded ElectWomen Magazine.

Jane Prendergast

Jane Prendergast

Jane Prendergast has what she thinks is the best job at The Enquirer – covering the city of Cincinnati, its neighborhoods, its people. But right now, she’s mostly busy with its $51 million budget deficit and its politics. She has the distinction of breaking this summer’s Twittergate scandal, in which one councilwoman tweeted during a council meeting that another “does not know when to shut up.” She has worked at The Enquirer 20 years. She contributes to the paper’s politics blog, Politics Extra,  and on twitter @janeprendergast

Kathy Groob is the founder and facilitator of ElectWomen Magazine, a national media magazine site dedicated to providing resources to elect women to public office. ElectWomen Magazine is the first, independent,

Kathy Groob

Kathy Groob

comprehensive magazine-style website that offers women running for office a place to obtain resources, links to training, workshops, books and advice, statistics and even the ability to blog or e-mail questions. Groob has assembled a distinguished panel of contributors who provide articles and responses to reader questions. Kathy Groob is a 30-year businesswoman and entrepreneur and has served as an elected city official and ran for the Kentucky Senate in 2008. Her Senate campaign inspired hundreds of women to become involved and she created a bi-partisan network of campaign volunteers and supporters. She serves as a political consultant, is a leader in women’s organizations throughout her region and has been a mentor and advocate for women in the workplace throughout her career.

Blogging & the Law – Meeting Recap

DSC00639Thank you to everyone who came out to Saturday’s Cincinnati Women Bloggers meeting on ethical and legal blogging . We want to thank Bridge Worldwide for hosting and thank both Stacy Cole of Graydon Head Ritchey and Dennis Hetzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer/NKY.com for taking time to educate us  on this very important topic.

While the meeting was filled with lots of great information, following is a quick list of some of the things I took away from the meeting.  Feel free to add more in the comments.

  • Information put up on public sites like Twitter, Facebook & Blogs is fair game. If it’s out in public it’s all good. In other words, you cannot claim right to privacy if an employer or potential employer finds questionable content that you’ve published.
  • With regards to blog content, it’s OK to use excerpts and link back to original article, it’s not OK to cut-n-paste entire article, etc.
  • Photo Rights – Simply saying where you grabbed the photo from is not enough. If the photo is copyrighted you need to get permission from the owner.
  • You can be held liable if you intentionally use, link to, or promote pirated work on your blog.
  • You can not be held liable for content others publish to your blog — ie. comments, unless you know they are false, slanderous, etc.
  • Don’t embed videos on your site that you know (or suspect) are in violation of a copyright. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Disclose, Disclose, Disclose.  You’ll be in a much better position with your readers if you keep everything in the open when it comes to your blog (reviews, compensated trips, advertising, etc).
  • Bloggers should have  “notice and take down” procedures for dealing with copyright infringement.
  • The best blogs have personality. Readers want to have someone to connect with.
  • What to be a trusted navigator? Be content and format agnostic.
  • Things to think about — Who is your audience? What do you want your brand known for? Do you care about showing biases? Do you care about accuracy?

Want more from the meeting? Check out the Twitter stream (#CWB) and find photos on the Cincinnati Women Bloggers Facebook Fan page.

UPDATE: If you’d like to review the presentation made by Stacy Cole, you can view it on the Graydon Head Ritchey web site — HERE.

We  want to thank Cincinnati Women Blogger’s member Amy of Amy in Ohio who suggested and arranged for Stacy and Dennis to present.  If you have an idea for a topic or know a speaker we should connect with, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Cincinnatiwomenbloggers(@)gmail.com.

CWB Meets Saturday

CWB Logo

Just a quick reminder that Cincinnati Women Bloggers meets this Saturday, 10am at the Cincinnati Ballet.  You can get more info and RVSP, here.

We’ll be talking about BlogHer, as well as what you’re interested in learning about over the course of the upcoming months. After our meeting we’ll tour the Ballet!

Blog of the Week: Bitch, Please

Check out our blog of the week at http://grrleigh.blogspot.com/Check out our blog of the week at http://grrleigh.blogspot.com/

The Fashionable. The Cultural. The Political. The Personal. The Irrelevant. The Irreverent. That’s how our blogger of the week, Leigh, from Bitch, Please describes herself.

Take one look at her fabulous space on the web and you’ll know why. You can’t help but take a look at the various fashion spreads and advertisements, read the associated commentary and have grin on your face when you’re done. This blog is both entertaining and insightful — there’s plenty of commentary on the political and current events to get you thinking about the issues that matter.

So, if you get a chance, stop by and check this blog out! You’ll be glad you did.