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how this mommy blogger spent 8 hours with john chow

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Probably the coolest thing that happened to me this weekend at IzeaFest was meeting John Chow (also known as JohnChowdotCom). When I heard that John and Jeremy Shoemaker (also known as Shoemoney) would be speaking at IzeaFest, I knew I had to be there. I’m definitely far from being an A list blogger, or even a B, C, or D list blogger. I’m not the kind of person who would ever be on the radar of John Chow or Jeremy. I’m just over here blogging about my kids and dirty pants from Old Navy and almost getting arrested for horn honking.

(Translation: small potatoes.)

Unless you’re living under a rock on the internet, you’ve heard of John Chow and Jeremy Shoemaker. You don’t need to be an A lister or move in certain circles to know who they are, because chances are you’ve stumbled onto a picture of Jeremy’s huge AdSense checks, or you’ve heard about John’s fall from Google grace.

So back to the neatest part about this weekend…meeting John Chow. And when I say I “met” John Chow, I don’t mean that I worked my way over to him in the conference room, introduced myself, shoved a business card into his face and called it a day. That’s not my style baby! Instead, I drove John and his wife (who is lovely, and I don’t like to keep referring to as the nameless wife, but I don’t know if she’s mentioned on his blog by name and so I will refrain from doing so for now) to Universal Studios (along with Cass and Marisa) and played tour guide for the day to my new (and old) friends.

How many bloggers would give their right arm to spend 8 hours with John Chow? I could have picked his brain about blogging and what makes him tick, and nagged him incessantly about linking to me, but instead I enjoyed a lovely day with my friends, John, and his wife, and showed them the best Universal Studios had to offer. (Much thanks to Trevor and Andrew from Izea for meeting us there as well!) This whole post makes me sound like I’ve got John up on a pedestal, and a shrine to him in my living room, but I really don’t – I’m just impressed with what he’s accomplished, and it was neat to be able to spend time with someone who has done so much with a blog.

You would think the story ends there, but it doesn’t. In my email tonight, I found this:

Hi, ColleenC.

JohnChowDotCom (JohnChowDotCom) is now following your updates on Twitter. Check out JohnChowDotCom’s profile here:

You may follow JohnChowDotCom as well by clicking on the “follow” button.


How cool is THAT? John Chow has 2,073 followers, but he only follows 75 people…and I’m one of them! (John, you can never stop following me…I’d be crushed.)

I guess the moral of this story is that networking is cool, and you never know WHAT will happen at an event like IzeaFest!

calling all moms!

Monday, May 7th, 2007

In honor of Mother’s Day, Alli has put together a neat contest where you can win a Wallhog! You don’t need to be a mom to enter – just share your favorite story about your mom, or, if you are a mom, you can opt to share a story about your favorite mothering moment. All you need to do is click the link above and leave a comment on that blog entry with your story. The winner will get a Wallhog!

save money on skincare

Monday, April 30th, 2007

I called my dermatologist’s office and rescheduled my appointment this week, again. I’m sure they’re just snickering at me by now, because I’ve rescheduled the same darn appointment 4 or 5 times! Things just keep coming up that are preventing me from getting there. I’m wondering if I should even keep it at this point, because my skin has been better, and I don’t want to go back on Accutane if I don’t NEED to go back on it. It’s not a regime to be taken lightly.

In the meantime, I’ve been seeking out information online about alternatives, and one site I like is SkinRevision. It’s a blog about skin care written by a cosmetic physician (Dr. Joanne Turner) in Brisbane, Australia. (I’m curious as to what the American equivalent would be – dermatologist? Plastic surgeon? Interesting…) This blog is right up my alley, as I’ve been a little self obsessed lately with my skin, and aging. The blog isn’t all business. It’s not all “clinical” talk, and it’s actually a bit refreshing to see a professional let down her hair and share some tips and tricks with the world at large. We women hear a lot of things regarding skincare – from our mothers (don’t eat greasy foods and chocolate or you’ll break out) to our friends, we even get advice from ads on TV or the lady at the cosmetics counter. Dr. Turner cuts through the nonsense we’re told and tells us the truth about skincare. For instance, this post about facial cleanser gives you the low down on why that high priced brand may not be the best thing for your skin. (I use a reasonably priced bar cleanser made for the face that I love, so I think Dr. Turner is onto something!)

And did you ever wonder why your friends swear by a certain brand, but it doesn’t do a thing for you? Dr. Turner fills us in on why all brands are not made for all people. Hint: it’s a little thing called body chemistry. The blog is just filled with advice like this, and I especially loved all of the money saving tips – who doesn’t want to save money and still look good? This blog is a must read for women who want to hear the truth about skincare!

This is a sponsored review.

keeping the castle

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I’m slighty scatter brained and disorganized, and one of the areas I’m trying to change my bad habits in is the home. I really WANT to be organized, and have things neat and tidy at all times, because living in a pig sty makes me feel anxious and stressed. Because of that, I was thrilled to find Keeping The Castle – it’s a blog that focuses on housekeeping and homemaking, but Maricar isn’t trying to turn me into the next Martha Stewart. Instead of pushing you to have a PERFECT home, she shares tips that will make your life more relaxed, things that will make keeping house easier, and perhaps even more fun.

From neat product reviews like the ove glove to great cookbooks she’s found for kids, this site is a great resource for those of us wishing to turn our houses into homes.

recipe contest!

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

I just found a neat contest online at Recipe Connection. You get an entry by submitting a recipe, and you can earn extra entries by adding a picture of your finished dish. The winner of the recipe contest wins scrapbooking supplies, and your recipe will be featured on the site too. And since Christmas is coming, here’s the perfect recipe for sugar cookies!


Friday, November 10th, 2006

I just downloaded and installed a new plugin called Photopress, so bear with me while I figure it out. If this works, you should see a picture of my green eyed middle child and a friend at her Halloween parade. She was Wednesday, from The Addams Family.


Looks like it worked! That was nice and easy, just the way I like it. Photopress gets 2 snaps up!

my cash columns

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Last week, I wrote about a new website called Cash Columns. I ended up purchasing some advertising there to see how it went, and I’m happy to report that it went very well. I was refunded 200% of what I paid out when someone bumped me down the column, and I’ve reinvested my money back into the system two times now, trying out different columns, and different images. When I started, I paid $8 for each column space. Those same spots are going for $128+ now, so people are seeing a nice return on what they bought, and others who are buying in now are still getting in at a great price.

I’ve received 150+ unique visitors from Cash Columns since I started my advertising campaign with them – well worth the small amount of money I paid into it.

[tags]Cash Columns, blog advertising[/tags]

blogging for profit

Friday, October 27th, 2006

There’s another company out there called BlogtoProfit offering bloggers $$ to post links in their entries. Right now they’re offering big referral bonuses for each signup, so if you’re interested, you can go to and find out more about the program. If you sign up, please use me in the referrer field – just put but of course, change the “AT” to “@”. Once nice thing about the model – you get payment in advance!

[tags]BlogToProfit, blogging jobs, making money online[/tags]

pandora’s box

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Amy mentioned Pandora as a way to find new music you’d like.  I wondered how someone could tell me what kind of music I’d like, so I had to find out.  It asked me to put in a song title or artist I liked, so I put in John Mayer.  It played “Room For Squares” and then asked me to rate it on this scale:

  • I love it, play more like this
  • I don’t really like this song
  • I’m tired of this song
  • Why is this song playing?
  • I want to add more music like this to my station

So after I rated “Room For Squares” (tired of it, for the record) it played Toad The Wet Sprocket, then Matt Pond PA (didn’t Laura just post a song of his for Music Monday?) and now it’s playing Travis.  I’ve listened to Toad The Wet Sprocket before, but not in YEARS, and it was nice to hear something of theirs that I hadn’t before.  I’ve never heard Matt Pond or Travis, but I liked them both.  Oh, now it’s playing “Covered In Rain” - that’s a new John Mayer I haven’t heard yet.  If you’re looking for new music, but don’t know what you want – Pandora gets 2 snaps up.

[tags]Pandora, music[/tags]

no more dropped calls

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

I am so freaking impressed with Cingular. Compared to our old cell phone carrier, T-Mobile, they rock my socks off. Not only have we had way fewer dropped calls, we have better connectivity everywhere. Tonight my phone rang inside the hockey arena where the boy takes his lessons – I NEVER got a signal there with T-Mobile. Tonight I was able to carry on a conversation with 2 seperate people…yay! I know part of the problem with T-Mobile was that we moved to the boonies north of Tampa, but the hockey arena is IN the city, so obviously T-Mobile has issues regardless. The new Razr phones are pretty sweet too. I was able to use it tonight to get on Yahoo IM – I felt so superior…LOL! And we got such a deal on them – free. You should always search around for the cell phones offering the best deal before you buy, and shopping around paid off for us.