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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Networking, Blogging and Success

  The richest people in the world look for and build networks. Everyone else looks for work.  --Robert Kiyosaki

Yesterday was a jammed pack day. I had a full work day and I did a couple of things to build the blog. I wore myself out because I have learned that a strong network is vital to my blogging success.

I'm not even that well connected.  Still, my best leads, including my Parent Society freelancing gig, have come from other moms. I also was recently selected to serve as a freelancer for The "What to Expect When You're Expecting" site, which is HUGE. I know that it will help me obtain more speaking opportunities.  The only reason I was asked was because of my Homey, Heidi Murkoff, whom I have never met in person or spoken to on the phone. We connected via social media. Thank God for Twitter!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Rachel Blaufeld of "Back'n Groove Mom". (If you have never visited her blog, you should. You can find it at Rachel and I became acquainted because we were both profiled by Pop City magazine this past winter as one of Pittsburgh's newest mommy bloggers ("Pittsburgh Mom bloggers create online community (because no parent is perfect)". I can thank Rachel for two scores. The first is an event I attended a T-mobile a couple of weeks ago where they had hearty appetizers, raffles, and a cool swag bag! She also connected me with Spark and Hustle, an extraordinary event for women, that is coming to Pittsburgh next month.

Because of Rachel, I am one of the Spark and Hustle hostesses. Rachel told me that she became affiliated with T-Mobile through a contact that she made at a blogging conference. Rachel and I dined at the Red Oak Cafe near my office.  And I also have her to thank for receiving extra special treatment. She knew the owner from her son's preschool and he took measures to ensure that we had a really enjoyable lunch.  Apparently connections make the world go 'round, or perhaps Rachel's connections make the world go 'round!

I don't have to be one of the richest people in the world, but I am looking to build my blogging network. Rachel suggested that I attend the BlogHer 2012 conference in New York City to develop even better connections. It sounds like a great networking opportunity.  Hopefully, I can make it happen.

Stay tuned for a post about how Rachel and I celebrated National Ice Cream Month with some other bloggers, compliments of Giant Eagle! Ice cream and network building.  Does it get any better?!
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