Hereâ€™s the deal. I work in PR before coming home to wow you all as a mommy blogger.
Most of you (with the exception of a few former-agency friends *waves at Edelman*) have absolutely no idea what I do. This includes the people who raised me, married me, and the vast majority of people who currently work with me.
No, I do not live the glamorous jet-setting life of a â€œPR Chick,â€ (although I did manage to discover New York this way). I donâ€™t do party planning and schmoozing with all the â€œrightâ€ people. I donâ€™t have People who call your People, nor am I your People. I donâ€™t do lunch.
When I gleefully share that Iâ€™ve placed an article, donâ€™t be surprised when you donâ€™t see my name anywhere near the article. If I share Iâ€™ve got an interview, donâ€™t think the New York Times will be asking me any questions.
Really. I like to think of my profession as the wizard behind the curtain. Iâ€™m more of the idea guy. My job is to understand whatâ€™s going on and come up with ideas. (For the most part anyway, I work in the tech field. Sometimes I find myself in engineering meetings, and letâ€™s face it â€“ I havenâ€™t got a clue. But I digressâ€¦)
I share those well-researched ideas with specifically targeted media personalities. Itâ€™s called pitching. Ideally, they think, â€œThat is a brilliant idea! I will write a cover story about your genius idea so that all of my readers shall know such amazing knowledge!â€ Then I transform into a cute little assistant, running around and scheduling meetings and prepping people to aptly tell the story.
This certainly isnâ€™t all encompassing (writing, editing, messaging, ideas, social media). But itâ€™s what we get the most flack for. Also, itâ€™s why weâ€™re called flacks. Endearing isnâ€™t it?
Problems arise when flacks get lazy and spam reporters with irrelevant (or dumb) pitches. I wonâ€™t lie â€“ Iâ€™ve done it. Problems get compounded by the new culture of 24/7 bloggers. Itâ€™s a whole new world of journalism. Our world is no longer the Daily Planet. There is no newsroom filled with suited men in fedoras smoking cigarettes waiting for someone to share a big announcement for tomorrowâ€™s news.
When I started writing this blog, I never thought anyone more than the muppetsâ€™ grandparents would read it. But rumor has it you people are out there â€“ Google tells me people are reading. And people have started pitching me. Lookitmeeeeee!!! Iâ€™m a real writer! (Kinda.) But hey, Iâ€™ve got opinions.
Iâ€™ve even been flamed (industry jargon for when a mad blogger rants about you and calls you mean names). And I swore Iâ€™d never use my blog to do evil. So there is no flaming here.
Some of the pitches Iâ€™ve received:
- Will you feature our upcoming show? Each episode is aspirational mix of voyeurism, travel, entertainment, information and property. (Hey, I want to entice my readers as much as you want exciting posts. But I think Iâ€™m going to avoid the voyeuristic topics for now. Mostly.)
- Itâ€™s mattress month! Will you write a cornucopia of wonderful sleep things? (Really? Pitching sleep to a twin-toddler mommy blog? Thatâ€™s just mean.)
You still have no idea what I do, do you?
I write stuff.
Over at our group website, A Nervous Tic Motion, we have a great writing team. One thing we are looking for are contributing writers to complete the site. We love diversity so if youÂ want to write about being a single mom, your journeyÂ through depression, creative writing, celebrity gossip, book or television reviews, humor, or anything your heart desires, we welcome that.
You donâ€™t have to haveÂ young children either or for that matter kids yet or you can haveÂ children that are grown with their own families. We would also love to have a manâ€™s perspective on parenthood. (Dads â€“ are you paying attention?)
If you donâ€™t have a blog then youâ€™re still welcome to write for the website. You also donâ€™t have to live in the United States. I would love to have writers from any country. Every writer has the freedom to write about the topics they want to without being censored.
If youâ€™re interested then please email me at elle dot mommyhood at gmail dot com.