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Me on FOXNews.com

Have I become the definition of a publicity hound?

Sometimes it seems that way but I swear it’s just part of my job.

Perhaps it’s not time to quit yet. Yesterday, Dr. Manny Alvarez named my two health blogs–Genetics and Health and A Hearty Life–in his list of 10 Health Blogs Worth a Click (really 11 because I had two represented). Strangely, it seems that whenever I’m in need of a little encouragement, somehow I find it.

Thank you, Dr. Alvarez and John Keegan!

NB: Dictionary dynamic image from Heetmeel.com via Mary at That Damn PC!

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Solo Mother

Parenting is hard. But it’s even harder when you’re on your own. Christina Zola at Solo Mother is sharing her experience as a single mother. It’s an incredibly personal look into a very tough situation. Go give Christina some hugs and encouragement!

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Breastfeeding and Fatherhood

Breastfeeding and fatherhood may seem like peripherally related topics, but not when you learn they’re the two newest b5media blogs written by passionate and knowledgeable people who I think you’ll enjoy getting to know.


In the Science and Health Channel, Breastfeeding 1-2-3 is written by Angela White who’s had the full range of experiences as a breastfeeding mom. She’ll be sharing useful tips, helpful information, and quirky facts about breastfeeding. You never knew the subject could be so interesting!


In the Family and Relationships Channel, Inside Fatherhood is written by Steve Remington, a father of FOUR and one on the way. I don’t think I need to say more but on top of all that, he’s still got his sense of humor and the energy to talk about subjects close to a father’s heart.

I hope everyone will go visit these two very special blogs.

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Stay-At-Home Mom Blogs Suck

b5media appeals to everyone from people interested in celebrity gossip to scientists to sports fanatics to arts and crafters to anyone who belongs to a family and has relationships. But apparently, this doesn’t make it worthy of a $2 million investment and maybe not even worthy of our time.

According to Mike Rundle,

These investors must be living in a timewarp, one where arts and crafts blogs written by stay at home moms and 20 blogs on crappy TV sitcoms can return on an investment.

What do you say, fellow stay-at-home moms? Time to teach this kid a lesson!

Oh, and check out what Mikey said on this here stay-at-home mommy blog back in January:

One of the things that irks me about when people attack others on the internet, is that for the most part, that person wouldn?t be man (or woman) enough to actually say that kind of stuff to the person?s face if it were a real world interaction. The anonymity of the internet somehow gives weaker people the strength to take potshots at people they know nothing about, but alas, it?s that same anonymity that makes the internet so democratic.

Oh, really?

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b5media Receives $2 Million in Funding

In November 2005, my first profitable blogs, Genetics and Health and Play Library, joined b5media. Back then, I was blogging as a lark, mainly for fun and the satisfaction of contributing something to society beyond raising a small child, which is my primary responsibility, of course. Since then, I’ve started a heart health blog, A Hearty Life, and assumed responsibility as channel editor of the b5media Science and Health Channel as well as the Family and Relationships Channel. It’s been a rewarding journey and I’ll always be grateful to Shai Coggins for getting me started and for the other founders–Jeremy Wright, Duncan Riley, and Darren Rowse–for believing in us bloggers.

Yesterday, b5media announced that we’ve raised US$2 million from two venture capital firms. Everyone is beyond excited at the thought that we will finally be able to do more and be more. I’m personally looking forward to being able to provide more support to the bloggers, making my channels stronger and more interesting, and continuing the work of sharing information that makes everyone’s lives healthier and happier. After all, money doesn’t mean anything unless you have your health and happiness.

I hope you’ll come visit my blogs and my colleagues’ blogs at b5media. We already have a lot to offer. Eventually, we’ll have something for everyone. In fact, I’d be willing to bet there’s already at least one blog there you’d love. :)

PS Just have to give a shout out to Christina Jones who makes b5media extra special for me.

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Banner Blogging Day

Unofficial Elmo Day at Play Library yesterday was absolutely exhausting. Starting at 9 in the morning, I began tracking TMX Elmo’s imminent debut and by the day’s end (well, actually this morning), I’d written 12 posts and Kerri had written four. We usually write one each on an average day. (A list of all the posts we wrote about TMX Elmo.)

The excitement somehow spread across Genetics and Health and A Hearty Life too. Each blog had many more visitors than usual. For me, blogging is far less about the money than having fun and getting my message out whether it’s something more serious like health or less serious like fun for kids. Yesterday was a banner day and I feel very satisfied.

It seems that I might be getting traction with this problogging gig. And it feels great to have a home office to work out of too and time to concentrate knowing that Stephen is happy, secure, and productive at school.

Just a couple of little things to brag about below the fold. ;)

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