Vote for Us

The Will to See has been nominated for Best of Western Washington’s Best Parenting Blog and would appreciate your vote.

Voting runs from September 3 to October 12. In order to vote you will need to login via Facebook or using your email address. I promise it will only take a couple minutes and would mean so much to us.
Please go vote for us!

Brewing Up Content

Content Brew CourseI am participating in Momcomm’s Content Brew workshop over the next ten days. Momcomm, run by Melissa Culbertson, is a great resource to help bloggers learn about social media, get writing tips and find blogging resources. She also posts blog critiques on Wednesdays, covering the design, functionality and content of people’s blogs. Watch for our critique in May!

Be sure to follow us, here, on Facebook and on Twitter to see what great content I create from Momcomm’s workshop.

Find Me At ShePosts

I am a contributing writer for ShePosts. It is a site that focuses on online women’s publishing, following the trends, events and people within that space. ShePosts  was purchased last year by one of my favorite bloggers, Kristen Howerton from Rage Against the Minivan, and Deb Rox. They are working hard at revamping the  site and brining on additional writers, like me!

I hope that you all will follow my work on ShePosts as well and as always, I appreciate your readership.

#HallmarkTour in Seattle & Giveaway

On March 15th I was invited to attend a Hallmark-sponsored blogger event in Seattle. It was the first sponsored event to which I was invited. Will got to spend the morning with Jim at his office just down the street, since my babysitters fell through.

The event kicked off with a video created from material we were asked to submit. I gave them a post that I had written about Jack’s little notes. When my name came up of the screen I actually got teary.

The Hallmark speakers were two writers, Keion and Molly and an editor, Derek. They shared their writing process and gave us an understanding of how cards are created. Later we even had a chance to create a card from some photos that the speakers brought.

My highlight of the morning came at the Q and A session at the end. The speakers were asking us about our process and how we feel about sharing so much of ourselves online. Blog writing is much more personal then creating greeting cards. Derek asked who had written “Splat Goes the Lasgana,” my post from earlier in the week. I immediately raised my hand. He gave me several compliments, which made my day. Since I am not a trained writer and am still refining my style and voice, it was so validating to have a true writer compliment my work.

Each of us were given wonderful swag bag, including their new Story Buddy with a story book written by Molly and two recordable storybooks. They also provided a lot of greeting cards on the tables.

Tell Me shirt.jpg   Hallmark swag bag.jpg

I got to reconnect with a couple of Seattle area bloggers I had met at last year’s Bloggy Boot Camp and also met a few new ones, including Liz Hawks who was working the event for Hallmark and has a son with Ocular Albinism like our son, Will. It was fun to meet Liz in person, since it is so rare to find someone who understands Ocular Albinism and nystagmus. Such a fun morning; thanks Hallmark!

I also covered this event on ShePosts, be sure to check it out.

Now for the giveaway…

Hallmark has also graciously allowed me to give away a Nugget Story Buddy. I am running the giveaway through Rafflecopter, see below.

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March Photo-A-Day

Are you keeping up with the March Photo-a-day Challenge from Fat Mum Slim? We are. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see the daily photos.

Memories Captured

I am taking part in a special monthly series called Memories Captured hosted by Mama Wants This and These Little Waves. It is fun to play with a photo and add the words. Enjoy the boys on Valentine’s Day with their chocit (as Will would say) lips.

February Photo-a-day

Make sure you are keeping up with our February Photo-a-day series on Twitter and Facebook.

Vote For Us

We have been nominated for Parent’s Magazine Best Blogs of 2011 in the Kids Health Category. Voting ends on October 15, so please vote soon.

 

We Are In!

I am proud to report that this blog, The Will to See, is featured in the October issue of Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine. I know, I am so excited too. Look for the photo of the boys and me in the Mailbag section on page 11.

In July, I was contacted by FamilyFun regarding their use of my post about the June Badges of Fun, garden art. They took an excerpt from the post and used one of my photos.

If you are looking for a copy of the magazine, check your local grocery or book store. I know they have them at the QFC near our house. Look around and I am sure you can find it – who knows, it may become a collector’s item one day. It is also viewable online if you have a subscription, or you can get a subscription through this link.

For those of you who are new readers from the magazine, welcome. We are happy you are here. Please make yourself at home, browse around, leave a comment or send me a question. And please excuse the transition – we are in the process of updating the site, including an entire rebranding and look forward to sharing that with you very soon. Of course please follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook, sign up for our RSS feed or email subscription and feel free to forward us to anyone that you think might like our little blog.

 

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