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I am extremely proud to share a project that I have been working on for the past couple of months. It’s the culmination of an amazing evolution of friendship and support that started way back when I was planning our wedding. I met a group of women from all over the US and Canada on the forums at Project Wedding. We all got hitched within a few years of each other and found ourselves not wanting to leave the forum and the “friendships” we had formed. I had made my first online friends. We had a little spin-off and created a pregnancy and baby forum as we all welcomed our first babies into the world. The amazing thing about our forum was that we managed to stay supportive of each other even though we all come from different walks of life and have different parenting styles and have managed to avoid becoming judgmental and catty. At least, if anyone judges, they don’t say anything.
Toward the end of April, someone made a random comment, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we started a blog?” By the end of the day a name had been decided on, topics discussed and the domain name purchased. Within a week contracts we being drafted, attorneys were consulted, and a business license for Mama Say What, LLC was filed.
We officially launched our website a little over a week ago and are slowly building our readership. The idea is to get a large base of readers so we can sell ad space and make a little money. At least, that’s the plan. Even if we don’t ever make any money, it’s been a blast to be a part of this.
We are still working out a few kinks in the process. Which is not surprising when you consider that it’s a blog where over thirty women are contributors. Our concept is that we offer ideas, advice and support from a variety of perspectives and a variety of parenting styles, from the crunchiest end of the spectrum to the most mainstream, even though most of us fall somewhere in the middle.
Tommy’s birth story is on there along with an interview that someone did about me. My original list of travel tips for flying with babies and toddlers evolved into quite a novel, so I split it up between three separate articles (one, two, three). I have written a couple of product reviews and Tommy and I experimented with a handful of homemade bubble recipes. An article that I wrote about breastfeeding is scheduled to be published this week and I have plans to contribute a couple of DIY projects, more product reviews and some recipes.
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