Around the Pond with the Frog~Week Ending 9/15/13

This past week we marked two emotional events - the crapiversary of the September 11th attacks and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. I think I cried no less than 12 times during the week. It's hard when innocent people have to suffer or when you look into one of your best friend's eyes and see her pain over one of her children.

Here's what I wrote this week:
  • This post about grieving September 11 everyday and not just for one day.
  • I also posted the fourth installment of my grief series about divorce by a fellow HVFH writer.
Some bloggers friends and I had a discussion about writing for money. It may look really cool when you see us on Huffington Post or Mamapedia or other websites, but by and large, we are not getting paid for these posts. Blogging can take up a lot of time, and most of us who have been doing it for a while now are looking to earn some money.

Many times a day we're contacted by brands, authors, websites, etc...looking to us to write something for them for nothing more than the promise of links to our blogs. Writing, social media promotion, and making connections all takes time; and time is money. Businesses are just beginning to realize the power of female bloggers, and we're starting to demand to be paid. For example, this post by Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures couples with her writing for Home Made Simple.

This week I'm sharing some posts by my friends that are paid per click. There's some good stuff here, but if you don't have time to read them all, at least click the links so these ladies can put food on the table (or at least buy more wine).

On Mamalode, I loved . . .
  • ...this post by Steph of I'm Still Learning about what baseball can teach you about life.
  • ...this post by Amy of Funny is Family about relying on friends as a new mother.
At In the Powder Room, I adored . . .
  • ...this post by Kerry of House Talk'n about the hilarity of prayer.
  • ...this post in which Bethany of Bad Parenting Moments contemplates how to get the ladybugs off her ceiling now that the kids are back in school.
  • ...this new mom friend questionnaire by Kim of Let Me Start By Saying
  • ...this sweet post by Robyn Hollow Tree Ventures about her last nursing session ever.
  • ...this post about sisterly support by Meredith of The Mom of the Year
And if you hadn't already heard, the talented writers at In the Powder Room have a book out called You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth. It's awesome, of course. You should get it (but stay tuned for another super huge giveaway coming soon).

There's so much good stuff out there. Show the bloggers you read and enjoy some love by commenting on and sharing their posts. They work hard to bring them to you. If you are a blogger reading this and you have a post somewhere that is paid per click, please feel free to add it to the comments below.

Prayers to those experiencing the flooding in Colorado, to those who lost loved ones on 9-11, and to any families affected by childhood cancer.

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