The New Albemarle Family Website

January 12, 2010

I love it! Make sure you check it out.

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Reaching Those Not Online?

September 3, 2009

I was chatting with friend and local business owner of Sugar Snap Consignment today, Vijay, about how g’s great to do all this online marketing and social media outreach, but there’s a whole demographic of people who don’t necessarily spend a lot of time online… and how do you reach them?

I know when we were first starting Cville Working Moms, I felt this sense that I was reaching out to folks on PNOC and other online groups, but that there’s plenty of working mothers in our community who may not have a computer or internet access at home, and maybe not a lot of opportunity to check email or sign up for a group, but who still need support.

But I didn’t know then and I’m not sure I know now how to break out of my cultural category – coffee houses, Facebook – so I welcome ideas… ?

Identity Crisis: To Be or Not To Be (a mom)

July 21, 2009

As you may know, I abandoned this blog (sorry again, oh faithful fans!) when I decided to stay at home with my kids for a little while. While I definitely didn’t stop “working,” in the true sense of the word, I certainly wasn’t in the Workforce – so I felt that blogging in this particular arena clashed with the reality of my life.

Well, I’m back working again, but now a new crisis about identity – my online, virtual identity, that is – has emerged about blogging here.

Am I completely comfortable with this label? “Cville” “Working” “Mom”? Is that the sum total of everything I want to write about?

Certainly not; if we look back at my posts analyzing the gender tensions in Mary Poppins, or review some of my personal stories – I have never restrained myself within the confines of pure ‘working mom’ topics for very long…

So, what’s different now, you ask? Well – it’s a feeling, I’ll say, of being burdened by a definition. And: There’s a ton of “mommy blogs” out there now, especially working mom blogs. I’m not sure I really feel up to being part of the fray.

So, if the title conflicts with the content, you might say, Just start a new blog.

Problem is – this one has a history, a readership. And if the name has felt overly constrictive at times – well, that same constriction has also provided shape and purpose.

What do you think? Should I get back on the Cville Working Moms wagon and drive her wherever she goes – or start fresh, with something more open-ended?

What Others Should Blog

August 6, 2008

I have a friend who should have a blog. I actually have two ideas for her: 1) a blog called Great Target Finds in Cville, because she always knows how to find cool things I never ever come across, and 2) Spreadsheet Queen, because she uses spreadsheets for everything – from deciding on a preschool to planning parties to cleaning material research – it’s so organized and interesting and useful.

I have another friend who always has interesting thoughts about “green” issues and economic disparities and buddhism and motherhood, and her blog would be widely interesting, too… Maybe she could call it The Cost of Everything. Yeah.

Yet another friend of mine should blog about how wacked Cville is – call it Crapville or C Ville Run or The Cville Critique or something… she has lived in both New Jersey and California, and her critique of some of the more asinine social mores of this little self-important town crack me up – and would be a nice counterbalance to much of the self-hype that goes on in this place.

The fun thing about blogs is they do make you think: What do I bring? What can I share? What do I rant about? What kind of perspective do I have?

Thank you

August 6, 2008

Thank you, AA; thank you, EH –

thanks for reading, and missing me when I wasn’t writing. You guys really make me feel like a million bucks.

And thank you, PIC (Partner in Crime, Husband of Mine) – thanks for reading, even though you don’t always like it. Thanks for telling me over and over what a good job I’m doing with the house and the kids. Thanks for telling me that I AM a working mother. Thanks for being my best friend.

And for insisting I use this laptop, so that I could write again.

The Masked Blogger: Me at Age 8 (this explains a lot)

March 29, 2008


Welcome to New Blogging Author

January 2, 2008

This blog was always meant to be written by a number of working moms in the area – certainly one of us can’t represent the whole lot – so I’m terribly excited and pleased to welcome bvillemama to the crew. I know she’ll provide a nice counterpoint and balance to the blog…!