Saturday, April 24, 2010

More Sugar In My Bowl

Chicagonista Live Girls - L-R MJ, Beth, Duong, & Nancy
When I first started blogging in 1999, full time work in the web was the farthest thought in my mind. I was a busy soon-to-be-mom from the fashion industry and doing what I am doing now was way beyond my comprehension. Sure I’ve always loved writing, and yes I have definitely been always social. But to imagine that the many harmless tinkering in IRC (okay this may be some geek talk to some) or usenet newsgroups would end up in a daily life of online engagements sounds almost laughable. Surreal. Maybe not to those who were born in the era of the robust world wide web, but not for this once 80’s cladded mini high boots and shoulder padded girl. But hey, I heard they’re back in the scene too! Yeah, really!

My daily life today is consisting of deadlines from my Chicagonista staff writers and many follow-ups and emails with folks I keep my online and offline professional relationships with. Site maintenance on social networks like twitter, facebook, site aggregators and such are part of this daily routine. At most days I falter from not having enough help, but I am appreciative of the time my writers has dedicated to help me with the site.

I’ve developed an online persona. Perhaps a more organized MJ than the normal MJ mom who has to swing things to get by. I’ve learned to schedule my way around social media work engagements while I struggle to juggle nap times and play times with my 3 kids. But that’s ok, because I’ve learned to love what I do. And this is just how I roll.

Everything has been so rewarding. It works with my life, my family, and I’m grateful for what I have.

I’m also blessed to have met some new friends along the way. Actually, I met a gazillion of friends. But something special came along and met girlfriends that I feel would be there even if you strip me back down to just me. With or without Chicagonista, I owe these ladies something really special and genuine that they’ve given me. Friendship filled with respect and admiration for each other.

I’m talking about my 3 girlfriends: Duong, Nancy, and Beth. They also happen to be my co-hosts in our live online show called Chicagonista Live. Being with them are always filled with laughter and sometimes tears…but always end in comforting words and laughter. And for that I’m thankful.

Beth, Nancy, and Duong – thank you for adding more sugar in my bowl!




When you guys get a chance, please check out their sites too:
Beth Rosen - 4 Keys Media - The MidWife Life

6 comments:

ChitownJunkie said...

That's one powerful pack of ladies. I will be watching your show.

Ed

Duong said...

I never thought in a million years that I would meet of my best girlfriends through social media. Living in the Digital Age is absolutely amazing and I'm so blessed to be born for such a time as this. You're such an amazing woman with such dedication, integrity and sincerity. The recipe for a beautiful friendship. Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of your world.

Nancy Loo said...

I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends. Thank you!

kristen said...

I think all four of you are great! And thanks, MJ for introducing me to social media and helping me inch toward pro blogging. I think you are superwoman, but I'd still think that even without all the Chicagonista excitement. ;)
xo,
Kristen

Jade said...

I know what you mean, I have met many wonderful people online as well and we have became the best of friends too. I will check out the show soon:)

Mommy Liz said...

Wow! Awesome!!! (wala akong masabi, speechless..)