Just 2 months ago I helped organize the Chicago leg of a regional SVmoms Brand/Blogger Event Tour held at Hard Rock Hotel. Overall it was a hit. SVmoms Founder Jill Asher and I even spoke about the possibility of doing more work with SVmoms and SVmoms Partner Linsey Krolik was excited about the future events they have in mind. I also just met Samantha Fein, the newly named CEO of the company. So you can imagine that if someone told me a month ago that SVmoms is closing, I would’ve laughed!
My history with SVmoms has been lengthy. I was also involved with the planning on their last 2 Summer Tours, 2008 took place in San Francisco and Summer 2009 here in Chicago. They were frustrating and exhausting but more importantly, they were rewarding and working with SVmoms Group Leaders Jill, Beth, and Linsey has always been fun.
SVmoms has been an important part of my blogging career. I’ve been with them since they launched ChicagoMomsBlog.com in 2007. I remember it clearly when I first spoke to Jill. My daughter was barely 2 months old then and I was tired. I had a 7 yo, 4 yo, and a newborn, so all that my brain can produce was mush. I was excited to be asked to join a new and upcoming trailblazing site for moms in Chicago but at the same time I wasn't sure if I’d be good enough. But I jumped on in and I’m glad I did. I found the most fabulous group of blogging friends and a lot of whom I really admire like the first Chicago Mom Bloggers Sara Fisher, Stephanie Precourt, Amy Mueller, Jessica Ashley, Danielle Wiley. Although I think I may be the only one left sticking around, I still read their personal blogs and it is always a pleasure when I see them at events.
|The First Chicago Mom Bloggers - taken August 2007|
L-R Amy Mueller, Stephanie Precourt, ME, Sara Fisher, Daniellw Wiley, and Jessica Ashley
And even with SVmoms announcement of closing, they have yet again opened more doors for me. Following their announcement I decided to build blogging communities within my sites and so the first one will be launching this mid July. I am launching TheChicagoMoms.com with Vanessa Druckman and Kim Moldofsky and I'm really excited. Next are the other city blogs in SF, NY, DC, and LA. We hope to continue the kind of quality site that SVmoms has built and more.
Thank you Jill, Beth, Linsey and Tekla for SVmoms! Thank you for all the hard work you've done to lead an inspiring group of writers and bloggers. Thank you for entrusting me with important SVmoms projects. But most of all THANK YOU for the many doors you've opened for me . I am proud to call all of you my friends!
------ Linsey has announced that she will be launching a book club site and I couldn't be more excited! Jill is expecting her third child and going on a new venture later on, and Beth will keep on doing her fabulous tech site and projects.