Once we make a public statement about something, we’re much more likely to live it out. I remember the day I accidentally published a post about writing an eBook. Once it was out there, I felt compelled to make it happen. Two months later, I was the proud momma of Blogger Behave: Make your blog benefit your life so you can love both! It was great! Then, I really felt compelled to follow my own advice even though I just wanted to sit in front of the computer screen and sell books all day.  Speaking publicly gives us an unforgettable accountability and fuels our passion. Once we stand up on a soapbox, people quiet down, and we have to deliver!

That’s why I’m going to share my Social Media Manifesto with you: so I live the thing out.

Read the rest at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…

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It’s the same old scenario:

The teenager argues, “But everyone else is doing it!”

And the parents reply, “I don’t care. We are not everyone else.”

In the best situations, the parents don’t budge and the teenager is spared. In the worst cases, the parents cave and the teenager compromises one value at a time until there are none left.

When it comes to Social Media, we are the teenagers and the parents. I often find myself tempted to join the next big thing just because everyone else is doing it. I want to keep current, I want to be in with the girls, and I want to be successful. First it was email. Then blogging. Then YouTube. Then affiliates. Then twitter. Then facebook. And now it’s pinterest and Google+. Just you wait: tomorrow there will be more. Sometimes it feels like I don’t even have a choice: as everyone else embraces each networking tool, I feel like I have to join them in order to achieve my goals.  So I join them. And I become just one more person making you feel like you have to join… And we all feed the giant together and no one knows how to stop.

Read the rest at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…

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Christ said it about following Him: “consider the cost…” He wants His disciples to face the sacrifices up front, and to make our decision based upon the truth. He knows that if we are surprised by the struggles, oppositions, and crosses along the way, we might lose heart and become offended by Him. So throughout Scripture, He is very open about the price of Christianity. There is no small print to trick us into blind faith. There’s no wondering, “What’s it going to cost me?” We know the answer: it costs everything. Those of us who are Christians have decided that it’s a deal. So we said, “yes”.

We’d be wise to apply His advice to Social Media. We’d be wise to consider the cost…

Every post I write takes my attention away from household needs.

Every email I send takes time away from my family.

Every facebook status I update takes affection not given in person.

Though I believe that Social Media platforms are worth some of my time, attention, and heart, they are not worth all – or even most – of my time, attention, and heart.

Read the rest at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…

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The question usually goes something like this: Would you rather have lots of power, lots of money, or lots of fame? The assumption is that these things tickle our fancy and – on our worst days – motivate our selfish side.

Although my answer is the least practical and I wish I could change it to “money,” it sings out from my inner celebrity: I’d rather have fame. Truly. I would love for everyone to know me and adore me. (Maybe it has something to do with my love language: I’ve got a sweet tooth for words of affirmation that asks, “Do you like me? Do you like me? Do you like me?”)

Sometimes I feel like my desire to be “popular” drives my Social Media decisions.

Read the rest at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee…

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Get Ready for a Great Week!

Beginning Monday, Sarah Mae is opening her blog (Like a Warm Cup of Coffee) to me for a whole week to talk about how to find freedom in Social Media! The reason I’ll be doing the series over there is that she has hundreds and hundreds of readers: when it comes to figuring out how to do Social Media well, we need everyone’s input. The more the merrier. :)

I hope you’ll join us as we explore how to make social media behave so we can love life.

Hop on over today and check it out! Then you’ll be ready to roll on Monday.

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To celebrate being nominated for The Homeschool Blog Awards Vlog Category, and to inspire you to bip over there to vote for us, we whipped up a brand new vlog showing you one of our favorite Thanksgiving Traditions. Enjoy! And then get your loving vote in! I think that today’s the last day. :)

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I’ll tell you this much: it wasn’t because I have impressive stats.

In fact, I had the smallest blog on the speaking team. Actually, I probably had one of the smallest blogs at the conference in general. It wasn’t because I know html or photography or even fill a niche really well. I’m not a business woman, I’m not an extrovert, and I haven’t written a “book” book. Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t have a facebook account and I still don’t understand what I’m doing on Twitter. In other words, I’m no social media ninja. And yet, there I am, poking my head up in the back of the Speaker’s photo. I recognize all of the other bloggers, but even I ask, who’s she?

I’m confident that the only reason I spoke at the Relevant Conference is because God ordained it so. He connected me to Sarah Mae years ago when we worked on abstinence skits for high school students. She took on blogging and, well, you know the rest. But she kept me in mind. And when it came time to plan her list of speakers for Relevant11, she looked my way and didn’t care about what StatCounter said.

It was such a relief. I love to speak. I absolutely love it. But there’s no way I had any right speaking at a blogging conference. I’m not even being humble! Really, I had no right speaking at a blogging conference. It was just an opportunity that I didn’t deserve; one that God just wanted to give me. I couldn’t have worked hard enough to earn it, that’s for sure. All of the requirements for having a large and successful blog are so far out of my skill set, that my heart faints just thinking about it. But, God wanted me to speak about Him there. It was something He planned before the creation of the world.

This is a strange post to write, but I wanted to get it down on paper. I guess I’m writing it down because I want to encourage you with this: maybe – just maybe – there are things that He wants you to do that you don’t have to strive for. You don’t have to earn it, build it, or faint over it. He’ll just make sure it happens. Perhaps you just need to be faithful in the little things and enjoy all the things along the way.

Striving gets us somewhere, yes. But resting gets us where we really wanted to be in the first place. And it’s just a sweet, sweet gift. That’s one of my testimonies from Relevant11.

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The Secret to Happy Blogging

Have you noticed the explosion of mommy bloggers bustling about with loads of reviews, giveaways, tips, and encouragement?! I’m one of them, with my two blogs pumping out advice for young mothers. We are one enthusiastic bunch of bloggers, that’s for sure. Readers are gaining so much support and inspiration from the thousands of mommy bloggers.

Companies are throwing money in our direction because mommy bloggers are influential powerhouses. Conferences are scheduled all over the world to help us write better, earn more, and establish social media platforms. We’re glowing! Nonetheless, I’ve discovered a secret that will make us all even happier…

(Discover the secret and read the rest of the article over at Quick Online Tips…)

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Blogger Behave Launch!

Today’s the day!

Download Blogger Behave for 50% off all day long. That’s a mere $2.50. Unless you feel like that’s highway-robbery-in-reverse and you’re determined to pay full price tomorrow for what promises to be at least $4.99 worth of wisdom and entertainment, this is the day to jump in on the sale!

I am terribly inept at social media, so I’d love your help getting the word out about the book. Would you be so kind to consider something like…

* Buying Blogger Behave.

* Blogging about Blogger Behave. What’s your link? I’d love to read it!

* Liking it. Tell all your friends to like it, too!

* Tweeting it. Try: “I’m loving the eBook “Blogger Behave”. Blog with integrity and without regret. #bloggerbehave”

* Emailing it out to your loved ones, coworkers, and local service workers.

* Buying a copy for your favorite blogger.

* Smiling and taking the day off.

Here’s the button if you want to post it all about town: Just add the link: http://www.bloggerbehave.com.

Whew. Okay. All of this blog talk will die down soon and we’ll resume our regular programming. I must say, it’s been pretty exciting on the other side of the computer screen, though. Thanks for being such troopers. Your support really means the world to me.

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Our New Baby!

This is a big day for us on the little farm.

Today we are launching a new website called TheHomeschoolBaby.com. It’s a new community for moms of the littlest learners. We believe that a happy homeschool begins on the day a baby is born, so we want to encourage all mothers – future homeschoolers or not – to join the enriching conversation.

While I never worked to rally up lots of readers at 10 Million Miles (I’m just so happy to have you), I want hundreds of readers over at TheHomeschoolBaby.com so we can all glean from one another. Although I have ideas bubbling around in my mind (you know me), in order to truly enrich the homeschooling community, I need the insights of many women.

THIS WHOLE WEEK, WE’RE HAVING AN ONLINE BABY SHOWER THERE!

Readers can learn a bit about our vision and enter to win some adorable giveaways.

Would you help me spread the word??

Here’s who you want to tell: any young woman hoping to have children someday, and any mother with young children. They do not have to be interested in “official” homeschooling – we all know that every mother homeschools her child to some extent each and every day.

Thank you, my kind and faithful readers. LOVE YA!

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