This post is about a month or so late. I did the same thing last year, too. Hey, what can I say? The life of a Type-A Parent is demanding, and our to-do lists tend to look scary. Apparently, an April birthday for the site is bad timing.
Still, it is an exciting milestone and I can hardly believe how much the parent blogosphere has changed since I pushed this site live in April 2007. It blows my mind sometimes when I realize how many bloggers (people you know and read) have at some point posted on this site. Don’t believe me? Use the pulldown menu on the sidebar under Type-A Parent Bloggers and see how many names you recognize. Or simply see how many voices have been heard on this site over the years.
It is amazing to me to think what started as a simple idea and a little site on shared hosting is now a major blog PLUS one of the premiere parent blogging and social media conferences. Shoot, many people don’t even realize Type-A was a site/social network/group blog/online magazine BEFORE it was ever a conference and that the two are still separate sites.
The phrase Type-A Parent and Type-A Mom has now become commonly used by mainstream media (Wall Street Journal, Washingtonian, for example) and celebrities. It also shows how the name has become part of the culture. I just wish people would stop assigning negative connotations to the term. I always defined Type-A Mom or Parent as a go-getter, an over-achiever, a multi-tasker, a thought leader and an early adopter. In essence, the modern social media parent.
A lot has happened in five years.
This site has always been about promoting moms (and later dads, too, when we changed from Type-A Mom to Type-A Parent). I struggled with ideas for a contest or some way to celebrate the five years, and realized encouraging us all to read other bloggers and promote them is the most in the Type-A spirit. So this contest will have some great prizes (valued at more than $250), five winners in honor of five years AND you don’t promote this site. You promote other bloggers. How fun is that?
The prizes (five winners will be randomly selected to each win both of these):
- A full pass to Type-A Parent Conference
- A signed copy of my book, Pinterest For Dummies (U.S. and Canada) or, if you live outside those countries, I will buy you the Kindle eBook version or give you the signed print version if you come to my conference.
Log into Pinterest and pin a great post by any other parent who blogs (yes, parent who blogs not someone who blogs about parenting). Use the hashtag #typeacon so I can track it. If you don’t already, be sure to follow my personal account and the conference account on Pinterest. I will be repinning your entries!
You don’t need to comment here (although feel free to, of course). You don’t need to submit a form. You just pin. If you need a Pinterest invitation, just email me at kelby at typeaparent dot com, subject line Pinterest Invitation, to get one. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
This method of entry MUST be done to enter the contest, even if you use bonus entries below.
To get bonus entries:
- Check the box to share the pin on Twitter as well (just be sure the #typeacon hashtag is early enough in your pin description to pull into Twitter search results so we will find it when choosing a winner).
- Pin a post from Type-A Parent! We have thousands of posts, and our main topics can be found under Blog Topics (mouse over that on the menu at the top of any page).
- Subscribe to the email feed for the Type-A Parent blog or for the conference blog.
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