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On Conference Sponsorships

(Melissa from ShoeString Mag and I at my BlogHer 09 book signing.)

A colleague of mine, Thursday Bram, recently brought up the touchy subject of conference sponsorships.  In the Mommy blogger world, these are fairly common (I have actually attended two conferences completely free, compliments of being a Walmart Mom.)  But is it all the sunshine and roses that comped bloggers make it out to be?  And could it actually hurt you to ask and be given reimbursement for these events?
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Publishing Notes for September 9th, 2010

It's been a whirlwind of activity here at the farm/office.  Here are a few of my most recent published articles.  Enjoy!
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Farm Living Romantic? Not So Much

People always look at me, dreamy-eyed and full of hope, as they hear me say that I live on a tiny farm in Nebraska.  They imagine, I suppose, that birds' chirps accompany my awakening, the sweet smell of clover fills my nose, and that my evenings are dressed in cricket squeaks and night breezes.

What they don't see/hear/smell is the reality of country living.  Some days, it is simply the pits.