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How I Got My Groove Back with Mom 2.0 Summit

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In the wee hours of the morning, I boarded a flight to California to join the best in the blogging & influencer field at the Mom 2.0 Summit. They were celebrating 10 years of blogging and after thinking about it,  I realized I was too. It's been an odd online space as of late with so many changes leaving me to think that maybe it was time to stop blogging. Until I stepped into the magic of Mom 2.0 Summit and all the pieces seemed to float back into place.

Ten Years of Blogging

In reading your favorite blogs, you may come across the term “OG” or “Old Guard” and think to yourself, what the heck does that mean? Well, way back when- oh, say ten years ago (or more!) in blogging, many of us were just here to write and share our stories. Instagram and Pinterest didn't exist. Twitter and Facebook were just starting. Blogs were a way for us to write and get to know those who shared common stories, interests and a way to forge lasting friendships. I most certainly fit into this group. Some of my old posts don't even have pictures if you can believe that.

As I mentioned, Twitter was new and actually, pretty fun. Most of my blogging friends got to know me not as Kelly, but as my handle @Kpugs (a nickname I kept from skating days) and even to this day, many will look at my name tag and see my name, and say- “Oh, nice to meet you” – that is until they see the KPugs under my name and the lightbulb goes off and well, then this happens:

After TEN YEARS, I’m finally meeting @kpugs!!! EEEEEEEEE!!! ???#tweepsforlife #Mom2Summit @mom2summit pic.twitter.com/FD4ETkzQ7x

 

I've known Sugar on Twitter and Facebook for ten years and we have never met in person. Mom 2.0 Summit brought us together and of all the folks I was fortunate to meet,  I am most grateful to have made this connection. Sugar, you are everything.

Should I Stop Blogging?

Should I stop blogging? This is a question I have been struggling with for a while. I love blogging, but trying to be everywhere all the time is exhausting. So many platforms, so many metrics, so many algorithms, it can be daunting to stay on top of it all.

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How I Got My Groove Back

I have rebranded this blog three times. I also started my own business which has taken a lot of my time. Is blogging a space where I can still contribute value to my audience? Being in the presence of such supportive women who are there to listen, uplift and champion your ideas was everything I needed at this moment.

Kia Stinger

So, yes. I am ready to pivot once again.  I bought a new domain and will be morphing this site into a new space to share a new season in my life. I feel re-energized to come back to this space and make a difference. I still have more of my story to tell.

Making a Difference

Speaking of making a difference – I wanted to give a shout out to my friend Leticia Barr who writes Tech Savvy Mama. She won an Iris Award for Philanthropic Work of the Year and it was one of my happiest moments at this summit. Read her recap here and please help me congratulate her!!

 

 

Danica Leticia & Kim Iris Awards

 

So much more to share of the awesomeness of this conference. It's been a week and I'm still trying to process everything.

Oh, and how did I come up with the title for this post? Well, I am still showing my age…the emcee for the Iris Awards was none other than Taye Diggs!

 

Taye Diggs Mom2Summit

Which many know from Broadway, but I remember his debut film role way back when in “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”  (affiliate link)

So, I thank you for allowing me to just sit down and brain dump and I hope you will continue to stick around for more of the journey and thank you Mom 2.0 Summit, all the wonderful women, and Taye Diggs for helping this blogger get her groove back!

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Monday 9th of September 2019

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Susi

Thursday 10th of May 2018

Kelly, this was great to read. I’ve been seeing so many posts about Mom 2.0 Summit and it made me wonder if maybe next year I should attend. Conferences like this scare me a bit but I’d love to see what it’s all about. I’ve been going back and forth about stopping my blog for years now. Ever since I went back into the work force I just haven’t had the time to devote to it and like you said, things have changed so much. But I can’t give it up completely. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next. I’ve always enjoyed reading your recipe blogs and following your Roost Crate journey - one of these days I will actually order one, promise!

Kelly Pugliano

Monday 14th of May 2018

You should GO!!! I completely understand the trepidation, however, this conference is SO WORTH getting over that fear. Everyone is amazing and I know you would love it. I know- I've been on that see-saw too and I can't give it up entirely so that just means it's time to create a new chapter. Thank you so much for the support and we would love for you to experience Roost Crate! :) It is pretty awesome. :)

Leticia Barr

Wednesday 9th of May 2018

I'm going to show my love the OG way with a comment! It was so great to see you at Mom 2.0 although I feel like it could have been days longer and still not felt like enough time with you! I can't wait to see how you pivot and am so glad that you're going to continue to share your story. I also love that you and Sugar met for the first time and can't thank you enough for bringing the calm amid the crazy I was feeling Friday night! I hope to see you soon IRL!

Kelly Pugliano

Monday 14th of May 2018

TOTALLY OG with leaving a comment!!!! :) It was so wonderful to see you too- I always feel like there is never enough time to sit and really catch up. Thank you- I'm excited to pivot- always seeking that new adventure around the corner. I am SO incredibly happy and proud of your award and was honored to be with you on such a special evening. So deserved!!

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