Suburban Mama, the world through one suburban mama's point of view.
By the Book, book reviews, author interviews, book-related events.
Surf City Family, where all the cool kids WITH kids hang out in Huntington Beach
Coffee Party, my thoughts on social media, marketing etc.
BC: When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging before the term was invented* so that would be in the aughts (ok, I just had to use that word. Of course I mean 2000, the year I moved to the US from the Philippines). It was called MarcieTV and it was on Tripod or Angelfire (probably both, can't remember) and it was a way for me to keep in touch with my family in the Philippines. When I realized other people could read my web log, I ended up writing a regular column called "Manila Girl" for a Filipino-American newspaper based out of New Jersey and they kept my work online (making it my first sort of blog for actual public consumption.) After a year of writing the column, I had enough material for a book called "Missing Mangoes: For Filipinos and Those Who Love Us" (Xlibris, 2003)
I started the Suburban Mama blog in 2006 as a way to archive the content from my ezine of the same name. After getting tired of pitching stories to print magazines (I was a freelance writer) and waiting for approval and waiting for publication (and waiting for payment!), I figured I had enough friends who might be interested in what I had to say so I blasted my first Suburban Mama email newsletter (ezine) to 50 friends - eventually the list grew to 500 subscribers over two years and so I started the blog.
(*After a quick google search - you'll see that the word "blog" was invented in 1999 but did not become word of the year till 2004)
BC: What has been your biggest surprise about blogging?
The awesome people I've met in the blogosphere - both online and in real life.
BC: Where do you go for inspiration?
I go deep inside myself and talk to my inner child communing with my muse -- NOT!!!! Inspiration is everywhere - for Suburban Mama, my kids are always up to something so there's always inspiration there; for By the Book, I go to the library or browse around Barnes and Noble. I am inspired by everything I see, watch, hear and read; and by the events I attend and the people I meet.
BC: When you have out-of-town guests, what is your "must see" place in OC?
The beach! Being a fairly new transplant to California (late 2007), we've had so many guests come from the East Coast and the Philippines come over. Our guests love the weather and the beach. So we usually start off with a walk down the HB Pier. For guests who aren't too keen on sand, we take them to Fashion Island - they usually like to people watch and shop.
BC: Give us the links to your three favorite posts you've ever written.
Do Mothers Lose their Identities?