No Internet Connection, Ricky Martin, and an Amazing Offer

As I may have mentioned, we recently went camping for four days.

Now, the best part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.

And, the worst part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.

While I love getting away and having zero access to the Internet, there’s a part of me that wonders what will be waiting for me when we return.

Usually, it’s about 28 emails from Victoria’s Secret, filling me in on the latest bras that will make me irresistible, telling me that surely we’ve had enough dirty diapers that it’s time to reorder, or Piperlime, highlighting all of the fabulous shoes I’m missing out on.

We took a brief trip into town on the second day of our camping trip to buy warmer clothes (who would have thought we’d be so cold on the California Coast?) and I was hovering over my iPhone, like an internet junkie, hoping for my fix.

And, when I held my phone above my head with my right hand, stood on my left leg, held a piece of tin foil, and whistled Livin’ La Vida Loca, I was able to connect and download emails.

And amidst the bras, diapers, and platform sandals, was this note from Melissa, from Mom Comm:

“SITS and Mom Comm are teaming up for twice-a-month critiques on SITS…Well, you’re gonna be first, my dear!”

That was entirely too much awesome in one email for me to truly digest.

SITS and Mom Comm?

Holy smokes!

The thing that amazes me most often about blogging is the support and sense of community that exists. The SITS Girls have played a major role in fostering that community. Whether you’re new to blogging or you have years of experience, these brilliant women can teach you so much.

And Mom Comm? Well, Melissa is one of my blogging idols. She combines an insane amount of marketing communication knowledge, social media savvy, and an eye for great content and shares her knowledge with those of us who are aching to learn more.


While I was excited about having my blog reviewed by these talented and accomplished women, I was also a bit nervous.

While I love my blog, I know that there are areas that need to be spruced up (my outdated about page, for starters!).

But, without knowledge, there’s no growth, right?

So, with the tin foil in hand and a prayer for a solid Internet connection, I sent Melissa an email, accepting her gracious offer.

And I’ve been holding my breath ever since.

Won’t you follow me over to the SITS site to see what they have to say?

Thank you, Melissa and the lovely women over at SITS (specifically Kat and Fran), for your tremendous insight and for this amazing opportunity. Your critique has given me so much to think about and a super long, but exciting to do list!

And if you’re visiting me from SITS, welcome! I’m so happy to have you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, too!


  1. MamaRobinJ

    How awesome! And I'm with you on the fix.

    Off to visit and add to my to-do list too, no doubt.

  2. Krista

    So cool! Can't wait to check it out and pick up a few tips, perhaps? :)

  3. Kimberly

    LOVE your description of trying to get a signal on your phone. When we went to Alaska last summer, I attempted the same sort of antics. Alas, Sprint's network in the vast expanse of the Alaskan peninsula leaves a lot to be desired! I finally had to just "let go."

    Thank God I wasn't a blogger yet. I might have had a nervous breakdown. Which would have ultimately gotten me to a hospital….where they probably have wireless access…hmmmmm…..I think I'm onto something!

  4. MamaWantsThis

    I read the critique – you're doing wonderful things already with the blog, so congrats!!

    Loved imagining you with phone above head, leg up, tin foil in hand and whistling Ricky Martin!!

  5. Paula

    Hahahaha! Love that picture in my mind about the internet connection because I feel like that at times too! Just finished reading you blog critique – I learn so much reading them! Thanks for helping me learn via your blog! :)

  6. Oh my,
    Were they ever thorough. I wouldn't notice half of this stuff. Loved that you stood on one leg to get your email.
    Enjoy all of your spiffing up : )

  7. Kim

    This is fantastic!!! What an inspiration for all the bloggers to follow to see yours reviewed first. Of course we'll follow you over there :) Your blog is absolutely beautiful!!! I can't wait to see it's review.

  8. Mrs. Wonder

    I got a few things out of your critique. Congrats on it!

  9. Jessica

    Very cool, can't wait to read your review!

  10. Kimberly

    Going to read it now! :)

  11. Melissa {momcomm}

    All the things you said about me? *blush* You're too sweet. Man, I wish I were going to BlogHer. I'd totally give you a big hug!

    Glad you enjoyed the critique. You have a beautiful blog and it was an honor to critique it!

  12. John

    I know precisely what you mean about being off the grid. In this day & age, it's really, really rare for me to find a place where, no matter what, I can't connect to the internet. Then, last week, I spent two days in rural Iowa where I simply couldn't get any form of a signal.

    The first few hours were panicky . . . what if something happened to one of my kids? Or my wife? Or my mom? Would the world freak out if I didn't tweet that I was checked into the next town?

    Then, um, I got over myself . . . and it was truly liberating and wonderful.

  13. I thought the critique was really well-done! I adore your blog so much (your words, your gorgeous babies) that I don't even pay attention to some of the things they "caught" (like your header blending into the tree). It was interesting to read the critique, because I learned that things I love (like your titles, which are always so fitting once you read the post) could hurt your SEO. I NEVER think of things like that.

  14. Aleta

    You mean that they are critiqueing bloggers? Oh my…. I don't know if I could handle that. Lol. *rushes to put a paper bag over my blog* You're a brave woman! Thanks for the smiles while reading your blog post. Oh and I LOVE SITS ! They rock!

  15. Rachel

    Love that they did this!!! I enjoyed the post so much!

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