When I submitted my post, Three Ways I Regularly Invade My Teenager’s Privacy, I had no idea of the possibilities. I didn’t know that this would be my first ‘viral’ post. And I surely had no idea that it would lead to my first on-air appearance.
The article has 3.4k likes and 600+ shares. I’m still trying to soak that in. That may not be a lot to some bloggers, but to me that is epic!
The FB post has 1200+ likes, 500+ shares, and hundreds of comments. To more popular bloggers that may be small change but that makes this my most popular post – ever.
When I received the invite to appear on HuffPost Live to further discuss the article I was beyond excited. I’ve never done anything like this before and since I’m working on my manuscript as I type, I know that this type of exposure will be most beneficial in my efforts to secure a literary agent and a publisher for my book project.
I also really appreciated the opportunity to share my message – about invading my teenager’s privacy – with a broader audience. It’s an important topic that all parents grapple with at some point during child-rearing. To snoop or not to snoop… that is the question.
I had a pre-interview with the producer the day before the segment which helped prepare me for the live run. I was still very nervous – as noted by my constant movement, eyes all over the place, too many umms, and shaky voice. BUT, overall it was fun.
You can watch the segment here:
So for now, I plan to practice on video and increase my level of comfort with talking to the camera.
I’m also thinking of looking into some sort of public speaking course since this is all new to me and I want to get better at it. I used to think giving presentations to top-level executives (which is what I do at my day job) was hard but for some reason it pales in comparison.
To improvements, new experiences, and viral blog posts.
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