Carin Kilby Clark on HuffPost Live

Behind the Scenes: My HuffPost Live Debut

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!

Three Ways I regularly Invade My Teenager's Privacy

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.

Carin Kilby Clark on HuffPost Live

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.

I want to hear from you!
Tell me what you think about public speaking and viral posts. Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.

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  1. This was great. We need to stay involved in everything in our childrens life. In todays world you just never know what they are seeing, hearing and doing. We want our children to be safe. Thank you so much for sharing

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  2. Wow, congratulations on the post. I am not sure on what answer I can give you but still congrats all the same.

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  3. Carin,

    You have quite an interesting blog here. Are you engaged full-tine in blogging and internet marketing by chance? Would love to hear your view on how you got started blogging when you have a moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Can I just say that what I LOVED most about this is not that you had the amazing social share but that your MAIN focus (and it was shining so clearly as I watched the live version) is that you truly do want to open up more dialogues about this topic in homes across the country! Believing in what you do/write/share is such a vital part of this whole thing. Thank you!

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  5. I snoop! my kids know they don’t have any privacy if their living under my roof. I don’t care how they feel about it. Luckily my kids are really close with me. I’m pretty understanding when they tell me things. I remember being that age they know they can talk to me about anything. So far so good, my oldest will be 17 in March and shes a straight A student I have no problems out of her. when she was 13 we budded heads for that 1st year but we got over that hump. I was also a teenage mom I got preggo at 15

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      ^5 to my fellow snooper! Haha… I’m very close with my kids as well and we talk all the time about everything… I do think that makes the biggest difference – when your kids know that you aren’t trying to catch them messing up and that you’re only trying to help them be their best. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow! Congrats on the post! My oldest is 11, so privacy is just starting to come on my radar. I’m honestly not sure what my answer will be. I’ve got some thinking to do.

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