As you may know, when I’m not writing here, you can follow my adventures (or misadventures) through dating over at Black and Married With Kids. Over the past year or so, the creators and contributors have become my family. I jokingly call Ronnie and Lamar Tyler my blogging parents, although Lamar constantly corrects me and says we are the same age.  Through emails, phone calls and reading each other’s articles, the entire team began to build relationships. But we never met each other. You really don’t know someone until you see them in person. I thought some people were taller, and others were shorter. When we gathered in Atlanta for the Blogalicious Five conference, it felt like a family reunion. We cheered each other on. Heath Wiggins, who started blogging two months earlier, was selected to share his elevator pitch on stage. Christine St. Vil and Lamar Tyler made it to the finals in the Wells Fargo competition. And I won a video competition. Each time, the BMWK crew celebrated.

The show of support proved that networking isn’t always about what you can get rather what you can give. When people push each other to succeed, it opens doors for everyone.  I put this video together to illustrate how writing for BMWK is more than a job. It’s an experience.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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