Izea is having a pilot program to help them spread the word about IZEA sites, products and services, create a stronger bond within our existing community, and provide provide product insight and assist in continuing innovation. They are looking for some people to give them a hand and want to know why we think we are a great fit for this position. What do you get for doing all this for them? Well, there is no hourly rate (darn!). However, you will get a $1500 travel fee, Ted Murphy's phone number with access to him, a blog makeover, the ability to try out new products before anyone else, recruiting bonuses, Postie Packs, etc. As you can see, there are a ton of fringe benefits.
I wish I could say that I was one of the first members. However, PPP started in July of 2006 and I joined up in September. I had started my blog to keep in touch with my parents and friends in Green Bay, Wisconsin (I live in Illinois now). In 2006, I only had my daughter, and she was growing up so fast. However, as a stay at home (aff) mom, we really did need me to make some extra money. Since 2004, I had been doing freelance work for various companies (creating websites and such). That extra money paid for satellite TV, daily newspaper, internet access, etc. It also allowed me to step out of my mommy roll and allowed me to be an adult again. However, as anyone who works freelance will tell you, sometimes there is a lot of work out there — sometimes there isn't. I came across PPP on somebody's blog (I don't even know who) and signed up. That was the beginning of this fantastic journey I have taken over the last 2 (aff) years with them. My blog has went through my ups and downs of my family (there is a miscarriage and my son's birth involved in there). Currently, I am a work at home (aff) mom. I still freelance, and now that I have 5 blogs under my belt, I consider myself a professional blogger. I am lucky. I make enough money to pay for the extras we need and want (see basement remodel), so I must be doing something right!
What do I know about marketing? Well, one of the places I freelance for considers me their social media manager. I have accounts at places like StumbleUpon, Digg, Mixx, Reddit, Yahoo Buzz, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, etc to name a few. I even have joined a new bookmarking service called tagfoot that is still in beta and requires an invite to join. I promote all of my blogs using social media. I belong to several social networking sites such as Facebook, Namyz, Ryze, LinkdIn, Twitter, SocialSpark, Entrecard, and several forums. I even was a moderator for six months on the Izea forums! I also belong to MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog. I also moderate over at Chicago Moms Like Me (which is a social networking site for Chicagoland moms). Here are my stats for this blog for since October 1st:
I was able to achieve these numbers due to social media. I think I would be extremely helpful in recruiting a crew for several reasons. I know a lot of posties just due to being here so long. When my son was born, Amy ran a baby pool on the forums for me ( I can't find the link due to the boards not letting me search that far back). As a moderator, I had several posties tell Izea not to get rid of me as a moderator, so I get along great with the posties on the forums. I know several of the posties personally like Robyn, Elizabeth, Corrin, Christine, Julie, Breezie, Drew — just to name a few. I know I am missing a lot of people in that list, but it's just a start. I try to help when possible too — check out this thread on the forums about bluehost and hostgator for hosting. I often get emails and tweets from people with questions, so I think I am considered a very approachable person which definitely makes recruiting much easier.
What events have I attended? I was at Blogworld last year:
I also attended PostieCon and did a cake plow (that alone should score me some bonus points):
In January of this year, I attended the Social Networking Conference in Miami. I actually ran into Ted there. However, I didn't bring my camera, so no pictures for that conference. I worked a booth here also, so I do know how to do that.
In May, I went to Agency Bootcamp here in Chicago:
In August, I was invited to the Pampers Mommy Blogger Event:
I also attended Izeafest this year:
Also, I have been invited on October 23rd to attend the Epson and Sparkplugging Girls Night Out (pictures to come). As you can see, I've attend several blogging events and conferences this year.
Three conference I would have loved to attend are SNSX, Blog World Expo, and BlogHer. However, travel expenses for these three events were not in our budget this year (especially with the downturned economy). I own a laptop (aff) that follows me everywhere. I actually use my laptop (aff) so much that many of the keys have the letter rubbed off them! I do not have an aircard. However, my husband tells me when my cell phone contract is up at the end of the month, he'd like to get an iphone (so any iphone advice is appreciated). I have heard that you can use your iphone as a modem of sorts, so does that count?
I would love to have Ted's ear. There are several things that drive me completely insane with Izea, and I would love to hear what he has to say about them. I have to be honest, I don't think my actual resume is this long!
What do you think? Should I be picked as an Izea Insider?
EDIT: Here's a pic from the Epson/Sparkplugging Event:
I was also asked to join the Social Media Club here in Chicago. I missed last night's meeting due to not having a babysitter, but will try attend other ones.