Meet Valerie Pierre – the founder and editor of Mommy R+R. As a 30-something married stay at home mother of 2 toddlers, Valerie fully understands the need for “me time”. As a former corporate event planner, she’s taken her expertise and love of event planning to a whole new level by coordinating fabulous events to provide moms with some much needed R+R!
What inspired you to start blogging?
My website is a little different from the average mom blog. The primary purpose behind it is to host events for moms that provide them with some much needed ‘me time’. I host wine tastings, work outs and private shopping tours etc. The blog section of Mommy R+R is to promote and bring awareness to businesses that are geared towards mom and families. My inspiration to start Mommy R+R came from my inability to find a women’s group that actively hosted events in my borough. There were plenty of mom and baby groups, that hardly ever met up without their children. I was looking to meet women that I could connect with and forge new friendships and when I didn’t find that I started Mommy R+R.
Do you blog full time or part time?
Currently, I’m part time but I’d like to make it full time. I currently post new content every Wednesday but I would like to get it to the point where I have new content posted at least three times a week.
What makes your blog unique?
What makes my blog unique is that I specialize in coordinating events that are aimed at helping moms feel rejuvenated and recharged. Where other mom blogs may seldom meet up, if at all, my readers know that there will be an event every month.
What has been the most successful way to engage with your community?
Instagram is what joins us! I will post a photo and it gets funny comments or it might lead to a new business connection. It also works in the reverse as well, I love looking through my followers photos. It allows us to virtually be a part of a moment in time in another persons life.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
I love Instagram! Which is quite a change from 2 years ago when I refused to sign up. I love the simplicity of it. It’s allowed me to forge some wonderful personal and business relationships. My least favorite is Pintrest. I can’t quite figure it out, which is crazy because its just like Instagram. I don’t know, its just weird to me. I need to work on it more.
What is your favorite brand to work with and why?
My favorite brand to work with is Jean Alerte. He’s a local speaker, writer and business owner. He owns Brooklyn Swirl (among other successful businesses) in Brooklyn Heights. I hosted an event there with MomCave TV over the summer and he’s just great…and the froyo is fantastic! Jean’s main focus is helping those around him to pursue their dreams. He’s an inspiration. When you meet him you’ll instantly like him and know that he’s the most genuine person that you will ever meet.
What is your favorite blog post you’ve ever written. Why is it your favorite?
My favorite post is ‘Holiday Traditions’. I’m big on traditions. I love doing the same things with my kids that I used to do as child with my mom. Out of all the traditions the holiday ones are what really make me weepy eyed. It’s a feeling that I can’t explain to see my children get excited at the same things that I used to, from listening to holiday music, to baking cookies and decorating our front door. I also can’t wait to start our own traditions that will add on to what my kids can pass on to their families.
Link to your most popular post.
My most popular post was actually a Kid’s Flea Market event that I hosted back in October. It was an event that allowed families to purge their homes to sell off their kids outgrown and unused clothing, toys, gear etc. It received over a 700 views and was featured in on several websites, including DNAinfo NY. It was such a popular event that I gave it its own website www.BKKidsFlea.com. I’ll be hosting 2 more flea markets in 2015.
My favorite place to blog is…
My favorite place is on the train. I’m not blogging per se, but it’s where I gather my thoughts. Despite the noise and commotion around me my thoughts are clear and I can see everything that I need to do within the span of 2 or 3 stops. I use a notepad and a post it app on my phone to keep things organized.
My goal for blogging is…
Because my blog is very new I’m still trying to find my voice and where I want to go with it. But, I know my goal for 2015 is to provide more helpful tips that moms can use to carve out ‘me time’. It’s great that I host events that provide ‘me time’ but now I need to teach moms how to implement it in their everyday lives.
My advice for new bloggers is…
My advice to a new blogger is don’t feel like you have to post every single day as a way to keep up with other bloggers. Don’t insult your readers by publishing rushed posts that don’t really have any depth or meaning behind them. If you have good content and only post twice a month then that’s great! Also, stick to your own voice. Copying others won’t work because people can tell. Be yourself as it will show in your work.
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