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March 9, 2006

OK, I just read this on Spunky Homeschool, and I about fell out of my chair. Some lucky moms are going to get paid to BLOG. Yes, you read that right. There’s a company called ClubMom.com that reaches out to 2 million moms, and they’re looking for moms who blog to pay them a minimum of $500 to $1,000 per month (plus gifts and bonuses) to blog about things moms want to read about.

Yeah. This is for real.

You’ve got until March 30th to give this opportunity some serious thought and prayer, if you think this is something you might like to do. Here’s the scoop (copied with permission from ClubMom.com):

1. Help Us Showcase the Best Mom Blogs ($1,000/month):
ClubMom is seeking a Mom blogger who can launch the “Best of the Mom Blogs” daily Blog!

There are many amazing Mom bloggers across the country, some of whom are starting to grow engaged audiences. ClubMom wants to bring these unique voices and the blogging medium to mainstream Moms across the country. Our 2 million+ members are very interested to hear from other Moms with compelling voices and stories. By showcasing the “Best of the Mom Blogs” daily blog on Clubmom.com, we want to get Moms excited about blogs.

The winning candidate will create a daily round-up blog which consists of descriptions and links to the best blog content written by moms or of interest to moms. Candidate will be responsible for researching and reviewing the latest Mom blog posts on ClubMom as well as in the blogosphere and determining which blogs to feature on the site and in the newsletters. We are looking for someone with personality, insight, and an ability to develop themes and stories regarding what is happening with Mom bloggers across the country. This represents an exciting opportunity to educate and interest millions of moms on blogs as well as to help existing blogs get attention from millions of moms.

Applicants should have a passion for the Web and media in general, understand how moms across the U.S. use the Web to find information and support, have experience writing a blog, read multiple Mom blogs, and have a strong interest in subjects covered by ClubMom.com.

What’s Involved?
The “Best of the Mom Blogs” Round-Up Editor will be expected to research and review blogs for inclusion in the round-up blog; write entertaining descriptions and headlines; post at least 5 days a week; be the face of ClubMom to the blogging community; and, on occasion, participate in PR activities. In return, she will receive a monthly salary of $1,000 plus 20,000 ClubMom Points redeemable for items like gift certificates, with a performance-based bonus structure to possibly earn more.

To apply:
There are 3 parts to the application. Only candidates who complete all 3 will be considered. Send us an email with the following:

1. Tell us about you. Here’s what we’d like to know:
Your Name and contact information
Can you devote a couple of hours per day to this blog?
Beyond the basics above, tell us who you are and why we should hire you to be the Round-Up Editor
What kind of unique voice or spin can you bring?
Share some ideas for how you’d get readers to your blog.

2. Show us what you’d write. Write 3 days of the Round-Up posts.

3. Show us what you’ve written. Include links to three writing samples, preferably blog posts, which showcase your writing talent and voice.

Completed application should be emailed to roundupblog@clubmom.com by March 30th. We’ll review applications and contact applicants for follow-ups on a rolling basis.

2. Wanted: Mom Bloggers ($500/month):
ClubMom is looking for Mom Bloggers willing to contribute their interesting and distinctive voices on a variety of topics!

If selected, you can reach more than 2 million Moms who are already part of ClubMom (and that’s just the beginning) and get paid for doing what you love.

We are excited to round-out our member and expert generated content with bloggers who have compelling and engaging voices and represent a diverse group of moms writing on diverse topics. We are looking for Moms who can tell compelling stories and get our members emotionally involved.

The plan is to start out with about ten blogs but that can change based on the quality of the applications we receive. If you or someone you know would make a great blogger on ClubMom.com, please apply and/or spread the word!

What’s Involved?

Candidates will be evaluated on writing style and voice, your ability to get our members emotionally involved, as well as dedication and commitment. Accepted bloggers will be expected to write frequently (at least five posts a week) and in return will receive a monthly salary of $500 plus 10,000 ClubMom Points redeemable for items including gift certificates, spa services, movies and more; with a performance-based bonus structure to possibly earn more.

Here are some topics we think moms would be interested in reading about:

Parenting:
Pregnancy: Just found out you’re pregnant? Share the joys and challenges of your pregnancy and beyond with other moms. (group blog – 3 spots or individual blog) – applicants can be at any stage of the pregnancy
Parenting Novice – 1st time parent with a newborn
Homeschooling
Raising a tween or teenager
Raising child with special needs

Diet & Fitness:
Preparing for a physical challenge: Preparing for your first marathon (or triathlon or some other physical challenge)? Share your training highs and lows as you prepare for the big day.
Starting a new diet (group blog – 5 moms who are on different diets)

Relationships:
Military Life: If you or your husband are in the military, share your story.
Dating: Are you single and on the dating scene?
Going through a tough time and looking for advice from other moms

Time For you:
Celebrity Gossip
Fashion & Beauty

Health:
Going through challenging health issues
Someone you love going through challenging health issues

Home:
Making a Big Move (big move – city to suburb, across country, out of country, etc.)
Major home renovation project
Cooking – Trying new recipes

Money & Jobs:
Starting a business
Working from home
Family budget tracker
Trying to make it in show business
I’ve got the best/worst job of all time

Politics & Activism:
Running for office / officeholder / or working on a campaign
Trying to make a difference in the world

Faith & Spirituality:
Interfaith marriage
Raising faithful children

Blogger’s Choice: Got a fantastic idea for a topical blog that doesn’t fit into the categories above, but you think would be a great addition to ClubMom.com? Tell us about it in your application and we’ll consider it.

To apply:

There are 3 parts to the application. Only candidates who complete all 3 will be considered. Send us an email with the following:

1. Tell us about you. Here’s what we’d like to know:
Your Name
How we can contact you
What would you like to blog about?
How many hours per week do you think you could devote to your blog? Be honest!
Beyond the basics above, tell us who you are and why we should hire you to write this blog.
What kind of unique voice or spin can you bring to this topic?
Share some ideas for how you’d get readers to your blog.

2. Show us what you’d write. Write 3 potential blog posts on your chosen topic.

3. Show us what you’ve written. Include links to three writing samples, preferably blog posts, which showcase your writing talent and voice.

Completed application should be emailed to topicalblog@clubmom.com by March 30th. We’ll review applications and contact applicants for follow-ups on a rolling basis.

If you know others whom you think would make great applicants, please help us spread the word! Please feel free to post this on your own blog.

P.S. My personal opinion? This is the first wave of thousands of positions that are going to become available to talented bloggers. Why? Blogging is good for business. People are introduced to companies online now, and a blogger’s voice is the 21st-century storefront. It won’t be long before every company with an online presence will need to have a blog to attract and retain customers. Who wants to visit a site that never changes? It’s like having a mannequin out front to greet customers. Bloggers are living employees, giving companies a face that actually smiles and a voice that says, “Come on in and spend some time here.”




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