December 15, 2008

Adoptive Parents Blog Network 2009!

Adoptive Parents Network is ready to start the New Year! With a complete website Make-Over and the formation of the APN Advisory Board we are getting excited about all of the exciting things planned for 2009.

Our New website is just starting to take shape and if there were 37 hours in the day things would be much farther along! However, the best things do take time to create and we are sure 2009 is going to be a very productive year.

The next phase of plans (today) is to get This Blog incorporated into the Main website and start thinking about how it will be used. We hope to make this a place where Adoptive Parent Bloggers can connect and support each other--as Bloggers!

We look forward to writing more Blog Reviews, as well as offering some exciting contests and incentives. Most of all we are looking forward to offering opportunities for talented writers to contribute in a variety of ways!

The Adoptive Parents Network experienced a number of changes and a few set-backs in 2008 but, we have decided to view these blips as another example in parenting! Sometimes we just need to get up in the morning and do our bests even when there are road blocks to stumble over!

We invite any adoptive parent bloggers to join the Adoptive Parents Network and take part in creating a resource of information, support and social connection. The APN Blog Network is bound to include those parents with a passion in writing (blogging) and building their own Internet Home to share intelligent and creative information.

Our bloggers don't need to hang out on our forums, or plug into chat rooms! The APN Blog Network is just one part of our vision and mission. We do however view the APN Blog Network as one of our best ideas for connection with each other.

We believe that because we are parenting children who have an adoption story which includes sensitive and personal information about Their Lives that our parents should take every effort to maintain control over the content published on the Internet. We view the Personal Blog as one of the most simple ways our parents can maintain total control over all of the details of their child's lives written.

Many of us have become members of a variety of websites and shared details about our children on websites we don't control. Some of us have posted things we may wish we could delete or edit and find it's impossible. We feel it's important to help educate other adoptive parents about implication of posting and writing about our children on websites we don't control.

We also believe the quality of the content our parents write on their own personal blogs is far superior to the thousands of posts found on the average adoption related forums. Most Forums seem to offer and require the SAME posts to be made over and over about the same things. Why continue to write the same forum posts over and over? Especially, if it's written on a forum so many are "BANNED" from and then left with no ability to edit or remove in the future?

By writing a Blog an Adoptive Parent has control over the content shared, and won't likely be banned from their own blogs--left with no control years later over words written?

A personal Blog means adoptive parents have control over the content of their words as well as some fantastic ways to connect with quality thinkers and writers. Why keep rephrasing the same advice, information and support over and over on a forum when a personal blog makes it possible for YOU to write these things once and add to them in a logical way?

If you don't have your personal blog started yet--what is stopping you? Why not make 2009 the Year you stop hanging around on some forum posting about which new car you think would be nice or the fact that your child's school is driving you crazy? Why spend your day posting and checking for answers when your blog has a built in comment system and you can also control the content posted TO YOU because it's your blog and you decide who says what on it?

We encourage you to consider the number of hours spent on all those other Adoption related websites and the fact that aside building an Internet friendship and sharing information what else do YOU GET from it? Why give your time to a website that uses your contributions for their OWN Income when you could be writing on your own Blog and generating your own profit from your efforts.

Why give your insight and support to a website where other's can respond to your words with posts back to you that may be hateful or offensive? Why spend your energy dealing with one website administrator infamous for Banning those who don't come from the same side of the adoption triad--or just because they have too much power? Why risk investing your passion and sharing so much only to be one of the thousands of members banned and then unable to control the contributions to their ego?

How often do you feel that you spent any free time you had in the day writing forum posts for some business to make a buck off your efforts and then ban you for objecting when you are torn apart for Not using the exact politically correct term... How often do you feel that you took great effort in making an important point in a post on someone else's website--only to find it was edited or deleted because someone else took objection?

Your Personal Blog is YOURS. As a blogger you Write what you want to write and you make the edits. You choose the comments you want connected to YOUR words. Those who enjoy and like your blog will come back, follow, comment and link up with you--Those who do not will go away when they find no way to "control" the content of your words.

...and how often do you feel your time posting on some forum was time spent doing little or nothing? Do you ever skip doing the laundry because you can't fold and type at the same time and you REALLY need to add your 2 cents before someone else says another stupid thing about something YOU know a lot about from personal experience?

We invite you to start your blog if you haven't already! The Adoptive Parents Network is about to give you a place to share what you have with those who will value your insight and support and the opportunity to do so with total control of your publicly published content... and we are about to offer you a way to make your words count!

It isn't that hard to create your own Blogger Blog... Just visit Google, create your Gmail Account and then visit your Google Account and create a Blogger Blog... Within just a few moments you will Seize Control of your content, time and be ready to Join the APN Blog Network for an adventure in 2009!

October 1, 2008 Loves Adoption Blogs

Adoptive Families is an award-winning national adoption magazine. Recognized as one of the leading adoption information sources for families before, during, and after adoption.

The Adoptive Families website has been around for nearly 10-years offering easy access to a wealth of information. I can't recall one real-life adoptive parent support group meeting where something from the Adoptive Families website or magazine hasn't been shared by at least one member.

This year Adoptive Families took notice of all the adoption related blogs being written by real people and real families and started a list of their picks for the Adoption Blogs they Love. listed under the two categories of Domestic and International Adoption.

To have the Adoption blog you Love the most nominated as your top choice all you need to do is Send an Email. Or leave a comment in the box at the bottom of this page and share your favorite blog with other the members and readers of the Adoptive Families website!

September 16, 2008

Add the APN Blog Network Badge to Your Blog

Add the APN Blog Network Badge to your Blog

Let your visitors know that You are a part of the Adoptive Parents Blog Network and are creating your own Internet Home to share with other foster, adoptive and special needs parents.

Add the APN Blog Network Badge to your Blog with a few simple steps. Simply "copy" the Code offered in the code box and place it on your blog.

APN Blog Network Badge

September 13, 2008

Entrecard Your Blog

You may have noticed the Entrecard Widget on the right column of this blog and other APN Blogs. If you are serious about blogging and haven't joined Entrecard yet you may not realize what you are missing!

What is Entrecard?

  • Entrecard is a blogging network where members "drop" cards to let other bloggers know they stopped by for a visit. Other bloggers can drop their card on your site when Visits.

  • Entrecard has a system of currency - Entrecard Credits (known as: EC for short)

  • The Entrecard Credits can be used to purchase advertisements on other sites Entrecard Widgets.

  • Entrecard Credits can be traded and used as payment for other blog networking activities.
...and a whole lot more!

August 26, 2008

Hot Off The Flash Mom Blog Review

Hot Off The Flash by Tracy Stoll is one of our Adoptive Parents Network Mom Bloggers delightful contributions to all of us!

I have been reading Tracy's blog for a very long time and find it to be one of those kinds of mom blogs I can relate to very well. It may be because currently Tracy features a countdown ticker for something I don't think I have ever seen before. Her count down as of today is 6 months and 5 days....until she is closer to 50 than 40!

A person my age, can't help but just love her blog before even starting to read it! But, once I start reading I am captivated and interested.

I may be biased to her wonderful blog because we are clearly nearly the same age, but I also enjoy reading this personal blog because Tracy is one of my fellow freelance blog writers. In fact, once a few things are tweaked her contributions to the Adoptive Parents Network will actually be published and easy to find!

Hot Off the Flash is another blog title I just love as it conjures several impacted meanings in my mind--either way it's a blog title most visitors will not forget! In the blog world a great title is half the job, and Hot off the Flash is perfect!

Her blog is also very well designed with nice colors and simple navigation which is nice on any one's eye when visiting. If you have not visited Hot Off the Flash by Tracey Stoll then what are you waiting for?

August 25, 2008

The Wise Young Mommy Blog

The Wise Young Mommy Badge The Wise Young Mommy is a blog written by a young work-at-home editor and mother of two children married to her best friend. Her love of writing and interest in learning new things make her blog interesting and entertaining. It's clear this blog writer enjoys meeting new friends and making connections. More then anything else however, it's clear she LOVES being a mom!

The Wise Young Mommy Blog is a very pretty place to visit with clean and clear layout and design. The use of cute graphics and clean bright colors makes any visitor feel this blog is worth the visit.

I also find her blog title to be adorable and it may have been one I might have thought of 20 years ago when I was a Young Mommy raising my older children. I have found reading this blog is both interesting and rewarding for me personally, as I find it wonderful a young mom now has an opportunity to write and create an income while being great mommy. For me it is fascinating to see someone take the opportunities that were not there just a few years ago. This Mommy Blogger is a young mom after my own heart!

The Wise Young Mommy Blog covers a wide range of interesting topics, and includes the questions, musings and discussions about the world we live in today Written through the eyes of a young, hip working mother and wife. Her blog is a forum for discussion on motherhood, current events, issues and information on hot topics in our society. Everything topped off with a fresh dash of humor and a splash of humility, and her readers can't help but have a fun, learn something new, laugh, relate and participate.

What I enjoy the most is the fact Wise Young Mommy writes about the real things some mom's live daily and don't have the time to write about. From diet and fitness and the fact that it can be a struggle for many of us mom's at home making Peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches to the deep issues we face parenting children.

I highly recomend that Moms both young and old visit the Wise Young Mommy Blog

Mom Blog Reviews

It was announced on the APN News Blog that a new Adoptive Parents Blog Reviews category would be added. The logical place for these Blog Reviews would seem to be right here on the APN Blog Network!

The Mom Blog Reviews will highlight other Mom Bloggers on the Internet who have developed a blog and found a way to make something interesting. Some blogs will be written by other adoptive mother's and some blogs will be reviewed because the mom who writes it has something to share with other mothers.

The Mom Blogs that are reviewed will be those that offer APN Blog Network members ideas about being a better mother, developing a blog, earning an income at home as well as the entertainment of a mom blog.

If you have a blog that you would like to have reviewed then it's up to you to grab our attention If you grab my interest I might just review your blog!


For all the latest Mom Blog Reviews be sure to check here under the Category (or label) Mom Blog Reviews

August 20, 2008

Five Reasons why you might want to join in the APN Blog Network

#1 You have information, advice or personal experience to share that might help support other families or bring awareness to an issue related to advocating for needs or changes. Often, you have shared this information on forums or on websites.

#2 You would like to have complete control over how your words are used, edited and want to decide how they are displayed. You want to control the advertising that is displayed on the site you control and while your at it you want the any revenue that comes from any of the advertising you decide will be on the pages of your words that you control...

#3 You would like to create a place you can share that reflects You and your values. Without a moderator or admin dictating what the terms of service are and how you are getting close to breaking a rule--or upsetting another member in some way. You would love to invite your friends to Your Internet Home rather then always meeting at some office party or group meeting.

#4 You wouldn't mind learning how to turn the cozy little Internet Home of words that are yours, presented the way you want them and under your control to be something that is supportive for other people who may happen to read it--and at the same time develop a place you can earn an added income for the effort.

#5 You are really interested in what kind of incentives and rewards the APN Blog Network has planned for those who want to join in on some of the fun!

If you don't have a blog yet it's time to think about it! The APN Blog Network is about to offer the new, casual and serious Parent bloggers some exciting ways to not only Network our blogs and create some nice Internet Homes with the option of many small business opportunities along the way!

All you have to do is decide which steps work for your blog and play along here for the rewards. You pick and choose which steps it's all a win-win!

Hold on to your lap tops because If this is as much fun to do as it has been to plan then get ready to join me in a New Journey in Social Networking and lets start the APN Blog Network!

August 19, 2008

APN Blog Share: A New Way to for Adoptive Parents to Network and Support One Another

This is the opening post for a New Adventure offered by the Adoptive Parents Network!

If you have a Blog of your own started or have been considering the advantages that come with maintaining complete control of your words and information then you might also consider becoming a part of the Adoptive Parents Network Blog Share!

Things are just getting started here and it is never too late to join in the fun. The Adoptive Parents Network is about to build a whole new meaning to the word "Support" by adding and building a New way for families to connect with each other and socialize in our own little Internet Homes!

This Blog is the place to start and the place to keep up with all of the exciting ways you can not only share your personal story, offer your insight and wisdom, but also control the content and advertising that appears under your name and with your words.

It doesn't matter if you are just starting out as a Foster, Adoptive or Special Needs parent or if you have just stated your own Blog... You are welcome to jump in anytime and take part in the any of the number of ways APN plans to connect parents and Network to support one another.

The idea of the APN Blog Share is to offer members more control over the information they share on the Internet and unique ways to connect in order to share information and resources. By creating your Own Internet Home our Network will become a way for parents to continue to share and support each other without needing to depend on the owners and administration of someone Else's website.

Considering the fact that many of us are compelled to share information, details and issues that are sensitive it is not uncommon to regret something we have written someplace we have no control to remove or change. A personal Blog offers each of us this kind of control over every word we decide to share on our own Internet Home.

Not only that, but we often add our words, and share our stories on websites that profit by our contributions and generate new revenue with each new post we make for them on the websites they own and control!

This is why the Adoptive Parents Network member support Forums will continue to be advertising free and offer members the opportunity to connect and share and control our own information from own Internet Home...where we can profit from our own advertising or not!

By Networking with our own Blogs the Adoptive Parents Network hopes to bring a new meaning to support by making it possible for our families to not only gain information and support in the way of Internet socializing but, also building our own small businesses at the same time.

We are excited about the upcoming plans and can't wait to start sharing with those who are interested in becoming a part of the APN Blog Share it's going to be a fun and exciting adventure and the number one rule is that it is Never to Late to jump on board and become a part of the benefits of building your own Internet Home...

Stay Tuned for more updates and I hope you are ready for this new way of networking with us!