Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Mile High Mamas

I have some fantastic news that I wanted to share with you all. Some of you may know that I have started a little writing career.

A year and a half ago I created a blog called Hot Fruita Moms. My motivation was to "get out" all the stuff I had in my head. It was a crazy mix of commentaries on not shaving my legs, pop culture, and happenings in my small town.

My blog soon got the attention our local paper, The Daily Sentinel. In April, they did a two page article on me and my life as a "mommy blogger". The features editor was entertained enough by what I did on my blog that he asked me to submit bi-weekly articles for their women's page known as "Charm". You can find my articles every other Thursday on the newspapers website under the "Features" section. My next article will be this Thursday, but that is not my good news.

A couple of months ago, I created another blog called Anniethology. (You are here.) My reasoning was that I was becoming more well known in my little town and the "Hot Fruita Mom" title was getting on my nerves. I created the blog to entertain close friends and family, I had no idea that it would actually generate paid writing gigs for me or I never would have called it that. Geez, could I have picked a more embarrassing name?!

My Former Bishop- So, Annie, I hear you have a website. Hot Mamas something rather?
Me-(sheepish) Uhhh.. yeah.

I decided that Hot Fruita Moms needed to be more about Fruita and less about being a "hot mom". So I write more locally topical items for the Hot Fruita Moms blog, like my opinion on the rec center, the history of the town mascot, and the opening of the new Taco Bell!

My Anniethology blog is filled with all the usual stuff that I used to keep Secret Agent Man awake with at night.

"Honey, do you remember the words to the song, Union of the Snake, by Duran Duran? Do you think I made a mistake cutting my hair shorter? I am so excited for the new season of Dancing with the Stars, aren't you?"

"Annie, I love you. Please go to sleep!"

One of the highlights of Anniethology is quarterly fashion advice guest written by sister Lori. She is a wardrobe consultant in Boston. She weighs in each season on the trends, colors, and how to wear them. (Scroll down to see the latest.) But that is not the good news either. I'm getting to that.

The best part about writing a blog is that I have been able to keep in closer contact friends and family. Want to know what I am up to? Just read my blog. I have also made lots of new friends. Women just like me from all the country. This August I invited a few of them out to Colorado for a blogger convention. Over the course of the weekend we had about 20 bloggers come together. (Some of you were there.) It was so fun touring them around, showing them my home, and introducing them to Mike the Headless Chicken. I'm getting closer to the good news.

One of the friends I have met is another blogger from the Denver area. Her name is Amber. She is a blogger and travel writer with a background in PR and marketing, but most notably she is a mother. Here is the good news! She invited me to a contributor for a new blog she was creating for the Denver Post. The Denver Post, along with the Rocky Mountain News are the two largest newspapers in Colorado. The new blog is Mile High Mamas.
Tomorrow is our unofficial Official launch. I think they call it unofficially-official because there might still be some kinks in the blog that need to be worked out. It would mean the world to me if you all would take the time to stop by Mile High Mamas tomorrow and show your support through "clicks" or comments. It would be even better if you commented on my post.

Thanks ahead of time and thanks to those who have been so supportive thus far. I have never considered myself an excellent writer, although it is something I really enjoy. I never anticipated that anyone other than close friends and family would ever read anything I had to say. I never would have sought out these opportunities for myself, they just came in the form of opened doors and I have had the sense enough to walk through them.



  1. Annie - that is so awesome! I have been following the development of this on Amber's blog too! I know you'll be a great addition to the blog!

  2. I have had the sense enough to walk through them.

    If I knew how to do a cartwheel, I would for you.
    If I knew how to make Joey dance for you, I would.
    If I could fly to Fruita and give you a hug I totally would.
    Congrats Annie!! :)

  3. yay!! congratulations. i truly enjoy your writing and am so glad you do it. thanks for the history of hot fruita moms and annithology and NOW mile high mamas. i will definitely stop by tomorrow! hooray for you and amber!

  4. This is so great. I am so excited for you. I will stop by and leave you some good comments and leave the goofy ones for this blog;)

  5. Congrats!

    You are soo fun to read, and what a talent you have.

  6. I agree with Kayelyn. We need to leave you grown-up comments :) and leave the 10 year old boy humor to this site :)
    Yea for Payney!!!! For example, I'll refer to you there as Annie, even though, in my heart, you are Payney.

  7. Annie, you are one talented mamma! You are a fabulous writer and that newspaper editor was smart to snatch you up before you become too famous that you won't have time to write for that little newspaper. Congratulations on all your success. I love reading what you have to say.

  8. I refuse to make any lewd Mile High Club jokes......well, at least not on that other blog.

    I've read some of the other peeps on that blog and I really only enjoy the work of two of the writers. Can you guess which two?

  9. Yay Annie! Good luck--I will be sure to stop by =)

  10. Annie - We love you for all you do!

  11. Congrats! The new blog looks great!

  12. Wow--it looks great. Congratulations. I hope it is a big success.

  13. Congrats Annie! It is very well deserved! I'll go check it out right now! :D

  14. You'll Rock Denver, just like Fruita. I will monitor my commenting as well. I promise.
    How fun for you!
    Don't forget the little people!

  15. Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It means so much to me.
    I think this will be a fun new project.

  16. Annie's melting face profile picture says,
    "Read Mile High Mamas. It'll make ya feel good."

  17. Congratulations! I loved reading your post on Mile High Mamas! I tried leaving a comment, but I'm not sure if it worked? I'm looking forward to reading more of your great writing! :D

    Thanks for stopping by my silly little blog and leaving me a comment...I really appreciate it! :)

  18. Big hugs for you, pretty girl. I enjoy your writing very much. :)

  19. Those of you who care about Fruita's community ties...listen up. Have you seen those ridiculous signs that say "vote no on referendum A...Save Fruita"? Well I wonder how a person such as the gym owner in Fruita advertise a method to "save Fruita" when he has done absolutely nothing for the Fruita Community other than leave a bad taste in all of our mouths. I think that Fruita needs a community center and it will be very beneficial to our community. Fruita's youth will now have something to do after school, kids will be less likely to be tempted to get into mischief, every one will have the opportunity to participate in health activities because the fees will be lower than that of a private sector, and there will probably be several new jobs to open up. So everyone think about what Fruita truly needs and Vote Yes on A.

  20. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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