Saturday, March 9, 2013

As Editor in Chief of Mamiverse, I Owe it All to This Blog, Success Diaries

Lorraine C. Ladish, Editor in Chief of Mamiverse
When I started out this blog, it was to keep up my spirits during the bleakest of times. I also hoped it would help others try to uncover and celebrate the smallest of successes when facing tough moments in life. A year and a half ago, when I was asked to be managing editor at an online publication, I decided to stop posting to this blog. How would I juggle so many responsibilities?

Well, since my last post, lots more things have happened in my life. In July of 2012 I made a career move that took me back to, where I started out as a contributor in 2011. I returned as Editor in Chief, and I'm happy to say that 9 months later, I'm still as excited about it, or more, than when I came on board.

Lately, as I've been featured as a speaker in social media conferences, such as Latism, Hispanicize and BusinessWire, and recently invited to be a participant at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I've been thinking ... I should go back to blogging here. After all, this humble blog was where my conversion from print media to digital started. I had no idea what I was doing when I posted the first entry ... I hoped it would lead to something good. And it certainly did.

As the Editor in Chief of Mamiverse, the online hub for Latina moms, I do a lot of different things, from planning the editorial calendar, assigning articles, taking pitches, managing a pool of 90+ freelance writers, budgeting, editing, writing articles and posts (I just can't live without writing), designing the scripts for and hosting Twitter parties with the likes of Emmy winning journalist Jorge Ramos or more recently Hollywood Legend Rita Moreno, to overseeing our social media team (although I can't help from being heavily involved in social media myself!), production team, and being involved in the outreach to the online community. I also attend conferences and have a blast meeting so many like-minded professionals.

So, how do I manage it all, being the mom of two, de facto step mom to one, with a significant other who is also an artist, a dog and an ex spouse I co-parent my kids with? Because I'm fueled by passion. The passion to make a difference. The passion that arises from having been in the toughest of situations and knowing I was able to overcome it. I was reminded of this when the production company of the documentary A Place at the Table: One Nation Underfed asked me whether I'd be ok being featured as a SNAP Alumni (someone who has been on food stamps and was able to get back on their feet thanks to them!).

I want others to know that America is still the land of opportunity. I am a believer that if you set your mind and soul to it, if you work hard and well, it will be recognized. No matter where you are now in your life, if you give it all you've got, there is no other option but to come out on top. The question is, what will you do when you get there?

In my case, I don't forget what I've been through, I'm not ashamed of it, I own it. And, I keep on moving forward. Because not to do so would be against my nature.

Thank you to everyone who used to follow this blog. Look out for more updates, as I've decided to go back to what brought me real success. Taking success as making a living doing what I love ... being a communicator, loving my family, my friends, and ... myself.

Welcome back! 

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