Getting To Know Theta Mom: Blogger Interview

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It's Theta Mom!




Theta Mom has made quite an impact in our mom blogger community. With her thought provoking posts and her Time-Out Thursdays, Theta Mom has provided us with a little window into her Theta World. She's reminded us that being a mom is a difficult yet rewarding job but perfection is not necessarily what we should be aiming for. We should strive to be the best we can and be true to the woman within, at least one hour a week ;-)

So to get to know her a little better, here is a short Q & A.

Enjoy!

1. Why don't we start things off by having you introduce yourself? Let's pretend we don't ALL know who you are... 
My name is Heather and I began my blog Theta Mom as a way to connect with other mothers. I wanted to share my experiences as a Theta Mom because I know so many other moms feel the same way I do. We don’t have this motherhood thing all figured out and we are trying to do the best job we know how. I thought blogging would be the best way to support women and mothers through this process. A Theta Mom is The True, Authentic [The-T-A] mom. She’s a combination of an Alpha and a Beta mom. She has her act together some days, but on others, she clearly doesn’t. She searches endlessly for the best pre-school in the neighborhood but also shows up to a birthday party late. Some days she looks smashing and ready to go and on other days, she walks out of the house with a coffee stained t-shirt. We are living this reality of motherhood and although it’s certainly rewarding, it’s also very hard work. Nobody ever said it was easy, and a Theta Mom will be the first to admit that.

2. I have been following your blog since the very beginning and I look up to you. I see you as a got-it-together awesome mom of two. Our perception of ourselves always seems to vary from the perception others have of us. How do you see yourself? 
Wow, thank you for the compliment! I am flattered! Actually, I feel as though I have it all together, but the reality is there are many times I don’t. Although I am super organized, I have those mornings when I am running late and there’s not a damn thing I could do to change it. There are also many nights that I slap some Mac-n-Cheese on the table for dinner. We all go through it. Nobody is perfect and anyone who says that this gig is easy is simply not sharing the entire truth. I find the hardest thing about being a mom is the negative self talk. I think we all ask ourselves way too much, “Is the job that I am doing good enough?” We want nothing but the best for our kids. But at the end of the day, we have to release all of that negativity and begin to think that, “Yes, I am doing the best that I can and it IS good enough. And if today wasn’t such a spectacular day, I’ll try it again tomorrow.” When I make mistakes or find things that didn’t work, I recognize that I am always given another chance to make it right the next day. And motherhood doesn’t get more authentic than that.

3. What were your expectations when you first started blogging? Have any of them come true? What are your expectations for the future of Theta Mom? 
Since I began my blog, for the first time I feel like I now have voice. I have a platform to empower women. I really want to revolutionize the way we think about the role of motherhood. This was my only expectation when I began this blog, to build a community. I feel as though I am in a place where I am beginning to establish just that. I have met some of the most amazing women through my blog. I never expected to make some of the connections that I have. This has truly blown me away. I want to continue to build this community of Theta Moms together. I want to explore these relationships and connections to the fullest.

4. You post and comment religiously. How do you find the time? Do you have any blogging tips or secrets you would like to share with the rest of us? 
Honestly, my time is just as limited as everyone else’s. I wouldn’t say I have mastered time management, but I certainly have a handle on it. I work from home, I’m raising two kids, I’m keeping up with the house and all the fun stuff that comes with the territory, and I am also writing and managing my blog. But, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Blogging for me is an outlet. I always loved to write and this platform suits me well since I could write about the topic of motherhood forever! I have learned the best way to get the support of others is by supporting them as well. So anyone that comments on my blog, I comment back. If someone follows, I follow back (when my Google Friend Connect cooperates)! If someone took the time to read my blog and comment, that blogger deserves my time as well. This is how you truly build community; it can’t be all one-sided. I love interacting with my readers and it helps to continue the dialogue…sort of like blogging with a purpose.

5. Blogging has many pros and cons. In your opinion, what are the #1 pros and cons to blogging? For me, the #1 pro is that blogging has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing mothers I wouldn’t have met otherwise. They continue to inspire me to write. The flip side of this is that blogging is very time consuming. Sometimes I wonder if I am taking too much time away from my kids to maintain my blog. Just like anything else in life, you have to make sacrifices and there is definitely a trade-off. The bottom line is that this blogging thing is really hard work. People that don’t blog really don’t understand it. They think you can just slap up a post and sit back with your coffee as you watch hundreds of comments stroll in. We all know this is not how it works. It takes dedication, determination, great writing and a lot of time to make a blog successful. Regardless, as long as I stay true to myself and committed to my Mission, then I have truly met my own expectations.

Heather, it was so nice of you to play along and answer my silly questions. I really appreciate it!

And just in case you want to stalk Theta Mom on Twitter... Here you go!  @ThetaMom

56 comments:

  1. Sophia's Mom,
    Thanks for featuring Heather (Theta Mom) in your post. You both have been so incredibly kind and helpful to a newbie like myself. Thanks for doing what you're doing!

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  2. Lizzie, you are so sweet! Thanks for the comment luv! How is everything going with you?

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  3. I love that you feature other great women bloggers!!! Awesome! Stopping in from SITS!

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  4. Thanks Julie! Glad you stopped by!

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  5. Great interview and ThetaMom is certainly a blogger to look up too....as are you Wanna be WAHM
    thanks

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  6. Girl, this was so much fun and I am honored you wanted to feature me! YOU ROCK SISTER!!! xoxo

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  7. Yay. Theta Mom Rocks! She's insightful, honest and funny. More woman should be like her. Great post.

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  8. Nice post~and great insight into the life of a blogging Mom!

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  9. Negative self talk....it's a constant battle for me and you hit the nail right on the head. Great interview and thanks for being that place where we can be True and Authentic!

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  10. Awesome questions and answers! I love participating in Time Out for Theta Mom Thursday, and Theta Mom writes some great reviews!

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  11. Woot! Happy FB day Theta Mom! I loved this, and must say that I also look up to you. I wish I could maintain my house, take care of my one child, and sound like I do it so effortlessly. Maybe someday...

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  12. Aww, thanks ladies! And Beth,I don't do it effortlessly either. That's WHY we are Theta Moms, we are the first to admit that motherhood isn't a cake walk!

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  13. Great to learn more about you. I love your blog Heather!

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  14. I just discovered Theta Mom a few months ago...and she is one of the sweetest bloggers out there! She DOES take the time to respond when you leave a comment, and she has an awesome personality! One of my favorite blogs to visit!

    She is an inspiration to us all :)

    ~Shelley

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  15. You go girl! You are indeed a queen.

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  16. Thanks Mamma M! ;) I just tried to comment on your blog but it says you have to be logged in.
    :( I'll try to find you on twitter...

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  17. WOW! I'm so excited that all of you loved the interview!
    Heather does have an amazing blog and an amazing personality that just shines right through!!!

    We love you Theta Mom!

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  18. "Yay!" For ThetaMom. Great interview! I absolutely love her blog. It's very thoughtful and entertaining. And, it also helps me take away some of the pressure I put on myself trying to be a "perfect" mom.

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  19. Lovely interview.

    Sophia's Mom - There's something for you on my blog. :)

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  20. P.S. Just to clarify for those without my language skills...'da bomb' is SUCH a good thing! ☺

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  21. Lovely interview thats for the insight!!! Great Job theta mom!!!

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  22. Great questions, great answers! You go girl!

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  23. Loved all your answer's And congrats on your FB day :) enjoy it!

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  24. I love Theta Mom's blog! Great interview. She touched on some subjects that really hit home with me.

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  25. Great job Theta Mom! You truly are authentic!

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  26. Theta Mom rocks!! Loved the interview. :)

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  27. I am an avid TM follower!!! The interview was awesome!

    ~WM

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  28. So glad I found out about both of you! (Hi Working Mommy - see you just above me!!!).

    You better believe I'll be following you both now!

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  29. Congrats on being featured, Heather!! I think you are fabulous as always :) Loved reading your answers. Your blog really has empowered many of us in so many ways. Keep at it!

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  30. Thank you so much for your profile of Theta Mom-- she is an amazing blogger!

    ~Elizabeth
    http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

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  31. I've been following Heather from the start too, and am impressed with how much her blog has grown in such a short amount of time. She really hits what it means to be a mom these days, as well as a bloggy mom!

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  32. Wonderful interview with Heather. Heather was one of the first blogs I started following and I love to read her blog and I love Theta Mom Thursdays.

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  33. Theta Mom--you are an inspiration! Thanks, Ivette, for this great interveiw!!! Very fun to read and lots of insights and truth. Thank you! organicmotherhoodwithcoolwhip.com

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  34. You are so right about the con being that is time consuming, and that is not really the con the con is taking time away from other things, like um laundry!! Ok so maybe it is not a con! Who wants to do laundry! Balancing is so important and so hard! I stick to blogging when the kiddos are sleeping, most of the time anyway!

    So nice to get to know you a little better!!

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  35. Great interviewer, wonderful interviewee.

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  36. Thanks ladies!!! I had a blast! ;)

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  37. Yeah, I love Theta Mom and so glad she was featured. I'm a new follower of your blog. Have a great weekend!

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  38. I love Heather's blog and have been following her from the beginning, as well! Her posts are always so inspirational and uplifting!! This was fun to read!

    I've also enjoyed your blog and I'm gonna start following you!

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  39. What fun to read all about you Theta Mom - you are inspiring! Thanks for sharing so many realistic glimpses into motherhood.

    Kristin

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  40. Congrats on your feature girl! Your blog deserves to be featured!

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  41. Great to learn more about Theta Mom! I am already a follower and think she is such a great role model to other mommy bloggers out there like myself. I hope to be on her level someday!

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  42. love that you feature other great women bloggers!

    Work from home India

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  43. Fantastic! I love reading blogger interviews.

    You guys both did an awesome job!

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  44. Wow, congrats on the post and your featured day! And you do sound like you have a good idea of how to keep it together.

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  45. Ladies, these comments are so awesome! This is what I mean about meeting amazing women, whom I never would have met if I didn't begin my blog...thank you for taking the time to get to know more about Theta Mom!

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  46. Congrats Heather!! =) I love both of your blogs!

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  47. I love Theta Mom's blog!! Excellent interview. I enjoyed getting to know her a little better.

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  48. Thanks for featuring Heather. She is awesome. I love her blog and her thoughts.

    And I loved how above she said she sometimes feels she takes too much time away from her kids to do her blog or work. I feel the same way sometimes. But I try to remind myself that the alternative is them going to daycare while I work out of the house.

    Plus, we do need to take sometimes for ourselves ladies. Most of us are selfless, to a fault...

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  49. Hey there! Found you through Twitter, via Theta Mom...or something like that. Anyway - I'm here! Your blog is great - happy to follow. Hope you'll enjoy mine if you get a chance. I'm at www.MommyLiteOnline.com. :) Sarah

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