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'Saratoga Mama' presents Blogging 101

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— SaratogaMama.com has tips on how to live better, how to have more fun and is all about finding family events and connecting with the community, said Pierre. The ability for users to post their own events on the website’s calendar promotes that synergy Pierre strives for.

“If you’re a mom and want to start a walking club in a state park you can submit that as an event so other people can see you and join you,” said Pierre. “Or if a business is having an event you can submit that. … It’s a great feature because I’m getting the community involved and plugging in the community as well.”

That central community resource is what Champion-Terrell said she likes even more about SaratogaMama.com.

“I really love it because not only does she highlight events and blog about different things, anybody in the community who has an event they think would be of interest to families can post it,” said Champion-Terrell.

Champion-Terrell tried out posting for herself and advertised an event her church was holding for families.

“It’s a nice, supportive resource,” said Champion-Terrell.

Pierre also runs a Facebook swap group for Saratoga followers that Champion-Terrell finds useful.

“If you have an item you don’t need you can give it way, sell it, do whatever,” said Champion-Terrell. “It’s just a nice little extra. She’s always thinking of an extra idea and support for moms.”

The success of her two blogs wasn’t immediate and didn’t come easy, something Pierre plans to emphasize to prospective bloggers who attend her library event.

“It takes time, a lot of trial and error,” said Pierre. “I love technology and have always embraced it so I’m never afraid to try things and experiment. … It certainly is a lot of hard work and you have to be dedicated to it.”

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