Who doesn’t love TV?? Okay, there may be a few of you out there who don’t and that’s cool, too. This week, we welcome our friend Tori from TheTVMom.com to our little corner of the interwebs. Tori provides guidance on what is going on in the world of TV for kids. And, let’s be honest, sometimes our kids may watch some things that they shouldn’t. It happens. Anyway, check out some more about Tori.
1: Besides becoming a parent, what made you decide to blog and are you still blogging for the same reason? Have you evolved since you started, and if so, how?
I honestly started my blog out of sheer boredom and a vast amount of time spent watching kids’ television shows. Figured I’d put my newfound expertise to good use.
My blog did evolve when I got picked up as a Topic Writer for About.com’s Kids’ Cartoons page, which transitioned me from straight-up informational reviews of shows to actual article-type writing and promotion of my work for About. When my two years with About were up, I have slowly transitioned back to review style writing and am doing promotion stuff for Hub Network, which is pretty fun.
2: Out of all your posts, which do you think resonated most with others and why?
My review of Uncle Grandpa… hoo boy! That was the first piece I ever did that got certifiable hate mail, from a punk teenager in Colorado. The email he sent me would make George Carlin blush. It was BAD. But amusing in the same rite. The kid wasn’t smart about it either, used a pseudonym but his real, easily trackable email address. I printed it out and kept it for my “wall of fame”. You know you’ve made the “big time” when someone hates your work!
3: How do you think/hope your child/children will view your blog later in life?
Since “TV Boy” (as my son is known on the blog) gets to reap the benefits of me doing a lot of the cool stuff, namely DVD and movie reviews, I think he’ll be okay with it. I don’t generally delve too deeply into our personal lives like other bloggers tend to, being such a niche blog as I am, but what I do share is stuff he’s already super proud of (i.e. his Doctor Who cosplay).
4: What kind of parenting advice have you received that you actually used in raising your little one?
Trust your gut, you know what’s best for your kid and family. Hands down, best advice ever. Basically, ignore all the other advice!
5. What do you hope to gain from blogging? What are your goals, where do you see it going?
As long as I keep getting the occasional press trip to LA, I’m good. Ha! Okay, I’m only half kidding. I love working with the entertainment industry and even though I’m not being compensated in any way, shape, or form these days, knowing that I have those connections and very rarely get to hop on a plane and go somewhere warm, I’m happy. Plus, I love being the first out of my friends to know about new movies and cool geek gear. Someday, I’d love to be “big enough” to be invited on The Nerdist podcast, but that’s wishful thinking (and a minor mom-crush on Chris Hardwick…)