That giant sucking sound you hear is The Kitchen Think going down the drain, unplugged by my host after today for "budget reasons."
I am nothing but grateful to ABC7, particularly the folks at The View from the Bay, for hopping on-board my Kitchen Think idea and hosting my blog for the past year. It's been a great run, and I've been able to explore topics as diverse as The Mommy Wars, menopause, Hillary Clinton's cleavage, YouTube politics, Homer Simpson, Lance Armstrong, Brittany Spears, Nancy Pelosi, school fund raising and teaching kids the value of money.
So thank you, ABC7, for making this all happen.
ABC7's thoughtfulness continues however, by allowing you to still link to The Kitchen Think archive just by clicking to the same URL you are on now. Regular readers may want to bookmark it, because it won't be readily available on the ABC7 website starting in September.
Change is good. We all need to remodel once in awhile. And it's time for me to move on to another location in the blogosphere. My challenge is convincing other potential "hosts" that the researched and informative musings of a woman of my particular age, background and current circumstances has value.
So just what is a middle-aged, middle-class, mother-of-two's voice worth?
It's a fair question, considering that women, in particular moms like me, in this country have a collective purchasing power totaling $2 billion a year. It used to be that the mainstream media and the people selling products on TV, radio and in magazines and newspapers told us what we wanted and needed. But that's just sooooooooo 20th century.
Yes, we still like romantic comedies, Oprah, shopping shoe sales and chocolate. But our lives are much deeper and more complex than that - and businesses which "get it" are the ones who will be successful in the 21st century. In other words, don't tell us what we need...we'll tell you.
And tapping into this well of women's deepest needs, wants and desires turns out to be so simple. Just go online, where you'll find the female network thriving and driving their own conversations on blogs just like this one.
As this piece in Entrepeneur.com points out, moms who blog - and those who read them - are increasingly influential in passing the word along about products, issues and trends.
A Pew Internet research project from 2005 shows that blogging has become a key part of today's online culture, and its influence is skyrocketing. Even BusinessWeek magazine has been advising businesses and advertisers to catch on to blogging, or get left behind.
That's why I'll be remodeling my old Kitchen Think into a new, improved blog. And I invite you to follow along by clicking over to THIS NEW PAGE, which I'm temporarily calling Stay Tuned..., and watch as I go through the process, blogging all the way. Same topics, same sarcasm, same humor, same writing....just new URL.
And in the next two weeks, I'll be announcing a new exciting venture and partnership at an new, exciting website. So Stay Tuned...you won't want to miss out.
Thanks again ABC7 - especially Maggie Baxter, my champion...Jennifer Mitchell my IT mentor...and Kevin Keeshan, who just plain "gets it."
See you in the blogosphere.
Someday girl, I don't know when, we're gonna get to that place
Where we really want to go and well walk in the sun
But 'til then tramps like us, baby we were born to run ....