Sparkplugging, Thinking Big in the New Work at Home Generation
Because the people who come to this site are Spark Plugs – we are people who make things happen. We love business, and we love our free time. And we’re willing to do what it takes to make a great living while also living a great a life.
One of the biggest things I have learned over the nearly two years of running this site is that the traditional model of a “Home Business” is on a path to extinction. Technology has drastically changed the way we work, and we are now able to create customized careers that fit into our lives. eMoms at Home has changed to Sparkplugging in order to meet the changing needs of the members of our community. (Catch up on more of the story as to why we’ve changed our name, or you might want to read Darren Rowse’s interview with me on the entire – and difficult! – renaming process.)
Allow me to give you a tour of what’s new and what’s to come! We’ve created two main sections of the site, Business Channels and Home Office Lifestyle Channels.
Current Sparkplugging Business Channels
- Sparkplug CEO (That’s me! Formerly the eMoms at Home Original Recipe blog)
Geeking on Business & Life as a Chief Extraordinary Officer
- Freelance Parent
Freelance Writing Resources for Parents & Everyone Else with No Spare Time
How to Start & Grow a Craft Business
- The Home Office Organizer
Helping Home Office Professionals Organize Their Office, Time and Space
Current Sparkplugging Lifestyle Channels
Contests, Coupons & Free Stuff for Moms
- Seasonal Kids Activities
Kids Crafts, Activities, and Projects for Holidays, Events & Seasonal Fun
- The Man Page (Formerly Dad Balance)
Career Advice, Parenting Tips, and Laughs For Every Man
- Believer in Balance
Finding Balance with a Growing Family and a Growing Business
Additionally, over the next 5 weeks, we are growing the family around here! Be sure to stop by every Monday to check out the new Channels that we’re adding!
- Ask the Coach – Coming April 21st
3 Business Coaches :: A Wealth of Business Answers
- WAHM 2.0 – Coming April 21st
This Isn’t Your Mother’s Work at Home Business
- The Marketing Eggspert – Coming April 28th
Marketing in a Web 2.0 World
- eBay & eCommerce Selling – Coming May 5th
Learn How to Start & Run an eSelling Business
- SOHO Tools, News & Technology – Coming May 12th
Products, Services & Tips to Help You Run a More Profitable Business
- Celebrity Business – Coming May 12th
The Scoop on Celebrities in Business and Celebrity Entrepreneurs
- Simply Green – Coming April 28th
Eco-Friendly Choices for Life, Home and Work
Where do I start?
Start anywhere you want – we love our readers and everyone is welcome here. But if you wanted some ideas, you could:
- Welcome the first of nine new authors – Brandie Kajino at The Home Office Organizer
- Check out Shannon Hutton’s new Believer in Balance blog, which will also have a special weekly segment called Ask the School Counselor
- Go behave badly with the other guys around here on Derek Semmler’s new blog The Man Page (formerly Dad Balance)
- Link to us & spread the word, because, you know, we really really need that right now
And I’ll say this now (because I’m writing this right before we launch) – moving a site of this size to a new domain and completely new WordPress template and plugin setup has been an enormous feat of technical excellence by Steve Johnson of SawtoothID. But even this man that I have up on a pedestal can’t predict everything that will happen once everything goes live. So if you encounter site problems a bit today, please forgive us and try again in a few minutes.
Most of All, What do you Think?
Though obviously we couldn’t act on every single suggestion that was made when we first launched our renaming project, I want each and every one of you to know that I took every word you said to heart and I thank you deeply for your input and feedback along the way. I probably spent over 120 hours working on just the naming process alone, and I do believe that “Sparkplugging” encompasses nearly all of the sentiments you expressed, while simultaneously being a perfect fit in my heart.
There has always been an “Open Door” policy around here – I always, always want to know what you want and need to grow your businesses and have fun while you’re at it. We’ve evolved from eMoms at Home to Sparkplugging entirely based on your feedback along the way, and we’ll continue to grow by listening to you. And Steve and I worked our tails off to build a technological infrastructure here to be able to add more and more content in the future to serve your needs.
Suggestions, comments, critiques, questions :: fire away!