UPDATE: Our preview of the documentary is available here. MashaAllah, God has willed, I feel honored to attend the private VIP invitation-only CNN breakfast and screening of CNN in America Special upcoming documentary “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” by Soledad O’Brien this Thursday morning, inshaAllah, God willing. This special report is scheduled to air Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm EST.
This forum is Soledad O’Brien’s idea and she will be hosting about 50
“…thoughtful digital writers from a spectrum of perspectives and focus. The attendees will come from a variety of well-known journalism, media, politics, and faith sites…it’s a private event for digital writers.”
American Muslim Mom Niche. Good SEO & Networking
I feel blessed, mashaAllah, to be given this is an exciting opportunity to represent American Muslim Moms through the American Muslim Mom brand–because I will be a part of the national dialogue about sensitive issues facing us–Muslims living in America. Just like being a minority in this country–in this private forum I’m one of very few Muslims actually invited…and 1 of very few Mom Bloggers.
Like, how cool is that!?
Extremely curious how they found me, they pleasantly shared that it was “through their research” that “I was on their listS” (plural).
It didn’t surprise me at all that they found me with search engine research, because that’s how the Associated Press found me when I launched this site. And, alhumdulilah (Praise be to God), just last week an international brand approached found me, so we can work on a really exciting Muslim-specific project that will launch as their debut this Friday, inshaAllah.
Do You have solid SEO for your niche blog?
Well, it’s a bunch of techniques that I share with my interns and my girls–that are not hard. They are simple and extremely effective ways. InshaAllah, I’m working on my ebook write now with great images to walk you through it too. [Please make du'a/supplications for me, as I really want to launch this before this month's end and before we move, inshaAllah.]
As for being on their “niche list” I can only assume that working with CNN writer last year on a story, may have also helped…
And, I even tried to ask politely if any of my (SEO online) press releases from last week crossed their desk…
Although they didn’t share the details of their “lists”, its the collective SEO efforts that helped me rank highest and actually dominant multiple pages in all my preferred keywords and phrases.
Wouldn’t YOU want to be on CNN’s niche list for your website/blog, and be invited to a private invitation-only breakfast?
So while I told my partner nearly 2-years when I launched this site, I was saying bye-bye to the profession of Online Publicity/Online PR– by applying the teeny-tiny details to my modest Muslim Mommy blog, I’ve been blindly going with the flow and not realizing that my own blog was a huge successful case study.
The more I applied, the more I was asked how I did this or that.
So, while I initially planned to hand everything over to my partner; we are weeks, if not days, away from launching our 2-year-in-the-making Online PR ecommerce site, inshaAllah.
It’s SO exciting because the “Killer Tips” we share in our infoproducts we *know* our own colleagues don’t know about, let alone apply to their businesses or client’s work. We’re SO excited!
[Again, an extra du'a/supplication would help, because that's this is 1 of 3 sites I'm apart of launching in 2-6 weeks.]
This is a great opportunity for digital writers (online media producers) to work with mass media (traditional media producers) to discuss openly “hot news topics”…don’t you think?
Working with CNN staff
CNN Public Relations department has be extremely gracious, kind and very persistent in their desire to have me attend. It started with a few emails back and forth on Sunday (of all days) and followed-up quickly by another staff member Monday morning at 8:04am. As shared in her voice message, they called back promptly at noon and have been extremely accommodating.
Jennifer and Nicole–Thank You! I can’t wait to meet you both.
Since I’m proud world-traveling very mobile-mama who takes her girls to every media outlet, appearance, appointment, and my hubby and daddy are working or vacationing, I had to figure things out just to adjust and actually attend an “adults-only” event.
I was laughing hard with a colleague last night, how here I am a best-selling author of a women in business networking book–and Boy, have I stretched my advise as I became a more natural free-living homeschool mom and more devout Muslim, subhanallah…I guess it’s time to update with a new edition, or write another book all together.
CNN even extended an invitation so I can bring a colleague. So, I happily invited Holly Pavlika, Managing Director of BigFuel. Holly and I quickly built a great tweeting relationship, in which she is one of the top bloggers I follow, and turned into guest post about “Top Ten Reasons Why Brands Should Target Muslim Media Moms”. So, we were tweeting just last week, that we have to meet the next time I’m in the City before I move out West. I know Holly will be able to add wonderful perspective to this interesting dialogue.
My Personal Perspective regarding Masjid Opposition
Now, I’m not sure if CNN did “detailed” research on me…as I find it interesting that as I was updating my Partners and Press pages last week, I actually just found and put up the articles that I was featured in regarding the opposition of a masjid being built in my home towns (Meriden/Wallingford) from 2008 just this weekend!
Talk about odd perfect timing…subhanallah (Glory be to God).
This masjid’s update: First, after all the hearings that I participated I can honestly say, the masjid opposition, subhanallah, here was not a hateful or biased act. The neighborhood concerns were of traffic and nothing unkind, disrespectful or hurtful were ever made during this time. Actually, the neighbors willfully offered to assist in finding a more appropriate location for the founders/owners. So, all I know is that nothing at all is built in the proposed location. Since I moved multiple towns and overseas, I just returned to the States in December and was made aware of at least 2 neighboring towns and cities opening new masajid (mosques) during the past 2 years and there should be a new one any day now here in Meriden, but Wallingford I don’t know.
Subhanallah, we didn’t face anything as shared in the below trailer.
Needless to say, I’m extremely excited to hit the Big City again!
Just ask…Yes, of course my girls are going to watch this with me. InshaAllah, we should receive our DVD tomorrow so I’ll be prepared to share our family’s opinion on Thursday.
Southern Hate of Hospitality??
I have to share I’m entering into a wonderful online joint venture with a proud, devout Bible-Belt Christian homeschool mom, and we’ve had nothing but incredible professional connections. In agreeing to work more closely on a project we both feel extremely strongly about (Kidpreneurs and especially Homeschooled youth business owners), she found the time to explain to me that in the South, the homeschoolers are primarily Christian. Which, of course I shared that I knew.
She continued to share a few stories of how different religions were treated in her community and that she will go out of her way to say we’re homeschoolers of all faiths, religion, backgrounds, etc. and that intolerance or poor treatment will not be acceptable.
While I greatly appreciated her strong belief in my work, our growing relationship and her strong belief that she needed to defend or protect me–I lightly laughed along and said “wow…I’m humbled…” and thanked her from the bottom of my heart. We bonded, we connected, we respected one another even more…we laughed and built a growing exciting relationship.
Now, hubby’s alma mater is Louisiana Tech University and we’ve visited before. We’ve been to the south a few times, and well–while I got tons of looks the past summer when I was in full black in 100+ degree water, I actually got many more smiles, howdy’s, how ya doin’s, kind questions about my clothes and my religion, that my family and I actually experienced more of the “typical” Southern hospitality then this hatred proposed to be discussed at Thursday’s breakfast.
So, what do you think?
I’m VERY curious.
I want to represent “our” voices: Muslim Moms living here in America. Please share questions, thoughts, ideas, feedback that I can bring to the breakfast table on Thursday.
I also want to know what my other half thinks–the non-Muslims who appreciate all that I do here on American Muslim Mom and how being a digital writer during this critical time of our lives is a powerful medium for our voices to be heard.
Follow the rest of “Unwelcome. The Muslims Next Door” series here
Part 1. The pre-screening anticipation.
Part 6. A Muslim and Non-Muslim Mom’s View.
Watch it with us Live, April 2, 2011 8pm ET & tweet #musliminamerica
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