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Julie Maloney – Back From Her Cyber Grave

Julie Maloney – Back From Her Cyber Grave

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Hey Julie.  I know this is your first column in a while so I wanted to leave you a few notes before we publish it.  I will email you to let you know I added them and we will put it on the site after revisions.  Great to have you aboard! – Acadia

Some of you asked for this and most of you don’t know me outside of social media but I’m going to take a second to welcome myself onto the Superficial Gallery staff.  My primary role is social engagement but I will also be posting from time to time. Better be a lot – A

Let me tell you what I’ve done. Ooooh, a confession!  I like it!  – A

About seven years ago I wrote an article for a parenting magazine about how I couldn’t live without the Wii Fit because it had helped me lose a tremendous amount of weight.  I had previous writing experience when I was younger as a member of the writing staff for the Syracuse Herald Journal‘s weekly magazine.  Upon reading the article I was approached by a media representative and asked if I had ever considered starting a blog.  That’s how The Cool Mom Guide was born. Nothing makes something cooler than putting the word “cool” in the title! – A

Due to that apparently causing copyright infringement on a more popular website I was forced to change my name and overnight struggled to find something unique and creative that would stand out.  I ended up calling myself Momspective.   I hated it from the start and still don’t like it today.  You are a smart woman.  That is a terrible name – A

My blog immediately took off.  I was on news shows, magazines and featured in articles across the web.  I started another site called the Wii Mommies and ended up with a radio show.  I was on fire. Witness! – A

I also had success writing about football and I had some press about my “No Pants Sunday” superstition as well as press from my series about teaching women fantasy football to strengthen marital relations. That press got me a paid trip to the Pro Bowl where I hobnobbed with NFL players and had the time of my life.  Eventually I landed myself a national commercial for Best Buy. Well we got free thumb drives once – A

Then my husband asked me to stop.  We had just gotten back together after being separated for two years and he could see the stress I had from the pressure of having to come up with new content daily and we agreed that with “stardom” comes a lack of privacy and I had dealt with some harassment from weirdo stalkers (even got my first restraining order, that was exciting) and we felt like if I continued writing we would get robbed.  Not super rational but that’s the direction we went. Full disclosure, and I should have probably mentioned this before you came on board, but I was totally going to rob you.

With that, I burned my blog to the ground.  I suddenly hated it.  I hated writing.  I wanted nothing to do with social media outside of Facebook.  I deleted all my pages and I don’t even think I said goodbye to my readers.  I got warning of domain expiration’s from GoDaddy and I let them go with spite.  I regret that now not because I want to write for my blog again, but because some awful spam website bought it and now if anyone tries to visit it they get nailed with spam.  I looked to see how much it would cost to bring it back and it’s about $300 and even if I got it back, I wouldn’t have a host to put with it and I have no plans on reopening it so I’m just going to live with that regret and carry on. – But you have the Gallery now! – A

On September 7th of this year I hit my five year sobriety anniversary and suddenly felt irrelevant.  I used to be somebody.  I used to inspire.  I let it all go.  During a conversation with this website’s owner, Acadia, we decided I should take on the role of social media specialist and contributing writer.  I’m not the typical kind of writer for this site, I’m pretty much all about me and my own opinion but I think I can contribute some worthwhile material for your viewing pleasure. There is no doubt in my mind, but you should maybe make me sound cooler – A

I hope to connect with all of you via social media and I look forward to getting to know all of you who comment on my posts and those of you whose blogs I have started visiting through our networking systems.  You can find me on Twitter at Julieannefiu, where I would be happy to engage in witty banter and you can see about one million posts about my dog, who consumes me.  I also sometimes talk about my two kids, but they’re just not as amusing as my dog.  Seriously, you’ll see.  He’s a star on Facebook.  He should have his own page. – I think you just said your dog ate you? – A

So that’s my tale.  I hope I don’t disappoint my fellow contributors on this site as well as you fine readers.  I’m excited to be writing again and really enjoy connecting with all of you on all our social media channels.  And the communication and support I have gotten, particularly with Acadia making sure he checks everything before publishing and keeping me in the loop, have me excited to be a part of it.  Thank you and wish me luck! You don’t need luck. You have talent and ambition and spell check.  I would have accepted two of the three! Welcome aboard. – A

PS – Like I said I will definitely email you to tell you to review these notes before final edit.  I definitely won’t forget and just publish it.  Thanks again!  – Acadia

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49 Comments

  1. Jim

    Lex is the real star!

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    • Julie Maloney

      I think we all knew that one!

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  2. Jen

    So glad you’re back! What a trip too! You’re in great hands with Acadia and I can’t wait to read more. I’ve recently gotten back into blogging too. I’ve been writing the whole time but I haven’t bothered to read anyone so this is serendipity!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Awesome! Glad you’re back too, I’m heading over to your site now to take a look! Thanks!

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  3. ChristiS

    I’m so glad you are back to writing!!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thank you! I can’t even explain the amount of joy I got from writing this. I know it was just an intro but it was freeing!

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  4. Wendy

    So glad to see you writing again, Julie! <3

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thanks Wendy! I have one coming up that I had fun writing. Thanks for reading!

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  5. Elisa

    Really looking forward to your content Julie! Loving th S site

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thanks Elisa! I appreciate you coming to take a look!

      Reply
  6. Cider

    Yayyyyyyy we on the Gallery staff already love you and are so excited to have you!!!!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thank you! I’m already in love with you, I look forward to our future together!

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  7. Sabrina Macready

    You know I love you forever and always!

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    • Julie Maloney

      You know I love you too and I’m totally going to be stalking you for puppy pictures!

      Reply
  8. Wendy Pollard

    Welcome back, Julie. I remember your old digs well. I think you did say goodbye there. The reasons you gave resonated with me.

    Anyhow, I’m off to think about fantasy football and marital relations. Except my husband thinks football is soccer…he’s an expat from England. I/we may wind up even more confused. LOL

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    • Julie Maloney

      Glad you remember, I honestly don’t remember leaving my site. Football is not soccer! Nooo!!!

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  9. Rebecca Orr

    Aww, I am glad you are back! I remember the radio show and the commercial. Now, we get Lex and Buffy and the boys antics….even better in my opinion!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Oh, the radio show was so much fun! This site here has two podcasts I listen to weekly, they crack me up. You should check them out!

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  10. Susan McSwiney

    Yay for your return! There’s always room for another outlet for news on Lex…and occasionally, Buffy. 😉

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    • Julie Maloney

      Ha! If I could get away with making my pets an entertainment piece I totally would!

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  11. Renee J Ross

    Welcome back my friend!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thank you! It’s good to be back! I was recently looking at the article we did together in that magazine!

      Reply
  12. Terra Heck

    Glad that you’re back. I always enjoyed reading Momspective. Look forward to reading your posts.

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  13. Nicholette

    Good luck with your new journey. It sounds like you obviously have the skills to succeed so just put those to use. 🙂 Great job! One day I’ll hopefully have my own blogging story to tell.

    Themixedmamablog.com

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  14. Christina

    Good luck! I think your story is great and I look forward to reading more!

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  15. MyYellowApron

    Welcome back. Looking forward to greats posts from you.

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  16. Jill Wiley

    I definitely understand time away from blogging… I started again a few months ago after a few years hiatus!

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  17. Janine Good

    Great piece showcasing what burnout can do and other blogging issues that only bloggers know and relate to! Glad you are back with a bang 🙂

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  18. kage2015

    Welcome back and much success.

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  19. Tiffanie Thompson Doyle

    WOOHOO Glad to see you back! This chic makes me laugh everyday ya’ll!! She is funny, smart, and tells it like it is!

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  20. Anamika Ojha

    I’m excited to see you back and looking forward to read your awesome contents!

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  21. Blair Villanueva

    Congratulations for your comeback! We are excited to hear new and awesome contents soon!

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  22. Roxy

    Welcome back to the blogosphere and congratulations on 5 years of sobriety. It sounds like you were living every bloggers dream and I admire that you were able to walk away from it for your marriage. I wish you much luck in your new role, but I’m sure you will be great!

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    • Julie Maloney

      Thank you. In a way, blogging hurt my marriage so quitting was the best thing I could do at the time. With my new role here I am less prominent but still productive so it shouldn’t hurt my marriage. The sobriety also helped a lot!

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  23. lastchance3

    Welcome back! Congratulations on your sobriety! That’s a fantastic. I didn’t realize you could get a stalker from bloggging and now i’m suddenly reconsidering some of the very personal things I put on my blog. lol.

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    • Julie Maloney

      I got a looney tunes stalker from another state and got my very first restraining order from cyber stalking. Some people have strong opinions and when they don’t agree they can get “passionate”. Thank you!

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  24. Shane

    Welcome back! Congrats on getting sober, I know the struggle all too well <3 Stay strong and do our thing!

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  25. Sangfroid

    What a blast from the past. I went to Syracuse and it was the Post-Standard published in the morning, the Herald-Journal in the afternoon. I’d buy the Post-Standard with coffee and usually pick up the Herald-Journal in the rotunda of Slocum Hall to do the cross word puzzle before the janitors cleaned up at midnight.

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    • Julie Maloney

      What years were you there? I wrote for a weekly magazine called hj from 1993-1995.

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      • Sangfroid

        During the eighties. I went back and finished my degree the year Pan Am 103 went down with all those kids from Syracuse on it. I really loved the city. Big enough to feel civilized yet small enough not to be overwhelming. Things like Aunt Josie’s restaurant which was the best Italian anywhere and the Syracuse Cinephile Society yet a thirty minute drive and you’re back in farm country.

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        • Julie Maloney

          Super cool. I was born in Lakeland near the Fairgrounds.

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  26. CJ | Thirty30Courtney.com

    Writing can definitely be a task and it’s always remember to keep the joy factor within what you do. Turning passions into profits can sometimes ruin the fun of it. Welcome back!

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  27. Bigscrod wants cake

    Welcome, will be looking forward to seeing some posts that aren’t pictures of tongues! You are worth twice what Acadia is paying you.

    Reply

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