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2009 Blogger Recap: Stephanie from PR Mama

Stephanie Smirnov from PR Mama bids 2009 a fond farewell by sharing her affection for zombies, The Bloggess and her Droid.
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Editors Note: We thought it would be fun to ask a few of our favorite blogging friends to recap their year. Stephanie Smirnov from PR Mama (@ssmirnov) shares her affection for zombies, The Bloggess and her Droid.

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Here are a few favorites that I must share:

Kid Related: I’m putting this in the kid category but really it’s for everyone – I love Wii, and I really love the Wii Resort game that came out this summer. I totally rock at wakeboarding.

Food Related: Does it get better than Starbucks VIA? Finally, instant coffee that doesn’t taste like ass.

Pop-Culture Related: I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the greatest thing to happen to pop culture this year was “Glee.”

Tech & Gadgets: 2009 was the year of the Droid. That is all.

Favorites that embarrass me and horrify my family: I am hopelessly obsessed with the zombie genre, much to my husband’s chagrin. He used to be patient with me when I started ranting about how real zombies can’t run and other violations of the “canon” – now he just walks out of the room.

Favorites from 2009:

Song: The theme song from “iCarly,” not because I love it but because it was seared into my brain by repeated viewings with my 6-year old son.

Album: Don’t judge me, but I don’t listen to albums anymore. It’s all about the download, baby.

TV Show: Glee, Mad Men, Hoarders, Intervention, So You Think You Can Dance.

Movie: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Book: “World War Z” by Max Brooks (see zombie obsession, above)

iPhone App: I’m not an iPhone person, how dare you. I will cast my vote for Whrrl, though, because the gang at Pelago are awesome and even Droid troglodytes like myself can do amazing photo sharing on Whrrl through the web app.

YouTube Video: “David after the Dentist” – I laughed and laughed, worried I was going to hell, then laughed some more.

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Blogging in 2009

What great blogs did you discover this year? I am hardly alone in this but I have to say that my life changed for the better the day I discovered The Bloggess.

Who are your favorite bloggers, year after year? I don’t want to make a list that will make people feel excluded. Suffice it to say there are a lot of them, I love them as writers and people, and they know who they are.

Favorite post of 2009 (your own):How I Told My 6-Year Old about 9/11

Favorite picture of 2009: This is a picture of my husband and me dancing at our wedding. We celebrated our 10th anniversary this year and I included this picture in a post I wrote to him as an anniversary gift.

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Real life...

What did you kick to the curb this year? I haven’t successfully kicked it to the curb but I’d like to: FEAR.

What/who did you realize you are particularly grateful for? I am profoundly grateful for my son and husband. They are the shining lights of my life.

What did you do this year that you’re really proud of? This was year I plunged head first into Twitter and as a result, everything changed. My blogging, how I approach PR, how I network…everything is richer, faster, funnier, more rewarding and more productive now that I’m on Twitter.

What word sums up 2009 for you? Connected.

What would you have done differently in 2009? Spent less time worrying about office politics and more time enjoying my family and just doing good work.

Best vacation/weekend getaway of 2009. Any time we can escape to our weekend house in the Catskills of NY is a great getaway. We’re there four seasons a year; there’s always something glorious happening in the sky and meadows and hills behind our little white farmhouse.

What did your kids teach you this year? My son taught me there is no limit to how deeply and profoundly one human being can love another.

What are you looking forward to most in 2010? Am really excited to keep exploring new frontiers in the digital world both personally and with our agency’s clients.

What is your #1 goal for 2010? To love more and worry less.


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