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Joanne Bamberger aka PunditMom

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punditmomQuestion: What type of work do you do? Describe some aspects of your typical day!

Answer: I’m a professional freelance writer and social media/political consultant. In addition to my online and print writing, I consult with companies trying to reach women bloggers. I am also available for media commentary, both print and online, regarding issues that impact women, especially during election years. I am also at work on a book about mothers who are politically active and who are involved in social activism, tentatively titled, Mothers of Intention (Bright Sky Press, pub. date Oct. 2010).

Question: How long have you been doing it and what got you started?

Answer: I have been a journalist and writer for over 20 years. In addition to my background as an attorney, I was a broadcast journalist in radio and TV. I have been a freelance writer for the last eight years ad have been active in many blogs, including my own, since 2006.

Question: Did you have a mentor starting out? What words of wisdom or encouragement did they have for you?

Answer: With regarding to writing online, I did not have a mentor — I just sort of struck out on my own! But as I have gotten to know people in the blogosphere, I have been inspired by many amazing women who kept telling me to just keep doing the kind of writing that I loved!

Question: What is the most important thing you like to keep in mind? What are your future plans or goals?

Answer: I try to keep in mind that the ultimate goal of my online writing is to encourage women, and mothers especially, to own their political power. Many moms say they aren’t “political,” but when you ask their opinions and question them about the causes they feel strongly about, they realize they are much more “political” than they thought. There is so much power to be tapped among women that I want to be a part of unleashing that.

As for the future, I have several online projects I am working on that will help move political women forward. I am working on developing my social media & political consulting business. I am also at work on two books — Mothers of Intention, which is scheduled to be published in the Fall of 2010 by Bright Sky Press. My daughter and I are also going to be writing a book about our journey next year to her birth country of China — the first time we have been back since my husband and I adopted her as a baby.

Read Joanne’s reviews, her political thoughts and connect with her via Twitter.

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