Hispanic Blog Profiles: An interview with Roraima Lassanske of Mamá Contemporánea
HPRB: Tell us about your self, any relevant journalism experience you have and why you started your blog?
MC: I was born in Venezuela, I am 30 years-old, have a 3 year-old boy, and I’m expecting a daughter soon. I met my Wisconsin-born husband online several years ago. I’m a proud (not loud) latina, and respect my culture and traditions.
My parents are multicultural – representing four continents! I continue dreaming in Spanish! I used to work as a producer/coordinator and still collaborate for LatinEyes.tv, an English-language TV magazine for Latinos in the U.S, which has stories about travel, food, personalities, and so on (www.latineyes.tv).
I loved this experience and have learned so much about media and hispanic heritage. After my first baby, I realized that I wanted to keep focus on Latino Culture and expand into Social Media, mobile journalism and networking.
HPRB: Who is the target audience of your blog and what data can you provide us about the size of your audience?
MC: My target audience is trendy latina moms looking for fabulous and good quality products, as it is hard for Spanish speakers to find reviews and descriptions about new products. My blog is visited by U.S Latinos and people from countries such as Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, Venezuela, etc. My blog is even visited by Latina moms from New Zealand, Germany, Japan, etc.
HPRB: What makes your blog unique?
MC: I really take time to research, review and post my own photos. I only work on stories I love.
HPRB: Do you have any accompanying Twitter, Facebook or other social media contact information you would like to share?
MC: I love Social Media! I use Facebook and Twitter, I’m active in forums and communities, and plan to include podcast and vlog (video) on my blog
HPRB: What is your blog’s web address and how frequently do you update your posts?
MC: The address is www.mamacontemporanea.com I update my posts every 2 days (starting mid. January).
HPRB: What is the key contact information for you and or your blog?
MC: Roraima Lassanske, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HPRB: What topics are of special interest to your blog and which ones are definitely not?
MC: Products, pregnancy, maternity, babies, kids, family, fashion, cosmetics, shopping, social media, Latina celebrity, lists of products, technology, green, events, books, connecting with other blogueras. Not? Politics, controversial medical issues, religion, war, sex.
HPRB: What are the best days and hours to reach you and/or your staff with a specific type of story or interview? What are the worst days/times?
MC: Best days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Worst days are Sundays and Mondays
HPRB: What are your policies in terms of accepting press kits, photos and/or multimedia video files?
MC: My priorities are: everything focus on families, moms, babies, kids, fashion, technology, and everything interesting for Latinas. I support breastfeeding, green products, momprenours/entreprenours, and everything about women and Latinos. I don’t accept anything than can harm the environment, is racist, is dangerous to kids, contains pornography, or is specifically political or religious.
HPRB: Is there anything you would like to add about your blog or about working with you?
MC: 2010 looks to be a great year. I plan to improve my blog design, get closer to smart phones, and provide downloads. I want to get more involved in events, as well as join some organizations such as La Leche League or March of Dimes.