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Baseball Season here we come!!!

I had to bring the BLOG back to WordPress for the moment, because we’re having some major technical difficulties @ the MLBlogs 😦

I am going to keep this BLOG going too & am working on improving the look & adding some links. This will be more behind the scenes and personal stuff in the future.

For the past month and a half I have been working with our developers to get an “Alpha” version of the site up. And I finally succeeded because it’s up!!! Yes, that’s right! If you got to www.baseballbeauties.com you will get the essence of what Baseball Beauties will be all about. No more nonsense & broken links. Don’t worry, you will be able to click around and “Join” once the site launches at the end of April, for now just check it out and let me know what you think? I want feedback, negative or positive all is welcome! We want to make the site the best it can be for you, the “User” so don’t hesitate to comment or write directly to:  baseballbeauties@gmail.com

Now that the site is looking much better, I planned and had a Photo shoot, which took place last Friday, March 27th

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Not to give too much away, our featured Baseball Beauties name is Sarah, and she loves baseball =) She personalizes her baseball gears when she goes to games! We welcome Sarah to our team and I’m looking forward to working with her.  For the shoot we did a “Spring Theme”, so we used lots of bright spring dresses!

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I just love spring! Followers are blooming, birds are singing, days are longer and the Baseball Season is starting what can be better than that =)

I will post a separate BLOG with all the Photo Shoot Detail next week =) & a sneak peak into the finished pictures!

We are working with 2 wonderful Vintage stores in Berkley: Dolled Up Vintage & Twisters Vintage, they share a website: http://www.twistersvintage.com/ these stores have such a generous selection of Vintage clothes, it’s like a dream come true. They have a HUGE warehouse full of Vintage stuff ranging from the 1930 all the way up to the 80s! We are very lucky to have found them, and will be using their clothing for all of our shoots from now on. They are going to be at the Vintage Fashion Expo in San Francisco this weekend: http://www.vintageexpo.com/ anyone who has any fashion sense or interest should go and check out all the wonderful pieces, it’s like having history unfolded in front of you from the past 100 years!  Baseball Beauties will be there =)

Another cool thing that happened to me, I won tickets to: http://www.web2expo.com/webexsf2009 Web 2.0 Expo going on in San Francisco March 31st –April 3rd!

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This was a HUGE surprise to me because I never win anything!  I get to go to all the 5 conferences and will guest star on the http://www.webgrrls.com/ BLOG and talk about my favorite one.  Thank you Webgrrls for giving me an opportunity to go! I will take great Video and Notes and promise to take as much out of this experience as I can =) I will be Blogging about this event on here too, so stay tuned!

I have been spending some time on Twitter and if you aren’t following me on there yet, you can find me http://twitter.com/annaanisin or @annaanisin I do Tweet updates on Baseball Beauties, so if you haven’t joined Twitter I suggest that you do, you can learn some great facts and meet some very knowledgeable individuals! And our Fan Page on Facebook has a new look: http://www.facebook.com/pages/wwwbaseballbeautiescom/123125730393?sid=ce7ae13037f2b1a7e753c4116fbf4a29&ref=s make sure to check it out and “Join” if you haven’t already!

On to some Baseball!

I was very lucky to go to Spring Training this year =) Baseball Beauties are based in California, so I went to AZ (Cactus League) Even though I was there for 1 full day, I had an awesome time and came to a realization that Baseball Season is just around the corner! That means that Baseball Beauties is going to launch in less than a month!

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I went to the A’s vs. LA Dodgers game on Monday, March 16th. We had great seats in the shade and I was enjoying a cold beer =) and eating a pretzel (my favorite ball park snack) At first the A’s were down and then by the 4th inning they picked back up and won by 2 points ending the game with 12 to 10 As! At the 7th inning stretch I went to the A’s store and bought a cool St Patrick’s A’s tank top. It’s really neat that the A’s colors go so well with that Holiday!

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It was really nice to get away and enjoy the 85F AZ weather! Baseball was in the air, people were wearing all sorts of baseball gear, representing their teams =) I downloaded the MLB app to my I-Phone and have been following Spring Training on there. Almost forgot to say! We’re working on a Baseball Beauties I-Phone application, so look for that in the next few months.

Now that the season is just around the corner Blogging will be a lot easier =)

Here is a little bit from my partner in crime Amy!

I agree with Anna it has been way too long since we updated our blog, and there is so much to talk about.  Being Anna’s “partner in crime” I was very very jealous that she was able to attend spring training in AZ while I sat at home in California…. I can only hope that next year that baseball beauties will be there in force.. ( with me very much included :))

So on to baseball, I knew that there wouldn’t be not much shortage of stuff to write about with spring training beginning and before that the trades that had been taking place, most notably, and ending with Manny’s circus act with the Dodgers….

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But I just didn’t and can’t believe that A-rod would still be grabbing headlines after the Madonna debacle earlier this year….You think that the guy may have decided to lay low and maybe actually just focus on baseball, and not put himself on the covers of magazines that have nothing to do with sports.

But, I guess that was too much to ask for as he graces the cover of Details Magazine for the month of April…. One photo in particular inside

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has A-rod practically kissing himself in the mirror., though I have to admit as a girl never thought A-Rod was one of the elite baseball players in terms of hotness factor, but his arms do look very very good.  Anyways, I will let you judge for yourself on the pics.

Now we count down to the opening day!

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Happy New Year! Fresh new start….

So it’s been a while…. I know! I was supposed to BLOG at least once a week, however i god discouraged because I couldn’t figure out how to update my blog theme… I even went as far as learning some basic HTML! No luck 😦

But…. I am going to get help in the next week or two, so look for a new fancy “Theme” it will look more like a website then a BLOG 🙂

Doing to my long absence from Blogging I have SO MUCH to write about and catch up on, it’s crazy!

We’re looking forward to the MLB Winter Meetings, which is a MLB even that takes place once a year in December. This year they’re going to take place in Indianapolis (too bad that we didn’t go this year, they were in Vegas!) I will write  more about them once we get a little closer to the event!

Amy has been in close contact with Urban Vixen Clothing. UrbanVixen is a clothing line for females, geared to the board sports industry and female athletes! (that’s a good sales pitch) Not surprising that they were interested in Baseball Beauties and in the future we might just partner up with them and make cute Baseball clothes! Who knows what we decide to do. Once the website is up and running we’ll be able to tell what our focus points will be, and if a store is even worth having.

Another exciting event that we’re looking forward to is the HCP Show in Vegas this show is going on March 6-9 (right before Spring Training) Basically this is a HUGE costume party. People get together, wear costumes and have parties! And there is no better place for a party this big then Vegas! I hope that Amy and I will get to go (I’m having trouble gathering all the paper work that they require for their attendees, it’s not easy to get into one of these events, they’re pretty darn picky and exclusive…) If you’re wondering how we would benefit from attending an event of this caliber, well………. The plan is to sell “Baseball” themed costumes on the website. So we’re hoping to meet some costume whole sellers and manufacturers who can give us a good deal on their product. Plus, I’m sure that we’ll see every single “Baseball” costume available at this thing and we’ll be able to chose and pick the ones that are appropriate for our store. We will have lots of footage and pictures from this event, so stay tuned!

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Baseball Beauties are based in California, so we usually attend the Spring Training that takes place in  AZ. This is the official home of the Cactus League. And the Grapefruit League’s Spring Training takes place in Florida. You can read more about the teams and who fits under what league by clicking the link bellow. I also found a good summary of the Spring Training history which you can read bellow as well.

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Spring Training History

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There is nothing as magical as spring training for a northern baseball fan: that sudden rush of warm air when departing from the three-hour airplane ride, the realization for the carbound that the snowline is firmly in the rear-view mirror and the outside temperature is fast approaching short-sleeve territory.

Spring training is almost as old as baseball itself. The best evidence points to spring training first taking place in 1870, when the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings held organized baseball camps in New Orleans. Other baseball historians argue that the Washington Capitals of the National League pioneered spring training in 1888, holding a four-day camp in Jacksonville.

The specific origins really don’t matter. By 1900, spring-training was firmly established as a baseball ritual, with most American and National League teams heading out of town so players could train and managers could evaluate. Small Florida and Arizona communities were suddenly known across the nation because of the allure provided by major-league baseball. St. Petersburg. Fort Lauderdale. Tucson. Sarasota. Bradenton.

The history of spring training can be broken into three distinct eras:

Many former spring training sites are still around:

Last year was my first time at Spring Training and I had a great time. The stadiums are smaller and the vibe is a lot more laid back at the games. Lots of baseball players sort of blend in with the crowds and you can see them walking around town, eating in restaurants and playing golf. The weather is usually really nice and it feels like Spring 🙂 it’s not too hot (AZ is literally in the desert) and not too cold. I really hope that this year Amy can join me and we can promote Baseball Beauties together. This is the best place to do it and with the website Launch being just around the corner, it will be VERY EXCITING! We will take lots of pictures, interview plenty of Baseball groupies, record a bunch of video and post in up daily. And once the site is up Spring Training will be a big part of our off-season preparations for the Baseball Season!

LinkedIn, Google and Monday….

I always find myself procrastinating on Mondays… Even to start writing my BLOG! And I love blogging 🙂

Anyways, Saturday night I went out with some friends in hopes of meeting some cool new people and to my disappointment we failed… We got to see some good friends and had a GRAND OLD time, but did not meet anyone worth mentioning. (Bellow from left to right: Amy, ME, Sandi and Alexi)

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I was just replying to an e-mail, I am going to meet up with a local Photographer, he wants to learn about Baseball Beauties. I’ve done a shoot with him once before (NOT TO WORRY ROSALYN!) this is just a networking opportunity meeting! I found him on LinkedIn, YES! I finally joined and it seems like a useful website. I had no idea that they have a pay version, it seems like that may be useful once I have more contacts, but for now I just have the simple FREE account.

You can also post your WordPress BLOG on your profile which I did, I hope that will bring in more readers! I’ve done about a 2 in marketing for this BLOG on a scale from 1 to 10. At first I wanted to get comfortable with writing and THEN let the world take a peak 🙂 I think that I’m almost ready to share!

This week I am going to finish the Business Carer Plan that I have been dreading  to work on… I know that it’s going to be a BIG PART of Baseball Beauties, but I still have to answer all the 200 questions in detail, not to mention I have to research many of the answers. I know all this is going to pay off in the end 🙂 The toughest question to answer has been:

How does a Social Network become successful? or What steps do you take to grow?

After doing a bunch of research I haven’t been able to come up with a concrete answer, all the information out there is partial (These companies aren’t going to tell you how they got BIG! They don’t want you to know that information!) So I have to go by a bunch of different articles and piece together the information, it’s out there just not in simple ENGLISH! You can see my procrastination and struggle to finish this project…

I have mentioned earlier that I have been working on some Google Adwords for my FINAL Search Engine Optimization Project. So far I came up with 2 good ones:

1. “HOT Chicks Know Baseball! Don’t believe it? See for yourself”

(What can I say sex sells, every straight male baseball fan wants to see HOT Chicks who know about baseball!)

2. “Network for Baseball FANS! Find out how to JOIN”

(This one isn’t as spicy as the first one, but it clearly gets the point across) I tried to say “MySpace for Baseball” but Google wouldn’t let me! Google is SMART! Copy- write violation, that’s what it said….

I am still working on one more AD, Ill have it ready by the end of the week. Even though I learned SO MUCH in that class, I am glad that it’s finally coming to an end…. I will probably take it again next year (technology changes fast and you need to take classes at least once a year to keep up!) I am looking forward to having a little free time 🙂

My friend invited me to a networking event this Thursday night for FIDM SF Alumni, she could only invite 1 person and Im so glad that she chose to invote me 🙂 Thank you Lena! We are going to get goody bags and will be bringing an ornament to put up on their tree. Im looking forward to it, I will make sure that I have enough business cards this time!

Working Hard!!!

Ever since I came back from Vegas I have been super busy in attempt to make a presence on the web. I really need to get out there and be proactive! How else are people going to find out about baseball beauties if they don’t know who I am…. You can have the best website in the world and if no one knows about it, its going to be a complete waste of $$$.

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This week, I uploaded our Baseball Beauties Story video onto YouTube and created an account:

http://www.youtube.com/user/baseballbeauties

You can watch the cartoon there. I really like this cartoon, and I hope that it gets the point across well! Please feel free to let me know what you think…. I still need to figure out how to promote the cartoon on YouTube and also am working on creating a “Spoof” to attract people to our website! Wait! There is one more thing, I think that I will be making a short weekly video BLOG, to get people to subscribe to our network.

Once again, I’m new at this web stuff and am just learning the best way to make a presence, suggestions are always welcome 🙂

Then….

I created an account on www.Mashable.com

http://my.mashable.com/baseballbeauty

This website is SO AWESOME!!! It’s a BLOG that is focused on Social Networking Websites. Their news letter is great! So MUCH information. Once Deographics finishes designing our TOP page I will definitely enter Baseball Beauties into Mashable’s Startup Review series, who knows they might pick us and then the possibilities are ENDLESS!

I also created a Delicious account especially for baseball beauties and joined www.twitter.com (this is where people keep in touch with one another and you can also link it with your Facebook account) and www.photobucket.com (here you share your pictures and videos with your friends)

This is a start! We also have a MySpace page:

http://www.myspace.com/baseballbeauties

It still looks pretty raw at the moment, but Deographics will be creating a MySpace code for us to make our MySpace look like our Top website page. It should be here in about a month! I’m really looking forward to it, because then, I can be on MySpace promoting. In my opinion MySpace is still the best social networking website out there for promotion purposes. It’s also easier to find people that like what you have to offer.

My partner in crime Amy also started a BLOG:

http://baseballbeautie.wordpress.com

This is going to be the Baseball Beauties Official BLOG for the Ladies. So stay tuned for more content on that side. The BLOG is going to be mostly about Baseball and we will throe in a little gossip and humor here and there to spice things up ;)I am also trying to get people to join my Baseball Beauties Facebook Business profile:

http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anisin/1245611248#/pages/wwwbaseballbeautiescom/35060843805

Please become a fan if you can 🙂

I will try and keep up with my posts on daily basis (at least 5 days a week for now)

Up next, the meeting with my bf, who is also my partner in crime and then my SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization (hands down, probably the best and most informative class that I’ve ever taken!) More about this tomorrow!