Volusia County Moms turns 10!

Volusia county moms turns 10
Today... Volusia County Moms turns 10!
Well, that decade went by fast! When I started VCM, my son was only three and my daughter was four. For about two years prior to starting it I kept saying that someone needed to start a site where people could find things to do with their children. I knew there were things to do in the area, but I had a terrible time trying to find them. Finally, I realized that the someone would be me, and Volusia County Moms was born. 
I've enjoyed the last 10 years and thank all VCM viewers, readers, and advertisers for their support. Today, Volusia County Moms is the most popular family-friendly focused site in the area. It's the site where local parents, grandparents, and guardians go to find family friendly things to do in the area. In the last year, there has been over 1.3 million page views to the site. The site averages around 24,000 unique visitors per month, with some months getting double and triple that amount of visitors.  And the Facebook page has over 33,000 followers and routinely reaches 25,000-50,000 people.
My kids are now in the 8th and 9th grades, by the way! Hard to believe, but time is flying by. 
Thank you so much to everyone who has continued to support Volusia County Moms over the last decade. I couldn't do it without you all, and I'm looking forward to more years to come...

All the best,
Jacqueline Bodnar
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"Emperors of the Deep" book review


Recently while strolling the new release aisle at the Port Orange Library, I came across a book called "Emperors of the Deep." The book is all about sharks and the cover states "Sharks - The Ocean's Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians." I was immediately intrigued and checked it out.

As most people in the area know, New Smyrna Beach is considered the shark bite capital of the world. Many people in this area have a fear of sharks, much more so than most other animals that they could encounter. This book sets out to change our views on sharks, explore how we got them in the first place, and to discuss what is happening to sharks in our oceans. This book goes in-depth to provide information on the state of sharks in our world, why we should care, and what we can do about it. 

This is an important book for everyone to read. It's especially important for those who support longline fishing with their store purchases (such as buying tuna), and for those who care about humans, animals, and protecting the oceans. You will learn more about sharks than you ever thought possible, but will also learn about how the fishing industry supports slavery, why sharks are so misunderstood, and so important to our planet.

Living in the area of the shark bite capital, I think it's even more important for people to read this book and gain a better understanding of sharks.

I highly recommend reading "Emperors of the Deep," whether you pick it up from the library, or purchase it on your own. Two thumbs up!

- Jacqueline

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