In a perfect storm of blogging community epicness, I plan to submit this post not only to the the usual This Ain’t the Lyceum‘s Seven Quick Takes Friday Link-Up, but also to Blogelina‘s Comment-a-thon event. So if you stumbled unto this post through either one of those and this is your first time here – WELCOME! Thanks for stopping my humble little blog! (And if you already know me and read all my blog posts already, well, as always, I’m super thrilled that you’re here too!)
One of the interesting things about having a small blog like this one is that I never really know who’s reading. I have three different site stats plugins and they all give me completely different numbers…so I don’t really know how many people are reading either.
So I pretty much type just to type and then sometimes people tell me that they’ve read what I posted. I guess that’s what a blogger does?
But not today! Today this silence will stop being silent! TODAY it is YOUR turn to say hello! Introduce yourself! Who are you? Why are you here? What do you think about things?
Don’t know what to say? Why, here are 7 excellent question suggestions I’d love to learn about you. Pick one. Pick seven. (Just don’t be lame and pick none; come’on this is fun! :)) Answer anonymously if you really have to. Just answer! I’ll even comment back!
1) Do you use Instagram? If so, what do you mainly use it for? Any suggestions for how I should use Instagram as part of this blog? Or should I keep it strictly personal for family/close friends only?
I have an Instagram account, but I hardly post to it and when I do it’s just pictures of my kids. I originally signed up solely to share pics of my kids with aunts/uncles/grandparents. But somehow I’ve ended up with 97 followers and this makes me wonder if I should be doing something else with it – how do other people use Instagram? I guess I don’t completely get it as a “social media” platform, but maybe I’m missing something? Can I just keep posting cute pictures of my kids?
2) For those of you who’ve been married for a significant amount of time – what is your best piece of marriage advice (I’m ideally interested in general marriage advice that can apply to a wide range of couples, old or young, religious or non, with or without kids, etc.)? How long have you been married and what’s been the hardest thing in your marriage so far?
When I first began this blog, one of the things I wanted to regularly touch on was the realities of marriage, especially marriage against the backdrop of this strange world of Hollywood. Marriage is hard in general, but Los Angeles/Hollywood certainly carries its’ own unique challenges; stability in either career or marriage is not easy to come by here. Last week, a writer named Todd Farmer posted an article titled From Hollywood to Homeless that got a lot of attention around town; I thought it was a great example of the feast-or-famine reality of this place. Also notice that the author and his wife separated; marriage is not easy in this world! In this blog, I’ve sought to be very honest about marriage in hopes that it might somehow help others and I am always interested in hearing others’ wise advice about marriage too.
3) Of all the “Mommy Wars” topics, what do you think is the most silly and ridiculous for people to care about? And if you don’t know what topics are considered “Mommy Wars” topics, please just skip over this question – you’re better off for not knowing anything about this. 🙂
Oh Mommy Wars. Everyone hates them, but I think a lot of people secretly love them. Why else would they still be going on? For the most part, I really, really, really do not care about them. I’m smack dab in the middle of most “mommy wars” topics (seriously. I’m a half mainstream/half crunchy kind of mom) and I always find a bit of humor in some of the things modern moms get all up in arms over. A couple in particular I find ridiculous. One is the topic of crib bumpers. If you have a baby who continually gets their arms/legs stuck in the rails, or smack their head on the rails, then by all means, put up bumpers, mesh or regular, or whatever you think is best. I will not judge you. I promise. Common sense is a great thing. Let’s use it. And for what it’s worth, one of my kids needed bumpers, one didn’t. See, I’m totally in the middle of this, and most every other, mommy war topic. Why do we fight over nothing? I just don’t understand…
4) Do you have any experience with subscription box services for kids (Kiwi Box, Little Passports, etc)? If so, can you recommend anything?
Something I’ve really come to embrace in the past year is the idea that all we can do in life is make the best of any situation we’re placed in and take what we can from the experiences. One of the things that I most took away from my previous job is the exposure to some really great services and products for kids; I found myself especially interested in this new idea of subscription boxes. There are a few subscription box companies in particular that I’ve been eyeballing and thinking of signing up my preschooler for. But I’m also notorious for being a bit of a spendthrift and so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger and order. The services I’m most looking at are Little Passports (Early Explorers) and Kiwi Crate (Koala Crate). I also LOVE Groovy Lab in a Box, but it’s aimed at ages 8+ so unless/until they create a line for younger kids, it’ll be awhile til I get to try them out. In the meantime, can anyone out there in internetland give me a review or suggestion for Little Passports vs. Kiwi Crate? Or another subscription box service for preschoolers?
5) Do you work with a direct marketing company? If so, which company, for how long, and why did you choose that company to work with? You’re welcome to leave a link in your comment to your facebook or ordering page if you’d like.
In recent months, I’ve joined a local ‘Momtreprenauer’ group. While I don’t have a business of my own (yet…), I continue being a part of the group because I appreciate connecting with other local moms who juggle creating and motherhood. Now that I am no longer employed, I’m throwing myself into work on my invention and I am energized by being around other moms building their businesses as well. One thing I’ve noticed both within this group and within my online facebook community is that direct marketing businesses are becoming quite popular. I seem to know people who represent many different brands/companies. Currently, I think the only direct marketing brand that I’ve ever gotten into is for Usborne books. An old college friend, Kristi, has recently begun selling these books (here’s her facebook page; she’s awesome at hosting virtual facebook parties!) and I both attended a facebook party and hosted a facebook party. I think I’m kind of in love with Usborne books. 🙂 I’m not currently considering getting into any of these direct marketing companies, but if I ever did, it’d probably be for Usborne.
6) Are you an avid blog reader? If so, are there any blogs in particular that you consider favorites and keep up with everyday? Any recommendations for new blogs I should check out? (other than your own if you have have your own blog)
Maybe 2 years ago or so I first started browsing the mom blog-o-sphere. I’d heard about “mommy blogs” before, but didn’t think they’d be something of interest to me. Well, then we went into the ‘famine’ stage of feast-or-famine mode, ha ha, and I discovered this whole network of money saver mom blogs and that they were filled with extremely useful knowledge on how to cut down expenses. So I started following mom blogs. And then, on 2/14/14, I started this very blog and became a mom blogger myself. Whatever. I like it and I’m going to keep this blog up. 🙂 However, to this day, the blog I probably most frequently read and is still one of my very favorites, is Money Saving Mom.
7) In this day and age, do you think it’s possible to have a voice in this world without being a part of social media?
This is a question that I’ve been pondering for awhile, and yes, it’s a bit more serious in tone than my other questions. I often find myself overwhelmed with social media and “trending” topics. On one hand, I feel an overwhelming sense of obligation to keep up-to-date in order to remain relevant. On the other hand, the vast majority of these “trending” topics are not really all that important to my daily life. But I still find myself emotionally involved in them, as though I must have an opinion on each and every topic. I both love social media for my connection to the world through it, and loathe social media for its’ distraction away from the things that actually truly matter instead. So I’m torn. I want to be heard. I don’t want to be invisible. I want to feel as though I can make some sort of difference, as though I matter. And I feel as though, in this modern world, that a social media presence is necessary in order to have a voice. Am I contingent on social media in order to ‘be someone’ and make a difference?
YOUR TURN! Please leave me a comment and answer a question or two!
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