Acquiring blog readers is hard. Simple as that. At times, the vast technological universe that many of us partake in can make it difficult to attract those that are the target audience you are searching for. However, that involves you actively trying to attract an audience. When I started this blog back in January of 2011 it was for me to share experiences that were taking place at work, at home and within my day-to-day structure. I’ve blogged about my divorce, my job changes, working with other managers, fashion, sewing, dating, dancing, running and living with Fibromyalgia just to name a few of the most popular topics.
I started the blog as a way for me to get things off my chest that I wasn’t able to openly talk about until people started mentioning my blog. Placing links to my blog on my personal Facebook was a way for me to share with my friends and family what I was going though. During my marriage I lost touch with many people and have been trying to rebuild those relationships ever since. I thought that maybe if people had an opportunity to see all the pandemonium that was going on in my brain they would understand what had been going on when we lost touch.
Outside of my circle of friends it never occurred to me that there might be others out there that are interested in hearing about my sewing projects or management techniques. Who knew that my stories of being a 21st Century Gal would be that interesting to others? Oh yes, that’s right…my mother! Even at 29 it is still hard to admit that my mother is almost always right. See what I did there with the “almost” part? I’m sure there is something out there she might not be right about; such as biomechanical engineering or space travel.
It was my mother who started blogging before me and has shared her tips and tricks, so I guess I haven’t acquired these readers all on my own. I might make management sound amusing, but you should see what my mom can do with the topic of cancer. Never thought I could be laughing about cancer, but that’s how things work under her roof. Anything and everything has the potential of being funny. I’ll tell you what, it is rough knowing that as a teenager but quite amusing when you finally grow up and realize your parents aren’t as uncool as you once thought.
Thanks mom for sharing yet another life lesson with me. Check out her blog, The World According to Alexandra, if you’re looking for a good laugh. She even makes bodily functions funny instead of shamefully disgusting. Thank you to my readers who stop back regularly. For those of you who are just lurkers I invite you to subscribe to my blog and stick around for a bit. There are some big changes on the horizon and I can be you won’t want to miss out on them.
Summer in Florida always makes me feel like the Wicked Witch of the West. “I’m melting…melting!” I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with my boyfriend recently playing in the theme parks like a tourist. It’s been nice to catch some of the evening concerts over at Epcot and enjoy strolling around the Magic Kingdom seeing some of the really obscure attractions that most people over look. Before each trip I have lacquered myself in sunscreen as I burn so easily, but I just can’t bear to cover everything up in multiple layers when it’s so sticky and humid outside.
There are several wet attractions that I tend to stay away from as I don’t enjoy walking around with soggy bottoms for a whole afternoon. However, I think I just found the perfect solution in the most recent Victoria’s Secret catalog. This is going to be my next summer clothing project! I think I can cut it so that it is a bit more conservative and it would be light, airy and perfect for me to tackle the wet attractions in.
I did really want to make some more flowy summer dresses, but I think I’ll take this project on first. I’ve really had fun working on projects that don’t have patterns. It’s more of a challenge for me to work this way and it makes completing the clothing feel like a huge accomplishment. Maybe it’s best if I just continue on catalogue surfing and picking each project that way. It’s saving me a ton of money and yet I’m still staying current with styles for a change. I’ve been known to still own some clothing that I wore in high school, so needless to say I’m not generally considered to be on the cutting edge of fashion.
Diving back into sewing has opened up a whole new door of endless possibilities for me. I might finally be able to have some of the items I’ve seen in windows and knew there was no way I would be able to afford them. With saving for the house purchase I’ve tried really hard to curb my shopping as much as possible this year. I never head out unless there is a coupon in hand for something I might even be considering. That includes fabric shopping, of course, so now I don’t feel so bad buying some bits of fabric here and there for a few small projects.
I think it’s clear that I’m getting plenty of use out of my first infinity dress as I’ve worn it at least six times that I can think of off the top of my head and only paid $16.50 for all the materials to make it. That’s made the dress cost $2.75 each time I’ve worn it so far so I think I will more than get my money’s worth out of it. Next on my list is some kind of a light summer shorts jumper. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to pass them along and I’ll check them out!
Filed under Fashion, Sewing
I will start by saying I am most definitely not a mother; at least not yet at this time in my life. However, I do work in the hospitality field in Orlando and therefore get to see many families that are on vacation each year. My friend John once pointed out to me a child that one would assume is much too large to ride in a stroller still and ever since then I have been noticing just how often I see this. I am aware that there is not a handbook that is distributed for stroller etiquette, as if there is I would clearly not get hit by them so often walking through the theme parks here in town, but I do wonder at what point do parents put their foot down about stroller usage. One parent in the Mothering.com community posted the following rules as to when a stroller should stop being used:
-he grows to big to fit in the seat,
-his legs grow long enough to drag the ground,
-he learns to propel the stroller on his own, or
-he decides he would prefer to walk than ride.
In my world those don’t seem like bad suggestions. It is understandable that each child is different and therefore there is no specific age set in stone to stop using a stroller. In all of these instances I am discussing children who are not facing any type of disability. With Give Kids the World right down the street I am very accustomed to seeing their sweet faces in strollers and small wheelchairs, but this is specifically aimed at children who have no limitations. Cafemom.com even did a poll to find out when most people have decided to do with their kids. Their poll results uncovered the following:
Question: What age did you stop using a stroller?
1 year old: 0%, 2 years old: 27%, 3 years old: 34%, 4 years old: 10%, 5 years old: 3%, Other age: 24%
Out of 29 voters it seems like the most common answers were between two and three years old. However, here in Orlando you can walk through any of the major theme parks on any given day of the week and see large quantities of 8, 9, even 10 year old children in strollers. They are easy to identify by their feet dragging on the ground and the way they are hunched down to even fit under the canopy for shade. Granted sometimes you can see a younger sibling in toe and therefore you can understand why the stroller was originally brought to the theme park, but usually there are no younger siblings in toe and only an older child directing his or her parents around from their royal stroller seat.
Borrowed from TooBigForStroller.com
This trend is one that I am having extreme difficulty understanding. I grew up as an only child so I’m not used to having anyone younger than me in tow on outings, but I don’t remember being in third grade and still utilizing a stroller because I just didn’t want to walk. Is this a sign that parents are giving in to their children so as to keep the complaining to a minimum on family trips? Or is this one of the many items that is contributing to childhood obesity? Taking a look at TooBigForStroller.com you’ll see many of the photos that author Laura Miller has collected that demonstrate exactly what we see daily here in the theme parks. Although many may find her points to be way off the mark, I can’t help but agree with her about how funny a sight this is. It seems as if pediatricians might be on her side while they say that it could be a disservice to growing children to use strollers well past toddlerhood, but obviously there are parents out there that disagree.
Since I know many of my friends have children (obvious by looking at my Facebook news feed about first steps, first foods, and the lack of adults in most profile photos) maybe one of them will be able to explain this to me. This isn’t the first time I have brought up this topic so it’s apparent that I am really hoping to understand this, so please feel free to let me in on your opinions and feel free to start a parental debate on the subject so those of us not yet parents can understand.