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How Does Everyone Find Time?


When and how does everyone find the time to blog, tweet and Facebook? I barely have time to blog and feel like I am letting Melinda down. Being the other half of our blog means that I should provide half of the content but that hasn’t been the case lately.

Between work, kids and the new dog I feel like I have zero time for extras like our blog or anything social media related. I get home from work around 6:00 – 6:30pm and shortly after I get home we eat dinner. After dinner I get a few minutes to relax with Melinda and the kids before they go to bed. Shaun and Shae go to bed at 8:30pm so Melinda and I get some time to ourselves to maybe watch a TV show on DVR before bed but not much and the last thing I want to do is spend it blogging or tweeting.

On the other hand I feel so guilty when I don’t blog because I then feel that our blog is suffering and I have commitments that I need to keep. Our weekends tend to be full so there isn’t much time there either. It is hard to believe there is 24 hours in the day and I find it hard to squeeze in an hour or two to blog. I guess in my head there are more important things to do with the little bit of extra time I do have so blogging takes a back seat.

Sorry if this seems like a bitch and moan fest which it probably is but seriously when do people find time to blog because I need to find the time but I just don’t know when.

When do you typically tend to do your blogging and social media work?

I Disclose

Saying Thank You

Just to let you know we do read all of our comments and appreciate every single one and while we attempt to respond to all of them sometimes life gets in the way of blogging.

I opened up our comments email this morning and there were over 1300 entries.  Most of them are giveaway related so I don’t even touch them but I do make the effort to pull out the responses to our personal stories, reviews and random posts.  It means a lot that you actually care enough to take a moment and say something nice or check out a sponsors website based on our review. In case you don’t hear it enough, THANKS!

When Sponsors Go Bad

A couple months back I signed up with a program where businesses who are looking to get the word out about their products or services reach out to bloggers. The bloggers are compensated with product, money or even credits to shop. I figured this would be another avenue to find cool stuff to review or write about. I accepted a campaign to write for a business that specializes in hand crafted glass accessories. I accepted because the owner/designer wasn’t just looking to promote his business but also a very cool opportunity he had worked on with Olympic athletes.
The Olympics were in full swing and I love everything about hand made products and the talent behind those products. These products were beautiful and the story behind it was great. The post was written, published and it got traffic. The owner/designer was pleased. In exchange for the post I was to receive a $25 merchandise credit. I was excited; I had picked out a couple items for Sabreena knowing she would also appreciate the products. I received info to redeem my credit but the code never worked, my emails were ignored but I held up my end of the bargain. I wasn’t so pissed off that I’m demanding a formal apology, more free stuff, financial compensation or even for the program to intervene. I know things happen and stuff is forgotten but I did communicate 4 times about this issue and never heard a word. I’m not saying this was done intentionally to cheat me out of $25 worth of product but it’s frustrating. I work hard to keep a schedule and communicate with sponsors and advertisers; I’m not always perfect but I try my hardest to maintain my integrity and most of all my work. Instances like this make me feel like bloggers work isn’t appreciated or taken seriously.
In the end a representative from the program made nice with me and said they would investigate. Not sure what if anything transpired; I don’t actually care. Just a word to companies, PR Reps, bloggers and everyone in between, keep your word, do what you say you will, and have a sense of honor when running your business.
This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.

What is your Blog Purpose?

Whatever that purpose is do you have one? I’ve been thinking about my purpose over the last couple days and realize my original purpose has changed since I started in November 2008.

My intent was to tell my readers all the new and cool things “Mom Found” on my obsessive internet window shopping trips. I do that, I still love doing that but I realize I want to do so much more. The Child Hunger Ends Here project and trip to Wisteria Lane opened my eyes to greater things out there; things that can really make a difference. I do love reviewing cool, new, unique products and I especially love giving all of my friends the chance to win them through giveaways but I know I want to do more.

Working on the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is exactly what I never knew I wanted to do. It has given me a voice for a cause that matters. I have a voice, sometimes it’s small but it has something to say. I have other things to say and I want the chance to say it more often and about more than kid shoes, handbags and toys.

So in a nutshell, I’m not going anywhere I’m just changing my focus a little bit. I will still tell you about the fun stuff we do, we use, we eat and we talk about. I’ll still offer awesome giveaways and I’ll still keep you in the loop on the latest craziness in our family but I’m going to have other things to share that hopefully you’ll appreciate and share with others.

Why Does This Seem So Hard?

Lately it seems like blogging is becoming more and more difficult for me. With me living in Delaware during the week I am finding it difficult to read blogs and write posts. It is not that I don’t want to blog it is just I am tired after work and the gym and all I want to do is just sit back and relax. I do still enjoy blogging very much so I have been writing my posts and reading blogs and trying to work through this difficult time.

What is really discouraging me is that fact that our blog seems to be getting less hits and comments then we are use to. I am not sure if other blogs are seeing this but it stinks because I feel like I put my heart into everything I write. I am still reading and commenting on blogs that I like to read daily but don’t see the same at our blog. I feel like a lot of our regular readers aren’t stopping by daily.

I am in process of speaking with Melinda to see what the problem might be. Maybe posting everyday is too much and it is hard for people to keep up. Maybe we are doing too many reviews or maybe my writing just isn’t as captivating as I thought it was. I do tend to write a lot about my kids and family but that is my life so that is what I focus on. Maybe I need to branch out in my writing but not sure what to write about but this is something I am going to need to figure out.

Any ideas? Thoughts on what might be wrong? What you might want to read on our blog?

Thanks for your thoughts and ideas.