Archive for the ‘baby business’ Category

A history. And…to giveaway, or not to giveaway?

Posted 10 Mar 2010 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much, wedding whatnots

I’ve been blogging for a long time. My first blog post was back in 2000, where I basically bitched about writing papers for college and apologized for not blogging more. Then I started again in 2004 and ranted about things that bugged me. There was no such thing as “followers.” People didn’t subscribe to RSS. I didn’t care if I had readers because I was doing it for myself.

In November of 2006 I decided to start blogging about our wedding planning since the majority of my friends and family lived elsewhere. Blogged Bliss was born. After the wedding was over, my good friend A inspired me to keep the blog going, and it turned into my outlet for everything. An outlet of course, that my friends and family could read.

February 2009 and we’re trying to get knocked up. I start a new blog. A secret blog where I can complain about how long it’s taking us to get it done. And then I get pregnant in the first month. Trying to conceive blog turns into pregnancy blog. Secret turns public. Over time, I acquire around 70 followers and around 100 RSS subscribers. Then I have Abby and pregnancy blog makes no sense anymore, so I move all my posts and my bad little self back to Blogged Bliss.

So there, a brief history.

Now, getting to my main point. My moral struggles with blogging, followers and giveaways.

My blog now has just shy of 50 followers and a bunch of RSS subscribers. (Where did that 20 go from my other blog? Come back!) Anyway, I obviously would like for more readers. I think most every blogger’s dream is for someone to find their blog and pay them billions of dollars in ad revenue so that they don’t have to work anymore. Right? Some bloggers are just lucky enough to have enough readers where companies send them items to review and or give away and that’s totally awesome. I hope I get to that point some day.

But some bloggers have giveaways with items they purchase on their own…and to enter the giveaway you must follow the blog, vote for them at either of the sites on the right or stand on their heads or something. That’s fine for the people that do that. I don’t think that I could. Gaining “followers” based solely on something you bought to give away seems like cheating. I want people to read my blog because they like what I have to say, not because of the off-chance I might give away some fancy-ass diaper bag.

Of course, these blogs then have eleventy billion followers and top ten listings in the “Top” blogs. They make me a little sad when I see my little following, but I feel better knowing that my peeps are there because they wanna be. They won’t ignore most of my posts because the word “Giveaway” isn’t in the title.

Don’t get me wrong, if hell freezes over tomorrow and some company was all – “DOOODE. Here’s this awesome toy we want you to review and we’ll send you one to giveaway to your readers,” of course I’d do it. Because it was genuine. I just don’t agree with the other practice.

To each their own, though.

What are your thoughts on giveaways?

The 4 month check.

Posted 08 Mar 2010 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category Abigail, baby business

Abby had her four month appointment Friday afternoon. Her new stats are 14lbs 14ozs and 26″ tall! Long and lean, my little one is.

This is a total post and run for now, she’s napping and I MUST try to nap as well. Not enough sleep last night. Thanks Oscars.

The postpartum fog.

Posted 05 Mar 2010 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, motherhood

A week ago or so I wrote this post about feeling like I have ADD. It’s gotten no better, and in fact….I might even say worse. I completely lost my train of thought MID-SENTENCE a few times while at work this week. Once during an interview of a potential new coworker. It was humiliating to the nth degree.

So, as I usually do, I asked my ladies and also the ladies at The Bump what they thought about it. I was, at the time, convinced this was a side effect of the BCPs I’m on, the Mirena, or both. (I’ve blogged about how I thought Yasmin caused my mild depression and thus got kicked to the curb a few years ago.) Lots of ladies said they feel the same way, but without hormonal birth control. Others mentioned that memory loss and brain fog are also symptoms of PPD, which I’m not fully convinced I have since I do not feel down or have any other symptoms of. Regardless, to be safe I plan on speaking to John the Midwife about all of this shortly.

In any case, lil’ Blair Bear posted this today on her blog, and these two bullet points really rang out to me:

  • Negative feelings dominate when returning to work post-baby. Top five feelings were guilty, overwhelmed, stressed, sad and anxious
  • 59% of working moms no longer cared as much about work post-baby.

I think I have two main issues that are causing my seriously lack of focus – I don’t care about my job as much anymore, and I wish to be at home with my little girl.

Now, I think MOST new moms feel the same way when they go back to work. However, I have secondary problems. This blog is one of them. And all of my e-moms I chat with daily. I’d rather be blogging, tweeting and chatting about Abby all day rather than be at work. I have all these ideas for this blog and what I want to do with it, and really…the only time I have to work on it is uhm… while I’m working . So then, I’m in meetings and I’m thinking about my blog or something that’s going on in my mommy forums and all the sudden it’s been a half hour, the meeting’s over and I have no idea what happened.

It’s serious shiny object syndrome. When I’m at home with my little girl and I don’t have to worry about work anymore, my brain levels out and I’m thinking quite clearly. When I’m at work though, everything changes and I just can’t focus on the task at hand. Actually, ask me what I’m supposed to be working on right now and I’ll just give you a big old blank stare because I simply don’t know.

I wish I could just stay home with Abby because I miss her every second I’m away from her and feel like I could just be a better person if we were always together. But I know that right now, that’s not an option…and may never BE an option.

Ah, ramblings. Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind right now. And look! I was able to focus on one thing for like, 20 minutes!

The obligatory "One year ago today" post.

Posted 02 Mar 2010 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category Abigail, baby business, marriage, motherhood, paparazzi
I peed on one of these a year ago today.
We were in Mexico on a trip with my parents.
It was positive.
I sat on sink, covered my mouth, smiled and then laughed for a good minute before telling the hubs.
It was 6am after all.
Eight months later…
We love you little Abigail.

A minute and thirty seconds…

Posted 24 Feb 2010 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category Abigail, baby business, paparazzi

…watched over and over and over again while in Mexico. I deleted everything off our point & shoot before we left except this video and a couple photos so we could get our Abby fix every day.

We missed her so very much.

Abby squeals! And Momma says do it again. from jenna bee on Vimeo.