• A Breakdown of Social Media (that I have attempted) (revisited)

    I’m not at all amazed that my feelings about social media have not changed in the approximate two years it’s been since this first posted. I guess I’m just not a social media person, but I keep the accounts around just in case. Do feel free and stop by, but I can never guarantee there will be anything new or interesting any time soon. First published June 26, 2018 I am not the most enthusiastic fan of social media. I’m still not. It was a huge time waster years ago and I often found myself not caring about what people I barely knew were doing today, yesterday, or a minute ago. Still…

  • You Ask "Again?" I Say "Because I Can" - changes coming and an explanation of why I like to change things up on my blog

    You Ask “Again?” I Say “Because I Can”

    I must at least be a princess of blog changes. Let’s see. I started up again a little over 2 years ago and have made…well, I can’t remember now how many changes. Then again, I’m probably one of the most indecisive people you’ll ever know, so it can’t be surprising, right? Okay, in all honesty I’m not making too many changes. Actually, it might not even really be noticeable. But, first, I’d like to explain myself, if I may. I Want You to Know…I Am Privileged Some people blog because it’s their job or side hustle. Other people blog because it’s a hobby. I blog because, well, it’s just something…

  • Should I…Bookstagram?

    Over the past year, I’ve seriously been struggling with social media. It’s been a combination of I don’t enjoy it and I don’t have time with a healthy dose of feeling eh about it all thrown in. Except this thing called Bookstagram keeps whispering in my head. Honestly, a year ago, I had no idea what it was because I was brand new to Instagram. But, over on WordPress, I was following a lot of readers and book bloggers and that word kept popping up. Bookstagram. A year ago, I was also going through a really bad book slump, so I just filed it away and did nothing but try…

  • Finding my Groove on Instagram

    The Lily Cafe has been on Instagram since June. It’s now October and I’ve finally figured out what to do with it. Before July, my husband and I were working on branding this blog with the eventual goal to try to monetize. That meant getting the blog on all major social media sites: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. But I’m a very introverted mom of two, so I never really felt comfortable on any of them. Figuring out what to do with them has been lingering on my mind. I could delete them. But I already deleted Twitter and then got back on, so you never know. It kind of feels…

  • Not a Social Media Mom

    Some days I have a hard enough time just blogging. Finding time to jump onto Facebook-Twitter-Instagram-Pinterest-etc just doesn’t happen. Just thinking about it makes me tired. I didn’t grow up on social media. I grew up in a backyard and a home that had no Internet until I was in 6th-7th grade and zero cable until I was in high school. And I don’t find I have in any way, shape, or form been deprived. I knew MySpace existed, but had no interest. Then there was something called LiveJournal some college friends were on. I ended up on Facebook by accident as a college freshman and got mild amusement from…

  • Where Did This Wall Come From?

    I have a wall in my head. Not a real one, of course. Perhaps a block. Maybe a locked door. Who knows? But it certainly feels like a wall when I crash into it. And I don’t know where it came from. I don’t remember having a wall before kids. It’s easy to say it was built from extreme sleep deprivation over the past 4 years. But I’m not entirely sure that’s true. Though I don’t doubt that my ability to think efficiently is at least partially attributable to the lack of sleep. There are only certain lines of thought that have me smacking into this wall. Thinking about blogging…

  • A Breakdown of Social Media (that I have attempted)

    I am not the most enthusiastic fan of social media. It was a huge time waster years ago and I often found myself not caring about what people I barely knew were doing today, yesterday, or a minute ago. But social media seems to be an important component to blogging. Sigh. I’ve tried out Twitter. I have a private Facebook account. I’ve been working on demystifying Instagram and Pinterest. But, being as far from a social media whiz as I can get, I find it mostly humorous. Care to know what I think? Twitter: A practice in being succinct, or a bad speller. I didn’t like the 3 ring circus…

  • Instafamous or Blissful Obscurity?

    I saw a shirt in a children’s clothing store that read #instafamous. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too. Perhaps your child even has it. I’ve seen at least one toddler wearing it already. But it made me stop and think, and what better day to ruminate on it than the one where I write about blogging and over sharing? Today, children all over the world are plastered across the Internet. By their parents. Their images, names, birthdays, and even how they were born can be found all over social media. I’m not saying this is wrong or these parents are doing something shameful. What those parents choose to do is not…