Friday, August 31, 2018

Why I think this video went VIRAL!

This video got more than 10k views!!!
Don't believe me, see for yourself by clicking here!

We've all seen VIRAL VIDEOS, those videos that are so funny, so weird, so unbelievable, so heartwarming (my favorite kind) that they are shared over and over and OVER again, but have you ever wondered how videos go VIRAL in the first place?

Me too!

Ok, first, you have to admit it's fun and somewhat exciting when you post something that people actually connect and engage with, comment on and SHARE! (if you don't find this fun, you're probably in the wrong place, because I'm all about engagement and sharing and liking and commenting...and let's face it, everyone wants to be liked)

Anyways, the reason I think this particular video went viral is completely counter-intuitive to everything I ever learned in J-school (that's what we called UF's College of Journalism back in my day) about how to produce a quality video. In J-school I was taught to white balance, frame the shot, shoot a lot of b-roll and for God's sakes USE A TRIPOD...and don't forget when you are in front of the camera: brush your hair, look presentable because that's what viewers expect.

The reason this video went viral is exactly the opposite of all of those things, there was NO PLANNING:
* the song just happened to be on
* I shot it on my iPhone which is always close by
* The lighting was less than ideal and I definitely didn't have a tripod
* My subject, Baylie, just went for it, she just started dancing (most know she never turns down an opportunity to ham it up in the front of the camera!)
* And the rest of the family joined in...It was all completely ORGANIC!

Just a day in the life of my crazy family caught on my iphone that a lot of people could relate to.

So my point is this, people want to see the REAL YOU, not the "my-life-is-perfect-and-my-kids-are-perfect-and-we-all-have-our-shit-together" version. The real you is what people want. That's what people engage with and connect to and relate to. (Oh yeah, hashtags help too...more on that in another post...ahem Missy & Janie)

I'm just keeping it real.

What's your favorite viral video? Leave me a comment below, I'd love to see it!

**disclaimer: in the real world you really need 1m plus views to be defined as viral, but in my world we're going with 10k :).

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Thursday, August 30, 2018


So how's your morning going? Mine started out great, but WOW, did that change quick!
Well GOOD MORNING to you too!
(Notice the time on the clock 9:15!
A LOT of people are already several hours into their day!)
Every single morning I wake up with a renewed sense of optimism that my little angels are going to pop out of bed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to tackle a new school day!
And every morning, without fail (unless it's Friday, especially "Pancake Fridays" - more about that in another post) my fantasy is quickly flatlined by these two sloths. I know many of you can relate, c'mon, I can't be alone in this. Don't get me wrong, these two are some of the most active kids I know, but you wouldn't believe it if you were here between the hours of 8 and 9:20 in the morning. YES, I said 8 and 9:20 in the morning...they don't even start school until 9:40! Can you imagine?

Some tricks I've tried to wake them:
1. Blaring their favorite music on the SONOS. I have been informed (yesterday) that this is only allowed on FRIDAYS! Here's tomorrow's song choice!
2. A nice back massage with soft, sweet mama talk. This only puts them into a deeper coma.
3. I've tried telling them it's Friday on Tuesday, but that only seems to make them more grumpy.
4. I remind them of something special they have to look forward to, in hopes that this might at least put them in a good mood, rarely works ;)
5. If all else fails, I threaten them, this usually does the trick - lol! Just keeping it real folks!

Getting up for high school is going to a rude-awakening (pun intended) for these two!

So, what are some ways you have tried to get your kids to get out of bed and to school on time?

Yours truly,
Keeping it real :)
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Anyone else ever wish you grew up in a different era?

I do! And this video is one reason why...

Baylie & friends doing updated Miss Mary Mack clapping game 2018
How cool would it be to have videos of you and your friends doing Miss Mary Mack back in the day? Or any video of you and your friends doing anything for that matter. (I know, I know, there are some things that we are all glad are NOT ON VIDEO).

But hear me out...

I kind of secretly wish I was a kid nowadays. And not just because my old bones wouldn't ache so much, but because of all of the NEW TECHNOLOGY! It's AMAZING! (obviously there's a downside, but that's not what this post is about. Check out this article about the upside).

I love everything about technology and social media, it fascinates me! It's the "keeping up with it" part that's hard for me and why I wish I was a kid again. It comes so easy for them, it's like they are born with it, automatically wired to "get it".

Oh well, I'm still gonna try my best to stay on top of the trends (insert Baylie's eyeroll here - btw: you can follow her on Instagram HERE). You can join me if you like. My hope is to share some of my more interesting finds on my blog.

MY TIP OF THE DAY: If you haven't already done so, open an Instagram or YouTube account. I use both sort of like a scrapbook of my life and times (a.k.a....a way to remember everything I've done once I've officially lost my mind!)

By the way if you have any social media tips to share please do so in the comments below :) 

Remember it's all about "keeping it real!"
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018


Mommy's BLOG is back!!!

Hey friends! I'm BACK! It's been a while, but I'm ready to BLOG again. Not sure anyone cares, but that's ok! I look at it this way, if you read it and get something from it & share it with a friend that's a bonus for both of us. If not, I will be able to look back at this BLOG when I'm old and gray (wait, I'm already both), so when I'm OLDER AND GRAYER (is it gray or grey, one of life's greatest mysteries, for me anyway) and it will make for some great laughs in my golden years. So thanks for reading this one, hopefully you'll be back for more! If not, BYE FELICIA :)  

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