So, friends, I guess, I’m back! As in, I’m posting again. For how long? That’s a $25 question, the value of Amazon gift card I’m giving away to one of my readers. In exchange, I would like you to suggest a topic for a post. I want my blog to solve real problems, so tell me what’s on your mind. The contest will end this Friday at 9 PM Eastern time.
I also want to stress that I welcome your emails, so please, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. There is a real benefit to having a small site, namely, that I can give each reader the attention he/she deserves. It’s honestly my favorite part of blogging because I know that my time is spent wisely. Not to say my opinion is always right, but at least you get what you asked for. It’s also quite ironic, I must say. Here I am, a SAHM giving advice on Singapore suites redemptions. It doesn’t get more bizarre than that!
As much as I love writing, it can be extremely draining and time-consuming. It takes hours for some posts to progress from conception to birth, and you don’t even know if anyone will find them beneficial. Some fall flat on their face, so to speak, and I’ve spend most of my Sunday afternoon on those suckers.
I hope you’ve noticed, I’m trying hard to cut back on navel-gazing and narcissism in my content. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s one of the requirements to being a blogger. Seriously, look it up in the blogging manual. Rule number 1: You have to be a narcissist. But this is a giveaway post, so I guess, it’s OK. Plus, you know how much I like to draw parallels, so just couldn’t resist this one. The other day, I was reading an issue of “Wired” magazine. Well, don’t be so surprised! Most SAHM’s read “Wired.”
Anyway, in it there was an interview with Duplass brothers, movie moguls mostly known for indie films that have sort of a cult following. I admit, I’ve never actually seen any of them, as the description sounds a bit too edgy for my taste. But I do admire their spunk and the fact that they didn’t give up in following their passion. Success didn’t come easy, but it did eventually come. Of course, the big studios noticed and signed them on to do a movie with a 7 million dollar budget, 7 times bigger than most of their indie films.
Except, there was a problem. The movie was about a depressed man in his forties. That proved to be an issue for Fox which was wary of alienating audiences. According to brothers, Fox studios felt this way: If his apartment looks too dumpy, they are going to lose money. They wanted him to be down, but not too down. There was a heated discussion about throw pillows. The movie didn’t do very well.
The article goes on to say: “It was clear that the kind of movies the brothers liked to make were inherently limited in their box-office appeal, and that a traditional studio model wasn’t ever going to be a good fit.”
I couldn’t help but relate. This is an “indie” site and always will be, for better or for worse. Me and this industry, we mix like oil and vinegar. The apartment (blog) is decidedly dumpy with not a throw pillow in sight, and the tenant Julia (my blogging alter ego) is grumpy and sassy on a regular basis. What can I say? I am equal parts Russian/Jewish/Polish. So, naturally, this translates into a dysfunctional mix of quirky/shrewd/airhead. You decide which ethnic background corresponds to which part. Although, the “airhead” portion mostly has to do with the fact that I am a SAHM. Don’t you just love stereotypes?
So, if your family is dysfunctional, you’ll feel right at home at Miles for Family. If it’s not, well, I’m happy for you (rolls eyes). Please, comment, folks. I’m dangling a $25 carrot here. If you need to tell me off, that’s OK too. Go for it! I’ll pass it on to Julia.
Leana is the owner and founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.