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Monday, August 13, 2012

Nerdy Parents – Satisfy Your Nerdy Needs!

FINALLY – a community has been created just for YOU! If you are a Nerd who is just beginning a family, Nerdy With Children will satisfy all your nerdy needs!

Nerdy With Children launched on August 7, 2012. Nick Veneris and David Gorcey, through their company – Endemic – decided to "remove stereotypical labels like hipster, goth and computer geek and build a community that celebrates 'non-mainstream' diversity (all quotes attributed to Nick)." Nerdy With Children offers parents under 45 who are pregnant or who have children under the age of 13 non-traditional products that appeal specifically to the nerdy parent.

According to Nick, "There's been an explosion in recent years of 'non-traditional' products for kids under 12. From Etsy to the kids sections on Think Geek and Sourpussclothing.com. Unfortunately, no one is really aggregating or curating those products. We thought this would be the perfect foundation to building a 'nerdy' community."

Nerdy parents obsessed with one or more of the following, "art, science, math, computer programming, board/video games, goth, rock n roll, punk,sci-fi, fantasy and things of that nature," will find Nerdy With Children an exciting place to browse nerdy products and to communicate with other like-minded nerds through the Nerdy With Children Forum.

Nerdy With Children isn't for parents only though. Grandparents who are looking for that perfect gift for their grandchildren, "will find the product descriptions quite useful as a gift buying guide." So Grandma and Grandpa, if you have grandchildren interested in gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, artsy-type or music-related items, or even techie stuff, click any of the links in this blog.

After you join the forum, follow Nerdy With Children on Twitter and friend Nerdy With Children on Facebook.

Final words from Nick: "No matter where you live or what piece of nerdy sub-culture you are into there's a whole community waiting for you at nerdywithchildren.com."

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Menopausal Mother Speaks!

Marcia Kester Doyle started her Menopausal Mother blog the last Saturday of August, 2011, thirty years after she received her Creative Writing degree. Why the vast span of years? Marcia was raising children!

Marcia states that she was a nervous wreck putting her work out for the world to read, so much so, in fact, that she had to calm her nerves with a glass of Pinot Grigio. She had published a lot of poetry but never had any luck publishing prose. The thought of writing nonfiction never entered her mind – until her kids grew up. With all that pent-up creative energy, blogging seemed to be a welcome outlet, especially since that particular venue offered instant feedback! And, WOW! Wait until you see how many followers she has!

The majority of people who read Marcia's blog are middle-aged women who are probably going through menopause themselves, but as Marcia relates, "I do have a surprising number of male readers/followers who leave terrific comments on my site. I think the blog attracts men because I do use some 'bathroom' humor and I'm not afraid to talk about personal habits, or body 'malfunctions'. Guys always seem to get a kick out of that kind of humor! The middle-aged women are there because everything I write is so relatable to them. I also have several young girls who read and follow my blog-–they actually share the posts with their mothers and they understand my brand of humor."

Marcia's original intentions when she started blogging was to educate women on menopausal symptoms and to provide statistics, but after finding numerous blogs all over the Internet already discussing that topic, she decided to take a different approach – humor.

As Marcia states, "Menopause is a difficult transition time for most women--half the time we feel like we are alone in this and losing our mind. My blog, although it makes light of the situation, also validates those feelings. We are NOT alone and we are NOT losing our minds--these are all NORMAL symptoms of menopause. Although medications can help, there are some aspects of menopause that can not be controlled, so it is a matter of acceptance and learning to deal with it by focusing on the humorous side of it. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel----it won't last forever (and thank God, no more periods!!).

In that sense, I think my blog is very beneficial to my female audience--it teaches them to look at the lighter side of this phase in life. If nothing else, I (hopefully) start off their day with a chuckle when they read one of my blog posts.  As far as benefits to my male readers, several have claimed that my blog gave them new insights as to what their wives were going through and thanked me for helping them.  I will admit though, my favorite responses (comments on the blog) are the ones where people tell me they spit out their drink because they were laughing so hard when they read a post. THAT is the real reason I am writing this blog!"

Although the topic of the blog is menopause, her blog is relatable to all kinds of women – and men. It's funny, warm, engaging, and light. She keeps her language clean, she doesn't discuss religion or politics, and she offers her readers sprinkles of pixie dust as her heart follows you down the path of her blog. (You'll have to read Menopausal Mother to see what I'm talking about.)   

Word of caution: Liquids have a way of spurting forth from the mouths of Menopausal Mother's readers, splattering over keyboards everywhere. Don't drink and read at the same time! 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

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Manufacturing is a costly enterprise, but for some manufacturers, who produce the exact items other manufacturers produce, the cost is prohibitive, while for others, those same products, manufactured in other parts of the world, are reasonably priced. What explains the difference?

Wouldn't it be advantageous for the global economy if businesses engaged in fair trade? Recognizing that though we are divided into countries, we are all of one world would enable countries around the globe to cooperate in sharing resources, while engaging in favorable business practices that produce quality, inexpensive items everyone can afford. If the cost of production is minimal, manufacturers can pass along their savings to consumers.

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