ok, so here’s the thing. You all know how I feel about the increasing commercialization of blogs. That whole world, however, is not unfamiliar to me. I ran a blog for years that was all about product pushing, sponsorships, giveaways and ads too after all, but it became too much and that’s why I started this blog. I’ll never say never, but you won’t see an ad on here.
The thing is, even though the focus of our blog is not on the business so much anymore, it’s still a part of it if only because our lives are inextricably intertwined with it in every way. But can I tell you the truth? I always feel a wee bit uncomfortable promoting our shop on this blog or on any social media space. It feels like I’m yelling, “BUY OUR COOKIES!” every time I do. Who wants to be hit over the head with cookies every other day? It would annoy you, it would annoy me.
So what’s this Real Simple thing, you say? Isn’t this the very sort of thing that I’m talking about? Well, we *are* trying to run a business and I know I am being ridiculous with this whole aversion-to-promotion-thing (so please don’t make me feel any more ridiculous. I know you’re all rolling your eyes, I see you). Plus I thought it’d be fun to do a stint as guest blogger for the Pop-Up shop with a few of my other fellow guest blogger friends. You know, for the holidays. The Real Simple Pop-Up shop is expecting up to 10,000 visitors daily. It’s open from 10am-10pm, December 1st-6th and I’ll be there tomorrow, opening day, in the afternoon around 1:30. I’ll also make another visit Saturday when a certain somebody *ahem* Tim Gunn *cough* signs his book. Take a look at the schedule of events. It’s a good, festive time and if you see me, say hi!
And so if you’ve read this far, there’s one more thing. I’ve been given gift bags of Real Simple booty to give away to my readers. I don’t normally do this sort of thing, but it’s the holidays! So what’s in the gift bag? Some really good stuff, yo, like Real Simple books! Notebooks! Stationery! Nail polish! Other free stuff! I have 7 to give away, but to win, go to our FaceBook page, become a fan and leave a comment on our Real Simple post. Ok, see what I did there? Our FaceBook page has been rather neglected and lonely (give it some love, will ya?), but I’m trying, I’m trying!