But…I DID take a few pictures and posted them to Twitter and Facebook.
I was up in Northern Michigan over the weekend. My friend took me and my youngest son as her guest where we stayed at her time share in Boyne Mountain. It was lovely. But don’t be fooled, traveling with two young children and two Moms…NOT a vacation. An exhausting change of scenery is more like it.
We had fun though. We covered a lot of territory in two days…Petosky, Boyne, the lake, the pool and the grand finale…Mackinac Island.
Petosky…I LOVE its quaint charm and bustling activity.
But Mackinac? I adore it there. Even the overwhelming stench of horse crap is fine by me.
I wish I could go there, just my husband and moi, for a long weekend. No kids. Like…a real mini-vacation where we can have “alone” time. I have two problems though…money and babysitters. Mackinac is so incredibly expensive, all the charming hotels, inns and B & B’s, that it’s ridiculous. Maybe one of the little, lesser known Inns or B & B’s want to work a little something something out with a Michigan Mommy Blogger? Or, I can stay in one of the less expensive Mackinaw City hotels but spend all day on the island. Yes, much better than having to pimp and ho myself for a hotel room.
So…while I was out. I had a lovely little troll wreaking havoc on my comments. It’s for reasons like that ass that I ALWAYS keep the comment moderator on. And boy, was it pissing off this troll, who was calling me a c &*t and a b&%$h because of it. This person left 18 insane, psychotic sounding comments. WTF? Seriously, nothing better to do much?
OK. This next thing is probably going to offend some but…my blog, my random thoughts, right?
I’m tired of reading about FREE stuff on blogs and on twitter. Giveaways, trips, cars, coffee makers…
And, I must disclose…I’m getting a car in August from Ford. They are giving me a Lincoln MKT to test drive for a week. But dudes…it’s NOT free. I’m getting the car. I still have to feed the thing gasoline and I am still going to tweet and perhaps Whrrl about it. THAT…is NOT free. I’m free advertisement for Ford. I don’t mind though. I’m sick of driving my old car so, for a week, I get a mini-vacation from it.
But…the original offer, prior to this one, was to drive a lovely Ford Flex (which, I’m DYING to have one of my very own) from Detroit to New York. Sounds awesome? Except Ford wasn’t going to cover anything except gas and airfare for one to come home.
What about hotel? What about food? Who is supposed to pay for that?
It ended up sounding like a very expensive proposition.
I’m glad that, in the end, I wasn’t one of the bloggers chosen to do that drive because I would have turned it down.
Borrowing a car, where all I have to do is drive it around town, where my starting and ending points are the same…my driveway, is much gentler on the wallet whoring of myself. I don’t have to pay for lodging…except for my mortgage. I don’t have to pay for food…assuming my pantry and fridge are well stocked. Although, I could take the loaner car to the market.
I just did a major digression though.
Back to the free stuff and blogging.
I’m tired of reading about free stuff and what blogging has put in pockets, driveways, purses, etc. That’s not exciting or well written content. It’s just disclosure blogging. But it seems like every single blog these days is all about what they’ve received to test out and the pro/cons of it all.
I get it, kinda. I do. I mean, who doesn’t love free stuff? But, it’s just getting…redundant and epidemic.
Blogging to blog. Blogging for the love of writing. Blogging to capture baby’s first steps. Blogging to tell a story, any story. I’m even willing to read about what was in your baby’s diaper, as long as the diapers weren’t free to test out, blog and tweet about.
Give me names of blogs people. Ones that are actual blogs, not paid advertisements. Please.
Also, am I alone in feeling this way? That blogging has become nothing more than “what can you give me”? Or am I just crabby today from a busy weekend, thryoid meds not working and over-exhaustion?