Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holidays and Working From Home

When you work from home and have kids, holidays are not exactly the "most wonderful time of the year" as the old song goes. In fact, if you have more than one child and they play together, loudly, it can become downright frustrating. This is one of the biggest challenges for me in working from home.

During the holidays, normal people take paid time off from work. They don't worry about earning money on the days they are spending with relatives, because they are being paid by their employer. For those of us who work as independent contractors, we have no such allowance. Each day is another day to earn income or another day to lose it. Well, not necessarily lose it. But each day represents a loss of potential income if we don't get to work.

So, while it's great to spend time with the family and go visit people and eat wonderful meals, it can really take a toll. Not only are we spending extra money this week, but we're not earning as much as we should be, so it's sort of like a double whammy.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm Back!!!

I have no idea what we're going to do in this space just yet, but I'm back after a hiatus here on the Real Men Stay Home blog of over six years. Wow! We have a lot of catching up to do, don't we? Where to begin ...

  • We had another child in 2011, a boy. So that makes four in all, two boys and two girls. The good news is that we finally figured out what causes this, and have taken steps to ensure no more kids at this point, while not sacrificing any of the fun practicing. ;)
  • Since 2009 I've worked as a blogger and editor for the Tsavo/Ovast network (now defunct), Tecca (Best Buy's attempted tech blog, now also defunct), content producer for MySpace Entertainment (again, long gone), and am currently a content producer and SEO specialist (independent contractor) with a company out of Seattle. 
  • I / we have launched several blogs and websites over the years without any stellar standout successes, but that's okay. We offer our online and offline media services locally, and have a few clients here and there. I'm still pushing the online marketing ideas and trying to learn how to build my online empire, lol.
I'll have to look back over the blog and see what else was the "status quo" at the time I left, so more updates will be coming. Meanwhile, where have you been? How are things going for you and what have you been up to?

If you're still subscribed here or happen to wander in, leave a comment and let us know!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

How to ...

You fill in the blank. Have you ever wondered exactly how to do something? Maybe you've wondered how to speak Spanish, how to play golf, get out of debt or even become a substitute teacher? Wouldn't it be nice to save a little money and do some research first on these topics? Maybe you could to some things all by yourself, you know, the DIY method. Well, Mahalo has "how to" guides written on these and a host of many other subjects. Check out the list below and see if something doesn't strike your fancy. I know the first one has appealed to me. :)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

2009 Grammy Awards

The next big project we've been working on over at Mahalo is our coverage of the upcoming 2009 Grammy Awards. There are lots of interesting nominees and tons of great performances to look forward to. We've created the pages in advance so you can relax and check out the performances after the fact, if you miss the live television broadcast. Got a favorite from the awards show, view it again with these links. If you want to learn more about the Grammy Award nominees and performers for the 2009 Grammy Awards, then check out these pages...

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Super Bowl Ad Frenzy

Well, it's that time of the year again - the time when advertisers spend millions of dollars to catch our attention during the most watched television event of the season: The Super Bowl. But this is the digital age of the Internet and information, so why should you have to wait? Here is a great collection of information about this year's Super Bowl ads. As you will see, many have already made their way onto the viral video scene. Enjoy!