The Saraceni Family Outer Banks Thanksgiving

WOW – What a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

It was the very first time we took baby Leo to a restaurant for such a long time (1 1/2 hours) – but as you can see on the video, our boy did not mind at all. In fact, he only complained when we had to take his plate away from him to go replenish it a the buffet.

Seriously, he ate more than my wife did 😉

And come on – could she be more cute? Did you see how shy she was at the camera? I got her by surprise, I admit, but she’s just too cute.

By the time we left, the entire staff at the Red Sky Cafe was in love with little Leo – which made it easier to justify the mess he had made 😉

But all in all, this was an amazing experience – HUGE thanks to Chef Wes Stepp, who invited us to his wonderful restaurant.

You can watch as Wes introduces his entire Thanksgiving menu on video here.


In the end of the day, does work suck all of your creativity?

Is there an end to creativity?
Is there an end to creativity?

I guess that’s my latest excuse for not posting to this blog anymore.

If you dont know yet, I’m currently managing (read completely running) 3 blogs for my clients. And I’m trying to update them all daily.

Guess what…

By the time I finish writing about wedding catering in the Outer Banks, fitness in the outer banks, and cute halloween costumes for toddlers, I’m a bit drained out.

Add to those posts at least 30 min of research, the occasional picture editing (cropping, resizing, etc..), and the link-digging (you know, from previous blog posts, to increase blog traffic) – I’ve got at least 3 hours of work.

And no, I will NOT pull other people’s RSS and feed my blogs with their content. I find that despicable.

But maybe I do have things to write about – I’d love to write a huge post on the new web metrics project I’m running for an outer banks builder page. I have that in the back of my mind since I started it, because I’m really fired up about the stuff I read from The Occam’s Razor.

Maybe I just have to suck it up and keep writing.

I could use some encouragement, though – how about a comment? Come on, comment!

Why People Say They Have No Time For Blogging….

It Sucks To Not Have Time To Blog!
It Sucks To Not Have Time To Blog!

Okay, so I would never agree with anybody that said social media is a waste of time and blogging is for geeky people that still live with their moms, but lately I’ve been wondering “When am I going to have time for blogging?”

Trust me, I have this blog and its approximately 25 daily readers dear in my mind everyday, and I probably have 10-20 ideas of stuff I really want to blog about, but I’m seriously lacking the time to do it.

Unlike this post, I usually dont post two paragraphs – my posts have a certain level of research put into them, and I try to add screen shots, images, videos, etc.. to make life easy for folks who browse the net with ADD.

But ever since I started a online marketing & sales consulting company, I’ve completely lost the little time I had to dedicate to this blog. You may say startups are a shot in the dark, but in less than a month, I have 5 clients.

And when I take in consideration that this blog has only generated about $100 worth of revenue (from affiliate links), the amount of time invested absolutely does not correspond to the ROI. Thus, I’m focusing on the consulting area.

I’m working with local small/medium size companies that wouldnt necessarily participate in online marketing if it werent for me. I say that because I’m 98% sure that they wouldnt seek a ppc management firm or ever adventure themselves into social media by themselves. So they have me doing it for them.

A quick look into my portfolio:

2 Local Gyms: KnuckleUp Fitness –  Outer Banks NC Gym (they have a blog & multiple capture pages for PPC)

The Fitness Warehouse – Chesapeake & Suffolk, VA Gym (their page will be up soon)

Four Seasons Landscaping – Outer Banks Landscape Design

East Coast Construction Co. – Outer Banks Vacation Rentals & Home Improvements (under construction at the moment)

The Red Sky Cafe – Catering Outer Banks (also under construction)

At this point, I’m doing all of the web design, the ppc management, the social media updates, the video editing, writing blog posts, setting up autoresponders….

So you can see why I’m not that much available for blogging. But that’s no excuse.

This community (though smaller than I’d like) is important to me and I shall find the time to keep up with it.

Hope you stick around with me.