Our economy has been circling the drain for a couple of years now taking its’ toll on the wallet, future, and psyche of parents all across the country. As we approach another holiday season, a time when cheer is being sold on every street corner, we have to realize that not everyone has the price of admission to experience holiday joy. What does a parent do when they don’t have the means to make their children’s holiday dreams come true? How do you explain to your wide eyed child that Santa doesn’t have the same toys for every kid? That our station in life does effect what Santa brings down the chimney. How do you inspire their dreams when you don’t have the finances to back them up. It is hard enough to live in fear that you won’t be able to put food on the table, keep a roof over your head, but to have to live with the notion that you ruined your childs’ belief in Christmas and Santa Claus, well, that’s more than fear, that’s abject devastation. If that’s the reality what the heck can you do? Christmas is supposed to be about miracles isn’t it. There must be something that you can do. Well you could wait for a miracle or you could be a little proactive and put in some effort to change your circumstance.
I have a few suggestions that I am going to share with you over the weekend. The first has to do with twitter and giveaways.
Get a tweeting. I am not a big fan of playing the lottery. I have never understood buying into odds that run into the millions. But on twitter you don’t have to do that. There are giveaways posted everyday, and the price if participation is your follow, your like, your tweet. Odds are in your favor that you could land something that would look good under your Christmas tree.
1. First, get yourself a work station like tweetdeck. Create a column to watch all of the #giveaways that will literally fly by every second. This is a lot easier for discovering giveaways than googling. (Shhh don’t tell the Google Gods that I said that. They have the power to make me disappear!)
2. Second, create an email address to use for all of theses entries. It is a lot easier to keep track of everything if you can separate the numerous entry emails from your regular business and personal email traffic. It’s not a requirement though, just a suggestion.
3. Third, start entering. Be systematic about it. Many of the giveaways allow you the opportunity to increase your entries by tweeting regularly. Therefore, I would encourage you to create a special bookmark file for all of the pages. That way, first thing in the morning you can log onto each page and post your tweets. Be sure to delete the bookmark after the giveaway concludes to cut down on clutter.
4. Fourth, I would suggest that you post a note to your facebook friends that you are going to be doing some massive contest entries. Apologize in advance for the numerous “shares” that will pop up on your wall and thus land in their newsfeed column.
There’s no guarantees that you will win anything, but the more you enter the greater your chances will be that something will come through. This is not a replacement for good ole fashioned hard work. Don’t let your giveaway pursuit get in the way of the efforts you are making to change your circumstance on a bigger, more permanent level, but you can shave off some time to throw your hat in a ring.
Tomorrow, I will post another suggestion, but in the meantime I would love to hear any of yours in my comment section. Acting as a community is how we will all do better in this economy.
Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
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