Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pokémon Go - Let's not forget our manners!

Ok folks! I love Pokémon Go as much as the next girl,  but let's take a moment to consider our manners and talk with our littles about what is appropriate behavior. 

If you are out hunting and find yourself near retail locations, take a moment to consider that corporate retail stores sometimes depend on certain things, like "conversion". These are numbers that tell their higher management and corporate office how they are doing. Specifically,  Conversions tell them how many people walk into the store vs how many people actually buy something. The customers are counted by a sensor.

If you, or the kiddos, walk into a store to look for Pokémon,  you could be hurting that store and it's employees.  It could effect how management thinks they are working, but it can also effect things like bonuses.  You could literally effect how much money someone makes.

I get it! Pokémon Go is awesome!  We love playing it! Let's just be smart and considerate of those around us. It's not hard.

○If it looks like you have to go into a store and cannot catch it from outside, be polite. If there are more than one person in your party, take turns going into stores.  All 5 of you don't necessarily need to walk into a Vera Bradley store to catch a Pidgey.

○When an employee greets you, don't ignore them. Be an ambassador for Pokémon trainers. Smile and explain that you will only be a moment. If you're nice and they are not busy, an employee may even help you!

○Say "Thank You", before you leave. Appreciate that an employee's time and efficiency is often monitored.

See? It's not all that hard and you will be doing other players a solid, because stores won't think poorly of the rest of us. 😊😊😊

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Resurrection of a Blog Forgotten

For quite some time now, I have primarily used Facebook as a social media outlet. It was a great way to find and stay in touch with old friends, long lost family, and bloggers who I enjoyed. Plus, I was able to stay fairly up to date on what was going on in the world. It was great!

Over the last few years, the climate in our country has shifted. There appears to be more and more hate. Satire sites are masquerading as true news, News is giving information to the public without taking the time to verify anything. They are often so unreliable,  that they Mai as well be satire. People are lashing out at anyone and everyone,  seemingly to feel better about their own place in this world. Skinny, fat, black, white, Clinton, Trump.... 

There is constant division,  even between people who could normally sit and have really interesting conversations. Now they sit behind their keyboard and say whatever... off of information that is likely false.

I clung to the positivity that I found. I tried to peacefully express my opinions. I shared experiences and adventures, as a release but also as a way to share a smile with someone. I enjoyed having an outlet.

All of that is changing. I need to step away for a while, in an attempt to protect myself and our family. I will still be around social media.  You can find me on Instagram  (therobbinszoo) or, believe it or not, I will still have a Facebook presence. Just in a different context. Our page for our family blog is still active, so you can find me on The Robbins Zoo.

I know several people who have deleted or temporarily deactivated their Facebook accounts, but I honestly don't want to do that.  There are far to many people, who I genuinely love,  that I would likely lose contact with completely.  I'm not ok with that.

Love, Hugs and Belly Rubs!
The Robbins Zoo