10 Problems I want to solve for you

Have a problem? I’d really like to solve it for you.

What’s the catch?

(um… nothing…?  I really DO want to solve some problems.)

problems i want to solve

But before I begin solving YOUR problems, perhaps I should be honest about MY problem.

I’m not popular.

At least… not popular enough.  Not in the blogging world.

As part of a continual effort to improve my blogging skills (and maybe earn some cash from this gig) I read a LOT of articles about blogging.  Many of them are targeted towards writing awesome content that people want to read, pin, and share.  I’ll save you a ton of reading – they all say the same thing.  Every blog post should have a single purpose.  What kind of purpose?  In general, posts should either

  1. inspire the reader so they feel capable of doing great things
  2. entertain the reader
  3. solve a reader’s problems
  4. make the reader feel superior to the author (and therefore feel better about themselves)
  5. teach the reader something new

In the entire history of my blog, I don’t think I’ve solved a single problem.

I’d like to change that because, in general, I’m a really helpful person in real life.  I LIKE solving problems.  I don’t even mind solving a few Algebra problems from time to time.

(Besides, solving a few problems might make me more popular, right?)

I had insomnia last night, so I started wondering what kind of problems my readers could possibly have that I could solve for them.  Here’s the best of what I came up with (so far):

Problems I want to solve:

mismatched socks problem1.  How can I keep from losing socks in the dryer?

2.  Is there any possible way to keep my toenail polish from chipping off?

3.  How to get off of Pinterest / Twitter / Facebook after just five minutes.

4.  A method for training my kids to throw their trash away that actually works.

5.  How to get my picky eater to actually eat what I serve.

6.  A list of budget friendly gift ideas that my mother-in-law actually wants.

the candy crush problem7.  What is the secret method to finally reach the last level of Candy Crush?

8.  Where did I lose my car keys THIS time?

9.  How much should I spend on birthday gifts for my kid’s classmates?

10.  When is the best time to take a nap?

For what it’s worth, my husband had a few solutions to my problems.   He looked over my shoulder and said

wear sandals, don’t wear it, turn off the computer, make them, serve mac and cheese, cash, quit playing, your purse, nothing, after church

There.  10 problems solved just like that.  At least in my husband’s mind.

(Sorry, my kids dug up an old Imagination Movers CD the other day.)

Here’s the deal.  I’m committed to being real and authentic and transparent and honest.  I could write a great post with ideas to solve those problems.  They’d be great ideas that might actually work.  But they’d be a lie because I haven’t lived the solution yet.

(Except the Candy Crush one.  I have solved that little annoyance in my life.  I quit playing.  When I read how much money that game is making something just clicked inside me.  I walked away before I spent a single dime.)

But I’m open to ideas.  If you’ve actually solved one of these problems in your life I’d love to know the details.

So what was the point of today’s post?

(you know… because every blog post is supposed to have a point?)

Well, all those articles I read about being a better blogger say that people love to read lists.

Seriously though, I think I achieve all FIVE purposes in a single post.

1.  You are now inspired to quit playing Candy Crush and go on to do great things.

2.  You’ve been mildly entertained.

3.  I’m sure my husband solved at least one of those problems for you.

4.  Without a doubt, you feel slightly superior to me.  Probably because you solved your picky eater problems.

5.  You learned something, didn’t you?

But seriously, can you help me solve the sock thing?  My laundry is out of control.  My house is featured at My Life and Kids today.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. “…probably because you solved your picky eater problems.” BWAHAHA!!!
    I like it here. I came via Homemaker’s Daily.

  2. Husbands do love to suggest solutions to problems, right? Even when not necessarily invited to do so. Funny sock story. Recently I was visiting the kids in Boston and decided to do laundry so I’d bring home a suitcase full of clean clothes. You guessed it – missing sock. I looked everywhere, was convinced it never made it into the laundry load and would turn up in the dark recesses of my suitcase. I brought the one sock home then my daughter in law found the other sock caught inside one of the boys’ pjs. So now my two socks are living 3000 miles apart until they can be reunited in what is sure to be an emotional scene for each of them.
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  3. Well I have seriously thought of having a community sock drawer and not putting them together. We can all wear the same socks now. This way I don’t have to be the only one aggravated that socks don’t match up.
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  4. I like your husband’s answers! Nothing like keeping it simple!
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  5. I guess I just don’t focus much on socks. I have bunches of missing socks and I just toss them in the drawer and hope the other ones show up eventually. On the other hand, I do have a post on my site that does show you how to solve both the Pinterest and the Candy Crush problem. http://www.adrianscrazylife.com/2013/09/six-tips-to-tame-your-social-media.html
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  6. You have in fact amused me so thank you. I think your husbands solutions were highly entertaining and would be something my bf would say word for word. I’m new to the blogging world so its definitely an adjustment trying to figure out what to write and getting on a schedule. Thankfully I don’t intend to monetize it so for now, no pressure but still, its nice if people like it. 🙂 Have a great one and happy early Thanksgiving! -Iva
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    • Just figuring out a rhythm for blogging that works for you is enough of a challenge at first. It takes time to find your voice and get comfortable with the whole process.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  7. I like how your husband solve problems. My husband is the same way. Men are so simple and get straight to the point.

  8. I am addicted to chocolate, but I am not sure that is a problem

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