Spotlight Awards 2013: Reader’s Picks

Hello everyone!  I still cannot believe that 2013 is almost over.  I couldn’t let 2013 slip away without awarding a round of Spotlight Awards.  Because I’ve been a fair-weather blogger this year, I haven’t spent much time on WordPress. When I did hop on, I mostly visited blog I already followed. Therefore, I turned over the nomination process to my audience.

I want to thank all of you who took time to send me a cool blog to check out. The blogs featured in this round of Spotlight Awards have very unique themes. I’m not sure if I would have come across these blogs on my own.

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A De-Gift for You

One of my favorite holiday traditions is thinking of an unexpected prank gift to give to my younger cousins.  Prank gifts are tricky because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you know the recipient does not want to keep.

A few years ago, I came across a website called de-gifting.com.  This  website helps you  give the gift of nothing.  All you have to do is pick a few options from a menu of drop down lists, and de-gifting.com prepares a certificate that you can give to your intended recipient to explain why you did not buy them a real gift.

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Mailing Days are (Temporarily) Here Again

Is mail becoming obsolete?

We’ve all heard about the financial woes plaguing the United States Postal Service as the volume of snail mail is on the decline.  I doubt mail service will completely disappear anytime soon, usage of mail will continue to decrease as we find increasing ways to communicate, pay bills and transfer documents on our laptops, tablets and smartphones.  However, just as bricks and mortar mail service is becoming obsolete, are other forms of mail destined to go the way of the pay phone and fax machine? Continue reading