"Mama…Mama?” My son sat beside me on the couch, his favorite book in hand. Even though he was right in front of me, I didn’t hear him. "Mama, can you read this? Mama?" I couldn't even see him. My husband walked into the room and snapped me out of my trance. "Phone got you?" he asked. Yes, my phone did have me. Or, more specifically, my digital addiction had me. I looked at my son and realized that this wasn’t the first time I’d put my screen first, and my son second.
As parents, we are pulled in many directions. Not just by our children, our work, and the responsibilities of domestic life. But also by the negative internal chatter that accompanies us constantly. You know that persistent voice–whether you are a parent or not. It asks you who you think you are, tells you you’re not good enough, tells you that you just can’t do things right. And as parents, if we're not careful, this voice can transfer into our parenting.
Growing up, I spent my childhood in a blue-collar town where international travel took a backseat to five-hour car rides to Grandma’s house. We did the occasional summertime camping trip and beach excursion, and once, we went to Disneyland. For us, a week in London was as far-fetched as a month on Mars. I was twenty years old before I stepped foot on an airplane and into the great unknown of world travel.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".