Well, in my race for power and glory, I forgot one small detail…I forgot to write an anniversary post.
By the way, anyone else think Lisa from the movie looks like Lisa from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills?
So here’s my anniversary post!
Why do I blog?
Awhile ago, my friends and family were noticing that I was overly critical and judgmental to the point where it just annoyed the crap out of them. My two best friends even had an intervention that consisted of them looking at me and saying, “Stop complaining about everything.” Though I didn’t receive it well at the time (because though I dish criticism, I can’t take it…rejection, however, I’m a pro at soaking up…go figure), I appreciate now that my complaining was taking a toll on them. It was confirmed when my siblings started using the phrase, “Save it for the blog,” whenever I’d start to go off on something.
So I started saving it all for a blog. I started a blog a few years ago so I could feel free to complain. I never published that blog because I noticed it was annoying me to constantly bitch about things. At the point your negativity is annoying yourself, you really begin to understand how those around you feel. Instead of continuing to write that blog, I switched gears and realized I wanted to just write and get ideas or thoughts out of my head. I set out for a venue in which to spew (I love this word as you know by now) these thoughts and maybe entertain myself so that my friends and family didn’t have to be at the receiving end of my chatter unless they so chose to be. (Side note: that was a run on sentence). (Second side note: TH doesn’t get to chose whether he wants to be on the receiving end because he not only has to read every post I write, whether published or not, but he also has to hear every peripheral thought in my head – mostly because I talk to myself out loud and he’s usually within hearing distance.)
My posts tend to be pretty ad hoc and disjointed. This blog doesn’t really have a theme or a genre. Some people refer to it as a mommy blog. That makes sense since a lot of times I’m speaking from my perspective or experiences as a mom. It’s interesting, though, because I don’t see it as a mommy blog per se. I think that is because I don’t see myself as just a mom. Unfortunately, when you are a stay at home mom, you tend to be drawn into that being your only identity. It’s understandable, but not necessarily preferable. Apart from the judgments or societal opinions on stay at home versus working moms, when you stay at home and your life becomes abundantly about other people, it’s easy to fall into an identity based solely on that responsibility. It’s as if all your accomplishments and education prior to to those bundles being born get stored in a vault that only you know about. But if it’s easier to call it a mommy blog, then label away! I have enough identity issues I can talk to my therapist about, so the labeling of my blog doesn’t even scratch the surface…chump change.
But I really hope, over time, to start writing posts that speak to the readers in a meaningful way. Let’s be honest, I’ve already broken the seal by delving into one hot button issue: the minivan. I still want to entertain you with the ridiculous situations I find myself in and the weird things I witness; but I also hope to inform you on my opinions in case you find any information I have meaningful, helpful or at least entertaining. Even more importantly, I love receiving information from others and hearing opinions from “the other side” of an argument. I love debates; but more specifically, I love educated discussions that really open your mind and give you new knowledge. I have no desire to push my politics, opinions or beliefs on anyone; however, I value hearing about others’ politics and beliefs. I hope that by sharing mine, we are opening a dialogue that benefits us all. When it comes down to it, it’s about truly listening, engaging and respecting others.
So hopefully over time I’ll get a little more personal (as if laughing out a baby wasn’t personal enough for you). In the meantime, I’m going to do a plug for some blogs I really enjoy reading. Most of these are blogs of people I know and I love to support their efforts. And a couple are just ones I’ve come across. So enjoy!