WHY I BLOG
First of all, I should probably explain why I started blogging. I've been unemployed a long time. Before that, I had a good fifteen years' plus of working experience behind me. Most of that time was spent as a technical writer. I used to write user manuals and online help - you know, that 'Click the Edit HTML button to edit your post' kind of stuff? I even worked at a couple of companies that other people may have heard of.
But when I got laid off, it just happened to be during a rough time for The Boy and me at home, and at the beginning of this economic meltdown we refer to as the recession.
I know, this is boring. Skip ahead if you like. The words will still be here if you find that you need inspiration for a nap.
I haven't found a job in my field. When a company wants to tighten their belt, technical writers are often sacrificed early - companies don't want to spend money on things that don't generate revenue. So if you see the quality of product documentation going downhill, you may assume that it's a) now being done in India or China, or b) now being done by overworked programmers.
I missed writing. The Mister, in his infinite wisdom (I HATE it when he's right) suggested that I do something about my feeling lost.
"June, write something already!"
Being the obedient wife, I did. And I found I liked it. A lot.
I like to write. I like to write funny stuff. Sometimes, I write thoughtful stuff. I'm really writing for ME. I am stunned that anyone reads this blog, and that COMPLETE STRANGERS are followers! Thank you so much for that - it's humbling, and an honor, and makes me feel a little bit pressured to continue to write witty stuff.
I DON'T FIT HERE:
I'm not your typical "mommy blogger", though I AM a mommy (and grandma). I'm decades older than some of you moms out there, even my daughters are older than some of you. The only way I can relate to you is that The Boy is almost like a 14 year old toddler at times, so I can empathize, and I can remember what it was like to be young and naive and staying at home all day with two little kids. I feel your pain. There are mommy blogs that I really enjoy reading...others, not so much. I'm not a crafty/scrapbooking/photography tips kind of person. I really have very few marketable skills, and am a Wilton class dropout.
- I will NEVER be a granola crunching, make your own feminine hygiene cloth, vegan.
I'm not one to have a blog about being a God-fearing, peasant dress wearing, barefoot and pregnant, full quiver, prayer circle woman. Not that there's anything wrong with any one or more of those things. It's just not me. You'll NEVER see me post about the cool/chic/trendy/bargain-priced/awesome outfit/baby clothes/shoes/furniture/makeup/ I bought. I'm not stylish, and am not interested in that stuff at all. Give me something that makes me feel comfy, and a pair of Crocs, and I'm dressed for my typical day at home.
WHO I AM:
Here's who I AM, and what I like:
I am a newlywed (until October), and have a husband who loves me and is good to me (and good to The Boy). I rarely miss an opportunity to torment the poor man.
- I am a mom of three. I have two lovely daughters, grown and gone,their husbands (one soon-to-be husband - check my countdown timer on the right), and two perfect grandchildren. I also now have three terrific stepdaughters, their husbands (again, one soon-to-be husband, check the bottom countdown timer), and four more perfect grandchildren. But the majority of my kid stories are about The Boy, my youngest.
- I'm sure some folks have grown weary of my stories of The Boy. He's a complicated fellow. I think I write about him to let people know that maybe their kids aren't half bad at all. Also, I'm the kind of person who, if given lemons, makes lemonade, and always remembers to sweeten it to taste. So I may, at times, choose to delude myself about his chances for the future.Hey, a mom can dream, right?
I enjoy cooking, and have done lots of it since last June, when I arrived in the Show-Me State. I'm actually having fun trying new recipes and techniques, and I do blog about those. But I'm no Julia Child - it's not gourmet, it's food that we will eat and be able to pronounce later. I've found some excellent blogs about cooking and recipes. I have an entire 3-ring binder of stuff I've tried from online blogs and food sites. I enjoy reading. I've found some great blogs about books, and some blogs that talk about books from time to time. Thanks for that. Also, since I like to write, I've submitted some stuff at some great writing blogs. I love reading the other folks' submissions. I like to laugh. I like to find the absurd in an ordinary day.
And a big disclaimer to any person (mostly family) who has a problem with how they are portrayed in my blog...
My blog, my way! Actually, I try to have the subject/victim look at the posting before I publish. I try very hard to be fair, but funny.
STUFF I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT BLOGGING:
First of all, where are all the people my age? I've had a heck of a time finding bloggers who actually watched June Cleaver (without the Freaking) before she was in reruns or when she played a jive-talkin' woman in the movie Airplane!. I try not to be a whiner, because it doesn't solve anything. I've seen a few blogs where I felt the writer was a selfish, whiny brat - I don't add them to my blogroll (but their names are etched into my brain). And I don't fully understand this "blog community" thing. SITS, BlogFrog, BlogHer, etc. If I wanted to join a club that had rules of behavior and stuff (what's this roll call thing?), I'd look for something in my brick and mortar community. In other words, "I don't need no stinkin' badges!" Rants without a resolution (oops, the thing I fear this post is) Giveaways (I'm not all that competitive, nor am I materialistic). It just seems to me, naive soul that I am, if a blog is ad-heavy and promotion-laden, it is a business, more than a blog. Maybe the Gods of the Internets need to add a new extension to identify those blogs, so when I arrive at one, I know to expect the Cyberspace Yellow Pages/Infomercial zone. I make an exception when the giveaway is a book I'd actually like to read - not that I'd ever win.
- Some of these blogs have some great personal stories interspersed between the ads. I just hate having to wade through the commerce stuff to get a good post - one that makes me smile, laugh, cry, or God forbid, think.
Sorry. I'm workin' here without a map...or a net. Does anyone have any answers for me? One more question: Why does my font change mid-post? Geesh! Now I have to work on learning more about HTML. (A rant and a whine in one paragraph).
I'm a work in progress.