You would think that would be a clever euphemism for reduction of my boobages but, no, I'm not talking about those things. Those are still somewhat valuable (though not nearly as useful as they used to be - but that's another post for another day).
Last week I found myself upset. It's to do with this whole blogging thing. So I stepped away from it for a few days to get perspective. It helped, and I'll tell you why shortly. Bear with me - I need to tell this in order or ya'll want to strangle me by the end.
(By the way, the "ya'll" is Joni's fault entirely. Or my Okie ancestry. One of the two.)
Okay, so if you've been here before you know that I started blogging just a few months ago and I'm kinda haphazard about when I do it and what I post. That's just me and the way I am. It has to fit into my life; I'm not going to make my life fit around it.
Early last week I had some time to really start poking around other blogs and see what other mom bloggers were doing. I started following some of them on Twitter and going to their blogs and all that. What you may or may not know is there are amateur mom bloggers (ahem, me) and then there are professional mom bloggers (like the gold standard, The Pioneer Woman). Let me tell you, some of those ladies are hardcore. They get paid for what they do and they compete and, to the crux of the story, they can be extremely catty. I'm not referring to the Pioneer Woman here; I think she has a "rise above it" attitude even though there is a hate site out there about her too.
Apparently there was some issue last week and Twitter was, forgive me, all "atwitter" about it. I kept seeing these cryptic posts about being mean and making fun of someone and how it was hurting the mom blogging community. Then I read this tweet by one of those professional types:
It's just easy to forget that twitter is like a high school cafeteria. Even if you're not at the table you hear what people say about you.
And then I was like, oh, yeah, yuck.
Caveat: I am in no way, no how, ever going to be on par with those professional bloggers. That's not my intention. Seriously though, who would want that? Who would ever want to feel like they are in high school again? To get criticized and mocked and made to feel worthless. UGH. Also, I KNOW adult woman cattiness. I've experienced it. It's not pretty and it's hurtful.
So, quite honestly, I was like yeah, I'm just going to cool it for awhile. Not that I was comparing myself to them because I SO wasn't; I just didn't want anything to do with it. It left a bad taste in my mouth if you know what I mean.
So I hung out with family and friends over the weekend. I went on a date with my husband. I had wine at a friend's house. I cleaned out a room in my house. I baked cookies. I kissed my kids A LOT. (Oh, I also got iPhone 4 so, you know, I was busy. Plants vs. Zombies, Instagram, etc). It was a nice weekend.
Back to work today and I was asked twice why I hadn't updated my blog. It's been like 6 days and apparently I have at least TWO readers who were jonesin' for an update. And that felt good. And that made me think that yeah, that crap happens over THERE, with those other bloggers who are so successful that people make hate sites about them and have whole password-protected forums just to diss on them - but that's like another world from over HERE where I am. (Run-on sentence be damned. I never said I was perfect).
If I ever get to the point where I have haters then I'll know I'm successful. 'Til then I'm happy. If one person wants to read what I have to say then I.Am.Happy.
So that brings me to the other item I need to get off my chest:
Both of the people who asked me about my blog today are lurkers. One of them literally IM'd me and said, "Can you post something new on your blog so I can stalk it?"
Well, thanks for coming out of the closet on that but - DUDE - leave a comment, wouldja?
OY. I THRIVE on comments. And I answer them. So, just do it. You can even tell me anonymously how awesome I am. I won't mind. Honest.
In closing, I just want to say that I love all two of you. Just don't ever make a hate site about me or I'll kick your ass.
Hasta pasta! Mwah!