As a titular blog contributor to the fabulously rhetorical BlogRhet... I got tagged for the reflective blogging
post going around. Hmmmmm.....
I think I answer all the questions? Oh, fuck this ain't an interview. I can just talk, right? Here is what I say in response.
1. Early Posting
In late 2005
I was pretty traumatized by the turns my new parenthood had taken. Namely, life as a working mom and suddenly a working pregnant mom. Make that a pregnant working mom with a job share arrangement that just fell apart and childcare in total flux. I was, as the cliche goes, overwhelmed.
I found blogging a help with fears and uncertainties these things gave rise to in me. I started this blog 1.) to have a clear identity when commenting on what I considered to be 'the real blogs' and 2.) as a writing exercise to reason out
(?) my inner tensions.
I have never meant this blog to be for my kids. It is really about me, me, me! I was my own audience. Myself and my husband. This blog was certainly a useful device for us to say things to the world and each other. I really liked those early posts when we were inmate and visitor, in turn, talking through the glass. I still like that about, what is now, our blog.
2. Your first
I mean you always remember your first, right? My first comment was a thrill. It was a luxurious bit of attention. I had asked the Sarcastic Journalist for a bit of coaching before I started the blog and she was nice enough to write me back. I guess she was curious after and she did look me up.SJ
was my first comment
and she said a picture of my daughter and I was beautiful.
I was delighted. Am delighted. (Later I used the pic again and my beloved L.
said I had nice shoulders. You should expect me to use this photo every year from now on. I need the feather stroking.
In March 2006 our Who do you blog for? Quiz
managed to get Dutch
to publicly announce that an unexamined life is not worth living. Shocking. With that I believe he stopped reading our blog, phew.
Then on the upswing the post caught a bit of stardust off MommyBlogger heavy, Kristen, at Motherhood Uncensored
. She even
dubbed me a fabulous mom, heh those were the days. This event turned us to a broad range of bleaders and changed our blogging. Sure.
Oh that and the impending birth of our second child some four months hence.
4. The final question.. Do you think that this sense of audience or community might have affected the way you began to write?
As I have said I was initially my own audience. I would say that my experience and interaction with the ineffable community out there has changed things. I am, to use a dainty hyperbole, overwrought at times that I cannot serve the community adequately
. (There are whaa-hey-ya toooo many good blogs to read these days. I might have a breakdown with all I know now.) I have to admit at times to publishing just to feed the beast. To meet that subtle Thursday deadline when really it's easier for me to write on Fridays. But who reads blogs on Saturday? I have to confess that the very persistence of this blog is the affect on my writing because I am not a liar when I need to say 'twice the children, half the blog'. I enjoy writing this meme if for no other reason as an opportunity to confess (and come to terms with) the lesser bloggedness where I am of late.
Not to say that we don't have some gems at times. Thanks
a million, Mad. You're the best.
*** And now to tag. You know I hate tagging but I am a conformist so what BlogRhet
wants, BlogRhet gets. I am pretty curious about what the answers to these questions would be for Mrs. Fortune
she tends to cut the crap. And, what about you Liz Mom-101
? Do 400 comment getters remember their first? (hey I know you're busy but it might double as presention prep?). Plus, as a tribute to our bygone blogging days I'll tag Heather
back from that post that got us exposed.
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