First: don’t get on me for using the term “Mommy Blogging.” I know from stereotyping, professional disdain, and not being taken seriously. But! It’s how I self-identified for the last ten years, and it helped put food on the table because while we mommies may not love the genre, companies do. They have the money. Ipso facto.
Second: I believe this is the longest time I’ve gone between posts—over a month—since 2002. You know, when I was posting on Anglefire (remember Lycos?). I don’t have a solid reason other than the fact that the last year has been totally transforming for me. I got married, suddenly have three stepsons (our total remains steady at five boys and one girl), totally shifted my focus from blogging (which, frankly, has jumped the shark for me and pays beans compared to the heyday.), to writing books, consulting, and now, helping to build a startup. No, I can’t talk about that other than to say: even if it doesn’t become wildly successful, get bought, and make me a millionaire, I’ll have contributed something to my fellow moms that has redeeming social value.
Also, it’s exciting. I have NO idea what things will be like in three weeks, let alone three months or years, but then as my husband has observed with horror and fascination, I have an unusually high tolerance for ambiguity. And a very low level of fear. That’s been knocked out of me over the years; read through the archives and see why nothing frightens me anymore. Except stepping on Legos. I hate stepping on Legos, especially in the shower. It’s just wrong.
So, in Post #2,991 of The Mommy Blog, in the year of our Lord 2013, I’m right back where I was before I had children: a little confused, a lot eager to try something new, and totally unable to predict the content of the future but I feel pretty good about the quality.
Thanks for hanging in there, the four of you who still read regularly after over a decade. You’re just damaged enough to make me love you, and for you to be able to tolerate me. It seems we’ve moved the lovefest over to Facebook, and for that I’m a bit sorry but that’s where everyone is. There are millions of blogs but only one Facebook. The status quo is not its own justification, however comfortable it’s become. Plus, invitations to giveaways! (KIDDING. I hate giveaways. Loathe them. Please never, ever invite me to another giveaway or sweepstakes.)
I’ll keep this nest warm for a while yet, though it may exist primarily as an archive of insanity, and as testament should I ever find myself in deep psychiatric or legal trouble. No jury would convict me, as least not a jury of my peers. Just look around; there’s millions of us. We’re all damaged, but still standing.