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In which i might be the beast

 

I had pretty babies.  I’m not saying that to brag because we certainly had more than our fair share of other problems but honestly, my babies were pretty.

 

I used to wonder when I saw people with babies that were “less attractive” so to speak, if those mothers thought their babies were “pretty” too or whether they knew that they weren’t physically attractive but obviously they loved them anyways.  You see beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

 

The reason I’m stating that is because that is often true in life.  It’s always a matter of your perception of a situation.  Take kids for example; beyond the “looks thing” it used to amuse me to hear my children recounting a situation from their perspective.  I remember thinking, “that’s not what happened at all.”  So many times, things are twisted into what you think rather than what actually occurred.

 

Blogging is like that too.  When I started blogging last August, I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  I didn’t really understand blogging or social media or Twitter or connection or, very frankly, anything about bloggers or their community.  I just figured I’d write my stories out and that eventually, I’d put them all together into a book.

 

Soon realizing that everyone had the same idea, my process eventually shifted to recounting my many stories, making observations about life and parenting, and also sharing humorous incidents that occurred along the way.

 

Of course, me being me, I thought that I was very funny, witty and sage and just assumed everyone else would agree with me.  I expected that I would soon have millions of readers.

 

At the beginning, I harassed everyone I knew both in person and on Facebook to read my blog.  Then I found Twitter and started harassing complete strangers into reading my blog.  This technique seemed to work for a while until I got bored.  It’s true; somewhere along the line I realized that I was tired of chit chatting and constantly saying read this or read that.  Of course, I still Tweet out my links but honestly, I’m doing everything all wrong.

 

And that leads me to the point of this entire post.  I thought that I had a unique style, which people would notice and then start reading and eventually, there would be a domino effect and enough people would be reading and/or recommending me to others that I would no longer need to do anything.  But maybe, just maybe, I’m that “ugly baby” that only the mother thinks is beautiful.

 

If I had to hazard a guess I would say that EVERY SINGLE BLOGGER out there thinks what they have to say is “special”, “unique” and “interesting.”  If that’s the case, then I’m just humming along waiting for my “Beauty and the Beast” moment EXCEPT, that’s a Fairy Tale because in real life, the “Beast” isn’t really just a prince in disguise, he’s just an ugly son of a bitch.

 

So, as I sit here wondering where I’m going and what I’m doing and if honestly, I’m just another blogger in the blogosphere, I’m stymied.   Am I just normal? Is there nothing really special about what I write and what I say?  Or is my tipping point just around the corner and I should simply wait it out?

 

I have until August 16th to decide as I swore I’d make it one year.   In the meantime, if you actually enjoy this blog, I would love some feedback and ideas of what you are interested in, what you want to hear, and how you plan on spreading the word because as I said, I’m pretty damn bored with doing it myself.

 

And if you think I’m just regular with nothing particularly interesting or fun to say, then my response is “fuck you.”

 

I’m just saying…

 

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44 Comments

  1. Name *
    June 8, 2011

    I enjoy you! Love the stories about your life as a mom, or just general observations about things that occcur in daily living.
    You are funny to me, and we have the same sense of humor!! I vote for you to continue:)

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      thanks…not quitting yet. and certainly not until August. I’m glad you like my stories…

  2. Name *
    June 8, 2011

    I enjoy visiting your blog and your tell it how you see it style….

    OH MY GAWD……ME TOO! WHERE THE HELL IS EVERYBODY. I thought…since I am fabulous and all of that that if I built it people would come.
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    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      First, thanks for reading. Second, I know right? It’s not like Field of Dreams at all! I see these stupid blogs with tons of readers and I think really? REALLY?

      No matter, I’m just gonna keep on keeping on right now.

      See ya…

  3. Lisa A.
    June 8, 2011

    I think you are hilarious. I would hate to see you quit. The stories you tell about your kids are so close to my life with my mother and kids. It is nice to know that there are other “normal” people out there! My favorite columns are when you retell the conversations in your house. I am glad to know that I am not the only mom who makes her 16 year old kids make their own dr appointments. Hell, my 19 year old went to KY last week on his own dime and made all of his own arrangements. Keep on blogging.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      Thanks for reading…I’m glad you commented because I never know if people like the conversations…or the serious posts…or what!

      Have a great day

  4. Candace
    June 8, 2011

    It’s my first time reading your posts and I had some internal laughter! It’s 8am, so that’s pretty amazing for me. It’s like the concept of being popular, being known and being invited. I recently started blogging and have no delusions about being fabulous, but something is calling me forward to write. Unless I listen I may never reach that place that I truly feel fabulous about myself regardless of what everyone else thinks! Keep writing–you have a strong voice and I could use some laughs in mine.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      Thanks…I didn’t start writing because of a need to write but for other reasons. At any rate, I appreciate the feedback and I get so excited when someone new finds me. Hello

  5. Alison@Mama Wants This
    June 8, 2011

    I don’t always comment on all your posts, but rest assured, I do read every single one. And I do because I like reading what you write. I imagine that you write as you talk, and that’s unique about you, and what I love about you and your blog. I do hope you don’t quit!
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    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      I do write EXACTLY as I Talk. People who know me tell me that they can hear me telling them something. What you see is what you get with me. And thanks for sticking with me.

  6. Name *
    June 8, 2011

    I just found you, so dont quit. Stay true to yourself, but maybe leave out some of the f**ks. It doesnt bother me, but I think you can get your point across without it. You are like an Erma Bombeck of today…. except with a little more spice!! Happy blogging.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      i can’t help the language because basically, i type as i would talk or think and i have bad language. But thanks for finding me. I’m not going anywhere right now. Just always thinking about it.

  7. Jeri
    June 8, 2011

    Are ya kidding?! The masterpiece will surely be the one that muses over unorthodox parenting :) If I HAD a CHODE, I’d raise it to you! You’re gonna be a ROCKSTAR!

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      if you had a chode that would be weird. or gross. or I don’t even know. It kills me how everything on the human body is labeled. Even shit we don’t care about. hahaha

  8. Jessica
    June 8, 2011

    If you are bored and don’t enjoy blogging then I would say quit.

    I do read your posts and like them along with chatting with you occasionally on Twitter..

    But, it’s your decision, do what makes you happy.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      well, mostly what i am is moody and inconsistent so i don’t mind writing the posts and sometimes downright enjoy them. What i don’t like is publicizing and all that crap so other than the tweeting, i’ve pretty much stopped all that. I do enjoy Twitter when i’m in a good mood though.

  9. Cassie
    June 8, 2011

    I found you via an ‘old post link up’. Your pose was so funny, I started following. I don’t follow people unless I like what I see… so obviously I like it

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      thank you…i really appreciate that

  10. Jenn
    June 8, 2011

    I really enjoy your writing.

    My questions for you are: “What are you goals for this blog? Do you want a certain number of followers? Do you want to be approached by PR companies?”

    From my perspective, you seem to be pretty successful at this whole blogging thing but I can understand wanting more. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if you have accomplished what you wanted from this space, if you want to push things further or move onto a new adventure.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      well…my original goal was to write a book but i’m pretty slack on that. I don’t need to be approached by PR reps, i would just like to keep increasing my readership i suppose. Who knows what my goals are…i never do.

  11. Katja Brown
    June 8, 2011

    I, for one, enjoy your blog every Mo-Fri. You have a lot of interesting stories to tell and I can identify with a lot of the everyday situations that you describe in your blog.

    I would encourage you to continue because, honestly, I would miss reading your blog every workday.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      Thanks so much. This post has been good for my ego! Hahahaha

  12. Glenn
    June 8, 2011

    Lynn, I vote keep blogging. What else can I find that is as entertaining as reading your blog while I eat my lunch each day? You make me laugh, and you make me think. You have a talent. Don’t worry about the # of readers, rather the quality of reader you are reaching. Don’t stop!

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      Thanks Glenn…I really appreciate it. No plans on changing yet but you never know with me!

  13. Lady Estrogen
    June 8, 2011

    Firstly, that would have been AWESOME if that after the Prince transformed back into human, that he was really ugly. Just awesome.

    Secondly, I love coming here and reading the bizarre conversations you have with your husband and kids. So funny.

    Love you, Auntie Lynn!

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      Hahaha…of course you live me. WE ARE RELATED!!! Hahaha…nonreally, thanks for commenting. I got lots of love today so it’s all good!!

      You da best!

  14. krf0109
    June 8, 2011

    I always read and enjoy your posts. Your humor makes me laugh, and it’s especially refreshing after reading some everybody-should-be-like-me and look-how-awesome-I-am blogs. I enjoy the way you tell stories and the conversations are always entertaining. I hope that once you reach the one year mark, you will continue the blog in some form. I usually read your blog on my way in to work, and if you stop writing, I’ll have to find someone else to save me from the humorless horror that is the train. No pressure!

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      wow…thanks. I’ve heard from a bunch of people who have never left comments before so i’m sorta reinvigorated. Therefore, i’m not planning on stopping anytime soon…i’m just ridiculously moody and never know what i’m going to ramble about next

      SO THANKS

  15. Leigh Ann
    June 8, 2011

    I think that just about every blogger has something for someone. In other words, there is something out there for everyone and you definitely have your own circle of readers. I think that huge bloggers like Dooce and Hyperbole and a Half are few and very far between, and they put their fair share of hard work into it. Even bloggers like Scary Mommy have mentioned that they have put a few years (I think 4 in her case) of blood, sweat, and tears into their blog. It’s a labor of love, and very few get out of it what they put into it, other than personal satisfaction. I’m not able to publish as often as I would like (on top of all of the other child care and household stuff I have to do), so right now I don’t expect masses of readers.

    The first post of yours I read was “In Which I Became All Fooked Up,” and I loved it. Your posts about your past are so freaking hilarious, and I know that’s what got you started. But almost every blogger will tell you that they started their blog for one reason, and it evolved into something else. And that’s ok. It sounds like you may just be going through a bit of a bloggy identity crisis. I went through the same right about the time I took my blog public. Or maybe I’m wrong and you’re not! But it sounds like something that just needs to be worked through.

    And that prince from Beauty and the Beast? Not cute. At all.

    • Lynn
      June 8, 2011

      This is a great comment and you’re right of course. I don’t actually put work into the blog, just write my ditties, post and tweet and YES, I know it was unrealistic to think otherwise but I am a fantasizer at heart.

      It’s all good though…I do need to get back to the stories which was my original premise. Thanks for the AWESOME comment.

      Love and hugs

  16. Casey Freeland
    June 9, 2011

    You could do what I’ve done the last few years. Around September I sign off for 2 or 3 months. I figure as long as I keep coming back then it’s something I should be doing.

    Always enjoy your blog.

    Cheers,

    Casey

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      I think if i take a break i will just stop…so far i’m doing ok so i will continue. Thanks for being such a faithful reader

  17. Name *
    June 9, 2011

    I agree with the person who said that if you like to blog, keep doing it. I only just started reading, but I think you make a whole lot of people feel more normal. I’ll keep tuning in as long as you’re writing, because I do like your style. :)

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      I’m continuing onward…thanks for joining my readers. Also, thanks for responding yesterday…made me feel good

  18. Suzy
    June 9, 2011

    When I started in 2006, I got a lot of play. No one was talking about Hollywood and the ridiculousness of this place. Then Perez blew up, then the Fugs blew up and soon I just became another funny blogger.

    I don’t think my stories are more unique than other bloggers. I am, however, funnier than 95% of all bloggers so there’s that.

    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      More than 95%. That’s what I find so strange…how dome go big and others don’t

  19. Don E. Chute
    June 9, 2011

    I hardly know ye and I can say, you defiantly not ‘normal’. Don’t quit. Don’t care who’s reading. Write as if nobody is reading.

    Keep the fuck’s, add some dammit’s, shit’s…idiot’s and pricks!

    Git-er-done!
    Aloha From Sunny South Florida!
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    • Lynn
      June 9, 2011

      Hahaha…I hardly ever use the word prick! I like being me and I’m not planning on changing…thanks for being so awesome

  20. Margaret
    June 10, 2011

    I hope that you find that you want to continue when the year is up. I like your style, lady, and I’d be disappointed if you stopped. :)
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    • Lynn
      June 10, 2011

      thanks…that’s so nice of you. Not planning on quitting yet but i never know what mood i’m going to be in either

  21. PiggyinManolos
    June 12, 2011

    Please keep writing! You’re blog is the highlight of my workday. Yeah, I read your blog instead of actually working, don’t judge me…..You strengthen my faith in NC, and help me believe, even if only for a minute, that there are people like me here, with a sense of humor, who proudly wave thier flag and say, “if you don’t like me or what I have to say, don’t talk to me” :)

    • Lynn
      June 12, 2011

      Thanks for e comment. I must say though, that as someone who was born and bred here, moved away and then came back…there are plenty of people who EVEN IF THEY DON’T come right out and say it, feel like you do.

      I’m so glad you’re reading…not planning on quitting now

  22. Laurie
    June 26, 2011

    Bitch, i just found you…you`re not ALLOWED to stop.

    Take a break? yes, it is summer after all.

    But so many of the blogs out there try to be what the masses want them to be. You are who you are and that comes thru in your writing. And I seem to like you.

    Not THAT way, dummy. sheesh. You are cute though…

    As for how do some of them take off and make literally millions? Publicists and lots of their own seed money. But they change, you`ve seen it. Their blogs are weeded and trimmed and edited so as to not garner negative backlash. They are not what they started out to be and I find that sort of sad.

    At the end of the day you are going to do what you need to do. You`re not an asshole blogger like many of the hateful sites that do nothing but trash other bloggers (sad state when no one can give others kudos for being successful). You are not trying to imitate other bloggers out there.

    Know this; you are one of the genuine blogs out there. Refreshing and true.

    I like you. :)

    • Lynn
      June 26, 2011

      Best comment ever…I’m staying with it and trust me, I couldn’t change if I tried. Too damn old to worry about all the bullshit!!,

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