She Said: If I Could Rewind the Blog…
It’s Thursday – which means it’s time for another stimulating set of prompts from Mama Kat and her Writer’s Workshop! I had the pleasure of meeting Mama Kat at Bloggy Boot Camp 2 months ago. Mama Kat is as fab as a fellow Kat can get.
I chose prompt #3: List five things you would do different if you started blogging today.
2. Not tell friends or family that I’m blogging (my best material includes JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM!)
3. Not tell friends or family that I’m blogging (my best material includes JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM!)
4. Not tell friends or family that I’m blogging (my best material includes JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM!)
5. Not tell friends or family that I’m blogging (my best material includes JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM!)
Seriously, I just want to kick myself in the crotch with regrets for having told my peeps I was going to blog. Admittedly, I can’t imagine having not told my inner circle BFFs — they have supported me beyond measure. And, only by the endorsements and following from friends of my past, via Facebook, have I been able to grow Today’s Cliche as rampantly as I have. So, for those reasons I don’t have regret(s).
BUT… BUT… BUT…
Aside from the fact that my BEST material is about all of you : – here’s also why I semi-regret friends and family knowing about my blog:
When I started Today’s Cliche, I was on the fence about telling my parents. However – and I hope this isn’t taken the wrong way – I was so proud of the site I developed and designed, absent from basically ANY direction. l had a vision, and feverishly learned as I toppled each obstacle. It was a new endeavor for me; Today’s Cliche quickly became, and still is, commensurate to my 5th baby. How could I not include my parents in on that secret?
On one end of the spectrum, I had a feeling that by telling my parents about the launch, my material would be limited, if yah know what I mean (for some reason, I still care WAY WAY WAY too much about what my parents think!). I knew I would have to omit anything racy or raw. On the other end of the spectrum, how could I NOT share with them a major accomplishment in my life?
Less than a week before my Mom passed, she mentioned to a sibling her shock and dismay that I was (not exact words, but close enough) “writing about my sex life for the entire world to see” after reading this post. Oh, she was disgusted. I am convinced she was disappointed and, in my heart, I fear that she was scratching her head thinking, “After all my hard work in raising her to be a little lady (meanwhile, I’m far from that, as you can see from this post and this post), she has the audacity to write this post?” She was mortified. But, I spoke of the true realities RE: being in a marriage with 4 kids.
… And, not to make my sibling feel badly about telling me… but sadly, that is the last “thing” that I know of that she said about me, or my decisions, before she died.
Not sure if I’m having a pity party for myself, as I know she was proud of me… but why am I still focused on this one comment?
So, my opinion still (sorta) stands: One thing I wish I did differently was to not let friends and family know about my blog. If I didn’t filter ANY of my thoughts, for fear of offending people, OH THE MATERIAL. WOULD. BE. SO. GOOD. I. DON’T. EVEN. KNOW. HOW. TO. TELL. YOU. One will never know, though.
PS – NOTICE the feature: “Wanna Blog?” It allows seasoned Bloggers, AS WELL AS newbies to the Blogging scene, a chance to air it all out, without fear of being egg’ed – and earning some income along the way. The offer’s still there! This could be YOUR SHOT at learning from my lesson!