Monday, July 12, 2010

Opinionated *blank* *blank* Outlook

So maybe I missed home more than I knew.  I've spent the entire day in my pajamas, on my computer - and even that much effort has been exhausting to me.

I did a lot of blog stalking, though - which only left me feeling completely inept in my own blogging pursuits.  I should never have looked.  I could have continued on in my own little blog world feeling like the most cleaver blogger that ever did blog.  Oh, well.  Too late. You can't put the lid back on Pandora's box.
  • My blog doesn't have it's own domain name.  :(
  • My blog isn't filled with Erma Bombeck-esque humor at every turn.  :(
  • I'm not pithy and wise like Heloise. :(
  • clearly don't have a degree in journalism and have never been accused of being a professional writer.  :(
Eh.  But, what do I care?  Vomiting too much personal information on an unsuspecting internet community makes me happy.  I get to wave my freak flag loud and proud.  It gives me a place to vent all the nonsense in my complicated brain (because, let's face it, after 16 years of being with me, Shawn's sympathy is getting a little lackluster).  So, I guess I'll just keep writing for me.  And, I'll be thankful for the positive reinforcement I get from being a part of BlogHer and the sweet friends I have who boost my ego by telling me they like what I put out there.  That's enough for me.  Let the other people be the show-offs with their domain names, pith and journalism degrees.

I'll just offer up this simple request to the other blogs out there (like The Junk Drawer, Attack of the Redneck Mommy, Guilty SquidThe Rocking Pony, Whiskey in my Sippy Cup and Hyperbole and a Half), please stop being so freakin' awesome.  You're making me feel inadequate.  Some of these women write books, have been interviewed on t.v., and even model naked in calendars (yeah, that caught your attention, didn't it?)!

I'm pretty sure the only reason anyone would want to interview me on t.v. would be to get the "opinionated blue collar outlook" a la Roseanne Conner.  But we'd have to replace the "blue collar" part with something else.

Suggestions? (But, remember, I'm very sensitive and I will blog about you if you hurt my feelings. ;)


Springer said...

My suggestions - don't change a thing. I enjoy reading your blog every time you post something.

Ali said...

i *heart* springer. xoxo

Michael Walling said...

You had me at model naked in calendars, then I went to the site (of course I did) and wow...stay with what you are. There is a reason why I always enjoy your blog and I don't read theirs

Ali said...

that's really sweet, michael. thank you!

Tales from the Crib said...

I agree with the above. I've been blogging for 4 years now and I do it for myself 'cause I enjoy it. Of course there are bloggers out there who blow me away with their wit and humor, but if it isn't "real" then, well, it isn't real. Just stay true to yourself. And if you are trying to build a following the best thing to do is to comment, comment, comment on all the blogs out there. It's like high school all over again (I gave up on getting my blog noticed 'cause my photography thing took priority, but the highest traffic weeks came when I did a ton of commenting on other blogs. Good luck Ali, you have something unique here!

Ali said...

Thanks, Amy! I really appreciate it.

Kathy said...

Hey! Thanks for the mention, but you're being way too generous. I sat for a week with nothing witty to write. I threw something up tonight because I felt guilty. Whether it sticks or not, who knows?

Loved this: "Vomiting too much personal information on an unsuspecting internet community makes me happy."

I do it and it makes me happy too! Go forth, sister, and do what you're doing! I love your blog!

Ali said...

Thanks, Kathy!

And, for future reference: I think an "all purpose voodoo doll" will ALWAYS stick! (But, I think it was a good choice to put the kibosh on other people's nail clippings and clumps of hair.)

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