We’ve been invited to our very first blog hop by the thoroughly thoughtful team of Cassandra and Momus over at thenextdelusion.com. YAY! They’ve only been blogging for a few months, but they’ve attacked this blogging game like a husband/wife team of professional humorous hitpeople and I have no doubt that they’re going to kill everyone in the world. EVERY LAST ONE OF US. And make us all feel stupid and inferior as we die laughing.
If you look at when this blog started, you’ll see the very first post was written on a Remington typewriter way back in the year of our Lord Twenty Aught Twelve (did they even have Internet then???). So it appears like we’ve been going at this forever. But you might also notice that the first five posts were in May of 2012 and then nothing again until 2013. We weren’t exactly pouring ourselves into this early on. It wasn’t until we lowered our standards, that the posts started flowing. I know that’s a lame excuse for being so late to the hop, but if you had higher standards, you wouldn’t be reading my words.
How this blog hop thing works: I answer a short list of questions, introduce you to some real talent, and then slink back into my dark and drippy shameplace. I’d love to have Jill drop some wisdom up in here and help me attack this post like Cassandra and Momus. But for now, it’s just me writing. And that’s how I’m going to answer the Blog Hop questions:
What Am I Working On?
Three kids, a badass goatee, and undoing the smothering complacency that was my childhood. But you’re probably mostly interested in knowing how it relates to what you might experience here in the future.
Here are some of the behind-the-scenes plans:
We’re going to be putting Elsa’s art up there under the page we call Elsa’s art. Because she amazes.
We’re going to create a shop on this site with t-shirts and coffee mugs so you can buy the laughs you’re getting for free.
Jill would like to start writing posts about unschooling and education and other things that may not include rodent feces.
We’re trying to monetize this blog by getting ads up here. (We’re a one-income show living in TAX COUNTY, so every bit helps.)
I’m working on some ebooks. I’d like to eventually publish a faux-children book “I Shat Upon That,” and a non-fiction book “Suicide Letters to My Children.” I’m not lying about either of those titles.
And I’m trying to write better posts all the time. More frequently, more thoughtful, more funny.
How Does Your Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
Really? Please. Please don’t make me compare. This is torture for me. Because I hate myself completely. So I would tell you that the difference is that everyone else is super talented and I generate dreck (right, Beth?). Instead, I would much prefer to let the readers find the differences between the stories here and what they’re skimming from the other oceans of the blogosphere.
Why Do I Write/Create What I Do?
Because I love happiness. I strive for happiness. And writing makes me happy. You can call it a coping mechanism and you’d be right. Laughter is how I digest pain.
Because when friends and family read it and laugh, it lights me up. Spreading happiness lights me up. And with every new post and new reader, the voice that says, “They’re only laughing to be polite,” or “They’re only laughing because they know you—outsiders aren’t going to get half these jokes” gets a little bit quieter.
Because I want to know who I am. And when I write, it’s like having a conversation with myself. I might have a topic in mind when I begin, but I have no idea what will come out. And that thrills me.
Because I want to build a tribe.
Because there’s nothing more meaningful than human connection.
Because I want to remember these days.
Because I’d like people to know that homeschoolers and unschoolers are just some people living in the same culture with the same smartphones as everyone else. This is more of an afterthought than an agenda. I’m not a propagandist. We’re not recruiting you. Unless it’s to wipe out mulberries. Fucking mulberries.
How Does Your Writing/Creating Process Work?
Process? It would be so nice to have a process. How much does a process cost?
Ideally, I’d like to have a day focused on nailing down topics. Just hours to mull over thoughts/memories/current events and etch out those first few ideas that become posts. Then another day to write posts. Then another day to revise and improve. Then time to publish and include links and photos and all the finishing touches that I really don’t touch. And even more time to consider making products or videos and maybe have some brainstorm sessions with other creative types and attend blogging conferences and read more blogs and really pour myself into this whole Blog Life (“Blog Life” would be an awesome tattoo, by the way).
But I don’t have time. Here’s how it normally happens:
I’ll make a note of interesting things: connections, lessons, stories, that are worth repeating (IMO). I’ll capture these thoughts on sticky notes or as emails to myself whenever they surface. Then on the commute, I’ll begin a draft (yes, on the very train I filled with puke). Over the next day or two, I’ll get back to the draft whenever I can, when I’m not full-timing in the office or half-assing it as a dad. So that leaves the commutes and after the kids have called a truce for the day. There are reasons for my excuses, I know there are people in the world that make better use of their time, but I am not them and they are not living my life.
When a draft is done I’ll add images and hyperlinks and click publish and immediately find a million typos. But the need to get something out there trumps the need for perfection. And I’ll happily edit later.
Anyway, on to the headliners. Here are three blogs that will make you abandon this blog:
Kate Hall is a married, stay-at-home homeschooling mom to her three kids. When she’s not answering bizarre questions or wiping poop off the walls you can find her at her blog, Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine, where she strives to write laugh-out-loud stories about life infused with authenticity. You can also find her on Twitter where she spends an uncomfortable amount of time writing her self-proclaimed mediocre jokes, attempting to make her followers laugh.
Social Media Links:
Pour some whine on you:
How to Be Funny: 14 Tips to Writer Funnier – http://www.canigetanotherbottleofwhine.com/2013/05/how-to-be-funny-14-tips-to-write-funnier.html
Dear Mom Who’s Trying to Do It All, Cut That Crap Out. – http://www.canigetanotherbottleofwhine.com/2014/05/letter-moms-trying.html
Chris Dean (aka pixiecd) started pixie.c.d. (formerly Life Your Way!) in 2011 as a way to deal with the fun-and-games of the whole diagnostic phase of trying to track down her autoimmune beastie. (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease and Fibromyagia) Since then it’s morphed into a way to help others, both those living with chronic illness and those who aren’t, remember to laugh a little every day.
Five to six days a week, she shares acts of stupidity, life with adult Offspring, and tales of homicidal birds. Every once in a while she even throws in some useful info on life with chronic illness.
Chris lives in Indiana with her amazingly tolerant Hubby (who swears he doesn’t mind putting up with her), their four adult-kids, and the petting zoo of cats, dogs, chickens, Muscovy ducks, and geese she’s systematically managed to turn their home and yard into. When not writing, you can find her avoiding laundry on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
Rub your eyes on some:
A corporate refugee with absolutely no formal training in English, journalism, or writing of any kind, Sarah (est. 1975) somehow manages to find occasional work as a freelance copy writer and copy editor. In addition to her regular contributions to BLUNTmoms, her comedy blog est.1975, won Funniest Blog in The Indie Chicks 2014 Badass Blog Awards.
BONUS CALL OUT Y’ALL
Steph is an inconsistent perfectionist and mother of three. She likes plants and books and possibly mistakes, because she sure makes a lot of them. She blogs erratically at We Don’t Chew Glass curses on Facebook at https://https//www.facebook.com/wedontchewglass, hardly ever tweets cause she doesn’t get how it works Steph@DontChewGlass and loves Pinterest. Follow her everywhere, she loves it.
ANYWAYS that was much fun! Thanks again to Cassandra and Momus at thenextdelusion.com for sending the blog train my way. Spend a lunch break checking out all of these fine folks. And splash around in their funny.