Ok...so here is the deal friends. I started this blog more than three years ago...and I haven't blogged in about that long...ha! Yep...I started it with the goal of journaling my pregnancy and thought it would be the perfect way to keep my friends and family in Michigan up to speed on the latest and greatest in our world here in Texas. Little did I know that having a child would completely rock my world and I wouldn't have the time...nor the desire really, to take a shower every day...let alone write about our day to day life.
When I was writing three years ago, that was all I was doing. I wasn't reading other blogs and I definitely was not participating in the gazillion social networking sites that have now become a blogger's playground. I had no intentions of accruing followers and honestly, I didn't want anyone other than my family and very close friends to read my blog. I was posting bare pregnany belly shots! What the eff was wrong with me! Then, this past summer as I was aimlessly purusing facebook, like I do far too often, I noticed that one of my friends had liked Mama Laughlin's page. And, being the nosey person that I am, I clicked on her page...which then led me to her blog...which then led me to falling in love with her story, candidness, style, humor, etc. etc. etc... Really what sealed the deal for my love of her was this post and how sometimes mama just needs a drank! She took the words right out of my mouth...and I immediately wanted to find her and share a bottle of cab with her.
So, through my love for Mama Laughlin and reading her blog and following her on the gazillion social networking sites that she partakes in, I discovered more bloggers that I connected with and also wanted to drink with. I had no idea that there was this whole network of people from all over the world who have met through writing about their lives! They freaking met through the internet and are now all besties...and meet up in different cities and encourage each other to do whatever it is that they are trying to do...and they inspire random people from around the world who read what they write. They change lives. They market products and get free stuff too. Pretty freaking cool...and definitely something that I would love to be a part of. So I decided that I'd get back into this whole blogging thing and maybe I'll make a new friend or two...and even better...maybe I'll inspire someone like many of the bloggers I follow have done for me...any maybe, just maybe, I'll change someone's life.
I'm so excited! I'm not sure exactly how this will all work...or how much time I'll have to devote to this...but I'm going to give it my all. I'm just learning as I go. I actually reached out to Mama Laughlin to see if she had any tips for me to get started and she actually replied...I thought for sure that she would be far too busy to reply to a random message from a stranger...but her note was perfect and just what I needed to hear...for my blog and for my life in general...
Amen, Mama! She is a freaking genius. I can't wait for her to follow my blog..I'm certain that she will fall in love with me and will want to share a bottle of cab with me! I'm most definitely gonna stay true to who I am. I'm just gonna be me. People can either love me...or leave me. I'm done pretending and I'm ready to get back to just being Traci. I've found myself regressing in this area recently...so it is no surprise that eventhough my ultimate goal of this blog is to inspire someone else, I know that I'm going to be even more inspired and changed in the process...its already started to happen.
So, I hope that you'll continue to check out my posts. I look forward to sharing myself...and look forward to getting to know you too. And if you're also a blogger and have any tips for me, please share away.
Random thought for today: The kiosks in the middle of the mall suck ass!!! I hate them!!! WORST. IDEA. EVER. I can't wait for the day that they are extinct. No, I don't want you to straighten my hair! No, I don't want to try your "20 second manicure". No, I don't want your ghetto bling for my cell phone. I feel bad for the people who work at these "places" as I avoid making eye contact with them and can't help but be a little bitchy when they jump in front of me and insist that I give them one minute of my time. I don't have one minute to give to myself...let alone to you and your gross hair straightener. If I wanted my hair straightened, I'd use my own freaking hair straightener...and if I wanted to buy a new hair straightener, your kiosk in the middle of the mall would be the last place I would go to buy it. Who is with me?