Imitation is Flattery. Or Something.

I read SO MANY BLOGS. I went on vacation last week and when I came back my Google reader was so choked that my eyes rolled back in my head and I just hit “mark all as read” and then went to my bookmarks so I that I could read each one slowly and not feel overwhelmed. I don’t like to skim, either, so I know that would have happened had I just tried to whittle down the ol’ reader.

In realizing the sheer volume of words out there on the internet, I realized that it’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by all the other writers out there. Not necessarily the topics (I can talk about baby poop – inthetubbleccchhhh- and parenting just as anyone else can) but in the way they’re written. I do things that many bloggers do (write in caps to make a point – ex: the very first sentence of this post) and I’m not sure when I started doing that. I do it in emails, on Twitter, and sometimes when I talk I can picture what’s being said IN CAPS. Hm.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this exactly, but I read so many blogs and saw so many great women creating meaningful online dialogues with others that I wanted to join in. Is that weird? Is it weird to want to connect with people I don’t know in real life and probably won’t meet? If you blog, why do you blog?


I’m a Curmudgeon, Apparently

I like to say yes to my kids. (Well, my kid who can talk.) I say “no” a lot, as I imagine all parents do. “Can I have popcorn for breakfast?” “Can I climb this ladder?” “Can I wear your shoes to school?” But I like to say yes. Every once in a while I do get to say yes and it’s a lot of fun. I do, however, have a line in the sand and it’s a pretty steadfast one. I am not a fan really don’t like throw up in my mouth every time I think about absolutely loathe the way things are so aggressively marketed towards children. I’m happy to let my child watch TV and movies now and again, and I don’t judge anyone who does. Not even a little. But I do judge the industry that feels the need to not just make all these movies and shows, but also market the products associated with them DIRECTLY to my three-year old. She doesn’t need all that stuff. No one does.

I think this is coming to a head with me now more than ever because I’m getting bogged down by all the sadness I’m seeing lately in the world. Haiti is, of course, forefront in my mind and I hate feeling helpless. Everyone does, I think, and while everyone wants to help, what can we actually DO? It’s so hard. So can’t the industry that spends millions on making sure my kid wants their products just do the right thing? Quit the unnecessary marketing and for God’s sake, put that money somewhere it’s needed.