I want this blog entry to be really special. Because, if you’re a new reader who has come over from the Nickelodeon Parents Connect site and hit the “previous posts” button, it is likely that this will be the blog entry you read, and I want you to enjoy yourself here.
I started blogging with a LiveJournal in December of 2001. I had met this guy I really liked, and I wanted him to like me. He had an LJ, and I hoped that if I started one, I could catch and keep his interest. It worked well enough that he married me, and seems to still like me. He still reads my blog after ten years. That’s something!
I drove all my LJ friends berserk with journaling my wedding (2 out of 4 bridesmaids have confirmed I was bridezilla. The other 2 said I was just fine, but they might just have been afraid of me.) Eleven months after that hoopla died down, I started driving readers further nuts with journaling my pregnancy. My first Mommy Blog was born five months into the pregnancy, and I kept up with Mommie Diarist until just before Thor (the nickname our son has had since his first sonogram) started Kindergarten–he learned to read, and I didn’t want to embarrass him by keeping a totally Thor-centric blog.
I started To The 9s, a fashion/style/etiquette based blog, while I was working for a staffing agency. The impetus for that being the number of job candidates I was seeing, who showed up for interviews wearing dirty, wrinkled, extremely casual attire, including flip-flops, and the coworker who never bothered to dry her hair before coming in to work.
I kept up with that through the chronicles of my Exotic Dance Class, a diet, and the gutting depression that came with having made a very bad decision to change jobs. The Women Worth Knowing project came out of those days as well.
I started thinking about the wonderful women I knew all across this world, and wanted to introduce them to one another. I created a profile Q&A and sent it off to various and sundry, and started posting those as a means of highlighting women who were successful in their endeavours at home, in the workplace, and in the world. You can read the archives here and join the Facebook group here. Eventually, I’ll start updating again. I know some really amazing women.
To the 9s went the way of the Dodo, and when I was ready to start blogging again, it became The Outside Lane. Part mommy-blog, part human interest blog, part fashion/music/movie reviews blog, part soapbox, part therapy, all me. I have no idea how you would market this thing. It’s very…diverse? I hope it’s diverse and not just scattered. I write about what I find interesting. I write the topics of conversation I’d like to have. I like to think the common thread is my personal sense of humor, and I like to think that comes across whether I’m shaking my tiny fist of rage, or shaking my booty.
If you’re here from Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect, then you’ve come by way of the Sexy Mama Bootcamp. If you’re looking for advice on how to be sexy, the best I can give you is to fall in love with yourself.