Blogs Are Stupid

Doesn't anyone believe in Dear Diary anymore? What happened to the joy of putting actual pen to paper? And why does every ordinary Jane and John think they can write well enough to burden the world with their scribblings? It’s a mystery that badly needs solving. My first entry contains my thoughts about blogging and will set your expectations. The rest will probably be stream of consciousness garbage, much like you’ll find on any other blog. Perhaps we will both come away enlightened.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I Rock, Therefore I am


I would like to thank Natalie and Mrs. Chicky for bestowing the Rocking Girl Blogger award on me. They are both really fabulous bloggers.

Natalie is not a Mommy Blogger, and frankly, it feels very liberating for me to read her...sort of like I am more than a just a Mommy blogger because I read blogs that are written by hip, smart, young urban non-Mommy types. Shut Up. It can be true if I want it to. Yes it can.

Mrs. Chicky is a Mommy Blogger, but like so many of us, she is about so, so, so much more than poop, pregnancy and parenting. She's smart and funny and a great writer. She's someone you can totally picture yourself sipping wine and watching cheesy 80's movies with. Me and Mrs. Chicky could hang...yannow?

Go check them both out because they really are Rockin Girl Bloggers.

I'm supposed to pass this on to five bloggers. Oy. There are so many great writers out there. Really. Every day I run accross another blog that I can't believe the whole world isn't reading because they are THAT smart, pithy, clever and irreverent.

So whom to choose????

Well, I'm going to bestow this award on five people that are not high profile bloggers. They are not "A-listers", they do not get a jillion comments on every post, they are not part of any network, blog ring, review board, or collaborative parenting aggregate. They do not check bloglines, technorati or statcounter to gauge their popularity.

They are my friends and they just write.

First we have Nina, whom I've referenced before. Nina is a 40 something gay woman who recently came out after years of hiding behind the respectable mantle of heterosexuality. It has been a heartwrenching journey for her. I think she is an amazingly brave person and I think her children are so lucky to have her for a mother. She writes beautiful poetry and takes beautiful pictures. She has a lyrical soul, Nina does. I get to meet her in July, and I can't wait.

Then there is AA. AA is a teacher, and she has given me some absolutely invaluable insight into my struggle with Diminutive One's learning challenges this year. She's one of the good guys, so I'm fortunate to have her on my side. Also, she actually indulges her wanderlust, and goes to places most people only dream about. I love to read about her travels and live vicariously through her. I get to meet her in July as well, and again, I can't wait.

Mischief is a woman who has been on a rollercoaster ride of emotion since she selflessly gave up her daughter for adoption 20 years ago. Recently, her daughter and her grandson came back into her life, and she is writing about it with such incredible aplomb. I think if I were experiencing something so profoundly gratifying the words would be exploding all over the page with no coherence whatsoever. Her words are raw, honest, and beautiful. And her story is one that no adoptee or birth mother should miss. Sadly, Mischief cannot attend our little get together and I absolutely hate that she won't be there.

M, of Six Green Zebras is an amazing mom, raising a child on her own; a child with some problems for whom she has been an tireless advocate. I admire her SO much for the way she has fought to give her son the best life possible. That has involved making some really tough choices. But she made them and she didn't look back and she never complains. She ROCKS. M cannot join us either, but I would give anything if she could.

Kirdy is my friend both in real life and online. She's just cool. She's smart, fun, irreverent, bawdy, supportive, loyal and hip. She's a great writer, a great Mom, and a great partner in crime when it comes to feeding my trifecta of addictions, that being, books, make-up and delicious smelly things called tarts. She doesn't blog as much as I'd like her to, because she has three small children. Maybe this will give her a little nudge. I think she could be an A-lister for sure. Kirdy will be in Chicago with bells on, (we somehow managed to schedule our little gtg the same weekend as Blogher, in the same city) and we are going to paint the town red. Watch out all you other girl bloghers.

I'm just going to tell you about my last pick, because I don't honestly know if this blogger wants the blogosphere spying on what is her current life journey. You see...her husband was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. He is my age. They have two beautiful children, one of whom I had the privilege of seeing born. I will never forget the look on J's face as he gazed at his firstborn child. It was true love. K is writing about their struggle with incredible humor and pragmatism. I am so impressed that she can stay so strong, so positive and so focused on getting J well. I think I would simply dissolve into a quivering puddle of goo if I were to receive such news. She is my hero. I hate that they have moved to Wisconsin. Now we never get to see them. But the next time we breeze through on the way to my folks, we will be sure to make a detour so I can squeeze the pee out of both of them. Too bad that doesn't work with cancer.

*Kate has given me her blessing, so go read her at Jim's Beating The Cancer. In particular, you must read "Too Much Information". Hilarious, touching, and quintissential Kate.

So there you have them. As I said, they are not the movers and shakers of the blogosphere. You probably don't recognize their names and you probably won't see them on many blogrolls. They are just real people writing blogs. And they rock.

12 Comments:

  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger Christine said…

    I'm going to check them all out...how awesome that you picked low profile bloggers. Of course, I'd expect nothing else from you, because you really do rock!

    But...I *think* you forgot to mention me in your list ;).

     
  • At 7:05 PM, Blogger Mrs. Chicky said…

    Oh sure, like I NEED more blogs to read.

    ;)

    You deserve the honor, my friend. And if those other bloggers get your nod then they must be worth reading.

    (Oh, and tonight I'll be sipping wine and watching some cheesy 80s movie in your honor.)

     
  • At 7:43 PM, Blogger jen said…

    thank you for some new finds. you DO rock.

     
  • At 8:09 PM, Anonymous AA said…

    Thanks, BA. I'm honored. I do thinkit is funny that we scheduled our weeekend in Chicago before we knew about Blogher. We're haaving our own little privae blog convention. And, I'm bringing party favors!

     
  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger Six Green Zebras said…

    Do you have any idea how much it sucks to be sitting here, PMSing, emotional beyond belief (let's not go there, shall we?), and stumble upon this? Oy is right, LOL. Thank you, BA, it's great to have the pat on the back, it really, really is. Love counting you among my friends and wish I could be there in July.

     
  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Kate said…

    Ooh la la I'm so touched that you included me on your list. I'm okay with others reading about our rollercoaster, although I don't imagine it's the most fun or juicy reading. :)

     
  • At 5:20 PM, Anonymous nina said…

    There you go again, making me all warm and fuzzy! I too am looking forward to our meeting in July. Thank you BA!

     
  • At 8:48 PM, Blogger Her Grace said…

    I love finding new blogs! Thanks for the links and congrats on your "rockin' girl" blog.

     
  • At 10:48 PM, Blogger Lucy's Mom said…

    I checked out the new blogs. Thanks for the intro. They are interesting. Oh Yeah, you forgot to mention me too!

    You've been tagged. Check out my blog for the rules.

    Keep writing. I really enjoy your stuff.

     
  • At 2:08 PM, Blogger mamatulip said…

    I have this bookmarked so I can check these blogs out. They sound terrific.

     
  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Kirdy said…

    Thanks for the honor. If I could live up to half the stuff you wrote about me, I'd be one happy woman. ;)

     
  • At 12:20 AM, Anonymous mischief said…

    Wow. I am deeply honored to read this. I haven't had much computer time lately - trying to catch up. I really am sorry about missing the get-together. I may just have to call you guys!

    My daughter is sitting behind me here in the office right now. My grandson is peacefully asleep. It's not easy to suddenly have a toddler in the house, but I wouldn't miss this for the world.

    Life is not boring, but it's GOOD. And BA, my friend, you rock!

     

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