Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Not Your Mother's Blog? Actually it is!

I hate the whole concept of blogging. It reeks of the quote 'Enough about me, lets talk about you...what do you think about me.' So why, you may ask, would I then stoop to join the blog eat blog world?

Let me tell you a story. My oldest daughter is married and pregnant with my first grandchild. As you can imagine, I'm thrilled and anxious to stay up to date with every single detail. I called her a few weeks ago and asked how things were going.

"Haven't you read my blog?" she asked. "You know, the place where I write all about what’s happening to me and my family and how I feel about it. I even have pictures of my growing belly and my latest ultrasound on my site.”

I looked up the term BLOG on the Internet and according to, “A BLOG is a publication of personal thoughts, experiences, and web links. It is updated frequently and is usually a mixture of what is happening in a person's life and what is happening on the web or in the media. ...”

In other words, it's like inviting a bunch of people to your home who sit around, listen to you talk, and then are invited to comment or ask questions about what you’d said. Kind of like an Amway presentation.

“Can’t you just tell me how you’re doing right now or do I have to check the computer?” I asked.
“Of course I could tell you," she answered. "But what would be the point? Everything you could possible want to know about me is already sitting out there in cyber-space.”

I felt a chill run through my spine. “And when my grand baby is born?”

“We will update the Blog of course!”

Alas, just like people on hands free cell phones who appear to be talking to themselves in the grocery aisle or automated customer service helplines that know the answer to every ones question but yours, blogs are here to stay.

I could hold out and be like Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, hanging on to the old technology of the typewriter, instead of embracing computer word processing, but why. Those hot young techno nerds in Silicon Valley and Japan will just keep coming up with more and more annoying ways to make my life (better?). Who am I to get in their way?

And besides, how will I ever find out the sex of my new grandchild if I'm not blogging?

But just because I'm giving in doesn't mean I have to sell out. I'm a writer, and the job of a writer is to entertain. And trust me, life is just jam packed with crazy and entertaining things, especially mine.

So if you choose to visit my blog in the future, I promise to update it weekly with stories and antidotes that will put a smile on your face and give you something to chuckle about. (And if not, you know where the door is right?)

1 comment:

Tiff and Ryan said...

You're funny mom :) I love that you have so much fun at my expense :-p You better be careful though because at this rate you may not even know the baby has been born till you read my blog ;) J/K. Love you!

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