Thursday, May 6, 2010

I Guess I am Just Not that Serious...

It's been over a year since I went public blogging and started "4 Nuts in a Nutshell"... and I don't regret one day of it! Honestly, I look back and just can't believe that I stuck with it, and wrote (with a little help sometimes from others) 350 posts! I didn't know I had it in me.

I can't believe how much has changed in life this year now that I look back. I started out as an extremely overweight (I hate the word "obese") stay-at-home mom of 2 boys and wife to a college student. And here I am almost 90 pounds lighter and 7 sizes smaller, still a stay-at-home home but wife of not only a college student, but a soldier. Nine of those months, I played single mom. I struggled raising my boys on my own and staying positive for my man, only to come out on top! And the best part about it, is that I still managed to keep my head up, smile on my face, and continued to laugh. It all worked out in the end.

I sit here in May, watching the snow fall outside my window, and ponder about why I do this and why I started, and most of all what did I learn from this experience?

Well...

1. There is always, ALWAYS a brighter side. You just have to find it.

2. Even though there are a 100 people who don't know if you are kidding or not, or whether you're being sarcastic or really feel that way, there are a 100 more who are laughing their butts off.

3. You can do ANYTHING if you are determined!

4. I blog for me and my family. Friends are just a major bonus!

5. I can be anyone I want to be on the internet... but being myself is the best!

6. "Followers" will come and go, but "Friends" last a whole lot longer!

7. You can't please everyone, and you won't always agree, but doesn't that make life so much more spicier? I don't think there is anything worse then trying to talk to someone who agrees with every single word you say and has nothing to bring to the conversation.

8. I learned that I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be, and that's what makes me such a character. I mean, who wants to read the blog of a perfect mom who does everything right, has the perfect marriage and the perfect life? Not me! Those blogs scare me...

Now, I know I don't have a huge readership. I don't go out and pick up followers like trading cards, I just don't have the time. I ALWAYS check links that people leave me on my comments though. I feel it's important to support my friends. I don't always leave comments, mostly because I don't know what to say, or I get distracted. I don't go to blogging parties or conventions or scratch other's backs if you know what I mean. Maybe, I am just not a serious blogger?  What is the definition of one anyway? And I just can't bring myself to "try harder" -- whatever that entails, I have no clue.

I'm not a famous writer or big time product review and giveaway girl. I don't have super powers (although I am very open to flying) and most of the time I am screwing something up!  I am just me. Wife and Mom first. Caretaker of the Nutshell. Controller of sanity. Keeper of peace, justice, and even mercy... but just a little.  And I am completely and utterly Nuts... but you wouldn't have me any other way, right?

So here I am with my plastic cup of orange juice, giving a toast to a great year of the Nutshell behind us, and to another great one to come!  I can't wait to see what this year brings... but I feel the winds of change blowing through my hair...

6 comments:

Ana said...

I recently saw something on someone's blog that said it was "blogging etiquette" to follow people that follow you. I guess I'm not polite or something because I don't really notice who is a new follower. It's not obvious unless they tell me in the comments, and even then I don't always follow them if their blog doesn't interest me enough. I already follow more people than I can keep up on, so adding more just to be "polite" just fills my reader with stuff I'm not reading. What is the point of that? Good thing I'm not blogging to life my follower count, lol.

Lisa said...

I want you to know that you have inspired me to change. I look forward to more fun and inspiring posts. Have a wonderful mothers day!

Tobi said...

Have a wonderful Mother's Day Cat! I'm sorry that Ben is going to be out of town this weekend.

I love your blog and I can't believe you've only been blogging for a year. You seem like a seasoned pro to me.

Baseball Mom said...

I have been a big slacker with reading and commenting on those that I follow. I have been AWOL so much I really don't have that many readers/commenter's anymore.

But your post reminded me I don't blog for others. I blog for me. For my family. My online reminders as to what keeps me so busy. So I can stop and enjoy what I am in the moment flying by. :)

Congrats on your one year Blog-versary!! I have enojyed reading your blog.

Otter Thomas said...

I burnt out on trying to collect followers long ago. Blogging is just too much work sometimes. I think you have a great story to tell and I enjoy reading. Have a Happy Mother's Day.

Pamela Donnis Designs said...

Wow, it's already been a year! How exciting. You have come a long way too. I'm glad I've been able to keep up through your blog :). You amaze me.