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Hello Internet!!!! Boy howdy, has it been a long time – it turns out being a second year grad student and teaching two classes a semester is not a life style that is conducive to blogging… Who would have thunk it. Anyway, at the beginning of this month I graduated! I am officially a Master of Statistical Computing!! It’s a little bit crazy to think about. I’m not sure it has totally sunk in that I am done, but in a week and a half I start a new adventure and I think once that starts it will feel less like I’m on summer vacation and more like I am a real life working grown up… maybe…
Anyway, now that I have my masters, it feels like this here blog needs a bit of an update. Unfortunately Baby Got M.S. (Masters of Science) does not have the same feel (or meaning) that Baby Got B.A. has, so I’m currently racking my brain on how I want to “re-brand.” (Let me know if you have any new name ideas! I’m kind of at a loss)
I may not know how to rename the blog, but I do know for sure that I want to start blogging again. There is so much I have wanted to write about in the past year that just got lost in the shuffle. So, this post is just a quick “hey girl hey!” (or “hey boy hey!” this is an all-inclusive internet space) and a heads up that I will be coming back – hopefully soon! I plan on having posts on this here Disney life as well as some cooking, some crafting, maybe some fashion, and some talking about my cats (because obvi). I will probably also have the periodic “my life is a mess” post… again. Obvi.
Until I’m back with some new stories and a new name, I’ll leave you with some pictures from graduation weekend!
I was lucky enough to have my mom, dad, and grandparents fly down to see me graduate – They are all saints seeing as I got my masters in the first 20 minutes and then they had to sit through 1550 undergrads… it was a long ceremony.
And of course, I couldn’t have made it through grad school without Adorabeezle Winterpop. This girl has lived with me for the past three years and witnessed MANY a school related melt down. She even helped me study for finals and my comprehensive exam when she had no idea what was written on my flash cards. Bless her supportive, wonderful heart.
New favorite dress
While they were in town, I got to take my mom and grandparents to Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue! It was a great way to celebrate!
So there you have it – graduation weekend! I’ll be back again soon internet!!
Ok Internet, I lied in this title. I DO care if people come to this little space. I have worked hard on this blog (although to admittedly varying degrees over the years) and I want it to have good content for people who do read it like.
But I’m just really tired of reading posts like “Why Nobody Reads Your Blog,” “Why You Never Have Any New Blog Traffic,” “Why Nobody Likes You and everybody Hates You – Seriously You Should Just Go Eat Worms Already.”
I get it.
They all have the same advice: you need pinnable images! You need to be consistent! You need to be super active on social media!! And while all of those things can be good things, that’s not what I’m interested in.
Listen, I know these posts offer good advice for those who are looking for it, but whenever I read them I feel like I’m supposed to feel ashamed of my erratic schedule and my lack of high quality images. And I’m not. My blog is about my life and my life is erratic. For the most part I’m telling stories or sharing thoughts, most of which aren’t really what I would call pinnable material – I don’t live a Pinterest life and in many ways I don’t want to.
My life is messy and weird and I like that my blog reflects that.
And no, I’m not reaching an incredible amount of people. And if I was ever going to go viral it would have been through this post. That ship has sailed. But I like my little space here. I know it’s small, and I’m ok with that.
I don’t have the time to build this blog into a business or a huge community. I have bigger priorities – like school and work and making sure my cat doesn’t starve to death (fat chance. Literally. That cat be fat.) So I’m treating this space accordingly – as something fun I like to do.
As such, I want my actual content to be my writing. If I don’t have a picture for the story I’m telling, then oh well. It’s the STORY I care about. That’s why I want people to be here.
And I understand that many people don’t feel that way – they want more readers, they want to monetize their blogs and they work really really hard on that. And that’s GREAT. For them. I have mad respect. But I’m tired of feeling like a blogging minority. I’m tired of being told that my blog isn’t worthy of new traffic because some weeks I’m lucky to get a single post out. I’m tired of feeling pressured to comment on every post I ever read ever, because I am in introvert and that just sounds EXHAUSTING.
I do try to attract some visitors, but mostly through a long standing sponsorship on one of my favorite blogs, run by one of my favorite people. I mean my girl Nina is killing it, and if you want some pinnable images you can go visit her, she has plenty to spare (she even provided the image above. Look at that talent!). But for me, I’m going to be here. Telling stories about my cat and sharing iPhone photos and posting somewhere between 1 and 4 times a week (let’s be real – 4 is dreaming BIG right now). I’m going to keep typing blog posts on my phone while on my lunch break, and I’m cool with that.
So I’m leaving this place as it is – why did this warrant a post if I have no advice and I’m not changing anything? Because sometimes you have to speak up as the little guy. Even if nobody is reading it.
Hey Internet! So last week Nina over at Flowers in My Hair featured me in her Tour through Blogland post, so this week I am here to answer some bloggy-type questions and share some awesome lady bloggers with you! Enjoy!
1) What am I working on?
Right now I am working on finishing this semester well. That means a lot of Calculus and not a lot of writing, unfortunately. Blog-wise I’m setting pretty meager goals. I want to post SOMETHING twice a week. This is post number one for this week, so happy Wednesday everybody. Once the semester is over I hope to post 3x a week and get some posts written ahead of time. I know – dream big!
2) How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?
Oy. Do I even have a genre? Is Hot Mess a genre? I suppose I’m a… I don’t know… Humor? Lifestyle? Do blogs really need genres? Some do, and I get that. But can’t others be genre-less? Like ‘Have a schmo with Cory and Topanga!’… Maybe my genre is one in which I make obscure references and hope people understand.
But to answer the actual question, my blog is different from other’s because my blog is me. And their blogs are them. I’m a weirdo so my blog is this weird place where I tell my weird stories. And I’m not saying that to be self deprecating. I like my weird little blog. I like telling the weird stories. I like finding humor in my life. And maybe that makes this blog different. And maybe not. I’ll be honest here – I kind of hate this question. #sorrynotsorry
3) Why do I write/create what I do?
I write because I love it. Because I want my language brain to get some exercise since I seem to use my math brain all the time. I write to record things. I write because I want to be a better writer. And I write because I like finding levity in things. I love comedy and I like being able to remember the funny or silly or embarrassing things in my life.
4) How does my writing/creating process work?
I would love to tell you that when I decide to write I sit down at my pretty little desk and I light a candle and I play some music and I create. I would love to say “Hey! Look at my cute desk! I write here!” But if I told you this, I would be lying.
Because I write most of my posts, this one included, on my phone. I type it in my notes app and I copy and paste it into my wordpreas app and then if I need to add fancy things I may actually open my laptop.
I know this is supposed to be shameful, that “real bloggers” write on their computer with a cup of coffee in an anthropologie mug and they sit down and write five posts for a week and they have photoshop and they know how to use it. (Don’t think I’m hating guys, I would love that to be my life. It’s just not). I write between classes or on my lunch break. Sometimes I will have starbucks or Dunkin in a cup next to me, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I start with a Dunkin in my hand and then I walk away and leave it somewhere and it is lost forever.
I don’t really plan out posts. I write as things happen to me. I think of my blog as a labor of love – a place to record what I want to record – and try not to think of it as a responsibility, because when I do that I get bogged down. I’m not trying to grow my blog into a business and I don’t have sponsors, so I really only have to answer to myself and decide what I want this space to be. (Again – I am NOT hating. All of my favorite blogs have sponsors and many of them are growing into businesses and I think that is awesome and I totally support that, but I don’t have the time to dedicate to that, so I’m not going to try). I want this space to grow and to be more than what it is now, but realistically that’s not happening right now and I’ve come to accept that. Right now I’m just loving my little corner of the Internet, and hoping some other people do too.
So there’s that! Now that I’ve laid out all my blogging shortcomings (I think this was supposed to be a “sell yourself” post. Obvi I nailed it), I’m going to introduce you I some bloggers who probably know a lot more about what they are doing!
Check out these ladies pretty please. Click them links! (Clearly I am missing my calling by not having sponsors – look how good I am at promoting people!)
Meet Allie from With a Heart on Danger
My father (whom I’ve never met) wanted to name me Axel, after the lead singer of Guns N Roses, but my mother had a dinosaur (similar to having a cow, but much more dramatic) and insisted on a more ladylike name, such as Anastasia. Thankfully, they settled on something a little less intense than both of those and I came out, kicking and screaming, bearing the name of Alexandra. I’ve gone by Alex, Lexi, Lexis, Alexa, and Zandra (that was a weird time in my life), but ultimately came down on Allie. You can call me anything you want, really; I’m open-minded.
I grew up in Texas in a tiny town with a four-way stop in the center. I live in Alaska now, and yes, it was quite the adjustment. I didn’t even know they MADE sleeping bags for -40 degrees but they do. And I’ve used one. I also had no clue that I would come to love ice skating and sweaters as much as I do. In Texas, we threw hissy fits if we had to wear anything with sleeves. Ever.
I’m currently living the shifter’s lifestyle – from a to b, from b to c, and back to a. I enjoy travel, horses, candles, and all things blogging.
Meet Suzanna from One Hoolie Mama
My name is Suzanna and I’m the mama to more than a few hooligans (affectionately referred to as “hoolies”). I’m a wife, boy mom (#babyD2 is due in February!), fur mom (to five dogs and a cat, at the moment), runner and fitness enthusiast, blogger, volunteer, who also happens to work full time. I love to cook & bake, and therefore have to run and workout to counteract said cooking and baking. I like to try my hand at DIY and crafty type projects. I’m a total chocoholic and coffee junkie and (when I’m not pregnant) really love a glass of red wine.
Happy eating tomorrow Internet!