I have had something stuck in my craw for about a week. What better place to share than here...on my blog. Last week, I got an email that said...
"I am so confused...I don't understand blogging...if you need to talk get a shrink...or just become an alcoholic...you can talk to the bartender and watch the game at the same time..."
Then they added this...
"I dont know why people want to air there BS lives all over the internet like anyone cares...Blogging=Narcissism"
Well thank you for your crappy opinion dolt! What really bugged me was, this wasn't a troll. This is a "friend" of mine! We had been playing phone tag forever, and hadn't seen each other in forever, so I emailed him my blog url, and my design site url. Simply because if anyone asks what I've been up to, that sums it up (let's just keep Twitter and Plurk in the closet...shhhh).
Next thing I know, I am a narcissist with a BS life! Obviously, Mr. Dummy doesn't get blogging. I don't think it's about narcissism at all.
I started blogging a year ago. I had two tiny babies, and I spent much of my time quietly tiptoeing around the house encouraging them to sleep. I felt like I was losing all my talent for programs like Photoshop. I felt like my brain was turning to oatmeal. I really didn't feel good about being "just a SAHM". All of my friends were single working folks, and I was in a completely different world.
The stake in my heart was when one of my then girlfriends told me "I don't have time to chit-chat with you during the day...I work". That just killed me! Being a SAHM is the hardest work I have ever done, and my self worth was really low. It seemed to me that since I didn't earn a paycheck, my work didn't count to anyone. I decided I needed to find a Mom group to at least try to meet other women in my position. Straight to Google I went.
That is how I found "Mommy Blogging". I read about women all over the place who were doing the same thing I was doing, and feeling the same way I was feeling. *exhale* I wasn't alone, or out of my mind, or the only SAHM in the world! Shortly there after, I started this blog.
The Chronicles of a SAHM keeps me sharp. It makes me feel like I am creating something every day. I needed to feel like I was more than "just a SAHM", and I do now. Now, I have this wonderful alternate self (The Nap Warden), and I love being her!
The fact that I figured out how to use Illlustrator, and started my own illustration and design site (NW Designs) is just creamy icing on the cake! So I suppose what I'm saying is blogging does not=narcissism. Dooce once said that "being a SAHM is hard work, and it's nice to know we are not alone doing it". Nail...head...I'm just sayin'.
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