Friday, April 20, 2007

Blog Fraud

I'm not very good at this. I mean I like blogging but I'm not as fancy as I'd like to be. I love living my day to day, normal life and looking for the nuggets that might make and interesting post. But most of all I blog because I am a miserable failure when it comes to my kids baby books. I suppose it's because on those types of memorabilia I think they have to be perfect. You know, like you have write all entries of milestones and immunization records with the same black pen with perfect penmanship. And that requires . . . a restful state of mind and hours of free time. Maybe in twenty years. So I love blogging. It's quick, easy and makes me feel that my kids might have some sort of account that they were loved and so on. But I am rather plain about the whole thing. I haven't the first clue how to add side bar lists of my favorite books or movie reviews. Although I love the creative blog designs out there, I use the functional yet overused template settings. I don't know how to add a link or even move a picture so it's not at the top of the post. "But" you say, "You have music". (May I take this opportunity to apologize to all the times when you've been up late and the house is quite and sleeping only to be jolted to the 'three little birds' song on my site.) Alas twas not me that figured out how to add music but my genius husband. I've been sick of the song for a long time but I have no idea how to get it off!!!! I have lately been in love with this new John Mayor song and at least had Matt change it to give you some variety while you race to turn down the volume. The other major issue I need to address is my lack of English skills. I feel I am a much better speaker then writer so I have always stayed away from this awkward communication. I have never formally been diagnosed with a learning disability but I live as if I know I have one. Spelling for me is an art form. Meaning people have to use interpretation to guess what I am trying to say. If it wasn't for spell check and my English major roommate, I would have never graduated from college. And it's not just the spelling but my grammar. It's like a cat climbing a fireman's pole. It's painful. I don't know how to use commas or quotes or accent marks correctly. Rather I guess and hope no one too critical is reading. So I thank you all you professors and homeschooling mom's, thanks for not correcting me in a comment. It would just leave me feeling like I was back in school again. I would get my papers back full of red marks with notes like, "great content and ideas but make sure you proof read." But I suppose I can comfort myself knowing that I provide you with charming pictures of my children.

16 comments:

Kelli said...

We love you just the way you are but you do need a grammar check :) Just kidding. Where did you get the cute police uniform!? I love it. Jabe and Phoebe are going to have to come over and ride Larissa's police bike soon :)

G&J Matthews said...

Hi I'm Kelli's friend. I followed her link and was drawn to your blog by the song playing (hadn't heard it- love it) and your adorable babies in the sink. I love what you said about blogging being your excuse for a scrapbook because you expressed my sentiments exactly!

(Oh, and I was an English major, but I won't correct you unless you ask me.)
Nice to meet you!
~Jocelyn

Sharon said...

Hey Becca~glad to see you're strolling down your rightful path on Glory Laine again! I had to comment on your post while it was on Abby's site! That just cracked me up! I hope Abby enjoyed her trip down the Laine! : )The irony of your title was hilarious for that slip up!

And hey, they say that some people have a "face for radio," well you have a pen for the microphone! I love listening to you speak, but I DO love reading your great stories--typos and all! : )

Love you!

mcmom said...

If it makes you feel any better I didn't even see your mistake. I am in the same boat as you, I am very bad at the English language. However I am very excited to keep these blogs for my children. One day when I am old and grey I will put them togther in their baby books. I am going to make a little quote from a beautiful women that spoke this week at MOPS, "No Expectations."

Leslie said...

The police picture is the cutest ever. Just when I think I have a favorite, another one takes the lead! You are an awesome photographer.

I try not to be too critical of other people's blogs because they are all so personal to us. It is taking a risk to share with each other in this forum.

I keep mine for the same reason you do. It's for my kids to get a glimpse of our life while they were young. I don't scrapbook or journal or anything else. Blogging is it for me!

Alida said...

Baby books? Oh, I'm so glad no one gave me any at the shower. I would just be feeling guilty about having them blank!

P.S. I so enjoyed your talk at MOPs. I found myself laughing out loud several times during the day when I thought about your "size 3 daiper story." It's could not have come at a better time. Thank you!

Ronda said...

When it comes to instant messaging and blogging, spelling and grammer is all fluff. It is the content that is important! Be who you are! Do it for your kids! Great pictures!

momaof4 said...

Oh,Becca. I have no clue if you make any mistakes, or spelling, grammer (what is grammer??) I made it through English class cause of my smile....I am pretty sure!!!
I LOVE the pictures and in 20 years we can scrap book together.

Rachel & Family said...

I'm going to sound just like most of the other comments from your friends...but you're blog is so wonderful.
I've been inspired by your very beautiful writings to put more thought into my own blogs about my daughter. (And I have a degree in business admin, with a roommate who was poli sci...so I'll never get it right)!!
You are so right about using the blog to capture little moments in time. I can't tell you how fun it is to read your blog and catch little glimpses into your children's lives. Thank you for sharing.

Lindsay said...

Love it... love that you blog... and who the heck cares about grammar and spelling... your kids will appreciate this... and your friends definitely do!
Happy Day to you!!

Diaz Family said...

I love the new pictures of the twins! They are so cute... I love the new song, too! I pay more attention to your creative writing, I don't think I'd notice any errors! :) Meghan

Shannon said...

Such cute pictures! I am so with you as far as my writing skills...but who cares, it's the memories that matter.

Michelle said...

Fun blog post... I can totally relate! Happy Blogging!

Sharon said...

Ok girlfriend! Enough with the self-pity...time to get a new post! : ) I miss your prose!

Julie said...

I'm with Sharon ... we want to hear more from you!!! Your stories are the best :)

Nicole said...

Oh my gosh I completly feel the same way about me and my blog. I also find it funny that we choose the same template.