Once again, due to the holidays, Blog Friend Feature is a day early. We’ll go back to the usual schedule of Fridays next week.
This week’s BFF is someone who has been a
follower I hate that word loyal reader, supporter, and friend since I first decided to step out in to the blog world. As in, was one of the first ten people to hit that little follow button over there. She’s someone you definitely want in your corner. She’s loyal, funny, and honest.
She actually has two blogs, like I do: one for family and friends and then a second that is her, uncensored: meet Evonne from Jules Outloud.
Wow! I am Shell’s BFF this week. I feel so honored! Momentous events such as this are not ones I expected when I began blogging.
In June of 2009 I expressed to the husband that I wanted to start a blog. At the time I thought it would be a great way for family and friends to keep up with our lives. The husband is a collector of domain names and he just happened to have one laying around with no purpose. He was like a kid in a candy store setting up my blog for me. My first post at All You Need is Love was July 6, 2009. It was nothing special. Basically because I had no idea what I was doing.
Soon I discovered other blogs. As I read and commented on those blogs, those authors began to read and comment on what I wrote. My eyes were opened to the community that comes with blogging and I loved every minute of it. I still do!
As my 1 year blogoversary approached my eyes were opened to something else. I had found my niche! My blog was a “Mommy blog”. I loved telling stories about my midgets, GG and Little Dude, but I began to realize there were things in my life I needed to get off my chest. All You Need is Love was not the place for that.
My mom and her boyfriend had created some drama in my life. I couldn’t blog about it because my Grandma didn’t know her daughter was seeing someone. Yes, my Grandma reads my blog. That is, when her computer isn’t infected by 10,000 viruses! The first time I hinted at him I got a phone call from my mom. I thought she was going to have a heart attack! I also had my days where I just wasn’t feeling like all I needed was love. We all have our days where dropping an F-bomb or
10 2 is the best way to express our emotions. I didn’t think my Grandma would appreciate those words.
As that first year came to a close, I started to contemplate a second blog. One away from family where I could express exactly how I feel and talk about things outside of the mom role. It took me some time to start it because I had trouble thinking of a name. The ideal blog title was already taken (ahem… Things I Can’t Say), but after letting my creative wheels turn a bit, I found what I needed – Jules Out Loud. Jules (a name I use online) because of my love for the Beatles and Out Loud because, well, do I really need to explain that?
I am still working on creating a niche for myself at my second home, but it is very gratifying to have a place where I am free to post what I want. There I feel I can talk about my issues with the human race or I can be serious and share my baby story. I can also complain about my family without them ever knowing about it. I hope!
I love to write and I love have 2 places to get out all the junk that’s in my head, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have done things a little different. Like not tell my family that I blog!