Wow. I am nervous. If you could see me, you would see the red splotches appearing on my neck. I was honored when Shell asked me to be this week’s BFF. Now the pressure is on, though. How to make a good impression in one post? I have written hundreds of blog posts and have yet to make a good impression.
I started my blog writing crafts and activities to do with your kids, but have since changed tracks. GASP! Every blog conference/expert tells you to go from broad to niche, not niche to everything. I am doing it all wrong, apparently. But who cares? Right!?
I love blogging, but it does have drawbacks. Assumptions. It is a dirty word. Everyone assumes things. But the blogging world is a big world and that is a lot of assumptions.
When I wrote exclusively about crafts and activities to make learning fun, I got labeled one of those moms. You know the ones that fill every moment of the day with ways to nitire and grow their child into their fullest potential. Um…yeah…not so much. My kids park their butts in front of the tv, a lot. I have been known to tell them to go do something/anything just to get them out of my face.
Now, I write occasionally about our experiences as foster parents. That’s right, foster parents. We have a biological 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter and we were
crazy adventurous enough add a 3 year old boy and a baby girl into the mix. So your math is correct, I have four children in my house under the age of five.
This is where new assumptions come in: I must have the patience of a saint; I must be self-righteous to write about fostering; I must need extra money to do something like that. They just keep pouring in.
Wrong, wrong, wrong (but who couldn’t use a little more money?)
I want to lose it every day, but I try my hardest not to go postal. I write about things important in my life. Fostering is a big part of my life. I get approached almost daily with questions about it. So I decided to write about it, too. I know that fostering isn’t for everyone. There are many days that I wonder if it is for me. I hope I never come off as self righteous. The third assumption there about needing the extra money is ludicrous. While you do receive a stipend for fostering, it isn’t a lot (states vary widely on the amount). You hear stories of people just doing it for the money, but we aren’t one of them.
So that is my long winded version of “Hey, we are probably a lot alike. I bet we have the same kind of struggles and laughs. Why don’t you come over and check out my blog.” Yeah, I know…I talk a lot. Get this, this is an edited version. Can you imagine the original?
In a nutshell I write about my life, share photos I’ve taken, crafts you can do with your kids (when they aren’t in front of the television), and crazy things that I find myself saying. Most of these things revolve around poop in some way, consider yourself warned.