I have heard that it is in poor taste for a blogger to write a “sorry I missed you excuse post,” the day after not having written a post. I’ve heard that of the excuses that a “good” blogger should not name in such a post are: “I didn’t have time” or “I didn’t have anything to write.”
Neither of these are true in my case. But, and, even with acknowledging how annoying excuse posts are, I feel, in not having published anything on yesterday, (the third time that I have not published on a weekday since officially beginning this blog), that I want to act in poor taste and give some excuses. I want to be “that blogger.”
(Sigh) So , here goes nothing. My excuses are: I had a fever last night, that my new work schedule (I am now a full time wahm without childcare. I know. I know. It doesn’t take a rocket scientists to know that I AM INSANE) is kicking my butt, that my IT husband works 24 hours in a day, that my imaginary dog/cat/fish/snake ate my blog post, that…You get the point.
Only three out of four of those excuses are true. I had some posts planned, but in between a morning conference call that went on longer than expected, a teehing baby, a killer headache, and no food in my refrigerator, I didn’t get around to hitting the “publish” button. I wanted to, but didn’t.
Rather than the posts I had planned to publish, I thought about writing something on husbands who work twenty-four freaking hours in a day and still expecting dinner when they get home (they, the “hours” are not really “freaking,” I just used that word here to convey how much twenty four hours really is.), but I couldn’t put the words together (in a polite, non-personal way) on the topic.
When that idea didn’t work out, I again toyed with the idea of publishing a post that I had written about two weeks ago about my changed work schedule, about how I negotiated for more a more flexible schedule, how to find more balance, etc. (As I noted above, I am now an all-the-time wahm who works on more flexible hours.)
I didn’t publish this post, however, because I felt that in doing so, particularly in talking about how to find balance, would be, well, dishonest. As I imagined it myself: To my readers: “Yes, do this, this, and this to get the balance that I have. (After saying this, the listening readers observe the smoke coming from my blog and are worried.) Wh- what was that? My blog is burning down due to my own lack of balance and Nya is playing with the TV cords, again. Oh, (nervous laugh) pay no attention to what you think you see. See. my. words. I have balance. See. I used the word here, oh, and here.
I have heard that writing “excuse posts” reflects poorly on the said “excuse making” blogger if he/she elaborates on these things, these poor excuses, so rather than continuing on with my list of excuses, I think I should stop here and instead name some bloggers who, this week, were able to write something, say something worthwhile. You can thank me by visiting their blogs and mentioning in your thoughtful comment that you write upon finishing your read that “you know who” sent you.
Below are some posts that I, rather than writing on my own blog, read from other bloggers:
1. Sign Language by Natalie of the wonderful blog, Mommy of a Monster. If you are signing with your children, or if you are interested in how to get started, be sure to check out her post, in which she offers some helpful pointers on how to begin signing with small children.
2. In defense of stuff by Lisa of the very well written, and incredible compelling blog, Amid a Life of Privilege. If you have grown tired of me talking about how much I am giving away and how good it feels to “de-clutter,” check out her post, in which she defends stuff.
3. The Secret to a gazillion post ideas by Melissa of Adventuoo. If you are a normal blogger who is running out of post ideas check out this post. You will come away from your reading feeling inspired, capable, and like a very good, good blogger for having done so.
4. Sometimes going flat is a good thing by Sommer J of A Mama With Flavor. If you are looking for something super delicious and simple to prepare for your family over this weekend, check out Sommer’s chicken recipe. And, trust me, even if you do not actually get off your butt and prepare the recipe, just looking at her pictures will leave you salivating, inspired, and very, very hungry.
5. On Cookies and Frustration by Maryline of Franco-American Dream. This is Maryline’s first guest post so be sure to show your support. The post appears on a blog that I have just recently discovered called, With Just a Bit of Magic. In addition to being a wonderful writer and incredibly funny, Maryline is the blogger who inspired me to begin on my own Minimalist journey. She and Jackie live in Maryland. (Cricket. Cricket) I’m just saying.
6. Get back to blogging-Day 4 by Hannah of Our Happy Home. Hannah is taking part in the blogging challenge. In this post she writes about someone that inspires her: her mother. In addition to being heartfelt, by giving a history of her mother, this post reveals a lot about Hannah. Be sure to check it out.
7. from work to home or home to work: speaking up about the transition process by Adriel of the mommyhood memos. This past week, Adriel has been running a series on her blog called “Moms who work.” It offers the perspectives of all kinds of working moms- stay-at-home, single, work-at-home, etc., etc. A bit of my story is feature in the “from work to home to work…” article.
There are so many other blogs that I could name here, but I will stop here, my dryer just buzzed extremely loudly and I hear Nya stirring. I hope you all check out these bloggers and have fun reading their blogs! Happy Friday!