Recently it occurred to me that I follow a variety of bloggers that satisfy certain niches of my life. But to date, I’ve yet to find one that reflects the majority of my thoughts and feelings on any given day. This, I’ll admit, is a very tall order.
Dear Internet – I know you’re busy with viral videos, Buzzfeed lists and Kickstarter campaigns but could you find me my one true blogger? I hate to go all Disney princess on you (which, let’s be honest – you love!) but this would mean a lot to me. I just need someone to show me the way forward…in all facets of my life. Thanks!
p.s. Keep up the great work.
The Current Contenders
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with my current selection. They tell amazing stories, lead rich lives (or at least they pretend to) and make me excited to see what they’re going to write about next. Here’s a short list of the bloggers that come to mind:
- A dark comedian who fancies weird and exotic taxidermy.
- A mommy blogger who writes through the eyes of a toddler.
- A young improv enthusiast who has lots of adventures.
- A mommy blogger who details the life and times of my niece (oh shoot, that might be too easy to guess).
- A military wife (an ex pat I think they’re called?) living abroad.
- A cartoonist who details the humor in life, but also illustrates interesting stories from his own life.
- Someone living out the dream as a freelance writer in Oregon, raising two young boys and taking routine trips into the wilderness.
That’s my short list. Basically, I follow people who either make me happy or are very interesting.
The Gap (No, not the store…or the reference to that British subway thing)
What I see missing is a voice that really digs into my unique perspective. What’s so unique about my perspective? Well it’s my own, for one. It’s not your perspective (turns to the right), or your perspective (stands on tippy toes) or even your perspective. It’s mine. And I have a lot of perspectives. And to that point, they’re not static, either. They’re constantly changing. So here are just a few of the gaps that I see.
- Who’s going to share the perspective of the girl trying to focus on a career while also growing her family?
- Who’s going to detail how much they think about Beyonce’s work ethic while running on a treadmill at 5 in the morning? Or constantly asks herself, “What Would Beyonce Do?” (more to come on that in a future post)
- Who’s going to tell me what it means when my boss says, “You’re your own biggest safety net” when I make a joke about going rogue? Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? So much to debate!
- Who’s going to help me decipher whether or not my husband really likes the food I make, or if he’s just being nice so as not to hurt my feelings? To that point, who’s going to let me know it’s okay if I don’t always care what my husband thinks of my cooking?
- Who’s going to push me out of my comfort zone whenever I become too stagnant in one area or another?
- Who’s going to be the one that actually pushes me to be a better mother instead of making excuses for my actions because I’m tired?
- Who’s going to relate really mundane, but necessary, life lessons to frequent pop culture references to make it easier to digest?
To be perfectly honest, some of those gaps were even scary to write down. So it makes no sense for me to put all that pressure on someone else. Those are questions that I should probably figure out the answers to…by sharing my own perspectives…in my own voice.
Cue Curtains Being Raised, Light Bulb Going Off and Chorus of Angels Singing
The moment you’re picturing probably looks like this:
That’s it! I’ll start a blog! I’ll share my own unique perspectives with the world because I am a valuable individual and I have interesting things to say!
Well, it wasn’t that epic of an “Aha!” moment. But it was a couple of ideas that started to snowball. And then a series of events occurred that started to shape the snowball. And soon that snowball was our very own walking, talking Olaf the Snowman.* And now I’m at a point where I finally have a platform to dive into the topics I love — motherhood, career and health.
Needless, to say, I’m excited for these future endeavors. And I hope that maybe I can fill some of those niche perspectives that you and maybe others have been looking to fill.
*You didn’t think you’d get out of here without a “Frozen” reference did you?