A blog about politics and civil discourse, parenting, and everyday life. I know, right? Because all those things naturally bundle themselves together. Like, "Why wouldn't you buy an engagement ring while you're picking up a George Foreman grill and tube socks?"
Look! Up at the top of the page! Is it a bird? Is it a
plane? No! It’s a new blog name! As those last few sentences probably suggested
I haven’t been feeling super-creative lately so I just went with this blog’s
Why a blog name change?
I started this blog with the vague idea that blogging would help
me enjoy my participation in e-life a bit more as well as add a degree of
accountability to both my writing and said e-life. I wasn’t sure that’s how it
would play out but why not give it a shot, right?
So I typed “Maybe I Should Blog” into Blogger and was amazed
and amused that maybeishouldblog.blogspot.com was actually an available blog
name. So on an impulse I made that the title of what I thought of at the time
as my ‘test blog.’ Maybe it would stick but maybe blogging would be like those
running shoes everyone buys on January 1 that are languishing in the back of
the closet by mid-February.
Now, though, I’m coming up on my first blog-o-versary.
“Maybe I Should Blog” isn’t so much the question anymore. Clearly I *am*
blogging, whether I should or not, so it’s time to upgrade to fancier running
In my e-life and sometimes in my real life I go by Larks.
Not that I’m under any illusion that you couldn’t find out my full name and
identifying details with three clicks of a mouse. (Please don't, though. That's weird.) I don’t hide my blog from my
real life friends, family, or colleagues either though often I don’t mention it
unless specifically asked.
But I still find semi-anonymous blogging comforting because
it draws some lines that allow to me write honestly but with boundaries. Some
subjects that are on the table in my real life are off the table in my e-life.
Could you find my child’s school or my medical records and bring them up in
e-conversation if you were super creepy? Sure. But then that’s on you and your super-creepiness.
It’s not like you can just naturally slide those things into the discussion without
being an invasive e-jerk because the door hasn’t been opened.
Conversely, there are things I bring up at the drop of a hat
in my e-life that I don’t talk about much in my real life. I don’t just wander
up to acquaintances and go, “You guys: let’s talk abortion!” or “Here’s a list about parenting! You’re welcome!” I’ll talk about those things if someone else
brings them up but I’m not one to ignore atmosphere and segues. In blogging,
though, there are fewer barriers so I can read or write about whatever
interests me and other people can too. That’s the beauty of e-life.
Why “Notes This?”
Yesterday I spent 90 minutes on the phone to various bouncy arenas as part of planning my daughter’s fifth birthday party. That’s a part of
the life I’ve chosen and it’s not a bad thing. But it’s not exactly
intellectually stimulating either. I worry that the parts of me that make me
who I am could get absorbed into this “Leave it to Beaver” meets “Portlandia”
netherworld where my own sense of identity and more global engagement atrophy.
In this space I can sink my teeth into actual conversations
about myself and broader social issues. I don’t have grand ambitions of
literary or e-greatness. I just want to engage with the world. So that’s what I
do: I note things. Like Cliff’s Notes but of my life.
So now what?
In the next couple months I’ll be making some other changes
to this blog. New format, maybe. A platform shift, hopefully. More sharing on
Facebook and Twitter of blog posts, articles, and graphics that make me think,
definitely. I might even experiment with something crazy like a regular posting
schedule. Though don’t hold your breath on that last one.
At its core, though, I think this blog will always just be
me, Larks, noting stuff.
I hope you’ll stick with me because I really appreciate that
you’re here reading this. This whole experience would be way less fun if it
were just “words without friends.” Leave a comment with a link to your blog
too. I’d love to check it out.
Stay tuned for change and let me know what you think!