Where have I been? And other questions that you didn’t actually have.

(Thankfully) Pam noticed the other night that I hadn’t posted any blogs in a while. Technically, she is incorrect. What she meant to say is that I have published any posts on my blog, recently, which is true. I haven’t. And I have reasons. Because I like to think that I have reasons for everything. It’s part of my irrational rationalism.

Anyway. In 2013, when this whole, ridiculous, writing diversion started, I was creating two posts a week usually on Monday and on Wednesday, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. I was committed. And I think I had about 19 fans, one of which was Pam, which is good because she is the person I’m always trying to impress. And then I might have gotten a few more fans or not.

It’s actually way harder to measure how many fans you have on the internet than you might think, because there are a lot of haters out there. And I’m not sure if those people actually count as fans. Also anyone who publishes exact stats about the number of fans on their blog is probably lying. And that sentence right there, probably makes me a hater. And my previous paragraph about my 19 fan probably makes me a liar. So this self-promoting thing is going great so far, don’t you think?

But, let’s forget about the math for right now and talk about 2014 instead. It was the new year, and I got some fresh ideas. And one of those ideas is to write posts that are little higher quality (meaning fewer typos) and a little less quantity. So I’m giving that a shot. And I also got viral pink eye, which makes it quite hard to see. That was NOT one of the fresh ideas for 2014, but shit happens. And it contributed to the lack of posts, because I don’t know braille and I don’t think WordPress hasn’t offered that as a plugin, yet.

And while we’re at it, can we please rename “pink eye?” That name sounds like something that a princess gets after being bitten by a unicorn. How about something like “prickly blindness with puss?” I know it’s a little long, but I think it really captures the essence of the experience.

So back to my original point, which is explaining why I haven’t been posting as much. Quality vs. quantity, people. It’s a epic, ancient battle fought since the dawn of time, since the birth of man. Or just another way of saying that I’m spending more time refining stuff that I’ve written (except this post). And I’ve been guest posting in other places. And frankly, those places demand a little quality. And now to try really hard to get to the point because this post is getting way too long and wander-y, here is a list of some other places I’ve been working:

HuffPost: You can find me here.

Scary Mommy: I have one article and one info-graphic both being published in February. I’ll point them out to you in a poorly organized post, just like this one, when they are up.

Erma Bombeck Writing competition: This is kind of old news, but the new news is that I actually submitted something. And it cost me $15, so I’m treating this like Powerball with the same odds of winning. Except that if I do win, the prize will be a weekend writing workshop, which is perfect. Because the reward for being a good writer is always the opportunity to work harder at being a better writer. I should probably join Masochists Anonymous, instead.

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This is the scratch pad. And frankly, using it kind of hurts, but I can’t help it.

Everyone needs a place to doodle. At least that’s my current working hypothesis. Or possibly, I just need way more warming up and practice before I ACTUALLY do something like write a book.

And since we’re on the topic, here is a totally mind-blowing doodle. This was created by Anthony Weeks DURING a talk that was given by Vikki Reich and Deborah Goldstein at the SalonLGBTQ conference – an event that I can’t stop talking about. Let me say that again just in case you missed it the first time: This was drawn WHILE they talked.

Anthony Weeks

I took exactly two notes and a crappy photograph of this incredible poster, by comparison. But if you can see near the top of the poster, Vikki and Deb were talking about why they blog. This is a great question. This is a question that I ask myself, often. Because it’s sometimes very painful, like biting my nails, which I also do. And it sometimes causes my hands to bleed.

And the more I blog, the more I realize that I’m probably the person getting the absolute most out of this. I know that for a fact, actually, because the stats tell me that I’m my biggest fan. Confession: I sometimes read my own posts 4 or 5 times. Why? Because I can’t remember what happened. And I re-read them to re-experience my life, because I find some posts quite funny and some quite sad. And after I forget about them, they’re funny and sad all over again. It’s kind of like 50 First Dates with myself. And I also do it for all of the same reasons that Deb and Vikki listed.

And really, I do it because I can’t help it. It makes me feel better. Like Deb said: “I need to do this.”  I’ve spent parts of my life “being a writer.” And parts of my life “not being a writer.” And I think that some of the point of this whole pointless life is to write stuff down and try to make sense of it. Or possibly to make nonsense out it, which I also do. And to laugh at it. And cry at it. But it’s also a special sort of hell. A bleeding one. Because good writing for me is like biting my nails. It involves my hands. It’s painful. And it’s only really good when you’re bleeding.

A special thank you to these ladies, who made it happen. Here is the dream team, the organizers, the get-er-done group that organized and executed on the conference. Thank you to Deb Rox (@debontherox), Polly Pagenhart (@lesbiandad), Susan Goldberg (@mamanongrata), Deborah Goldstein (@psandcs), and Vikki Reich (@uppoppedafox).

salon lgbtq

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