Thursday, March 30, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - I'm still around . . .

Here are 13 excuses (lame and otherwise) why I haven't written anything in the past two weeks:

1.Things have been busy at work. Things have been busy at home.
2. I've been procrastinating.
3. I have a severe case of writers block.
4. I've been thinking a lot about religion and faith lately. I'm not religious so it's kind of unusual for me to be giving so much mindspace to this issue. I've wanted to write about it but I'm concerned about offending people with my views.
5. Being overly concerned about offending people is also kind of unusual for me.
6. The controversy over at Morphing into Mama has made me extra skittish. (Go here to see the post that sparked the fire storm.) Not that I have nearly as many readers as MIM does. And my butt isn't half as cute as hers. But I think I have the potential to piss people off and I'm not sure I want to be controversial. (For the record, I think MIM makes some really good points. I also know that she's smart and funny and a fabulous writer. I think it's rotten that people have decided to attack her personally for sharing her opinion on her own blog.)
7. Sometimes I think all of the good stuff has already been written. I have a fear of being "derivative."
8. I don't really know what it means to be "derivative" but I'm pretty sure it's bad.
9. I worry that I don't have anything interesting to say.
10. There's lots of stuff that I would like to write about but since this blog isn't anonymous, I won't write it.
11. It's not that I have really bad things to say about anyone. But I can't write about stuff like job interviews (what? No. I'm not interviewing for anything . . . really), my family (not that I have anything bad to say but I don't want to embarass anyone or put my kids at any risk). I'd like to write more about my struggles with depression - although I'm not ashamed of it, there are people who might hold it against me so I don't want to take the chance.
12. Maybe I need an anonymous blog.
13. Yeah, just what I need for my procrastination guilt - two blogs where I don't post enough!

See the sidebar for other Thursday Thirteens!


Nancy said...

I was going to say write what you want. But, I went to see the Morph post you were talking about. I just don't get where people get off attacking someone personally for their opionion on their blog.

I have been trying to decide where blogging fits into my life and what I want to write about. I always worry that I have nothing interesting to say and now I have to decided WHO am I blogging for: me or readers.

I'm UP!

Courtney said...

Sorry you don't feel like you can blog about what you want. I didn't follow the link, but I can't understand attacking someone on their own blog about their own opinions. Geez people!
Happy TT! Mine is up.

Tanya said...

I know what you mean about not wanting to piss people off. But a bit of cyber-controversy is always interesting? Would love to see your opinions.

Hope the hectic stuff calms down for you soon.

My 13 are up.

Karin said...

I don't really understand why people can't disagree without attacking people personally. So I can understand why you're skittish! My 13 are up :)

landismom said...

Glad you're back!

I actually just started a second blog, so I could blog about work-related stuff (not very specific, but still), so I can relate to your concerns.

Titanium said...

I've thought about doing an anonymous blog too.. but haven't gotten around to it.

Better Safe Than Sorry said...

i'm always careful about what i write, my kids have a link to my blog and they read, so i hesitate to say what i really want to at times. i had another blog before this one, i made a comment on a regular read of mine and someone else who read the same blog didn't care for my comment and became a troll on my blog, i had to close it down and start a new one. it's funny, because the person i made the comment too, wasn't offended at all by what i had said, but i have since then learned you have to be careful if you leave a link, you never know who might come around to yours and what they might do.
i'm doing the tt too.

Sandra said...

Some people are amazingly revealing about their lives and their opinions. Those blogs are often fascinating to read, but I couldn't do that.

Once you start blogging, it's sometimes frustrating to find that you have things to say, but the medium is just too public to be able to completely open.

I sympathize with MIM. I didn't agree with her view, but I was surprised at the vehement opposition, and some of the comments she got were downright cruel. It really touched a nerve with some people, I guess.