Monday, February 27, 2012

It all started with the anorexics...



I began blogging around 2005, about the same time my dad was diagnosed with cancer--he elected not to treat it, but to start receiving hospice immediately and die in his own home.  It was a process that lasted about seven weeks and left my head spinning.  I was on Xanga, (probably should have been on Xanax, but that's another story for another day) just writing for myself, really, with no thought about anyone reading it.  But a few folks did--and I made a couple of friends who have remained friends...one has even followed me to Blogger.  Unfortunately, I made an off-hand (and humorous, I thought) remark that answered Xanga's question of the day, which was "What would you say if you found out your friend was anorexic?"  My answer included phrases along the lines of  "you go..." and "...thin mints...".  From that moment on, I was persona non grata on Xanaga.  So I escaped to Blogger.

Again, initially I was just writing for me.  And then a few people started to follow me--friends, mostly, from facebook and real life. 
< (This is my sister, Kiki.  She feel sorry for me because I'm old and teach 8th grade, so she reads this blog out of guilt.)

And I started to get responses on my funnier posts.  And my Mrs. Duffey posts?  Were the $hit.  But still no increase in readership and only a comment or two.

So, I started to do some research, and found the home decor bloggers.  There are a zillion of them.  They have about skeighty-eight hundred people following them.  Some of them?  Even make money.  Heck yeah, I'll jump on that bandwagon!
I have five house remodels under my belt--I can hang with this crowd!  That led to HOuse 'HO, which was my parody, sort of, of the home decor blogs.  I didn't count on it being something that people read.  And I certainly didn't count on finding some interesting women who have great ideas. And that leads me to now....
     I am not ambitious by nature--I'm good to go with the flow.  But my word for the year is "forward..." and that's where I want to go. (And now we're getting to the part I probably should have started with, but I tend to dwell on backstory.)  What do I want from my blog?

1.  To keep in touch with my Peeps

For me, blogging is a way to communicate with my friends and family all over North America.  I'm not a big "phone" person, mainly because I forget to turn mine on.  I call my mom and my kids, but I write to everyone else.  I would hate for my blog to turn into something that doesn't sound like me--I think it has to be my voice coming through.

2.  To make people feel something

Not every time I blog, of course, because sometimes I'm just showing photos of furniture or houses that I stalk, but at least once a week I'd like to post something that makes someone laugh or cry or think "is this woman insane?"  Or all three.  Maybe at the same time.

3.  To gain at least one follower a week

...and lose 1 pound a week!

4.  To keep track of what's going on 

As DL and I transition out of "workin' for the man" mode and into our "Yee-Haw!" mode, I hope this blog will be a good platform for what we do, which is remodeling/renovation/rehab.  We don't expect the blog to make money for us, but I think that the knowledge and information that's available on the internet, from all of these bloggy folks, will give us the inspiration to move forward with our "retirement."  (It doesn't hurt to have a kick in the pants if we've been asked to show the photos from projects or renos, either!)

and 5. To be a part of a community

And I do love being a part of the community of home decor bloggers.  I may not have the same goals--after all, they ARE younger!--but they have a great vibe that I am enjoying.  Plus, they will inspire me to clean my house so that I can post photos.  They may have to wait on that until I'm done grading papers.

30 comments:

  1. So can I still hang out here even though I have zero home decor flair?! Please? And will you visit me sometimes too...I could make cookies! Or I can get you any CNY faves?

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  2. A new follower and part of your "tribe" community.

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  3. Remember the days when a clean house mattered so much? Guess that is a sign of our age. And about that age..... what's the matter with being over some little hill anyhow? Doesn't wisdom come with that? Isn't the younger generation suppose to look up to us? Could your sister feel sorry for me too and read my blog?

    ~Bliss~

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  4. Oh that Bliss makes me chuckle! Has she been here before? If not, I'm sure she'll return for sure ...

    ... and we all know you are insane! I mean, as I type this my left eye keeps catching sight of those boobs ...

    :)

    Linda

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  5. Oh yes...Bliss and I are OLD friends! ;) So excited she and I are part of it--

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  7. And now for my much more sensitive comment. So sorry for your dad's suffering. I lost my big sis to cancer 6 years ago. I'm still very angry and weepy and emotionally unstable about it all ...

    Linda

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  8. Kirby,

    I am so glad you were ex-communicated from Xanga....because you found your way to our little corner of the blog world! Love the 1 new follower = 1 pound. Perfect!

    blessings,
    k

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  9. So nice to meet you & glad to be part of your new tribe community!!

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  10. All this time I thought Xanga was a mediation! And now that Linda pointed out the torso on the left, I keep seeing it too. Maybe Kirby could put up something with some ab's and biceps on the left sidebar instead?

    ~Bliss~

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  11. Glad you left xanga. Everyone knows they can't take a joke. Not like us bloggers can.

    I'm your newest follower via GFC AND linky. Because I'm hardcore like that.

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  12. Do I count as a "tribe member" or I am I sure to get voted off the Island? I'm a wee bit irreverant myself on my blog, must be why we connected :)

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  13. Great goals Kirby! I think it's so fun to think about stuff like this. You've got a good mix here, I think if you accomplish #2, #3 will come and then you'll be on your way to #5.

    And sorry about your father, cancer is a bitch!
    Karah

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  14. I popped in here from the Leap Blog page. Oh, and you've met your follower quotient for this week because I added myself to the list. I can't speak for the pound, but if you lose it, please don't send it my way.

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  15. I was hoping I could be your follower for this week but it looks like I'll have to get in line! :) I'm following anyway, so maybe I can count for one week in June or something. I just found my old xanga blog from college that I don't remember ever writing. AWKWARD.

    PS - I'm going to haven too! Excited to meet you there!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

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  16. Great goals! I'm stopping over from "It All Started With Paint," and I'm glad I did :) There's nothing I like better than a funny blogger. The home decor part? That's the icing on the thin mint (I mean cake..)

    I'll be posting my goals on Friday and I'd love it if you stopped by!
    ~ Elena
    http://acasarella.blogspot.com/

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  17. I'm new to your blog via MOV. And I love home decor blogs that don't take themselves too seriously. So I'm your new follower for this week! (Except I do all my blog-reading in bloglovin, so I can't actually prove it.)

    Have you seen the blog Catalog Living (catalogliving.net)? SO funny, gently snarks on staging.

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  18. Kirby,
    Great goals - especially the second part of #3 (to lose a lb a week)! I'm with you on that one - do you think blogging can actually make us lose weight!?

    Glad you are part of our goals party and you're another power blogger - you go girl! New Linky follower (yippie - check off #3)!
    Kelly

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  19. Definately I always feel something Kirby, because you and Bliss are my go-to ladies for the most interesting blogs on the block ! You both write so well - whether serious or funny.
    I reckon you'll be picking up a follower a day very soon (if not already).
    As always your answers are always slightly out of the box for me - love them !

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  20. It's nice to meet you - from one naturally unambitious friend to another. I've added myself to your Linky Followers. Would love for you to follow back. I'm funny occasionally...(actually if you went by how often Mr Quirky laughs at me I should be funny all the time!)

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  21. Oh man, if I had a nickel for every time I said something smart that made me a persona non grata, I'd be one wealthy girl. I feel your pain!

    I'm a new follower... so there's your goal for the week! :)

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  22. I have a blog review hop going on at my blog, if you'd like to join! You go and review 2 blogs anonymously and then 2 bloggers anonymously review your blog. It will give you some ideas as far as your blog layout and functionality, etc. Come on over!

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  23. Loved your post! I am with you on the 1 follower and 1 pound! Happy Friday~
    Bristol

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  24. Count me in for whatever week you still have open. I appreciate a good, honest, sarcastic remark now and then...as long as it's not directed at me, lol. You decorate too? I'll have to go check that out when I'm done here. Thanks for sharing your goals...hey, maybe we'll both make an income some day. I'm gonna have to figure that one out...

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  25. I guess I can be your follower for next week.
    Nice to meet you.

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  26. I'm your newest follower from the blog hop trust me no smart a** comment is going to throw me I have heard it all :)

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  27. i don't even know what xanga is! what's wrong with me?
    and i agree that blogging is about community! :)

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  28. Kirby- you crack me up! I was leaving you a comment on your english teacher post (capital "e") and i clicked something and it is gone. Anyway!

    So, I found the anorexic post and i am leaving a comment here. And, just spaced what I was going to say. Oh.. the home decor. My original blog title was going to have me just poking fun and rambling about this and that, but that got me nuthin' :-)

    So i realized that decor blogs were where it is at and maybe occasionally someone will read a post under "children." Thanks for the laugh kirby! xo, laura and I'm NOT a trophy wife... but a girl can dream!

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  29. huh, I used to be on Xanga too, now I just don't blog. I've been following you for a while, makes me wonder if I subscribed to you on xanga? either way you make me laugh.

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  30. I have no idea what xanga is but I wish it hadn't been a bad experience but a year on from ths post looks like logger worked out well :)

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Your comment makes me feel twenty years younger and thirty pounds lighter!