First off, I was thinking it would be fun if you all wanted to do a little shameless self promotion. I know that a lot of you are bloggers yourself, and I know how hard it is to get readers. I also know it's bad blogging etiquette to self promote in the comments, but here's your chance! Have at it people. I think it would be fun to see what everyone else is writing about. Feel free to post your link and a description in the comments section below. You may also post websites you own, flickr accounts, emails if you want to connect with others, facebook or google plus accounts, whatever floats your boat. Please do not post anything offensive, anything of an overly adult nature, anything that might incite a blogging riot, or I will have to delete it. Love you! Except for the person that keeps spamming my site with Dr. Udo's love potion. I don't love you and you can just go away.
Secondly, what is on your mind? Yes, YOU. I literally sit down in front of my computer, whatever is on my mind falls out onto the screen, and 20 minutes later boom, that's what you are all reading for the day. But I'm interested in what you are struggling with. Are there any topics that you would like to see covered? I might not have any helpful tips, but someone on here might, so I wouldn't mind writing about things that you would like to see, and hope for some really good feedback from others in the comments section. Now let me also throw out there, that just by the sheer volume of readers that are here, it might be impossible to cover every idea thrown at me, so don't get offended if I can't write about them all. I'm guessing though that there might be a lot of over lapping idea's.
Thirdly, (is that even a word? I dunno) what do you enjoy reading? Do you like the heavy hitter emotional pieces? Do you like the humor? What do you want to see more or less of? Point me in the right direction people!
Fourthly (definitely not a word), I see in the comments section a lot of people commenting that they have bookmarked the blog. I love it! I just wanted to let you know, if it is easier for you, you can subscribe to the blog on the right hand side, and you will get an email every time I post. It really makes no difference to me whether you just keep checking the blog or subscribe, I don't run ads on here or anything where they need to see subscribers, I'm just pointing out that nifty little feature in case you didn't know about it. I've subscribed myself just to make sure that the emails are being sent out, and I can assure you I get no emails other than the blog posts.
Fifthly (Also not a word, but I'm on a roll here) for those of you whom have subscribed by email, when you get the emailed post, if you click on the title it will take you to the actual web posting and you can read the comments or comment yourself. There are so many smart people here, I wouldn't want you to miss anything! And selfishly I love hearing from you all....
If you're looking for something with a bit more substance than this fluff post, feel free to pop over to my latest article on XOJane, "I Regret Reporting My Rape."
But before I go, I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone that tested out my new "donation" button via paypal. I know how concerned a lot of you were after my last post "On My Way To Homelessness," and peer pressure in the comments section finally convinced me to add a donation button. I was resistant to do that for a long time, even though many of you have been asking me to do that for quite a while. This blog is not about money, it never will be, and I didn't want anyone to think that I was just trying to make money off of my readers. I love you all dearly and hope that you will continue to stay here, read, learn, support, and grow, for a very long time. With that being said, thank you all so much for caring about me and my kids. In ONE day you guys donated $400. I am blown away. It wasn't enough to cover my mortgage, but it's close enough that I'm thinking if I can get some of my kids toys to sell online this week, I will be able to make the payment. Thanks for giving me such a HUGE jump start you guys!! I tried to personally email everyone that donated so that I could thank you (except for the person that donated $5, your thank you email keeps getting sent back to me!). I was at my son's therapy appointments Friday morning (even though he is caught up on his skills, because the program he has been in is so intensive, they will slowly phase him out until they release him completely in May), when the donations started flooding in. It made my heart all warm and fuzzy every time my phone chimed with a notification.
***Ok, so I'm in the middle of writing this post (obviously), and the two nutcases are going at each other's throats on the other side of the wall. He is screaming "HOW DARE YOU, HOW DARE YOU!!!" and she is screaming something so high pitched that the only thing I can make out is "I DON'T CARE!!!" It is overly apparent that they are over there throwing things. Half of me is too distracted and annoyed to keep writing, and the other half of me is extremely interested in what is going on over there, because let's be honest, who wouldn't be. So I'm gonna go be creepy and press my ear against the wall for a while.
Ok, I'm back. I actually pressed my ear against the wall and listened in. Apparently he was "backing her up all day" about something and then she was telling everyone that he doesn't give her what she needs and he is mad because how dare she make him look stupid like that, and she said she doesn't care. Then something hit the wall and I nearly screamed because my head actually got thumped and it scared me. Then he went tearing out of the house like the place was on fire. Lovely. Not even three months into wedded bliss and it sounds like things are going swimmingly over there. Oh, and did I mention she got pregnant on her honeymoon? I mean I am actually happy for her because I know how badly she wanted a baby, and I have honest to gosh thrown up a few prayers to God that the baby be healthy, but come on, like they are ready for another baby to come into that mess. My only hope is that they will outgrow their house and move. My house is almost exactly double the size of theirs and they will have two adults, a seven year old, a baby, and two big dogs in a small townhouse, so...fingers crossed!!****