So I figured the easiest way to do that was to go back to my very first post. I could post the link here, or, I can just post the whole thing here- it was 3 paragraphs long:
"No one's life is perfect. Everyone on earth is searching for happiness, or for their place in this world. I'm no different. The past few years of my life have been spent in the pursuit of happiness, sometimes at the cost of those around me. I woke up one morning and said 'No more'. My life was the very definition of 'crazy', and 'stable' was no where in my vocabulary. So, I made changes, and to this day, I'm doing the only thing I know to do- try my best.
This blog is an outlet for me. No so much to vent or whine about what's not going right in my life. It's more to focus on the little things that make life meaningful, and to share those things with whoever ventures to my blog. Some days I will post about deep thought-provoking ideas or practices, and others about a funny link or interesting movie I saw, and other times a recipe or new home-making idea I've come across. That's life- random, chaotic, and you never know what will be waiting for you around the corner.
I can't promise to change the world with my blog, or to inspire life changes (hell, I'm still figuring out my life). I can promise entertainment, personality, some helpful hints or tips every now and then, spontaneity, and not the average 'pictures of my kids eating spaghetti, aren't they so cute?' type of blog (I'm not one for deep sharing of my personal life to the general masses). So, sit back, enjoy the ride, subscribe if you would like, and comment if something strikes you!"
I started Inklings on October 12, 2010. I started as a stay at home mom in Arizona, who, after having my world fall apart, moved my kids 2000 miles with me back to the east coast, did the single mom thing for a while, had my world fall apart, again, and even more quickly this time because of a douchebag, moved 400 miles north to where family was, did the single mom thing for a while (after having sworn off men altogether), and once I finally cleared my head and got back to who I was, and figured out what I wanted, began reconciling with Hubby, which has led me to an upcoming move back the 2000 miles to Arizona.
Good grief. It sucks to lay it all out like that.
Through it all, though, I wrote. Well, I went MIA from the blogosphere for the greater part of the time I was with the douchebag, but that's because of lack of internet access. As soon as I moved back home with family, I picked Inklings back up immediately... and basically had to start all over again, building a reader base and trying to figure out what direction I wanted to take.
I think for the most part I've stayed true to why I first started Inklings. I promised:
- Entertainment: I'd say teaching my readers the phrase 'sand in the vagina' counts as entertainment, or, telling stories about how I cussed out a bird. And, we can't forget the new vlog, where y'all get to see how random I am.
- Personality: Damn, I think I'm missing that one...
- Helpful Hints or Tips: Aha! I have the actual post Mom Tips #1, and then ones where I've snuck hints and tips into them, like Kids and Cussing 101 and Tatted Mom's Guide to Catching a Child Liar.
- Spontaneity: "Afro circus, afro circus, polka dot, polka dot, polka dot, Afro!" 'Nuff said.
- Not the average 'pictures of my kids eating spaghetti, aren't they so cute?' type of blog: Have y'all even seen my kids on this blog? Maybe a back shot here, or a little bit of a profile there, but definitely not a face picture. If I had pics of my kids, it would be them sprawled out on the floor after they tripped or something. I'd make sure they were okay, first, before I brought out my camera phone.
This post isn't meant as a selling point to you all; you're here, which means you already read the blog, or clicked on something in a search engine that appealed to you (like 'denture fetish'- if you are new here, you might want to click that link so you don't think I'm oober crazy). Either way, you're either going to stay or never come back; whichever you decide to do is your choice.
This post is meant, well, as a reminder to me. I need to remember why I started Inklings, what makes everyone who does read it on a regular basis come back time after time, and what I need to stay true to. To me, that's the 5 points above.
So, thank you. Thank you to those amazing readers who keep coming back, who keep me grounded in why I started this blog, and keep me writing. Any comments or input you have is always greatly appreciated. I'm a comment whore, don't forget that!
I promise to you all, to uphold the 5 promises I made when I started this blog. If there's anything else y'all would like me to consider promising, please let me know below... as long as it's not the secret ingredient to my spaghetti sauce, either of my kids for any ritual sacrifice, for me to give up being outspoken and random, hearing me sing, pictures of my kids (like, actual pictures), or for me to give up bacon. Those are automatic no-goes, sorry.