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Friday, February 13, 2009

The night I first hit "Publish"...

...I was confused and a little freaked out. To say I had no idea what was I getting myself into would be an understatement of epic proportions.  At that moment as I sat there trying to figure out what the hell "Blogger" was and how I could put a whatever picture in my header, I was still a mom without a blog.  A gloriously ignorant mom without a blog.  With a half-baked idea in my half-baked head.    

And now exactly four months later, exactly, I am a mom WITH a blog. Still confused, still a little freaked out, but overall I feel like I'm on one big crazy adventure traveling all over the world, meetings all kinds of cool, fascinating people, learning a hell of a lot and trying to keep my brain from exploding.

My bloggy friend, Deb, had this idea for everyone to post their first post on this particular Friday and because it's a grand idea and because I'm generally fried this week, I am jumping in.

Here it is. My first post.

Originally published October 13, 2008

It all happened innocently enough. I needed an art table for the kids. So I googled "children's art table." Among my choices popped up something along the lines of: "Build Your Own Modern Art Table." Now I have no time for building art tables but we live in a kinda cool modern house and thought a modern art table would look just fabulous. So I clicked on it. And sure enough, it WAS a cool modern art table...built by a really cool mom. Not only did this mom design this table, she bought all the stuff for it, used tools to put it all together and now her gorgeous kids do fabulous art on it.

Wow..."who has time for this?" I thought. Then I innocently clicked around this cool mom's blog and saw she had also had a garden. And she uses her homegrown herbs and vegetables in her kitchen to delight her family with fabulous dishes. And then it dawned on me...not only did she find the time to build an art table, plant a garden, take care of the garden, harvest the garden, and prepare yummy meals, she found the time to BLOG about it.

OK, if she can do all that, then surely I can build this art table, I found myself thinking (although if I really paid attention, I would have realized I was just pissed off.) Okay, I can do this building furniture thing. The table would look perfect in our kids' art will be even more kid-artsy.. my children deserve a cool mom who builds things.... and then I snapped out of it. I was wasting time. Precious seconds during "nap time." I had other real things to FIND an art table! Or clean the kitchen or... you know the drill. Here I was contemplating the truly impossible. There was no more chance of me building that table than me eating Sushi for dinner. (I don't eat Sushi even though I live in L.A. - I know, I know.)

What started out as a happy foray into the world of children's art tables landed me in a confusing state of mild depression and sinking self-worth. Yikes.

And then I had a flashback to a conversation I had had with a friend over a year ago after we both had recently given birth to our third kids. She was telling me how she was feeling a bit anxious as she compared herself to other moms who shared their daily escapades through their blogs. I mean, at least she had a blog, but she felt other moms had way better blogs than she did. It also seemed that other moms did cooler things with their kids, more educational, more creative, more organic, more...just more. And better. And then after my accidental run-in with the homemade modern art table, I was feeling the same way. Like a big ol' lamo.

But why????

The modern mom has a slew of stuff on her over-achieving brain and now we have to add comparing blogs to our list? And what if we don't even HAVE a blog? Where does that leave us?

It seems it's all coming down to a line drawn in the sand - moms who blog and moms who don't. I'm so a mom who does not blog but I felt the need to reach out to other poor on-the-brink moms who might encounter a homemade piece of furniture, or some hand-sewn girls' cutie dress, or another organic vegetable garden and have her day go just that much further down the drain.

So this seed was planted and a creative outlet needed in the middle of my beautifully never-ending days with my three breathtaking children. I'm not sure how it will all unfold or if it will simply fold, but I guarantee you, you unknown mom with or without a blog out there in blogland, this site will not intimidate.

P.S. I never got an art table. But my mom ended up buying my girls some very useful organizational art tools.

Cool Art Caddy and Shelves from Lakeshore

For more First Posts go check out Deb at Dirty Socks and Pizza


  1. great post....i didn't know what i was getting myself into either when i first started my blog!

  2. Great first entry. Now you can get back to making that art table! :)

  3. And I thought I loved you before...

    Sadly (for me) I have yet to read back thru your archives (doesn't THAT sound swanky) so I'm so glad you posted that. I know exactly how you felt and you said it so well. sounds just like what I was feeling...
    Meeting people like you is why I keep doing this. Thanks.

  4. Great first post! You said it perfectly Lee.

    My blog is a creative outlet for me and hopefully brings a smile or a raised eyebrow or two! hee hee

  5. Well, I'M glad you didn't "fold." And I'm not a mom with or WITHOUT a blog! I just think you're the coolest. (Now how lame-o is THAT?!)

  6. Nice job---it's kinda fun to see everyone's "history", eh?

  7. Dang, that was right respectable first post. Oddly enough someone just posted to my a day or 2 ago, just checking.

  8. BTW I can't talk on the phone and post without leaving out and changing key words.

    Have mercy...

  9. So wonderul. We are kindred spirits my friend. Organic gardens? Art tables? Homegrown herbs?

    My parents provided none of the above, yet I still have happy childhood memories.

    Shock and awe.

    I picked you up at "Teddy Bear Teas." I so need to go back through your archives!! Em

  10. I wouldn't have finished the table either, lol :) As for gardening...well I suck at it...the deer always have a happy feast after I have forgotten about it. As for blogging....I am happy you do...Rock on chica! :D

  11. How funny.... I wish I'd seen this this morning and I would've jumped on the bandwagon! Love your intro and explanation of how you got in the game. It's so interesting to hear how we all got here!

  12. now you're just queen of moms without modern art tables (MWOMAT).

    i think i have found an interesting thread throughout some of these first posts (or maybe i am just hallucinating because it is so late and i have been staring at this computer for hours now).

    this post just reinforces how lucky i am to have you as my bud.

    now if you'll excuse me, i need to go collect the eggs laid by the free range chickens living in my backyard.

  13. Nothing like seeing supermoms and superdads to really make you re-evaluate your self worth, huh?

    We try to set the bar extremely low around here...

    I liked your first post, and love where your blog is going..Im a big fan, ma'am.

  14. It was a whole new world for me too and I thought I was really on top of things...NOT! lol!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  15. I'm so glad you started!!!

    Here's my first

  16. funny thing that made you start and I hope that you keep it up. ;)

  17. waaaaaaaaaaaay more insightful than MY first blog post! it featured a puppy and maybe a paragraph and a half!!! great first post lee!

  18. It is my experience that moms with blogs are much more moms-without-blogs-like than moms without blogs. In my brain, that TOTALLY made sense.

    Since I've already tortured my readers with repeats everytime I go on vacation, I'll put my first post link here:

  19. Hi there. Fellow friend of Deb's here. I have been at this 6 months and I felt the same way! You had a wonderful first post.


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