this is me now

April 9, 2008

Hi, I’m _____ & I “blog” because…

Filed under: about me,blogging,random — by heatherdc @ 12:09 am

Last summer LB had a job working with these two fine people, M & M. They “blog”. She came to visit me for a weekend and let me in a little secret….she started blogging. My initial reaction was…..surprised? I thought it was pretty cool, but not something I could ever do. I’m not a “blogger”. I mean, it’s like ‘personal’ right? Like an online “journal” or something? What if people you know read it? What if you reveal too much about yourself?

Well, I started reading her blog, and I really liked it.

*wheels start turning…*

I had always said I wanted to be a “writer”. Not as in short stories and novels, not as in flowery fiction romantic whatevers, and not as in memoirs or biographies. I wanted to be a writer as in, I Love this website and I want to write stuff like THAT! And it hit me, if I want to write for a website, why not start by writing for my own??

That’s basically what these blogs are, right? This is MY page. My website. This is Me, now. I put whatever I want on this little thing. I control how it looks (ummmm…to an extent. Hi, I have no idea how to write a CSS code, but I would LOVE to know) and I make it purple, because I like purple. Sure, it’s not going to show up if you put my full name into a “google” search, but it’s here and it’s mine. Some people who know me know about it, but I’m not passing out fliers to advertise it.

I will admit, it took me a while to actually do it. It scared me that my writing would be accessible to the public. It’s here for all to see, which also means it’s here for all to criticize or to love. But that’s the reality of writing, is it not? If I want to have opportunities to do it in the future, I have to have something to show for it, right? I have to know that I’m okay with knowing that anybody can see these words. That’s the point of having websites and magazine in the first place. You want people to read them!!

So this was born. It started off a little rough, but I’ve gotten more used to writing about the ‘everyday’ things and the ‘cooking’ things and the ‘little weird things about me’. I don’t go too in depth about anything personal, and probably never will. I’m not sure why, maybe it’ll come at some time.

Now here I am, seven months later, and I “blog” because…..

::I have moved on to step 2! I was contacted by a fabulous person and now I write for this site once a week, about my life now & over the next year or so. Graduating, job-searching, baking, working, shopping, running…..the things I learn & want to pass on in the process.

::Now I am addicted to writing and reading a lot of other great blogs!

::It allows me to meet some pretty fabulous people, like this girl. And exchange fabulous e-mails! Because really, who isn’t addicted to e-mail? Don’t lie. And someone else who gave me tips while I was training and loves Stacy & Clinton as much as I do!

::Umm…I’m really entertained by the random things people type into a Google search. Seriously, weird. For instance, today I saw “adding chili to brownie mix”. What are you doing adding CHILI to BROWNIE mix?!?! Please stop now!! Because, ew, that’s not right. Chili to cornbread maybe? Chocolate to brownie mix?? What are you trying to do?? Agh, I’m so confused.

Anyway. Hi, I’m Heather. I’m totally a blogger.



  1. Hii I’m Alya and I’m a blogger too!

    I love your writing, i could completely relate to it. I have a style blog and when I first started, it was under a pseudonym because I didn’t know if it was going to be good. And I didn’t want people I know to critisize my blog, or my ‘creativity’.

    But after getting lots of feedback, and also getting better with time, I decided, hey this is my product – my baby – and I want to take full credit for it!

    So yeah, I’m Alya, and I blog because I LOVE IT.

    Comment by Alya — April 9, 2008 @ 2:10 am |Reply

  2. I love purple, too. Great post. Congrats on the writing gig! (I received your email but not sure if my reply to you was sent… oh well. Mostly congrats on your run and keep READING! and blogging! My fave Austen book is Emma…

    Comment by CuriousC — April 9, 2008 @ 12:17 pm |Reply

  3. I’m running the Vermont City Marathon on May 25. Most of the same group of hs friends who ran the Moab 1/2 are flying out to visit our friend and her husband who live in Portland, Maine and then a few of us are running the marathon. You know, just for fun. Ha.

    Can’t wait for the sun to start freakin’ shining!

    Comment by Sassy — April 9, 2008 @ 2:17 pm |Reply

  4. PS-Just read a few of your posts on job web! Congrats on finding another fun place to write. I really want to freelance…just not sure where to start, what to write about, etc. Hm…

    Comment by Sassy — April 9, 2008 @ 2:23 pm |Reply

  5. Psssst- I checked your writing on the other site you write for, and it is amazing that you do that! Two thumbs up for good blogs like yous! Now, how sad would I be if I never stumbled across your blog and not have our e-mail goss sessions!??? SO SAD! I am so glad to have become a blogger too so I could meet other super cool blogers like youself! Um hello!? Fabulous! I also loved hearing your story about how you decided to start blogging and a super dooper thanks for the mention!!!! Yay for new friends!

    Comment by Jen — April 10, 2008 @ 9:20 am |Reply

  6. this is a great blog entry! you may want to share it with that other site too!

    Comment by claudia — April 10, 2008 @ 9:47 am |Reply

  7. Hey there. I’ve been reading…but haven’t been commenting as much lately. But, you know I’m a huge fan, and that you’re partly responsible for helping me with Forty by Forty! I know, I know, I owe you an update on all that. Just crazed…but love reading you and love that you’re still reading me. You are a great writer, and kudos for the once a week gig that landed from this. Nicely done!

    Comment by Mike — April 10, 2008 @ 12:45 pm |Reply

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