(For regular readers, this is a "sticky post," meaning that it will stay up as the first post for a couple days or so. My most current blog posts will be the next post after this one.)
If you're a new reader here, welcome! Here's a little bit about me (hi, I'm Melissa!) and my blog ...
I've been blogging here since August 2008. Originally, my thought was that this would be a fun way to keep my mother (and mother-in-law) updated on their grandchildren's doings. (Betty and Boo are pseudonyms for my 8 year old girl/boy twins.) I would use this space to chronicle our family's activities. But it became more than that.
It became a connection with others, people I consider friends and would otherwise never met. On a deeper level, blogging offered an opportunity for me to start writing for fun again. I do a considerable amount of writing for my job as a nonprofit fundraising and PR director, but I had lost my own venue, my own voice.
Before hitting publish on that first post, I realized I needed to start writing again. Blogging brought the gift of writing - doing it, appreciating it, connecting with others who love to write and appreciate good writing - back to me.
At one point during those early days, I stumbled onto a book blog. And then another. And another. And then I found myself reading blogroll after blogroll, and discovering that - holy cow! - there was this whole big community of people like me who loved to read. Even better, they liked to write about what they read. I could do that, I thought.
And then the Presidential election campaigns were in full swing (often right in my own backyard), and I found I had a few things to say about those goings-on, in addition to various issues in the news or the craziness that passes for pop culture sometimes.
So the result of all this? Is a blog that's hard to define. I don't have a niche, per se. I'm a potluck-dinner type of blogger.
On any given day, I'm likely talking about books (I tend to read contemporary, literary, and young adult fiction, short story collections, memoir, and nonfiction), but the next day, I might write about our family's experiences with autism (specifically, Asperger's Syndrome), which my son has. Or bullying in schools or dating violence. Or something in the news, especially if it's of a local nature. Or offering up some political commentary. Or a recipe that, miraculously, my picky-eater twins devoured. Or a few paragraphs of my novel in progress. Or a guest post from my husband's blog.
For new readers, perhaps browse through the labels on the sidebar "What I Tend to Write About on My Blog." If there's something of interest, let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.
In the meantime, thank you so much for stopping by for what I hope will be the beginning of many more visits together!
copyright 2010, Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy, The Betty and Boo Chronicles) If you are reading this on a blog or website other than The Betty and Boo Chronicles or via a feedreader, this content has been stolen and used without permission.