The Internet is a weird, wonderful place. There’s cool stuff and bad stuff and stuff that makes me question humanity, but for the most part, I’m grateful for the technology that 2013 affords me.
I can order a pizza online. (I mean, I don’t, because my local pizza shop doesn’t do that, but I COULD. If I liked bad pizza.)
First, a ‘bad thing’ story. A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a stranger that said, “I think you want to see this.” In general, that line is ominous and kind of scary, like when your significant other or mom or best friend texts you with, “We need to talk.” Your immediate reaction is usually a curse word.
In this case, it was the notification that a picture of me taken off a website (not mine, it was next to a writer byline off an article I had written elsewhere) was being used in unsavory Craigslist ads. To the tune of hundreds of unsavory Craigslist ads. In retrospect, it’s kind of ha-ha funny now, but it ate up an entire day and a half, I had to notify the police (there was a threat involved, followed by an apology, IDK, like I said, the Internet is weird), but thankfully none of you should be seeing my photo in a Craigslist ad any time soon… like in, ever.
Okay, now the cool things:
My blog is part of my day job, as some of you may know. I monetize it a little bit because I cannot justify spending the amount of time that I do on this blog without being compensated for it. (For example, if I wasn’t blogging, I’d be.. I don’t know, knitting, but I couldn’t justify knitting for hours and hours each week.) Outside of blogging, I freelance write – mostly copy for packaging/website/marketing collateral and articles for other websites and such.
2) I will be writing for Babycenter (another good one for the resume). While I write a little about parenting here, it’ll be a nice place for me to put some more parent-y thoughts without killing your RSS feed with all of my mom-posts.
3) I’m still writing for Melissa & Doug, which isn’t just parenting but it’s crafty parenting. I like sitting with the girls and putting together a craft and then writing a little about it. We have fun and we completely cover my kitchen table with glue and construction paper in the process.
4) I’m juggling short-term + long-term copy projects (which I love), but I need to brush up on bad puns. Feel free to text some to me.
All of this isn’t with crazy frequency (for example M&D is 1x or 2x a month), but it’s keeping me busy. Naturally, I decided to squeak in one more project. (Bear with me, you guys, I know I probably sound a little manic at this point.)
I’ve started a new blog (!)
When I started writing about the girls’ allergies, a couple of those posts went viral, and I got some great feedback from a lot of you saying, “YEAH we’re dealing with this, too.” The topic, however, is kind of irrelevant to the majority and doesn’t really have a place on NEON FRESH. For example, some of you have been asking for our allergy-friendly recipes, and if I started attempting to post photos of plated quinoa and vegetables on my blog, I think everyone (including myself) would feel weird inside. Okay, maybe just me.
With that said, I am pleased to announce the soft-launch (soft because the design is still a little wonky) of Scratch or Sniff, a website for parents of kids with allergies, asthma, and eczema. I’d like a place to put more in-depth discussion about these topics, to talk about products that have worked for me and others, to share recipes that do not taste like cardboard (brown rice pasta, I am looking RIGHT AT YOU), to discuss the quiet mourning over my kitchen’s lack of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. YOU KNOW. Important stuff.
Okay, so now this question: WELL WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THIS BLOG?
I am here (sup). I love NF like a tiny child. But I’ve pondered over whether or not I should stop monetizing and truly treat it as a hobby, which would mean posting 1x a week (see aforementioned thoughts on knitting), or go down to 3x/week (which is still totally a lot, IMO), or keep up with the 5x/week madness (realistically, I’m not sure that this is feasible without surrounding a blog post around “Hi guys, do you eat tacos? Leave a comment below!”). [ETA: I feel like I have to clarify just in case I was confusing: I'm not deleting NF. Too many GIFs to share, you feel me?]
Feel free to weigh in, but bear in mind that I’m sensitive and also my mom reads the comments.
*thinky face* So yeah. Internet, I love you and once in awhile I hate you, but totally mostly love you.