Hi. It's me. I know, it's been a while. So first I'll apologize to you, my reader (hi mom!), and then I'll explain why.
Remember when you were in kindergarten and you'd make some super awesome macaroni artwork and you'd bring it home and your mom or dad would be like "oooooh sweetheart! Look at this! It's a MASTERPIECE!" and hang it on the fridge for 3 years? I've come to believe that we're setting our kids up for failure that way. Because now, as an adult, any time I'm really proud of something and I show it to other people I fully expect them to ooh and aah over it and tell me how awesome it is. But they don't. They read it (I think). They say "LOL" or "haha"... sometimes. Maybe even every third blog post I'll get a share or retweet. And then I start wondering why I even bother and I quit.
But now I'm back. Because in the grand scheme of things, I LIKE writing. I enjoy sitting down and seeing my words on a page. I have to remember that not everyone is going to like my writing. And sometimes the people who actually DO like my writing just don't have the time to sit down and read it. And that's okay. I'm just going to write because I like to write and I'll share it because maybe that day someone will need a laugh or just to know that someone out there feels the same way they do. Plus, sometimes I just need a little ego-stroking. Don't judge.
***I'd also like to add that unless you want your kids to turn out like me, sad and dejected every time someone doesn't like a blog post, quit hanging every single doodle your kids color on your fridge. Hang the REALLY good ones and let them know how amazed you are at their brilliance. But if they bring home some half-assed work that you KNOW they just scribbled out to get it done so they could go to recess, say "oh, would you like to keep this?" Chances are they don't care. Throw it away. Seriously. I know it's hard. But we all know it's nothing special- even your kid. There are enough beast-mode egos on the planet already. Do us all a favor.