You know how sometimes the Universe gives you a gift, but you are too blind to realize it?
Well in this case, the Universe is WordPress (this here blogging platform I use, for those of you non-bloggy peeps), and you can just call me Captain Oblivious.
Last week, I received a message from my blogging sister-wife, Emily of The Waiting. She was basically apologizing for her tardy congratulations, seeing as how she has been on a bit of a blogging hiatus due to lots of super-awesome things happening in her life right now.
Did she mean because I recently went to Target and didn’t spend $100? Did she mean because I was pretty much the valedictorian when I had to play the student at my daughter’s “Day in Third Grade” (suck it, long division)? Did she mean because MetroTix bowed to my whims, leading to my epic score of third row seats to The Monkees concert earlier in June? No. It was for none of these. (By the way, Em…a good friend would have totally congratulated me for ALL of those. I’ll let it slide this time, due to that whole moving-to-a-new-city-and-starting-a-job-where-you-can’t-wear-your-pajamas-or-feel-not-judged-for-eating-Pop-Tarts-in-the-open thing.)
It turns out, Emily was congratulating me for becoming a WordPress Recommended Family Blog. She had wandered over to the Recommended Blogs page and noticed I had been added to the group of really talented Family bloggers, to which she herself already belongs. Little did Em know that, while she probably felt like she was late-to-the-game in her kind words of support, she was actually the herald of the good news…because I had zero clue the honor had been heaped upon me. I have no idea when it happened, but sure enough, when I went to confirm the news for myself, there it was:
Let’s get this straight. A blogger who has been on hiatus for the last few months realized this happened before I, an active(ish) blogger, did. I had been given a gift and didn’t even realize it. (Thank you, Emily, for pulling the cloak from my eyes!)
So…*ahem*…let me officially announce…YOU GUYS! THIS A WORDPRESS RECOMMENDED FAMILY BLOG!
I feel proud to hold the distinction, especially in the category of “Family.” I like that my blog is recognized as a celebration of the thing I hold closest to my heart, and can be considered suitable for all audiences. Although, I shouldn’t be surprised at that last part. I have always been a bit of a, *sigh*, goody-two-shoes. Let’s just say that I had a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) tee-shirt in high school, and when I wore it, it wasn’t ironically. I was always one of the kids whom parents didn’t mind their children playing with; the babysitter you could trust; the curfew-obedient teenager; the employee who wouldn’t rock the boat. Most of my life could probably fall under the rating of PG. I’m like the ABC Family channel of the blogging world. Oh wait, doesn’t that channel have shows about sorority hazing and promiscuous teenagers mixed in with its reruns of Boy Meets World? Then again, I did write about stealing a giant wagon wheel in college and how I used to pretend my Barbies had sex. I guess I give you all just enough spice to keep you coming back. It can’t always be about the kids.
I am feeling a boatload of gratitude towards the WordPress staff. Knowing that people who read a LOT of blogs are of the opinion that this is one worth reading, well, the writer in me is feeling very fulfilled. So is the mom in me. And the minivan enthusiast in me. I also believe all your “likes,” comments, follows, and support for this blog helped them with their decision to include me on their list. So thank YOU for being your awesome selves.
Finally, since I realize I am a little fish in a big pond of other really great bloggers, here is just a small handful of “Are You Finished Yet Recommended WordPress Blogs,” to pay some love forward:
♥Ginger’s Grocery by Ginger
♥Drifting Through My Open Mind by Gretchen
♥Mended Musings by Karen
♥Crazy Good Parent by Janice
I am NEVER disappointed when I read the words written by any of these ladies. I also think, like Emily, they would have my back and clue me in the next time something happens on my own blog as I remain forever oblivious.