Saturday, May 31, 2008

My Acceptance Speech

(Imagine confetti coming down around me and lights flashing. Imagine me in a gown, blowing kisses to the wildly excited, applauding audience. Imagine me on a pedestal with the National Anthem playing and a grapevine wreath on my head - Oh wait, Wrong Contest!)

I am proud to announce that I have blogged Every Day in May. Yep. Every single, solitary, never-ending day in the longest month of my life. Many times by the skin of my teeth, and almost each time at the last minute. I do believe that this is the first time I have done anything for 31 straight days (except maybe brush my teeth and pee ... and I think I stopped doing one of those during a very bad first trimester of an early pregnancy.)

There have definitley been benefits.

I have learned how to be a better blogger. (Practice Makes Perfect.) I know how to add a link. I know how to download pictures from my camera to my computer to my blog (as long as my son is close by.) I have learned to add things to my sidebar (but not update it :).

Purportedly, I have inspired a couple of friends to start their own blogs. I'm sure they figure it can't be that hard if I do it.

I have not learned how to be concise. I have not remembered to make sure my parentheses ever end (as Kanani and other astute readers can attest to...In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she's been counting them up :)
I have not learned how not to care if nobody comments. (Thanks to those of you who learned how to post a comment in the last 31 days.)

I have learned the definition of a Blog Stalker (Hi, Eva!)

I have learned that sometimes I can sit down to write my blog post and have no earthly idea what I will say.... and the results are resplendent - or at least fine. Other times I think about a blog subject and can hardly sleep at night I'm so full of myself and the great writing I will do the next day. But somehow in the transfer from my brain to the keyboard, even my own kids can't pretend they enjoyed it.

I have learned that when you are 'forced' to blog every day you look at your world differently. Everything is either blog-worthy .... Or Not. My children and friends have learned to warn me ahead of time not to blog about certain things that happen when we are together. They realize every moment of my life is a potential Internet Moment. And, as my husband has pointed out to me on several occasions, most of my blog is made up of the small, trifling matters of my life. Thanks for feigning interest :)

I'm not abandoning the whole Blog Idea. "They" say that if you do something every day for at least 30 days it becomes a habit. With my history, I probably can't stop blogging now even if I want to!

My competitor and fellow blogger, Lea (Lea, the Loser vs. Dazzling Debbie -see yesterday's post if you think I'm being braggadocious...)has publicly committed to blog 3x a week or some other equally foolish number. I am taking the Ambiguous Road and saying that I WILL continue to blog. Period. (or as my daughter, Mary-Faith, who often gets words a tad mixed-up, said one defiant moment recently, "I'm never going to wear these! Comma!")

I'm thinking about challenging myself to do something else for a month. Actually, I think NOT Doing something for a month might be more challenging. So, I'm trying to think of something to give up or stop. Maybe I'll call it Don't Be a Goon in June.
Or...Up By Noon in June (jk!), Not a Single Spoon (of sugar) in June. That would be Very Hard (read: Impossible).

What would you like to stop doing in June? (and I don't mean laundry or cleaning house...)

13 comments:

first runner up (which just means first loser) said...

i promise to stop hanging out with the PRESIDENT of the united states and the GOVERNOR of south carolina and other various and sundry political figures in june... but it isn't june for a few hours, so i can still rub elbows with the hoity toity for a little while longer. and "rub elbows" isn't merely a figure of speech, my elbows were all over those people, especially while i was taking photos of george w. giving the commencement speech at my alma mater.... if i can't be the "blog every day in may" winner, i need something to keep me feeling good about myself...

Kaluha Keeping Koala said...

I want to quit planning and get on with doing.

Meg in Tally said...

Congrats, Princess! Enjoy all that Frenchie food...even though I can't understand the draw. Just give me a good ol' American burger off the grill any day!

You have inspired us, tickled us, and thrilled us with your repartee' (that's a frenchie word, ain't it?). Don't quit now, we're just getting used to the Princess and a cup of coffee each day! (Have you EVER seen me drink a cup of coffee? :)) Oh, well. We'll just have to look forward to those 'some' days. Sigh....

Meg in Tally said...

Just made another batch of those sinful PW Apple Dumplings for my beautiful family this Sunday morning...ahhhhhhhh....can you smell them?

Brite said...

Hmmm, I'd like to quit spending too much time reading blogs. :) But I do hope that you will continue to post frequently- I would make time for yours. And another goal for June- to gag less when I brush MY teeth. But I'm in my 2nd trimester now, so maybe that won't be as hard as it seems.

Tracy said...

Congrats to you, Debbie! Ah, thank goodness for "Leap May", right? I have enjoyed your competition and can say I could barely keep up with you girls this month, it was fun trying though! Keep blogging!!! As far as June, I'd like to stop reacting so childlishly to my children....ah, one can hope!

mamajil said...

Woohoo!! I must say your blog inspired me to start blogging:)
take care!

Colette said...

Congratulations on making it through May! :) It's been very enjoyable for those of us who read your blog.
Hmm...I'd like to stop filling out job applications in June. :) I'm quite tired of writing down my work history 20 times. ;)

Jax said...

In June I'd like to...
Stay put! We're trying to not take any trips all month...we'll see how that goes. You know us!
Good job Mom -- enjoy Albert's!

Laura said...

Congratulations! It has been so much fun peeking into your life. In June, I want a night away with my husband just once before our six weeks of insanity.

lea said...

my life is so meaningless without you blogging everyday... i think i will leave this city and all computer checking for a few days to get over my grief. don't miss me too much!

mamaweso said...

Finally, I've read most of your daily posts. I'd like NOT to be in Florida in June, but that ain't going to happen (to quote Mary G). I love your daughter's remark -- not gonna do it, comma! I'm enjoying peeking into you life (however, when I first read that comment I thought it said "peeing" and that it was a reference to one of the only 2 things you do daily. LOL) I like how you say "books on my nightstand" instead of "books I'm reading." That way we can assume you may actually read those books. Pat, who's nightstand is overflowing with books I hope to one day get to peruse (and perhaps read)

Meg in Tally said...

Enough already with the Acceptance Speech. How are we supposed to be nosy and peek into your life if you never post again!!!

If you don't post soon, you might notice a few "peeping Janes" looking in your windows for their Princess fix!