So You Think You Can Blog?


May 21, 2013 by Marj Hatzell

At Bug Boy’s school they have this nifty little “Dimensions in Living Day” each year, which is fancy speak for “Career Day.” We’re all about fancy talk in these here parts, you know. That’s how it is in college towns and whatnot. The list of careers this year includes some local actors and professionals, the medical examiner for the county, our pro soccer team coach (whose kids go to our school), bakers, singers, rock musicians, architects and bloggers.

Yes, bloggers.

And guess who is going to be speaking? To three groups? And has to act all professional and stuff?

If you said “Chelsea Clinton” you’re wrong. Try again. She lives a LITTLE CLOSER to the school.

Nope, not my neighbor, either. But you’re getting warmer.


What? Why are you looking at me that way? I’m all about this, yo! I can talk about blogging! I mean, I’ve done if for eight years! I’ve even gotten PAID TO DO IT (I know, right?) so just HUSH YOUR MOUTH NOW.

Anywho, the whole point of this post? So that when I show the students my blog it will look grown up and stuff. Also I get to tell them that blogging is all about being yourself, saying something important and putting yourself out there while protecting yourself at the same time. Y’all need to have a little fun with it, try something new! ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT.

Seriously, though. They asked me (and another parent). Since I’m the current president of the “Too Stupid to Say No” Club, otherwise known as the Home and School Association (that’s fancy speak for PTO), I had to do it. Because I like free lunches and seeing my name in print.

No, that’s not true. I was kidding. It’s because I like public speaking.


It’s because I’m a former teacher and I value education (this is actually the true part). I think blogging is fun, I’ve been moderately successful at it, and I have been paid to do it sometimes. And while I’ve taking a hiatus from paid writing for personal and family reasons for the time being, I hope to get back into the swing of things and do it on a more regular basis soon. Perhaps someday I’ll write a book (this part is actually part of the true part, too!) because I’ve got tons to say. Tons to say about nothing at all. Nothing in particular. And yet all tens of you keep coming back.

I started this blog because I needed a creative outlet. I sort of wanted a diary but since they’re all eighties-Molly-Ringwald-in-Pretty-in-Pink-WHAT ABOUT PROM-like, I decided on a web log (BLOG), instead. I wanted to chronicle what I went through to raise my children to the best of my ability, all while finding myself as a special needs parent and adjusting to being a stay-at-home parent Domestic Goddess. I also like to do silly things. Blogs are AWESOME for people who like to do silly things. In the privacy of their own home. And then put it on the internets for millions of people to see.

Like interpretive dances.

Or blogging about my colonoscopy.

And telling folks about disastrous family vacations.

Or showing them what my house looks like.

And spreading positive messages about Special Needs and Autism.

And keeping it real.

So there you have it. Blogging. In a nutshell. A whole eight years devoted to my dogs and my muddy backyard. Amazing what people will pay you to write nowadays.

Go forth and be prolific.

12 thoughts on “So You Think You Can Blog?

  1. Very awesome! Anytime you can mix autism and interpretive dance that’s a fun day! 😉

  2. Are you going to do an interpretive dance for career day? Because it’s cool and all.

  3. My fat fingers wouldn’t let me vote five stars! It’s a conspiracy?

    I’d totally attend that event to learn from you. I don’t look like I’m in elementary school though.

  4. Tracey B-C says:

    You’re my role model….in many ways.

  5. jillsmo says:

    Acting professional sounds scary

  6. Anonymous says:

    You will be amazing!!! Can’t wait to hear about it.

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