blog carnival: looking back

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

this post is a part of 20SB's looking back blog carnival, and Ben & Jerry's is awarding free ice cream to lucky bloggers and readers, and um, i love ice cream so i'm participating!

my task was this: look back through my blog posts and choose one that i wrote during my first two months of blogging that shows my mindset and outlook from the onset of my blog. so i got to work looking through some early posts and i realized one thing...

i had absolutely no idea what the hell i was doing.

but one gem of a post stuck out for me that i think perfectly sums up what i was having to immediately deal with upon starting this blog.

so here's my 8th post ever out of the 400+ i've written that was originally published on january 8, 2008.


an open letter to my mother

Dear Mother,

I really like that you have decided to start reading my blog. I especially like when you call me to tell me that I have a typo. That's fun!

I would like to clarify one thing with you. I promise I know how to capitalize and punctuate correctly. Because I am choosing not to capitalize on my blog, I also promise that I am not contributing to the dumbing down of America. Not nearly enough people read my blog to start a worldwide anti-capitalization movement.

Also, if you could please alert your sister, my "tiajo", that by my blogging I am not hurting anyone, let alone myself. I will be very careful not to put too much personal information out onto the internet.

I hope this calms your overprotective motherly instinct. You are the best mommy ever, and I love you very much.

Your Daughter,

Alexa

i think i've come a long way - not so much in the voice and tone of my writing because i think that has been pretty consistent, but i've definitely blown past the "careful not to put too much personal information out on the internet" - oops. that and i now have readers/commenters that aren't my family members and childhood friends.

i went from for so long not sharing who i was in real life to shouting it from the rooftops, attaching this blog and my twitter to my full name while turning this simple hobby of mine into an unexpectedly great networking, career and friend making opportunity. solidifying my passion for social media.

but guess what? i still don't capitalize, and that's never going to change.

(sorry mom)

thanks again for reading everyone!

30 comments:

  1. I think I remember this post too!

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  2. You need to visit so I can make a guest cameo on your blog! Now my mom has NO idea what I'm up to!

    I miss you!

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  3. I love it! I swear...life is better when your parents are among your blog readers.

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  4. Things change but always stay the same, I guess.

    Also, my mom is the same exact way. She is convinced someone is going to kill me because of my blog.

    I try to assure her most male blog readers probably could not snap a stick in half.

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  5. I google myself constantly, as I have a very strong paranoia of family/coworkers reading about my escapades. Seriously, it would ruin the surprise of my book.

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  6. my mom would probably jump off a bridge if she read my blog.

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  7. I would love to tell my mom about my blog...but it would be another thing for her to "comment" on or have an opinion on....so...its no for right now.
    BTW..i loved the idea of this post...very fun

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  8. you've TOtally messed Up my capitalization. see? ;)

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  9. I don't remember that post, but don't think it was bad. You can obviously talk to your mother much better than I can.

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  10. If you win share some Cherry Garcia with me! Good luck!

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  11. My stepdad and one of my coworkers found my blog...which doesn't make me happy. Because they are probably the two people who drive me the most insane in my life.

    My aunt and my sister also read, but I told my mom that I didn't think it was a good idea for her to read as she would FREAK OUT about anything I might say about drinking. It is a little censoring knowing that certain people read, though. Which I hate.

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  12. capital letters and punctuation is so over rated. LOL

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  13. aw, i like your early post! i dont do the capitalization and punctuation much either.

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  14. never give in to capitalization! I've given in and now I feel trapped. look! even in this comment I go back and forth...

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  15. wow your posts were good in the beginning. Mine majorly sucked. Mine was in 2005 though....I was such a young lass.

    free ice cream? SHUT UP!

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  16. it drives my mom frekkin crazy that i don't capitalize things. she can't help but remind me that it isn't correct.

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  17. Well sweetie, I still feel the exact same way. Too much info.. and of course I am soooo glad I read your blog, I am 'The Editor'. If you win you know how much I LOVE ICE CREAM...yum.
    Love ya, XOXO

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  18. Reading my old posts is trippy for me now. I don't remember writing most of them.

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  19. I hit publish before I was done with my comment.

    Now I forget the joke. sonofa!

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  20. well, you know i'm with you on the non-capitalization.... ;-)

    my early blog posts are... um. well, they're better left in the archives.

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  21. We can not cap if we want to, we can leave our fam behind, 'Cause our friends don't cap and if they don cap well they're no friends of mine...

    Expect a voice note containing this later.

    xoxo

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  22. It's fun looking back at old blog posts :) Especially when they bring back fond memories of a slightly different you.

    xo,
    Kelly

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  23. my mom used to read my blog.

    i remember those days.

    then i mentioned vagina and it stopped.

    its all fun and games until someone says a word for "no-no" zones.

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  24. I fear going back to look at my first two months of posts. It could be painful!

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  25. I am enjoying reading everyones early blog posts, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I am so glad to have found your blog Alexa!

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  26. I haven't changed a bit re: what I said to you, but I'm glad you still like us to read your blog (even though my eyes often roll while reading it)! You DO write well, though, and I still love you lots!

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  27. very interesting, and caps or not, i like your blog.

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  29. It was rather interesting for me to read this article. Thank author for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

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