Thursday, October 4, 2012

I'm Hearing VOICES - Babble Voices

Remember how I used to write for Babble, on their blogs Strollerderby and Pets? I loved working for them and I kind of hated to walk away from being part of such a great team. But at the beginning of last summer, it was very clear that I needed a break from the internet for a couple of months in order to focus on my kids. 

So imagine how happy and thrilled I was when they not only didn't hate me for being an ungrateful jackass (for walking away from one of their highly coveted blogging jobs), but they made me an amazing offer. They asked if I wanted to write for Babble Voices.

((pause for deep breath and try not to get that shaky sound in my voice that means I might cry))

You have no idea what this means to me. Here's why:
  1. I still don't feel like a REAL blogger. I don't go to blog conferences. I don't know the fancy people. If mom-blogging is like high school, I'm eating lunch in the bathroom. Because to be honest, it all really intimidates me.
  2. When Kate decided to leave, I didn't know if I'd have the guts to keep blogging without her. Together, we were special. Me alone? I'm literally one of a million of other funny moms writing about the stuff we all deal with every day. 
  3. You might think I know what I'm doing here. That this blog is successful or makes money or whatever. NO. I have no idea what I'm doing - still. It's been three years and I have done everything wrong that a blogger can do. As with everything else in my life, all the things that have gone well here have been as a result of dumb luck, coincidence, and doing the best I can.
  4. Why does any of the above stuff matter? Because I love Mommyland. And you, Kate, and Guru Louise made me feel OK about being a trainwreck, when nothing else was making me feel OK.  And I have invested a whole lot of time and love in this blog. 
  5. Babble Voices is different than other blogging gigs. It's a very diverse group of really talented people. The emphasis is on writing really great stuff. It's amazing. It's an honor.
And I still don't believe it, but they're letting me in. They even said I could do anything I wanted. So I decided to see if they meant it. The very first thing they asked me to do was come up with a name for the blog I would write. I turned to my friends for advice.

A very smart pal of mine works in PR and she told me that whatever the name was, it should include the word "Rants". Apparently, that word is the one most associated with this blog and therefore with me. She also said the word "branding" and I got confused because they do that to cattle. So I asked my friend Amy, the Pregnant Chicken what she thought. She agreed about using the word "rants" and promptly sent me the following suggestions:

  • The Aunt of Rants
  • DeodorRant
  • Rants in the Monkey Cage Dance
  • Rant Slant
  • The Scant Rant
  • Lafayette Can't Rant, Bitch Please
(That last one is obviously my favorite. We share a love for Lafayette and we think he is a real person who is our friend and not just a character on True Blood. Remember when she made us this badge? --->)

Then it occurred to me that "rants" rhymes with "pants". And "pants" is the best and funniest word in that was ever invented. And so I discovered the name of my blog for Babble Voices. Ready? It's really stupid and absolutely perfect!

That's right - RANTS IN MY PANTS. And they weren't horrified. They were like "We love it!" and they even let me put an STD joke in my bio. I love those guys so much. Anyway, here's the first little bit of the very first post:
My name is Julie and I have rants in my pants. But don’t freak out because they’re not contagious. I’m just saying that because “Rants in My Pants” is the name of this new blog. When I was little, I had (figurative) ants in my pants and they made me wiggly. And that made all my teachers yell at me and that’s why I hated elementary school.  Now that I’m big, the ants are in my brain. Maybe they’re more like bees, because my brain is always buzzing and making weird noises.  So I write a blog to help make the bees and the ants be quiet so I can concentrate on Words with Friends.
I thought I would take this opportunity (first post here at Babble Voices! Woo hoo!) to introduce myself and also to answer some questions. These are questions that have been submitted in advance by the bees and ants.  Let’s get started.
If you're wondering why I say my name is Julie when it's supposed to be Lydia - I answer that question. You can read all about it here. I'd actually be really grateful if you did.

I will post there once a week. That it's only once a week is huge - it leaves me lots of time for kids and family, and of course to make sure that my focus stays here. The stuff I post will be a lot like the stuff you see here, except I will be slightly more obnoxious here because it's home.

xoxo, Lydia (aka - Julie)

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