I hate to admit this, but I am certain that there are many guilty villains out there, if not sympathizers.
I took my husband to the airport today. Ba, bye my Love, have a great trip!
He just left for another business trip and will be gone almost three weeks. I love him dearly and we do have a phenomenal relationship, but only when he travels, am I able to theoretically steal away to the computer and write till the wee hours of the night.
My passion is writing and the work I produce enables me the opportunity to experience “infinite independence.” I sit at the computer and allow the words to seep out of my fingertips as they briskly stroke the keys in a moment of inspiration.
It is true that I do suffer a lot when my spouse is away for he is a tremendous help with the children, house and is ultimately, my best friend. However, our night-time entertainment is usually television-centered and as far as I am concerned, I would just as well toss the useless attention hoarder out the window. (By the way, love those programs on Hoarding!) Again, remember that I am a hypocrite and if it is on, I will watch and even enjoy it. So when he is gone, it is my golden opportunity to neglect the thing altogether.
My kids are all jealous of the computer and all it represents. I guess it does not coincide with their comfortable and (limited) definition of “mommy-ness.” My youngest, who is in the throes of “terrible-two-ness,” will literally climb up onto my desk and try to slam the laptop shut with her pampered rear by sitting on it! My eldest and most astute child, tells me that I prefer to “write about raising children rather than actually doing it.” Can you believe her level of comprehension and insight at only the tender age of 8? Maybe she is right. But not even the guilt can get me to slow down!
I realize however, that I am not alone. Here are the facts: the New York Times published an article last month about a traveling event entitled, Bloggy Boot Camp. The conference which lasted for several days drew in multitudes of women from all over the nation that have carved out a niche for themselves and build their professional “brands” via blogging. It has become quite a popular pastime and even business for many “closet or repressed professionals” obliged to stick around the house in order to tend to their young children.
Many women also use their writing to communicate with other women in similar situations and as a forum for sharing, giving advice, socializing, doing business, and even commiserating. Many simply want to promote themselves and flaunt their journalistic talents.
Whatever the case may be, this has also become big business for companies looking to benefit from the thousands of hits per month many singular blogs receive thanks to savvy search engine optimization strategies and other nifty forms of marketing. For these women, their business is to get companies to hire them as “paid bloggers”- essentially freelance writers promoting a particular brand, or to simply make some extra money from the “advertising clicks.” Many seek to branch out into journalism. Most of us are satisfying an abundance of needs and filling a void- be it professional, personal, emotional or social.
So I say, we bloggers must stand up and defend ourselves and our private business. This is a matter of sanity for many of us! It affords us the ability to have one poised foot in the business arena while maintaining the other slippered foot comfortably planted in our domestic kingdom.