Original Title for a Series. Huh? No, seriously, I announced a few weeks ago that I’m starting a new blog. This blog will have nothing to do with products, parenting, recipes, or what you’ve come to love here at Momma Findings. In fact, it might be totally off base of what you’re actually looking for in a blog, but that’s okay. You can nestle here at Momma Findings in a comfort zone I’ve grown to provide easily. Every Friday, while the development of this blog is being worked on, I’ll bring you bits and pieces of things you might find over there. You know, life stuff, Sara stuff, struggle stuff, marriage stuff, personal stuff, grilled shrimp, shrimp scampi, shrimp kabobs. Okay. Okay. I just had a Forest Gump kinda moment there.
My new place will be my platform to practice my creative writing, but it’ll also be my sanctuary, my place to be me. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing here at Momma Findings, but I have a certain standard that I adhere to for the sake of business. It will always remain professional, clear of controversy (unless it finds me), and family friendly. Always.
I’m biting at the bit to get started, but, as with any new blog, things need to take place like domain purchasing, host decisions, graphics, template, layout, the basic set-up that I hate doing.
I’m a writer.
My creative platform has always been worn out journals filled and filled with the skeletons hidden inside. I used to bare my soul into these journals and once they were complete, with no more room for words, I’d throw them into the bay. Seriously. If you go to “my spot” off the bay here in town, you’ll find piles and piles of water-destroyed journals.
So, the point is, I hate building websites. It’s taking longer than usual, mainly because I loathe sitting down to do it, but once it’s set-up I’ll be a happier being, a happier Sara. For now, I’ll bring you excerpts here, on Fridays.
What’s in my pretty little head this week? Well, a few things.
This week, I’ve been hit with some pretty ugly comments from readers regarding all my food posts. Apparently, the HFCS controversy has taken quite the effect on the blogosphere because more and more people feel comfortable enough to call me a variety of names and criticize my mothering all because I feed my kids Smukers Uncrustables. That’s just one of the posts that were attacked, but the important point is……………… Damn. Quit it.
The truth of the matter is, I took on the Mom Central Blog Tour on High Fructose Corn Syrup. I wanted to learn more. I wanted to educate myself on the differences and myths between HFCS and Table Sugar. After the webcast, I tried to put all I learned and all my thoughts into one post, but couldn’t. I still wasn’t sure what was truth and what was myth. I still didn’t feel comfortable or well informed enough to put it out there on MY blog. So, I did something I rarely do, I pulled out. I apologized to the folks at Mom Central for my inability to promote the webcast or my thoughts, not because I felt strongly against the blog tour or HFCS in general, but because I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.
Then there was the blog bullying.
After I made the decision to pull out of the campaign, I discovered hateful comments in the blogosphere, on Twitter, on Facebook. Heck, they were everywhere. Apparently, the bloggers that accepted the tour were, all of a sudden, “moochers” or “sellouts”, or “will do anything for a measly gift card”.
That’s simply not true.
I’ve been blogging for a long time and there will always be a handful of bloggers who feel the need to drag others into the dirt because they have a differing opinion. I’ve seen bloggers attacked, ridiculed, and down-right humiliated because of it. Just last year, I answered the phone to two blogging friends in tears because of what other GROWN women say and do online.
So, while I haven’t made my mind up about all things HFCS, I have decided that the blog bullying needs to stop, dammit. Fine, you’re an organic-healthy-cooking-Momma who feels the need to tell everyone to be the same. That’s cool. Go on with your bad self, but don’t bring others down because they’re not. We are all accountable for our own family and own lives. I’m a Mother who feeds her kids Smuckers Uncrustables or Ice Cream before dinner, but you know what? I do it in moderation. My kids favorite memories are when Momma goes “out of character” and lets loose. So, you feel HFCS is the cause of obesity. Well, so is sitting on your ass. Do both in moderation and you might just turn out ok. Just sayin’.
That’s what’s been going on behind the blog scene, but what I want to know, by show of hands, have you been blog bullied? I don’t want to know names or links or Twitter handles, but I’m curious to how big the problem is.
Oh, and in case you were wondering I didn’t link to anyone for a reason. The problem needs to stop and I won’t refuel the fire by doing so.
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