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Jul 20 2010

What am I all about?

So I decided, all spur-of-the-moment like, because I’m just so bored to tears around here, to jump into the 31 Days to Building A Better Blog challenge hosted by the SITS Girls, and to just go ahead and make my little corner of the interwebz better. I’ve also apparently decided to make out with commas. Wow.

I digress.

Day Two’s challenge was to write a list post. Done and done. Day One’s challenge, which was yesterday and yes I’m aware I’m bass ackwards here, was to write an elevator pitch for your blog. A quick description of what the blog is about and why someone should care enough to visit. Timely. I was at a baby shower on Saturday and a woman I knew from the Healthy Living class I took this winter was there. She told her friends about the essay I wrote, how much she loved it, and her friends cried out, “OH! You should have a blog!” Um. “Yes, I do!” was my rather surprised reply. I gave them the name and then came the dreaded question: “What do you write about?”

What do I write about? How can I describe, quickly and succinctly, exactly what I do do? (Heh, she said doodoo. Yes, I’m channeling my inner 9 year old. I have two boys, remember?) So I decided to do a little sleuthing. On my own site. With my own permission. I’d be a terrible private investigator. My About Me page mentions giftedness, life balance, raising boys, the silliness that is life, and sharing the stories of my crazy life so others don’t feel so alone in their crazy lives. Ok, sounds about right, but I think I might add a dash of humor to that. I wrote that maybe a year ago. Let’s go back farther (insert wavy lines and going back in time music). My very first post, lo those many years ago (four and a half). Hooboy was that a different time in my life. We no longer have diaper bags, but Calvin and Hobbes have taken over the house. My blog of today is much different from the blog of yesteryear.

I’m less likely to do random quizzes and more likely to write about giftedness. I’m less likely to slap something up for the sake of writing and more likely to figure out ahead of time what it is I want to say. I’m less likely to shout into the void and more likely to focus my words on people who want to hear them.

With this blog I want to reach out to other parents of complex children and share the absurdity. Awaken them to the absurdity of our daily lives if necessary. Have you met these gifted/twice-exceptional/complex children? Have you talked to them? Their minds are on a different plane! Heading east out of O’Hare and you’re heading west out of LAX and if they’re going 500mph and you’re going 450mph in what language will the llama say buggahbuggah to the kumquat? That is what life with these kids is like and laughing at the chaos is better than feeling your brain twitch. Trust me, brain going twitchytwitchy makes mommy go drinkydrinky. Ok, so my audience is the gifted community, people with a sense of humor, and parents who wonder if it’s normal that their three year old is doing a 500 piece puzzle picture side down. Naked. Wearing a Santa hat. In April. But with this blog I want to share the pain and uncertainty that goes hand in hand with the absurdity. Different sides of the same coin.

I asked friends how they would describe Laughing at Chaos and while I got some awesome tag lines from Deborah of #gtchat and Ingeniosus fame, the key word that I was missing came from Missy (told you she was the gifted blogger I wanted to be): eclectic. I can’t pigeonhole what I write here simply because my life and interests are just so vast; a true gifted trait, one I’m still coming to terms with for myself. I’m curious to see what others will say about LAC, but I think I’m honing in on my focus.

So, Jen, what is your blog about?

It’s an eclectic look at the absurdities and insecurities of raising gifted kids. And a bunch of other stuff.

Good? Good.

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  1. Danya

    Hi Jen,

    I’m on the 31 day challenge and posted even later than you! I like your pitch, it fits well with your blog. Your header is super cool too.

    Best of luck with the challenge.

    Danya

  2. Cheryl

    Love your elevator pitch. Your blog looks great!

  3. missy

    Awwwww, again! I love the phrase “insecurities of raising gifted kids” – it’s PERFECT. For all of the wonder it brings, it does make parents very insecure. Some days very, very insecure. Others would assume the opposite – that having a gifted child would solve “all parenting problems.” Not so. And you get that – and describe that, with an awesome connection to what it does to your emotions. Great!

  4. Leslinks

    Ok, so my audience is the gifted community, people with a sense of humor, and parents who wonder if it’s normal that their three year old is doing a 500 piece puzzle picture side down. Naked. Wearing a Santa hat. In April. But with this blog I want to share the pain and uncertainty that goes hand in hand with the absurdity. Different sides of the same coin.

    starbust.. enough said.. picture perfect can totally relate…

    Kindred spirits/experiences with kids..
    ;-D I love this… Leslinks

  5. Soovereverthing

    Love you and LAC! Insecure is a great way to describe parenting a gifted child. Especially a gifted child with twice exceptionalities. Am I making the right choice? Did I explain that the right way? (Or will we meltdown into an ethical dilemma or emotional mess?) Why doesn’t the school get this? (Aren’t they supposed to be the experts?) The list of questions in the mind of a gifted parent goes on and on. I am just ever so grateful that there are other parents out there in the blogosphere like you Jen. People willing to be honest and find the humor in the day to day life with our amazing, but exhausting children. Thanks for doing what you do!!!!

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