It's been a good week. I love Christmas and can't wait to give and to receive presents. The kids are home and we aren't too overscheduled, so it's been fun. I got myself a genuine pair of Uggs, so you know that trend is dead—but my feet are really warm. Sam is watching Heroes on Netflix, which I like remembering.
I've had time to read and write, which I enjoy. You may have forgotten about Babble, but it is newly re-designed and I am still writing posts for them every day. I find that writing more often is good for sharpening my writing skills, but I am still not a very good blogger. I like to choose titles that obscure my meaning so you'll have a nice surprise at the end of the post. I can barely rig a slideshow to work properly and I still don't know what makes something "clicky." I would definitely like to learn to write snappy headlines and clickable posts. I think it's a valuable skill to write a compelling title. What I don't want to do is trick people with a "clicky" title and then have a post that doesn't deliver. Like I wouldn't want to name a post, "Innovative New Parenting Technique!" and then have the post be about hugging your kids. Drab titles that don't unfairly trick people in to reading my posts are a tiny subset of my integrity. Maybe I should let it go?
This month has been especially puzzling because I'm like the lowest page-view author on Babble. I say that not just so you'll look at my posts, but also because I find it interesting and unpredictable. It's quite thrilling, as a matter of fact.
Here are a few posts from this month for you to peruse:
Rough Stuff My Kids Will Go Through (And I Dread)
What to Expect When You're Expecting a Tween
Kids And Clothes—Pick Your Battles
Parenting Tips From Gandalf
Golden Retrievers Comfort Newtown
The Trouble With Texting
What do you think, do I talk about older kids too much? Is that a turn off to young mommy bloggers? Is it maybe not good to focus so much on advice from Gandalf? I wonder. I do try to write things that will appeal to my readers over there. It's not like I'm posting videos of myself playing the ukelele or something.