Friday, March 16, 2007

Because it's been a long time since the last rant

Dear people who know me in "real life" who have recently discovered this website,

No, I am not naive enough to think that the Internet is a private place. I am, in fact, well aware that anyone can read what I write here. Even you. And maybe even your mom. Or the 14 other people you e-mail this URL to thinking that you're in on something.

I hate to break it to you, but this site has never been a secret. Those who know me well often hear me talk about my blog or the many friends I have met online. And even though I write about some very private moments, my innermost fears and my sex life, I am not ashamed of any of it.

Actually, it's the exact opposite. I take pride in what I've written here. I was even approached a few months ago by a major international book publishing company about writing a nonfiction piece sharing my cynical, yet hopelessly optimistic take on modern weddings. The rep and I didn't exactly see eye-to-eye on the details, so it didn't pan out, but the opportunity arose solely because of this blog. And even if nothing else ever comes of it other than the camaraderie I get from people who comment when the mood strikes, that's fine with me. The personal satisfaction outweighs any snide remarks you can think of.

That said, I don't expect everyone to understand blogging. Hell, I used to be one of them. I mean, it's a strange thing. Possibly a little vain on my part and a little voyeuristic on yours, but if you don't like being a part of this amazing form of communication that's sweeping the globe, that's connecting people who would otherwise never meet, that's making people who have irrational fears or weird fetishes or trying to overcome adversity realize that they're not alone, then go make use of your favorite search engine and look up "monkey gonads" or "toe fungus" or "Justin Timberlake naked" or whatever else it is you do online.

And just to prove that I'm totally okay with sharing here, even knowing that people I interact with on a regular basis are reading, my favorite brand of tampons is Tampax. With the cardboard applicator. You know, to do my part for the environment. I'm not quite up for wearing a cloth baby diaper like my crazy Women's Lib professor did in college, then rinsing it in a bowl of water and using the bloody mess to feed my plants ... but, hey, to each her own.

So, in short, welcome to my blog. Feel free to leave your angry sarcasm in a comment rather than whispered behind my back.

With love,
Kelly (aka novelle360 ... then again, you already knew that)

45 comments:

Sarah said...

uhhhhhh,

you do that?! haha.

and she wears cloth diapers?

holy hell i have no idea about things like this. see, the internet is cool.

Sarah said...

Clearly the people who are being snide behind your back are jealous that they lack the wit, insight and creativity you show in spades through this blog. i pity them!

Wendy said...

I was so hesitant to begin blogging. A friend got me started, after many arm twistings. She refused to answer her emails and referred people to her blog. And, to comment, I had to make my own blog. Now, she's gone back to email and I am still blogging away.

Your description of your teacher's activities....it still makes me shudder to think about it.

Anonymous said...

Erinn Said...

You are awesome!!

Rachel said...

you are amazing. thanks for making my day.

Sarah said...

I love the cardboard to. Sometimes there isnt a trashcan in the bathroom (which is the most stupid thing ever!)so I like that I can flush it all away!!!

Julie said...

I had a friend who could never understand how I could put my whole life out on the internet for any random stranger to read. He never understood the idea of feeling connected to people I'd never met. He never understood the freedom of venting my thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams, and secrets to the world via a blog.

There's times I think the world can be divided into two types of people - those who get blogging, and those who don't.

Emma Catherine said...

And I'm totally okay with being voyeuristic. :)

Jenni said...

Haha, you're so awesome.

katieberg said...

The cloth diapers thing made me gag.. It reminded me of a teacher I had in high school who talked about using yogurt to fight off yeast infections- complete with some weird squatting and injecting motion.. ew.

aac0080 said...

love your blog

Petra said...

I love the way you can color some of the most mundane things into interesting events for us to read about. I really like your way of words. Also, I really appreciate your fearless approach to things others think should stay in the dark.

I've actually gotten to know some of the most interesting people -- a few who I've actually met irl -- through blogging. And they're the people I would never have met otherwise.

Some folks should just mind their own biz.

ajandmac said...

Wow.

Kudos on just putting yourself out there and not being afraid to call people out when they're being total jerks.

Although, I'm really not sure which is worse, the cloth diaper, or the diva cup. My environmentalist friend swears by this little gadget:

http://www.divacup.com/

Anonymous said...

theres a reason I read you! I do so absolutely love your writing. keep it up. even if I never comment (not that you'd notice ha, ha, I read ALL the time!

http://www.xanga.com/AinsleesMommy

leogirl827 said...

Don't EVER stop writing please!!! Although, I don't comment often but I do read your blog everyday. It's so awesome. Thanks for making mornings a little better!! :-) Have a great weekend.

gorakagaz said...

you go, girl!

Ray said...

HERE HERE! You show em' Kelly! If they don't want to read what you write than here's a message to them, "CLOSE YOUR EYES!"

BTW, your Woman's Lib Professor must have been one helluvaue crazy lady personality wise and APPEREANCE wise! Am I right?

Take care, Kelly & keep posting!

Cath said...

Kelly, I don't believe I've ever commented, but now is as great a time as any. I love your blog and have for a couple of years now (wow, that long...I owe a comment big time).

You make me laugh, and cry, and feel like the things in my married and dog-owner life are normal when everything else suggests otherwise!

As for the haters....I must second the wise words of Sarah (another favorite blogger of mine): they lack the great flavor of writing and zest for life, in all its varieties.

Rock on, novelle. You're fantastic.

the plainsman rants, too! said...

I'm a bit surprised that you felt the necessity to rant at all! I had heard about blogging for a good while and about 18 months ago finally had to investigate it for myself, first remembering to spell the xanga name with an "X" like in Xerox(tm)!

It didn't take long for me to figure out what was going on and want to be a part of it -- an extra dimension that broadened my world and circle of friends a bit more and at the same time providing yet another outlet for writing a bit.

And all of our conversations here are no different than between good friends or those we work closely with the whole day long. It is just the format that is a bit different and that others can read and chime in.

Well, I take that back, I'm not surprised you felt a need to rant. But I am surprised that anyone would belittle themselves and criticize another form of communication that they don't use or possibly understand.

Gabriela said...

People are actually that immature to make snide comments on something that doesn't even concern them? Wow. I am glad you aren't letting it bother you.

Erika said...

HI! You don't really know me, but I just wanted to let you know that I look forward to reading your blog every day. Not just because you're so witty, charming, and clever, but because reading what you write keeps me believing that things will be good for me one day. You have a real life, and you've been through rough things. But you're still happy. I know it's probably weird, but that encourages me to get through my rough times, knowing I can still be happy. So, thank you for writing. I really do appreciate it.

Erika said...

Sorry, lol. In case you want to know who I am, the only webpage I have is my myspace.

http://www.myspace.com/xxbeautyforashesxx

Anonymous said...

wow, i have heard that before... via my mother in law. blog away life is too short to censor life!
-dominique

Dave said...

Tell me how you really feel!! I could translate that into a profanity ridden mess if you would like and email it with a virus attached to the annoyances :)

Cindi said...

Kelly, you make me laugh so hard that my office mates look at me funny at times....HAHA And the Jerryisms....classic stuff.

I could never make everyday life seem so entertaining so I'm counting on you to keep up the good work!

Tricia said...

I follwed you here from Xanga, and I attempted three different blogs at three different times. I closed down all of them only to start up two different ones here, that I am going to be shutting down as well.
Why am I telling you this? Your blogs give me hope that one day I will keep a blog going and stop worrying about people judging what I will choose to write about.
You give me hope.

Lewis said...

"Clearly the people who are being snide behind your back are jealous that they lack the wit, insight and creativity you show in spades through this blog."

Hear, hear!

Kristen said...

i love your blog! it makes me giggle uncontrollably :-)

chelsea said...

you tell them! i actually keep my blog protected, i like having some parts of my life hidden.

Sarah said...

haha. good! because i just couldn't picture your "naturally enriched" houseplants next to your fancy pottery barn nut bowl.

Catriona said...

You can feed your plants that stuff? And to think we've all been just throwing our tampons away all those years.

Oh and cardboard applicators? Owie. The environment will never, ever need me that much. It's also why I will never give up using hairspray. Screw you ozone. I like to not scare people with my mountain of curls.

Emilee said...

I love your blog! Please don't ever stop writing. I've followed you from Xanga to here and I will continue to read for a very long time. I've never really blogged myself because my life isn't that interesting [haha] but I love reading your crazy, silly, funny, amusing, creative, inspiring, life changing posts! Keep up the amazing work!

Gisela said...

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh............


whathehell?!!?!?!


It wasn't me!!! :-)~~~~

Maryum said...

hello! i read your site, yet i never comment because im a shamelessly lazy o so lazy person. i enjoy your blog very much, and dont give a rats ass about any friend of your bitching about it. alrighty. good bye

Anonymous said...

I love your blog.
I'm amazed by your wit and the way you write.
You're sort of an inspiration to me. You give me the motivation to do whatever I want with my life and I feel comfortable that whatever I choose will turn out right.


Thank you for Blogging.
: )

www.xanga.com/nothingbeast said...

Recently some of my family members have thrown some fire my way regarding how "Public" my blog is.

Yeah. I know.

I blog it to the world, because I can't speak it to the world.

I've bottled my crap up all my life. This at least gets it out of my head, where it previously festered and rotted.

Some say "Why don't you just keep a journal."

To that I say, my readers rarely understand what i'm getting at anyway, so it's still pretty private for being completely public.

(that's deep "fortune cookie" stuff right there)

Anonymous scribe said...

You know, I was just thinking that something "smeltz" around here. Perhaps your rant will clear the adam... I mean air.

Teme said...

Reading your blog, I've often thought how a collection of your writing would make a great book. So let us know when it happens because I have a very strong feeling it will! (I agree with Sarah -- anyone who's sniping is just jealous of your writing ability.)

today the "IRISH" plainsman said...

HEY KELLY! Wishing you, Jerry, Toby and all your readers and commenters a HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for blogging. I..a total stranger...really enjoy what you write. Kriston_Faye...from xanga..

jsi said...

Ugh - and I know women in developing countries who maintain this method during their expected cycle. It would feel like a lifetime of burden if I couldn't have my Kotex super with a cardboard applicator - for the environment don't you know.

Blogging has given me a deeper insight, not just to people I may never get an opportunity in person (like yourself - though I am in the New York City area several times a year, I doubt there are any dinner invitations coming from blog contact; the greatest surprise is the window of insight I have received from people I already knew pretty well, until the exposure of a thought/idea/nudge/pet peeve/fear/anxiety within the parameters of their blog. A communication which for odd reasons people don't mention when the can see the whites of another person's eyes.

Your blog is one I look for and try to read about once a week - although I know you post so much more frequently than that, I can't dedicate huge chunks of time to managing what I consider an important part of why I appreciate blogging. It gives me an opportunity to encourage someone. So I can't just read and leave - it's just not in me.
I don't always comment, but I always appreciate your writing. (You could eliminate the f word, but you have a mother who's permitted to guide you in that aspect of life, not me. You have already blogged for the world to see you see it as the uber-word!)

AprilShowers4175 said...

Some people! Im glad you called them out Kelly. You know how much i love your Blog and I'll say it again...."You could SO do a Movie about your life!" I laughed when i read about you watching the Strawberry Shortcake DVD. Just imagine watching it over and over and over....yeah,thats motherhood.:)~ April from Xanga

Kim van Rijn said...

Regarding the cloth diapers thing...that's why people sometimes refer to having your period as "being on the rag." My mom grew up during the depression. Back in those days (and before those days) tampons and sanitary napkins were not in widespread use. Most women, especially in rural areas and less affluent areas, used cotton rags or diapers and washed them out. Check out this link: http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mtampons.html for an interesting history of tampons and sanitary pads.

Love your blog! I just lurk normally, but I had to comment on this issue. And those sarcastic, behind-the-back comments? Jealous--cause their life isn't worth writing about and even if it was, they don't have the writing skills that you do.

Angela said...

Thank you for this post. My family doens't understand why I blog, as a matter of fact, several arguments have taken place over my blog...and over posts they were not mentioned in. They think I spend my entire life online and that's the only thing I ever do...they don't even want to understand it or me. I hate it. Pisses me off to no end. I wish I could say what you've said. I might feel better.

Jordan said...

Here Here!!!
~ Jordan