Things I am (NOT) Tired of Seeing on Facebook

Have you guys seen those lists floating around listing all the things someone you don’t know is tired of seeing you post on facebook? Things like food photos, selfies, pictures of your kids, updates on your love life, commentary about the weather, cute animal videos, and on and on and on?

Listen, I don’t know who this person is, but let’s just give them the benefit of the doubt that they had a bad day, send them an oatmeal-raisin cookie (great for constipation!), and pack them off to bed.

I don’t like these lists because there’s always a thing or two on them that I feel guilty about. And because I can be an anxious person, I end up worrying that I am making my friends hate me because I post stupid stuff. But then, after a day or two, I come back and start scrolling through my feed, and I realize that my friends are all posting pictures of food, selfies, pictures of kids, updates on their love lives, commentary about the weather (sometimes with cool pictures!), cute animal videos, political commentary, and so forth. And I love seeing it!

I love seeing what my friends eat because it gives me new ideas when I’m stuck in a dinner rut.

I love all of the selfies because I love seeing the new haircuts, the new lipsticks and eyeliners, the cool hats, and the smiles of people who feel good about themselves. As long as they are being safe. Practice safe selfie-ing y’all! Although, is there some kind of trick to getting decent looking selfies? Mine always look really weird. Can somebody clue me in? Because apparently I’m too old to be able to do this well.

I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids, even when it makes me realized that my friend’s newborn baby is going into kindergarten and I’m officially an Oldie McOldperson.

I love hearing about my friends’ love lives. I love celebrating with them when they’ve found the one, and I’m grateful for the chance to offer hugs and sympathy when things don’t work out.

I love weather posts because I have friends from all over the world, and it’s kind of crazy to see folks chillaxin’ (shush, that’s totally a word) on beaches when I’m in wool socks and long underwear. And the snow photos and storm photos are, let’s face it, just plain cool!

Do I actually need to tell you why I love cute animal videos?

I love seeing my friends happy. And when they’re not, I appreciate the opportunity to hug them and send them love. Post what makes you happy, and don’t listen to cranky people who want to pretend to be the facebook police.

And on that note, here’s an adorable picture of our dog playing in the sprinkler.

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Love Makes a Family: A New Blogger/Hyperemesis Gravidarum Sister

I wanted to take a few moments to let you all know about a brand new blog that one of my hyperemesis gravidarum sisters has started.

I feel an extra-special connection to this particular blogger because she just happens to be the Sister-in-Law to my very best friend.

MommyPonders experienced severe HG.  Severe enough to decide for her that one biological child is enough.  She and her husband have huge hearts, though, and are starting down the adoption road.  I am eager to follow her journey, and I hope you will, too.

Love Makes A Family

Blogging Resolutions for 2011

We’re going to continue down the bunny-trail of non-HG posts just a bit farther today and talk about handling the blog in 2011.

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I’ve been working on my blogging resolutions for this year.  I’ve come up with the following ideas:

  1. Blog More Often.  WordPress has issued a blog more often challenge.  As a part of that, I’ve decided that I will post 3 times per week for the Post A Week 2011 challenge.  I will read the WordPress Daily Post for pointers and ideas.  It may be hard to blog this often, but I think it’s important to set this goal to make sure I stay connected when I get sick.   Staying connected when I’m sick, I hope, will stave off those horrible feelings of isolation I felt last time around.
  2. Blog on a Schedule.  I’ve decided to post on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.  Not only does this let you guys know when to expect posts, but it gives me, the Queen of All Procrastinators, structured deadlines.  I hope this added structure will keep me posting through the rough stuff.  I’m debating adding in a Wordless Wednesday post.  I’m a pretty sucky photographer, but I like the idea of showing sometimes as opposed to telling.
  3. Keep a running list of Ideas for New Posts.  This way if I feel sick and stumped, I can draw on one of my brainstormed ideas.  I have a lot floating around in my head, but I need to get them written down.  I’ll keep the list on a private page, so that it can evolve a little more easily than a paper list.  This will also keep it a little more accessible if I have to blog from a borrowed computer.
  4. Network more with other bloggers.  I want to read more blogs and comment more regularly on blogs.  I tend to get a little shy about commenting on different blogs, but I just need to do it!  I need to get over my feelings of intimidation.  I also want to search my keywords a little more frequently to see if any new HG blogs pop up.  It’s nice to connect with other women who are or have been suffering with this same disease.  Having that sense of community can be really meaningful when you’re suffering and alone.
  5. Tweak the blog front page to better suit my needs.  There are a few sections that I have added for whenever I do get pregnant.  I want to keep a weight journal to track weight loss and gain over the long haul.  This means I had to learn a little HTML to get the table set up.  I also want to keep track of how much this disease is costing.  I was so floored by the cost of the Zofran that I’m curious to compare how much a well-managed case of HG costs with and without insurance.  I want to find other ways to tweak the front page of the blog to provide more complete information.
  6. Read blogs on blogging on a regular basis.  I’m a new blogger.  Reading post with blogging tips, hints, advice and pointers will help.  Yes, I have a degree in composition, but that type of writing is a whole other ballgame.  Read about it, learn more, stay fresh.

So those are my resolutions.  I think they sound pretty good.  Nice and achievable, but with a little stretch in there to make the goals a challenge.

Thanks for reading y’all.  It’s so exciting to actually have people who want to read what I have to say.  I’m looking forward to the 2011 blogging year!

Next week, we’ll be back to our regularly schedule HG blogging.

Blogging in the 2011 New Year

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I really need to get organized with my blogging.  So far, I have been posting here and there when a topic comes into my head, but I really do need to work out some kind of routine.  Some sort of schedule for when I typically post stuff.  This will be especially important when I am sick because I will really need to force myself to stay in contact with the world.

I`m taking my inspiration from this post from Marya Writes.  I stumbled across her blog on the WordPress Freshly Pressed section (a phenomenal post on blogging tips) and immediately subscribed. I am not sorry.  If you´ve any interest in writing, I recommend you do the same.   She´s putting out great stuff.

She has really inspired me with her 2011 resolutions.  I love writing.  Heck, it´s what I studied in school.  I´ve just gotten out of the habit.  I want to think for a while about how I want to handle the blog in 2011.  Normally I would blog about this, but right now my connectivity is pretty spotty.  We are still in Ecuador, so my ability to compose, type, and post is limited.  I´m working on a multi-part post on travelling with little ones, but it´s on my phone.  Not only do I have to hammer out each individual word, but I don´t have an international calling plan, so no connectivity.   There´s just no way to post it.  Also, the phone is just killing my fingers.

At this point, I think I will just break out the old pen and paper.  It´s just easier that way.

Here are a few of the questions I plan to kick around:

  • How often and on what schedule will I post?
  • What are some potential topics?  I mean, obviously the HG, but what aspect.  No one wants to read, “Today I puked 12 times.  Yesterday 8.  Blah, blah, blah.”
  • How can I not only make this an interesting read, but bring good quality information to folks who might need it?
  • Ultimately what do I want to get out of this?

It´s a bit to mull over.  I think I will go sharpen a pencil and ask if my Mother-in-Law has an old notebook she would like to donate to the cause.

Please excuse any bizarre punctuation.  I´m on a Spanish keyboard which means it´s easy to type this: ñ, but hard to type this: @.