Before I do anything else, I must thank CPAMOM for her generous nod in my direction. The reference made my daily stats jump exponentially. If you haven't gotten here through her, go check her out. She also pointed out something that Troll Baby had done, encouraging her readers to go through her blogroll and read someone new.
I don't have much of a blogroll yet, it's on my To Do list. I do have a post in the works that's a bit of a tribute to some of the bloggers I have been reading, between my old blog and this one, who taught me a few things, even if they don't realize it yet.
For now, I would like to call people's attention to Christy, whose blog has a beautiful name and a beautiful boy. I started reading her because I caught some reference to living in Alaska in one of her posts and just became captivated by her story. May her inner strength inspire you.
The other thing that brought a number of visitors to the blog today was the fleeting reference to Meredith Viera in my last post. There, I said it again. I have nothing further to add to the whole discussion that hasn't already been said, but in making the rounds today, I have noticed that the conversation is beginning to shift ever so slightly from the interview itself to the role of the media in general. The best I've seen today is at State of Grace, where she discussed not only the infantilization of women but the intersection of bloggers and mainstream media. She writes:
Something that has not been mentioned is this - All bloggers should have media and speaker training. We should be prepared for a reporter chatting us up on the telephone, a camera crew appearing at our front door or going into a studio for a televised/taped interview. We should learn tips and pointers on how to serve on a panel.
As a blogger, this had never occurred to me. Blogging has been mostly a hobby for me, a way to make writing a habit. I've earned a whole $3 from it to date. I do present in my professional life, however I have real difficulties thinking on my feet. It's part of why I write (and talk out loud to myself while driving in the car), I labor over every word. I have already had a run-in with a local reporter and said something I shouldn't have. I was honest and that was a problem. There's something kinda wrong with that.
And yet, something I learned in business also applies here. If you stick your neck out, there will always be those who want to chop off your head. As bloggers, we put our opinions, and indeed, our very lives out there, they are now subject to examination. And, as those people who have correctly declared that mothers with a glass of wine is not news have pointed out, sometimes the ones doing the scrutinizing will be asking the wrong questions.