- i've noticed that since Garrett & i got married, every once in a while i notice in people's list that my blog is listed as the Ward family. it tickles me. mostly cause my name isn't jones any more and i'm still getting used to it. but also i think its funny cause i think people just glom married people into a family. garrett has his own blog. i have mine. we've talked about it, we won't be creating a joint blog. my blog is and always will be my perspective on things. and not just pictures of my kids smiling on the couch. don't get me wrong, if you post pictures of your kids smiling on the couch, i love it... yours is probably more of a family blog. i realize that i rant a lot less now - and that is because of garrett and this little family that we're building. but i've still got the same ol' piss and vinegar in me. it just comes out more now in private jokes that wouldn't be appropriate to share. cause parental units read. ;)
- i always get a kick out of people thinking they have the right to express opinions about my blog. do you think i care? rest assured i don't. so if you don't like something about what i say or how i do it, don't bother to let loose on me. it might get said. you might get it out there. but i'm not going to change. i do it my way for a reason & i don't have to explain myself. it doesn't mean i'm dumb. it doesn't mean i can't spell, capitalize or grammatize properly. i can. hells sake - i am college educated & teach kids all the time how to do things the right way. and hopefully, i'll be big enough to keep my opinions about you quiet.
- i know for a fact that there are people out there who are fakey on their blogs. maybe fake isn't the word - maybe it's more like "keeping up with the joneses," especially in the mormon community of competition to look the most righteous. i am not one of those people. i don't do fake. i do quiet & polite, but not fake. everyone has things that they don't want to the whole world to know - but i've always been pretty open. some details are left out mostly just cause - but if you were to ask, i would for sure tell you anything, probably in a private email. there was a time in the last few years where i wasn't as happy as i am now, and my dark side was shown more, i realize. right now, i am as genuinely happy as i seem. in fact, i would say that most of how i feel can't even begin to be expressed on my blog.
- when i first got started blogging, there was a small little circle of people that i cared about. then things got a little crazy & it seems like that world just kept multiplying. then, quite honestly, it got too big for its britches. i use google reader, but i comment a lot less. my family has grown. i don't comment on every post in my family circle, but i try. family is honestly my highest priority & interest now. then i go back to my beginning circle of blogging friends, cause for whatever reason they won my heart over a year plus some ago & they still entertain me. then i go to real life friends - the ones that if i don't comment on, they know i love them & i don't feel the need to "keep up" with. i've pretty much gotten over the need to "owe" anyone comments. i don't participate in every giveaway (mostly cause i've always thought they were a little pimped) and i don't do every themed post. i don't have time & i just don't care enough. and i've never been big on doing things out of obligation. it's your thing. have fun. relax a little & don't be hurt at me if i don't do it, too.
so. all in all - be happy. i'm happy. blog for yourself. let us hear your voice. you've heard mine now. good day. and please, if you have my blog listed as the ward family - don't change it.