a lil glimpse

i have a confession to make.

for the first year and a bit of wunderbug's lifespan, i was pretty shy about being public about it.

scratch that - i was downright closeted.

i'd read about adventures and stories of supportive friends and family of other bloggers (you know the ones - where, in the middle of a dinner or joke, they'd ask "are you going to put this on your blog"?) and think that i'd likely never quite get to that point with my family. they still thought it was ridiculous to take pictures of food for my posts, and that the amount of time i spent on my computer is excessive. coming home from work to publish thoughts about my life seemed a silly and pointless thing to do ... even if i did come across some pretty awesome sites and resources via my network of daily-reads.

curiousity killed the cat, though, when i started putting links to my updated blog posts on facebook. my sitemeter would show quite a few clickthroughs tentatively popping over to say hi; most of them lurking for a few minutes and then clicking away, rarely - if ever - leaving comments.

that is, until liz mentioned it one night as she was visiting over tea. it was just before we went to quebec and i'd posted about our new life sans cable. as it turns out, she was one of my more regular anonymous visitors, and loved to read my posts about my mini-adventures to the ribfest this summer, and about the various recipes i experiment with. which was, needless to say, massively encouraging to someone who loved to blog but wasn't quite comfortable to go public with it.

over the course of the summer, i gained confidence with being open about my love of blogging, which was fed by the fact that my mom and liz went to see julie & julia and came home saying that amy adams' character reminded them of me.

ha. cute. i was pretty flattered.

anyhow, since then, i've been more open with my bloggy life (even though i haven't been able to post as often as i'd like over the summer because work's been busy), and most people have been pretty interested in it. maybe it's the celebrity factor - who doesn't like to see their name mentioned in a blog? it's up there with getting comments on a post?

and then - i reached that point with them that i'd read about for so long - for a while during the summer, they were impatiently asking when i was going to bust out my camera so that i could take pictures for my blog. (as a matter of fact, for the last photo in this post i was called away from getting dressed that morning to capture the moment for the blog). they still have yet to get over the eye-rolls over me taking pictures after i've tried a new recipe, but i figure that'll come in time.

anyhow, in the spirit of supporting the ever-growing network of awesome bloggers, check out some of the new + relatively new + somewhat new bloggy peeps that i know. everyone needs a lil support and encouragement - and these talented ladies most definitely deserve it!
  • julia at pink mixers & broken egg yolks: this girl's got so many cool ideas for her foodie blog, it'd make your head spin. or at least make you think that she's been at the bloggin' game for a few years.
  • genevieve at rubber pants: holy hannah, this girl's got some cupcakey talent. saving the world one cupcake at a time, indeed!
  • aleks at brand new socks: preparing for her brand new teaching job in england. i love her writing style; her matter-of-fact photo captions never fail to crack me up.
what new-ish bloggers are you loving lately? leave them some linky love in the comments and let's give 'em a round of applause!

photo from here


Tiffany said...

I loved this post, Courtney! I'm very similar and mention my blog to very few of my real life friends. I love your point of view and that you are sharing yourself more with others--a great example!

SleightGirl said...

You have a great blog, no reason to be shy about it. Keep up the good work!

TheFrogBag said...

What a lovely blog! I'm glad you went "public"!

Amanda Nicole said...

Haha, I totally know what you mean! I finally had to 'come out' when friends I hadn't seen in a long time or somewhat archaic contacts on FB would say, Hey, I read your blog! Kinda bizarre ;)

Snowbell said...

I'm still in the closet... some of my friends know about my blog and read it but most don't... I'll let them know eventually but right now it's still my little secret

Tea said...

I know what you mean ;) I drive my husband a bit nuts because he has to wait until I take a photo before he gets to eat on most days LOL.

This blog is wonderful! Thank you for being so open an honest.

Massacremike said...

It's kinda odd to read this from you because I didn't really know you felt quite that way. I suppose it's because you've always been very open about it with me, and me, well, I've just always been out there with my blog and not really given damn what anyone thinks; apparently quite the opposite from you.

I'm glad to see you sharing more with your family now, and I'm glad you seem to understand the odd reactions I get from people when I'm lugging my camera or Blackberry or drawing gear everywhere I go :D

the southern hostess said...

Such a great post! I'm still in the blogging closet and can totally relate.


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