About the Blog
What inspired me to start blogging?
My husband’s badgering…He thought it was silly that I had written all this stuff and no one would ever read it. Tired of him bugging me about it, I naively created the blog, didn’t tell a living soul, posted my writing and pretty much talked to myself, thinking that would get him off my back. I was fairly confident that no one would actually read it! What I didn’t realize was that he was going behind my back and getting everyone he knew to subscribe to it (that would include people I didn’t know and who didn’t know me – people from his work, people in line at the grocery store, people in the phone book…He’s not shy, my husband!) Imagine my surprise when I started to get some subscribers! I may have been ungrateful at first, but I owe everything I’ve accomplished with my writing and this blog to him. He’s always been my biggest fan.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
The blog name, This Is Your Real Mother Speaking…is quite personal. It has to do with a long period in my life when I suffered with postpartum depression. Being a great mom was all I ever really wanted to be. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to raise four awesome kids, but I never dreamed how hard it would turn out to be; how depression like that can change you and color even the most wonderful things so darkly. There were times I wished I could die. There are blocks of time I can’t remember. It was a tough. I wasn’t the mother I had hoped to be and I felt terrible about that. Coming out of that depression was like waking up from a coma. I felt like I finally had my life back. It took me a while to feel like my ‘old self’, but when I did, I realized that my kids (and maybe a lot of other people in my life) didn’t really know the ‘real’ me, they only knew the depressed me. I saw this blog as a new beginning, a way to reintroduce myself to my kids and leave a record of sorts – of myself and my life, for my posterity. It’s been gratifying to me that my writing has been so well received by not only family and friends, but by complete strangers, as well. When someone tells me that they feel like they’ve gotten to know me better through my writing and the blog…I feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do!