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The evolution of a blogger: Part 2

If you missed Part 1, you can see it here.  It’s ok.  I’ll wait.

Caught up?  Okay, then, where did we leave off?  Oh, right.  The publisher you found on Google would rather shave a cat than read your memoir.


See?  They’re bald now. Because you had to send your memoir.  Poor kitties.  Gonna be a while before these guys look pretty again.

A little time goes by and you wake up one day and think “I’ll blog some of my memoir!” Where you came up with the idea to blog is a mystery.  Maybe there’s an evil blog-fairy who visits sad little memoir-writers while they sleep and plants the idea in their dreams.


Because although you’ve never read a blog in your life (unless Perez Hilton counts?), you get this crazy dumbass idea to start your very own.


And then you get over-the-top-nutso-excited about it.


Because you’re completely clueless, you have to consult the almighty Google and figure out how exactly to blog.

You quickly realize that it’s going to cost a little money to become a blogger.  But that’s okay, because surely you’ll be famous in no time and people will want to advertise on your site and everything.  Probably, you’ll come out ahead, even!


I’m posting it all now!  Holy shit people will LOVE THIS.

Because you don’t know whether you fit into the autism-mommy world, and you want to connect with other parents who are confused and don’t have a specific diagnosis, you decide you’re part of the “Middle World.”  They will relate.

And so, you name it.  And it is born.


Then it’s time to figure out which parts of your memoir make sense to be included on your blog.  And you decide that you should write some new stuff.  So you write.  And you write. And you write some more.


Then you name your blog “Finding Ninee” and later wish you spelled “ninee” like “niney” instead and try to convince yourself every day that it doesn’t matter.  People will read what a ninee is (it’s how my son pronounces airplane, for those of you not in the know) and they’ll figure out that it’s pronounced like nine-ee.

Then, you come out to your family and friends.  You feel on top of the world!


Okie dokie, folks.  That’s part two of “The evolution of a blogger.”  And if you guessed that it’s about me, well, then.  Aren’t you clever.

I’m trying to decide whether to have a part three.  I left a bunch of stuff out that I was originally planning to tell you about.  Like about finding other bloggers and stuff.  And really aggravating contests that drive you nuts because you’re obsessed and possessed.

NOTE:  Please know that no actual cats were harmed in this process, this post, or by me, ever.  Because cartoon cats can’t feel it when they get shaved.  It’s true.  So it doesn’t actually hurt or anything.  Same with their bandaids.  I promise.  Special thanks to Rachel at Tao of Poop for reminding me that you might want to know that all real and imaginary and cartoon cats are actually just fine.  And not even bald.  Well, not because of me, anyway….who knows what those cat-shaving publishers are doing.

  • Emily - Wait, are you sure you didn’t just write this post about me too?? I’m thinking maybe you need to write a humor book about blogging, or The Middle World, or both. I’m serious!! AND, you could illustrate it yourself. Do it NOW! In the meantime, I’m going to vote for you because yes, you ARE a Funny Mom!!February 4, 2013 – 9:12 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Ha! I should. Except…shit. I just gave away all of my thoughts here. I’m really dumb that way. This, my friend, is how a blog eats all of your time. And you will like it. For free. 😉
      Thanks for the awesomsauce comment.February 5, 2013 – 12:10 amReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I know one thing that you forgot to mention: that no cats were harmed in the making of this post! I LOVE that you are doing it as a series! So awesome. And, again, here I go…the pictures, oh yes, the pictures. You didn’t write about those either. I would be up for a mini-series about the drawings…

    Also…wow, thank you so much for reading the archives. I am humbled, really. And a little worried, since, for some reason, I didn’t seem to believe in paragraph breaks back then! Embarrassing! Anyway, I feel the same way about you. I find your blog so refreshing and honest. Mutual admiration club, for sure. I will reach back into your archives at some point too. If you’ve read my last post, I’m in a bit of a funk, so it will be another day.February 4, 2013 – 9:21 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw, Rachel!
      Crap! You know, I thought to myself as I was picking my son up from school that I should include that and then I forgot! Crap. I will have to edit after I reply to your cool comment. Thanks for the reminder 🙂
      And I love your archives! I love your blog! And I didn’t notice anything about paragraphs. For real. Because, really? I’m actually pretty dumb.
      XOFebruary 5, 2013 – 12:12 amReplyCancel

      • admin - I just added a NOTE. Thank you! Did you read it? No? Here it is:
        NOTE: Please know that no actual cats were harmed in this process, this post, or by me, ever. Because cartoon cats can’t feel it when they get shaved. It’s true. So it doesn’t actually hurt or anything. Same with their bandaids. I promise. Special thanks to Rachel at Tao of Poop for reminding me that you might want to know that all real and imaginary and cartoon cats are actually just fine. And not even bald. Well, not because of me, anyway….who knows what those cat-shaving publishers are doing.February 5, 2013 – 12:36 amReplyCancel

        • admin - with a link to you and everything 😉February 5, 2013 – 12:36 amReplyCancel

  • kc @ genxfinance - Lol, so true! If Google still don’t count this as an awesome piece of work, I don’t know what is.. All in the name of those poor hairless kitties.February 4, 2013 – 9:55 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw thanks. Poor, hairless kitties. Indeed.February 5, 2013 – 12:13 amReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. - Holy shit. You are me. Or I am you. At any rate, how did you get inside my head during this horribly awkward and slightly grandiose book-becomes-blog process? Much love.February 4, 2013 – 11:38 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Stephanie! Thank GOD because I’m feeling super crunched for time and if we are each other, we can just kill one bird with two stones or um…I don’t want to kill a bird (or two) but let’s just post one thing each and…um…errr…
      Yeah, I was totally going somewhere with that. It would have saved us both time and blogging and would have taken advantage of us being uno person combined. Right?
      Obviously, I totally need sleep. Like, now…
      Mucho love right back!February 5, 2013 – 12:16 amReplyCancel

  • jillsmo - I like the bald cats. But I *especially* like how you forgot to put shoes on to stand on top of the world.February 5, 2013 – 1:07 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Jillsmo! You were going to be in part 2 but I had to get on top of the world, and stuff, so finding YOU will have to come later. Thanks huge.February 5, 2013 – 1:19 amReplyCancel

  • Joy - I guess I am the most untypical blogger of the whole universe. Because I just decided to blog in the blink of an eye instead of thinking about it for days and I never even dreamt of it becoming famous, earn me some money or help me to publish a book. Am I even allowed to call myself a blogger then?
    I want to see part 3 please!! So now you have to write and draw it. 😉 In return, I will vote for you as I do every day! xoxoFebruary 5, 2013 – 2:55 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Joy,
      I pretty much decided in the blink of an eye, too, but then had to Google how to do it. Because I had no idea. I didn’t even research options like Blogger because I found first. Go figure.
      And hell yeah, you’re a blogger! And an awesome one at that!
      Thanks huge for the votes! I appreciate it!
      <3February 5, 2013 – 7:51 amReplyCancel

  • Sue Diamond-Phillips - You are KILLING MEEE! I’m trying not to wake everyone up because it’s like 5am but i totally relate to this in my own way:) Awesome-glorious post. Someday, you will hit it HUGE and be a billionaire.February 5, 2013 – 5:57 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Ha! Thanks, Sue. From your lips 😉February 5, 2013 – 7:51 amReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Lost In Holland - ok, i laughed so hard i spit out my coffee!!February 5, 2013 – 9:20 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks, Alicia! You just gave me my testimonial! Someday, I’ll be able to use it. Somewhere. Thanks again!February 5, 2013 – 9:45 amReplyCancel

  • Menopausal Mother - You are freakin’ hilarious! I could relate to every one of these points. Only difference is that when I got the brilliant idea to start a blog, I didn’t even know how to use a computer!!! So here I am 1 and 1/2 years later and those big name publishers still haven’t discovered my blog or offered me a six figure publishing deal………that stupid blog fairy lied to me!!
    Glad I found you through the comment section on my blog and I’ll be voting for you every day! Btw–I LOVE the name of for blog! <3February 5, 2013 – 10:04 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Aww, thank you so much.
      Funny how that wench of a blog fairy turned out to be such a liar, huh?
      I appreciate that you like the name Finding Ninee SO MUCH. I have a tendency to doubt myself. A lot.
      and thanks for the votes! <3February 5, 2013 – 10:14 amReplyCancel

  • Sara - Wow, not only does Robert snore, he also leaves an oily residue in the bed.
    Hunh. I learn, um, so much from this blog.
    Love that you were on top of the world barefoot.
    You can totally tell the evil fairies from the good fairies by the horns. Next time a fairy with horns woos you with siren-song words, you’ll know he/she is up to no good. But you’ll know the angelic good fairies b/c they look just like you! 😉
    If you insist on giving away your words for free (and liking it, dammit), then I’m glad I get to enjoy them, too.February 5, 2013 – 10:53 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Sara, Robert snores. Loudly. But, that’s not an oily residue on the pillow. It’s a head-indent. You know, like a shadow in the pillow? Yeah. These drawings are bad, I know. But I thought that would be obvious. Now he’s going to make me fix it so people don’t think he’s nasty. Reminds me of that movie, where they use Soul Glo and all stand up from the couch leaving an oily residue behind. 🙂

      And totally good point on distinguishing the good fairies from the bad ones! The problem is that the bad ones come when you’re sleeping. And then you think that you thought of it all by yourself.
      Thanks for the comment 🙂February 5, 2013 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Pam - “And you will like it. For free.” Bwahhhahahhaha! That’s classic. You are hysterical!February 5, 2013 – 1:55 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw thanks, Pam. I liked that part, too.February 5, 2013 – 2:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - I was waiting for “and your friends and family won’t get it but you’ll meet some nice strangers who do.” Loved the passing on time in the window and the Mac computer. And to all, I say do it anyway 😉March 7, 2013 – 3:44 pmReplyCancel

  • Lanaya @ Raising Reagan - OMG ~ this is hysterical! Thank you for sharing this. I absolutely relate to all of it 🙂

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    http://www.raising-reagan.comMarch 17, 2013 – 10:43 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for hosting the linkup! Glad I found you via Jen and I will definitely check back on Friday. Thanks 🙂March 17, 2013 – 10:50 amReplyCancel

  • Leslie - Hilarious and so true! LOL.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    LeslieMarch 17, 2013 – 12:41 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks for hosting the link up! And I’ll definitely check back. Thanks!March 17, 2013 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

  • John Bryson - I think many of us can relate to the thought process involved here – which is why I was smiling through both parts one and two.May 9, 2013 – 5:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Jill Robbins - LOVE reading this. You are such a rockstar to me and it’s fun to see how you got started.January 27, 2015 – 3:59 amReplyCancel

  • Valerie Newman - I loved reading this. And I loved the little glass of wine by the side of the laptop as you were doing inspired writing. I doubt any of us are blogging for the money. That’s a joke. But the connection and canvas for our art.January 27, 2015 – 1:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - I swear you are so so gifted. I MEAN IT. Those pics and your humor are BRILLIANT!! Still laughing… so many things here that are SO TRUE and SO YOU and SO perfect!!!January 27, 2015 – 2:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Meredith Ethington - I agree with Christine, the creativity, and hilarity of the cartoons are one of a kind! 🙂January 27, 2015 – 8:06 pmReplyCancel

  • Tarana Khan Siddiqi - Thank you for sharing this! You should continue blogging, and work on your memoir if you can. Personally, I love reading memoirs because of the insight it gives me about life from a different perspective.January 27, 2015 – 8:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell - Thanks, John! YAY for smiles. May 11, 2013 – 1:17 pmReplyCancel

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