When I started this blog back in December, I really had no expectation for it. I figured I would write about the shenanigans of my life and that my only readers would be my parents, and I was okay with that. I’ve always liked to write, and fortunately, have always had a strange sense of sarcasm, so I figured it would serve as some form of bibliotherapy if nothing else. Over the past six months, I have gained a nice little following of Katetasticans, and I love that people enjoy my ridiculousness just as much as I enjoy writing about it.
Know what I don’t love? Wannabe Blog Hogs. Over the course of the past week, I have had four different individuals ask me to mention them in my blog. I’m not quite sure why or what the motive was, but it really, really annoyed me. I like when people are ballsy, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like when people beg to be in a place they don’t belong. This got me thinking about my initial thought to start a blog. Back when it first crossed my mind, I came up with some ground rules that I wanted to make sure to follow.
Katie’s Rules for a Katetastic Blog:
1. Be yourself. I am a sarcastic, witty, compassionate, emotional, loyal, inquisitive, happy, confident, and crass human being delicately wrapped in a 5’10 inch frame. I’m a little all over the place and make perfect sense, even if it is only to me.I am obsessed with shoes, music, my family and friends, cheese, running, and laughing. This is who I am, and I love it. My blog entries are about these things, as well as many other topics, and my personality always comes through. I will not change for anyone, and if you do not like who I am, you will not like my blog, so go ahead and stop reading. I write for myself first and foremost.
2. Never ever kiss and tell. I am an extremely open and honest person, and there is no part of my life that embarrasses me to discuss. However, I do believe in a thing called tact, and I do not think that writing about a person that I may be dating or have dated is ever appropriate. Some things are meant to be private, and relationships are one of them. Therefore, the purpose of this blog is not to rival Sex and the City, even though I feel my friends and I have some real humdingers when it comes to stories. Sorry, folks, there will be no ex bashing on this blog. My name’s not Taylor Swift!!!
3. Write with a purpose. My intention has never been to just write ridiculousness. I want to write entries that enrich my life, and hopefully other people’s as well. It may be a something funny to brighten up a dreary day, or it may be a story that shares a lesson I have learned. Regardless, it is my hope to just make the world a little bit of a better place, and if all I can do is make someone laugh, then at least I am doing something. If someone learns from something I share, even better. If no one learns anything, I am still working to be the best person I can be every day, and that is good enough for me.
4. No politics or religion. These topics are off limit to me, and I refuse to get into debates regarding either on my blog. I have very strong opinions about both, but I believe strongly that each person is entitled to their opinion, and I respect that, even if I don’t agree.
5. Don’t write today what you will regret tomorrow. I have my rants, but I will not write when I am angry and could regret my words. I also won’t write about topics or things in my life that I may wish I hadn’t down the road.
This week, I added a new rule to the existing five.
6. Never write about someone who asks to be written about. Here’s the deal. I write about my life, things that inspire me, people who have impacted me, etc. I write about what I want to write about. When I share a story about my friends or family, they don’t know I am writing it until it is published online, and that’s how it is going to stay. If you think I am going to write a little sonnet about you because you took two minutes out of your day to read my blog and feel entitled, get over yourself. It won’t be happening.
Moral of the story: I don’t like hogs. Unless they are the kind that produce bacon.