Actions in Activities, Musings

The Most Successful Dud I’ve Ever Written

Last week I wrote a letter to my mom.

It was one of my “last minute not really proofread but whatever” posts. It was done, I only had a few hours until it would go live and I needed to go to sleep. Still, I wasn’t quite satisfied with it. I noticed that I kept mentioning moms. Then it hit me. It went something like this: “Man, Mom is really brave. More moms should be like her. I really need to go to bed. What time do I need to get up? I talk about parenting a lot. Hey, Mom!”

It didn’t take me long to make the changes needed. I didn’t think it was my greatest post ever, but there was only one person I really wanted to read it anyway.

The next morning I had to be up early, so I shared the link to my usual places, then left the house and didn’t get back until 8pm. I was exhausted, so I decided to check Facebook and my email and go to sleep. I got as far as checking my email and finding that my blog had gotten over 150 views that day. Well, yeah, not going to bed right away. It turns out that someone shared my link on a fairly high-traffic page.

I learned two things about blogging that day.

1) Just write. Really. I know everyone says it, but it’s true. Write the words your heart is saying. It doesn’t matter if you get views, just do your best. I sincerely thought that post was a flop, but it was for my mom, so I didn’t care. Write for yourself, not for some enigmatic group of people who may or may not ever find you. Blogging will never be very rewarding if you are only trying to get people to your website.

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2) Don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to share what you love. If people don’t like it, they won’t join you in it.  If people like it, they will. Don’t be afraid to get to know influential people. If you become friends, cool. If they ignore you, cool. Don’t be afraid of success or failure. If you succeed, learn from it. If you fail, learn from it.

Writing is something I love, so I’m going to share it.

Do you love writing? Do you have ideas about things? Check this out! The world needs new ideas. Share yours.

Books and Movies, Musings

What to Read? Before They Can Read

::FANFARE:: I have been posting every Wednesday for a little over a month now, but I’m about to change that. This week I sat down and started writing. I got done and had enough posts for about a month. So, I have decided to post twice a week! From now on, you can look for me on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So, I was thinking, and I said to myself, “Annie, why not do a post with a list of favorite picture books? It’s not that hard to find ok ones, but you can get stuck in a rut.” So I kept thinking to myself, and I decided to go ahead and do another post in my What to Read series . These are some of my favorite books to read out loud.

1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin J.r.

This is a fun alphabet book. My mom may kill my, but I like it better than Dr. Seuss’s ABCs in terms of the verse. It just kind of makes you want to rap the whole thing. By the way, kids really like it if you do rap or sing this whole book.

2. Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein

Another weat grork by Sel Shilverstein. This book off quirky poems is all jumbled up.

3. The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by  Jon Scieszka

A book of unconventional fairytales. This is great for anyone who likes “Fractured Fairy Tales” from Rocky and Bullwinkle.

4. Love You Forever by  Robert N. Munsch

This is one of those sweet mama-baby books. I can’t really read it out loud, but I do read it to myself sometimes, with a box of tissues handy. Some day I’ll read it out loud to my babies, but for now it’s for the mama’s. 🙂

5. Press Here by  Hervé Tullet

This is one of those books that I just kind of had to open. It’s so fun! Follow the directions and see what happens in this colorful book.

6. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

We were wandering around Target one day when we saw this book on the rack and had to read it. Out loud to the whole book section. It is so CUTE! Very simple, but adorable! It reminds me of Rainbow Fish in a way, maybe the artwork, but it’s really pretty much the opposite story.

7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Another book I just love! I read this to myself every once in a while, just for nostalgia’s sake.

8. the Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child

We first met Charlie and Lola on the video shelf at the library. These are very sweet stories about a brother and his little sister, “I have this little sister Lola. She is small, and very funny.” Charlie is a very kind older brother who takes good care of Lola, they really remind me of Adam and Hannah (on most days). There are many lines that have become Hallisms, such as ” Such-n-such is my favorite and my best.”

9. Anything by Dr Seuss

Not a title of a book. I just mean it. Dr. Seuss was an amazing writer. He was so creative. I really haven’t read any of them that I haven’t enjoyed in some aspect.

There are so many good picture books out there, this is just a very short list of some of my favorites. What’s on your list?