Not Angry Enough:Babble
launches tonight without me.
That’s right, I was fired before actually beginning. That really has to be some sort of record. Apparently my voice is too “mommy-bloggish
” and “not the right fit”.
Babble is touting itself as irreverent and edgy, which I’m sure it will be. Alas, I am neither of those things.
I think it boils down to me not being angry enough. I tried to pull out my creds
- Hey! I listen to Ani Difranco
and Rage Against the Machine! I am angry, too! I swear!
But in all honesty, I am not. Before being fired (this is my first firing, ever), I was having serious doubts. The approach they are taking seemed to be one that is constructed around being exclusive and hip for the sake of being hip. Different for the sake of being different. Which is great for them. They can wear the skinny jeans and leg warmers, but I’ll be over here in boot-cuts with clogs. For me, becoming a parent has been the great equalizer. Whether I talk to people who breastfeed or formula-feed, who co-sleep or have their babies in a crib in another room, who stay at home or send their children to daycare, we are all doing the best we can and love our children more than we thought humanly possible. Why do we need to divide ourselves up into categories and talk shit about the others? Won't we do better standing together?
In all honesty, this brings up two things that I have been thinking about for awhile.
The first is that I have never considered myself a writer. In fact, I hate writing. And yet I’ve
kept this blog for almost four years, so there’s that. I write. But I think the difference between a writer and a good writer is that a good writer can take banal things and make them funny and poignant. Whereas I have had funny or poignant things happen and I write them down. There is a difference.
The second thing this brings up is the ever-increasing exclusivity of the blog world. Maybe it has always been there and I just haven’t noticed, but these days it feels like it taints things more and more for me. Since Blogher
, I have had a bad taste in my mouth about blogging but have just sort of plugged along. I thought that I was going to quit altogether but then decided to just take a month off and see how I felt. Something in me decided to give it one more shot, but I am still feeling like it might be time to pull the plug on Posthipchick
Anyway, go read Babble and find out how to be edgy and irreverent. God knows you aren
’t going to find out here.