Note: Please read this post in its entirety! It explains changes on this site, and will remain here as a “sticky” for the foreseeable future. Please scroll down to access regular posts.
My name is Heather, and for 8 years I’ve shared my life here. I started writing on January 14, 2008, and at first I blogged anonymously, using only my children’s nicknames. However, all of my posts were public. Readers enjoyed this, but I was never completely at ease. As this site became more popular, I was interviewed for web sites and the local newspaper, and suddenly I was not so anonymous anymore. People in my “real life” started reading my blog, and with this came unexpected consequences. I felt severely limited in what I could write about, and with the advent of Facebook, I quickly came to the realization that I do not share the same views, opinions, and political beliefs as many of my family and friends. This made me feel even less comfortable with freely sharing my personal life.
Last year, I decided to make a change. The great majority of the content on this site is free and open to the public, however certain posts are now password-protected for privacy. This content is available only to approved readers, none of whom know me personally. I believe that the internet has turned us into a nation of obnoxious oversharers, and I do not care to be in that camp. I also don’t want my personal life to be dissected and used as gossip fodder. Password protection allows me to reclaim some small measure of privacy, so that I may write openly without feeling like a fish in a bowl. It’s either this, or close the site down altogether.
On 1/27/16, the current password for protected content was sent to those on the approved list. If you did not receive this email, please remember that it’s not about you, and it’s not personal. It’s personal for me, which is why I reserve the right to edit the list at any time, particularly if I feel that it’s grown too large for comfort.
I am not accepting new requests for protected content access. The approved list is as large as it’s ever going to be. Please do not ask me to make exceptions, as this will just be awkward for both of us. Thank you for your understanding.