Sometimes I feel like I don't understand blogging. I've been blogging in one way or another since people actually used Myspace. I started out writing complaints about the stupid job that I had, and then I posted them online. People found them tragically amusing, and I developed a small (miniscule following). Then I started new, different blogs, and here I am today yammering on about money stuff.
As the years passed, I became aware that people were getting legitimately famous for writing about their daily shenanigans, and actually producing whole books, which despite majoring in writing, I have yet to do. So I read one. I read It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown And a Much-Needed Margarita by Heather B. Armstrong of Dooce.com fame.
I hated it.
There were moments it amused me, but overall, it was so over the top in the way she behaved herself and the way people reacted that even though it was supposed to be real life, I found it hard to believe that anyone would want to spend time with her. She was fun sometimes, but overall, just exhausting.
Which brings us to today's book review of Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson aka The Blogess. Similar to the Dooce lady's book, The Bloggess is a famous blogger that I had never heard of before this year when a friend mentioned her on facebook and how excited she was for this book to come out. My curiosity was piqued, again, based equally on my friend's recommendation and also the fact that this is another famous blogger and I want to understand what makes a person a famous blogger.
The only answer I can come up with is that you have to have/ had:
- I totally crazy childhood
- A completely understanding and willing to go along with almost anything husband
- A mental illness that results in manic highs that you then write about
I was compensated for this BlogHer Book Club review but all opinions expressed are my own.