Wednesday, February 10, 2010

M.I.A.

Hello friends.
I realize I've been missing in action for quite some time.

Here's the haps...

1. I am in a blogging quandary. What to do, what to do? I have been thinking about taking this blog private for quite some time (Why do I feel like there should be some kind of DOOM music that follows that statement). I keep getting random comments of Japanese origin that link back to inappropriate sites. That just doesn't sit well with me.

Plus, I think I am ready for my blog to be more for me! Not that it hasn't been in the past, but I can't help feeling this subconscious pressure to write something interesting, not too mommyish, not too braggy, something crafty, with witty stories about my life, intermixed with some pop-culture, and a small amount of non-gaggy posts about my wonderful husband. Are you with me? Why do I feel this way? I started out blogging as a means for recording our lives, but as blogging has gained popularity it has become more of a contest about who can portray the most perfect life. First of all, whether my life is perfect or not, I don't want to have in the back of my mind, "How will my readers take this post?" Lame, I know. I think I need a shrink! ha. I just want this to be more of a journal of our lives and if it comes out braggy or cheesy, well, sorry.

So...long story short, I will be taking this thing private. Leave me your e-mail for an exclusive INVITE!

2. Another reason for my lack of blogging has been because I just got a new job (or calling, as we call in in the LDS church). It's kind of a doosey! One that is hard for me to even type, but since I know a good handful of you will inquire, I will tell. I have been asked to be the new Stake YW President. (If you are not mormon this will mean nothing to you, sorry) It has been a month of mixed emotions. Mostly fear and thoughts of how on earth someone is trusting me and my airheaded self to do something like this. But for now, I just have a lot of meetings and speaking assignments, and HUGE events to plan. Which has left too little time for me to be lazy (like I prefer).

So, I am not depressed. Or hiding out. Just a little less blog-happy. It will return. It always does. In fact, tomorrow I will be posting about some delicious sugar cookies that I just can't get enough of!

So leave your e-mail addresses if you want to join my PRIVATE blog club!
(and ps. I really don't care if you are my best friend's, sister's, neighbor....you are still invited. As long as you are not a weirdo, then anything goes)


59 comments:

The Close's Place said...

I have been having those same concerns about the blogging world. It would be nice to just say what I really think/feel without repercussions or random invasions.

Yikes on the calling!! I'm sure you'll be great.

keep me posted, you make me laugh
stacyclose@yahoo.com

Blackburns said...

We went private a little while ago, mostly because someone was stealing my sister's pictures of her boys and claiming them as their own. Freaky! Good luck on the calling. You will do great. Let me in on the postings, steve_kimberly_blackburn@msn.com

The McLaws Clan said...

You are so funny. Thanks for your positive attitude. I would be really freaking out. Good luck with the calling. You will be great. Brian says to be a little meaner and your calling will be good. HaHa.
Have a great day. Love ya.
mclawsfamily@q.com

cara lou said...

Holy crap. Good luck on the calling!

Please add me! dearcaralou@gmail.com

Amy said...

You will be the perfect Stake YW president, and a nice breath of fresh air.

I would love to be invited to your blog. udyamy@hotmail.com

(I lived next door to you at ricks, Colonial House!!)

heidi said...

me me me!
jackmanheidi@gmail.com

Lori said...

Count me in...lorihull@gmail.com

fawn said...

"private" is the new black..
christiansenmail@sbcglobal.net

shawna said...

Keep me in the loop!
s-jgerardi@netzero.net

Brooke W said...

i want in! BTW you will do awesome in your calling, you are so great! wilkinsbrooke@gmail.com

missliss5/Melissa said...

I made my blog private for the same types of reasons. I'd love to continue on yours and if you want an invite to mine just let me know. Melissa---friend from Orangevale
tomelissa@gmail.com

Wilson Family said...

Holy Crap what a calling. You will do awesome My e-mail is wilson1984@gmail.com

Sarah Hull said...

I've miss you!
You'll be the best Stake YW prez. ever!!!!
I love your blog! sawaksmith@hotmail.com

Emily said...

I linked over to your blog from Amy's (Cannon, that is) & have been getting such a kick out of you ever since! And yes, "private" rocks.
emilyboyer@cox.net

Tracy said...

James and I love reading your blog. Don't worry, we will still want to read it when it gets boring and mommy ish because you're too busy with your calling! My blog has never been an interesting read for anyone but me and I don't have a stake calling to blame! Just count yourself lucky that you now have a valid excuse to let your blog fall into mediocrity. Having said that, I doubt that it will be anything close to mediocre!

tracy.burnham@gmail.com

Deon said...

Congrats on your new calling! :) I am sure you will do an awesome job!
Please add me as well
deonemily@gmail.com
I love reading about what is going with you!

schuyler said...

pick me oh, pick me!
whitneyamelia@yahoo.com

still a faithful follower, even though i'm not leaving comments. your photo's are AMAZING! you a talented mama!

cuz,
whitney

Chelsea said...

that is a doosey. You'll be GRRRREAT! Can I join please? chelsea.northam@gmail.com

Britten and Sandra said...

Yep. Keep us on!

brittensessions@gmail.com

Ali said...

You will be an awesome YW President! I loved you as my teacher, so fun and awesome, the girls will LOVE you! Anyways totally add me
little.miss.quick@gmail.com

merideth said...

altomics@msn.com i would love an invite to your blog.
ali you could write the most boring post with horrible pics and i would still want to see what you and your family are up too... not that you ever do.
i love your blog and i love you!!

MSGottfredson said...

STAKE YW PRESIDENT! WOWY WOW WOW!

Good Luck.

Yes I want to be invited my friend:

shellygottfredson at yahoo dot com

Marie said...

Oh Ali, I hope you teach those girls some mean dance moves. marierose at live dot com

I feel so out of the loop staying public!

bBchronicles said...

Count me in ! ! ! ! Your mom and I can't figure out (for the life of us) WHY they pick on young mothers for such a HUGE job? BUT, HF knows BEST! You'll do awesome. I can remember when all my kids were young - that's when the biggest jobs came my way - now I feel like I've been put out to pasture (current job: YW Presidency!!!! haha)

I've been thinking of going private as well!!!

Meryntha said...

Can I be invited to your blog? I have gone private as well. I didn't want to have to worry about keeping personal details out of our blog. Let me know if you want an invite to mine. Its not near as entertaining, or fun to read. But your welcome to join!
merynharo@yahoo.com

Lindsay said...

I'm your ex-boyfriend's wife. Is it too weird for me to be allowed an invite? :) I actually really love looking at your pictures and I hope that some day we'll be able to get you to take ours.
lseverts at gmail dot com

mmmelle said...

May I please be invited?
melissa.e.parker@gmail.com

you've never made me gag

:)

HeatherM said...

I love braggy post, REALLY! I love to hear about other's happiness. I do like them to be real,though. OH & Yes we'd like to be added. My name at gmail

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

That last line was perfect.

Please add me to the 'cool kid' list. lindseyjparry@gmail.com

Also while I complain (daily) about my home study seminary teacher calling, I think after reading your new job, I will hold off today.

yikes.

Jason and Layna said...

I want to be added too.
Good luck on the calling!
jasonhfuller22@yahoo.com

Julie said...

The weirdest thing about me is that I read your blog and you don't know me. But you just seem so normal that I can't help myself!

Kaylynn said...

Can I be invited? kmjibson@surewest.net

jojo said...

Would love to follow. Your blog cracks me up!
joannalwebber@yahoo.com

Jessica Mason said...

Well, if you want to get "fired" from your new position, linking back to porn sites would be the way to do it!!!
I would love to stay connected :)
Jessica Mason
heecka37@yahoo.com

Michele said...

we don't know each other, i clicked a link to your blog from Hillary Collettes and check it every once in a while. I love your honesty (especially your reasons for going private... TELL me about it!) Anyway, so I know we are strangers, but I'd love an invite!

sheena said...

I never ever EVER thought I would go private.....and now I LOVE it. I can post anything I want! I don't worry at all about if it will be boring....who cares!! It's just for me.

sheenajibson at gmail dot com

kelly said...

even though we're neighbors, I still need to be in the loop with your private life hee hee !

kellysouthwell@gmail.com

Newmans said...

WOW Ali, that is a big deal! You'll be great though, I have no doubt. Please add me to your private blog! janellenewman@gmail.com
Hope you guys are doing well!

collette crew said...

add me to your blog club and make me the president. oh I just love your blog. (hillarycollette@gmail.com). I'm anxious to see what you do with your new calling (I think it's exciting- scary- but exciting!)- keep us posted! you'll be great. do you get to go to girl's camp? how fun. and thank heaven for a new cookie recipe- my sugar cookies stink... yours look like perfection.

Michelle said...

Please add me to your "private" blog. I always love to read your posts and see your awesome pics! Email: asvitt1@hotmail.com. Good luck with the new calling!

Cindy said...

Berta's cousin, here! Love your blog. dcduffs@hotmail.com

Raquel & Marc said...

i would like to continue to stalk you and your cute babies.
raquelruggles@gmail.com

shana said...

Ali I would love to be invited if you don't mind patopoff@juno

Jenny Mason said...

You don't know me but I love your blog! You crack me up and have such a fresh way of looking at things! It stinks you have to go private. I'd love to be included on your list if you don't mind. Congrats on your new calling. You'll be awesome!

Btw - we make these cookies every year. they are fab!

jenny@jennymasonphotography.com

Lori said...

I would love to be on your invite list :)
happinessisshared@gmail.com

I tried to do a private blog but my Mom and some other non blogger family couldn't figure out how to view it and I had to go public again.

amanda said...

i want to continue to spy on your life!! and laugh too...
xoxox-amanda
amandaharms@hotmail.com

Carrie said...

HI ALI!
I would love to continue to read your entertaining blog! And I would love for you to take our family photos again next time we are in town!
-Carrie Griffith
carrie2855@yahoo.com

Courtney said...

I love checking out your blog, please pick me. I feel like the last kid standing when everyone chooses kickball teams. But, I have to put myself out there, because who else will I steal awesome ideas from and claim them as my own?

courtneydunlap at gmail dot com

Jenny said...

How about friend of a friend? At least I leave comments and don't lurk in private.

jennyn a 3jaw dot com

Jen Giorgis said...

don't leave me out!!! I realize that I too have been MIA in the blogging world...I am just really boring right now!

jengiorgis@gmail.com

Sara Jane said...

um. can i be invited to your blah blah blog? i lOVE It mostly cause Red Bull gives you wings. xoxo oh and
saraholmes@verizon.net see you wednesday!

Kiki said...

Cousin of a friend of a friend, count me in!

auntie fanny said...

hi cousin! i like reading your blog and i L.O.V.E. your photography skills! btw, your sugar cookies look absolutely beeeautiful!
savannasessions@gmail.com

Monica said...

Hey-- I am Amy Musgroves friend. I started viewing your blog when Amy moved to CA and told me about your little guy- how he was the same age as our little guys- so I have been kinda watching him change along with my little Harri. But mostly I love looking at your photo blog (come on- some updates!)- So...

mon9@sbcglobal.net

meeshw said...

If there is room I would love to be "invited"...
Stake YW President!...you will be wonderful!

meeshsmith@cox.net

Heather said...

Would love to be able to view your blog - heatherhales@yahoo.com

Julia H. Doolittle said...

Add me Ali!

Court got accepted to BYU yesterday. Three for three so far, last two due out in the next month.

Tenney Family said...

ALI!!!! oh my!! didn't know i would be in the presence of a President on our next run!! Gotta make sure i'm ever so proper. ha ha! so fun! You will be amazing!!! Better keep me on.. aub10e@surewest.net

Cindy said...

Amy Cannon's mom love reading your blog. cindyorvin@gmail.com