This is a public service announcement, of sorts.
The holidays are upon us – it’s October which means it’s officially time for our families to want to start sorting out the “holiday plans” for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This time of year takes a toll on me – I tend to get rather pissy and difficult to be around (just ask B). Because I’m an “over-sharer,” if you ask me how I’m doing between October 1 and December 31, I’ll tell you all about my family holiday drama and craziness (I give myself 6 days after Christmas to get the bitching out of my system but then try to have it behind me by January 1).
With that said, I have no idea who reads my blog. I get quite a few hits for someone who has a handful of loyal (and awesome) commenters. WordPress says I have about 10 followers (small potatoes, my friends, small potatoes!), but my stats tell me otherwise. No biggie – keep reading, keep reading, keep reading!
However, I will likely need to be posting some frustrations over this upcoming holiday season. I think my holidays from the past would have been much more tolerable if I had been blogging. I’m hoping that writing about things will let me release them even sooner than my annual 12/31 deadline. HA!
I will be introducing some password protected (PWP) posts. I am doing this to “protect the innocent” from reading about themselves on my blog. HA HA! Seriously though, if you’re not a family member, I’m happy to share the password*. If you’re a family member, please don’t ask for the PW because it will be rather awkward when I tell you, “sorry, but no.”
It’s either this, or get a therapist. I don’t have time for a therapist (or maybe I do – because you know – I am a SAHM with nothing but time), so it’s this.
The first post will be going up as soon as I have something to get off my chest. So far, so good. No one has asked yet what our plan is for Thanksgiving… but it’s coming. I can feel it!
* You can comment here or email me at allthesunforyou-at-live-dot-com for the PW if you’d like it. No pressure – I won’t be offended if no one is interested in these posts 😉
October 2, 2012 at 4:44 am
I’m glad that you’re going to use this space to help get through the holiday season. It definitely can cause lots of stress, dealing with others’ expectations of you and your time. Plus, I think it’s really important to take the time to creat your own holiday traditions – just you, B, and Matthew, and sometimes “well-meaning” family doesn’t always understand that.
P.S. It goes without saying, of course, that I want that password. 😉
October 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm
You are one of the reasons I feel comfortable doing this – so thank you! I will never forget your comment about using this space to work the bad stuff out. Thank you for that!
October 2, 2012 at 7:37 am
I think you are really smart to password protect some posts. I don’t know if blogger does that, but I need to look into it as well. The holidays can be fun, but also WAY stessful with the IL’s and such. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to vent without fear of someone IRL finding it! Lol
I’m a new follower but if you feel like sharing your password, I’d love to read! I’m sure I’ll need advice when it comes to IL’s and holidays as well soon!
October 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm
I’m happy you’re a new follower. I’ll send the PW once I get it set. HA! I’m not prepared!
October 2, 2012 at 7:55 am
Yes please. 😉
October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am
Proud of you for this. It is hard to find our footing out here, and it is damn near impossible to dream up the space we might need in the future when we set it up! I know this is a difficult decision to make, but I am glad you are doing what you need to do to feel safe and stay sane. Here for you 🙂
October 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm
That is exactly it! I wanted this blog to be all happiness and sunshine, but all of you have made it so much more than that. I never thought I’d have a single follower, so it was for Matthew to look back on some day. Now I have posts I’ll never let him see – because you all have made me feel comfortable enough to put my thoughts out there. Now I have lots to share – and I’m excited to do it!
October 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm
October 2, 2012 at 8:54 am
I want to read about your family drama to make my family drama not seem so bad. Wow that sounded bad, but you know what I mean! 🙂 No really, just here for support so I’d love it if you shared the password.
October 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm
I know what you mean 😉
October 2, 2012 at 9:11 am
This is a good idea. While sharing my blog with family has helped everyone understand our struggle without retelling the story over and over again. I do feel the limitations of having to censor what I write about and find it frustrating. Please send me the password.
October 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm
October 2, 2012 at 9:41 am
As someone who feels like you do around the holidays with family stress…this is a wonderful idea, and pwp is probably the safest way to protect your sanity too! I think with everything that has been going on, my migration to WP is almost inevitable…..And feel free to inbox me the password….I’d love to be able to be here for you during this stressful time!
October 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm
I knew you’d understand 😉
October 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm
Totally get holiday stress. I’m dreading the holiday season- not necessarily because of family, but the expense and all the hoopla. Would love to read your posts- PW please!
October 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm
I am dreading the expense too. We’ve been really stupid this year with money. Christmas just makes it worse. Next year is our year to buckle down and stop being so stupid! (I will not sacrifice Matthew’s awesome 2nd birthday though in this plan to save. He likes a party and I’m giving it to him again!)
October 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm
I’m way behind. I saw the PPW post and was puzzled. But, of course, you wrote about it first. Send it to me, please!
October 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm
I’d love a password!!!
October 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Can I have the password too, please?