I’m not one of those women that tells everyone that I blog. I link to my posts on my personal Facebook page and about a year ago I stopped hiding those posts from anyone. But I don’t tell people when I meet them that I am a “blogger.”
I’m also not one of those women that volunteers for everything at my daughter’s school. I can feel myself being pulled in that direction but I am using “the baby” as a perfectly good reason to not overextend myself.
This question from Amanda at Southern Fried in Las Vegas was right on time!
Hello there!I’ve volunteered to make some items for the cake walk for my daughter’s fall festival at her school. Being the Pinterest-y crafter that I am these days, I was thinking of making some cute little labels for the goods – telling what it is, listing allergens like nuts in it. Good idea and so cute, right? But…being a blogger and a social media whore, I want to also put link to my blog on it and advertise myself a little.
Is that in bad taste? I’m unsure.
I’m also unsure WHY I volunteered in the first place, but whatever.Sincerely,Amanda
Tacky? No. But still maybe not a wise idea? Maybe. If you had a little side business baking cupcakes I’d say slap that website on that label. If you had a side business putting up wallpaper I’d say with a clever tagline you could point out that there is no wallpaper paste in these cupcakes and still slap that website address on there.
But a personal blog? Unless everything on your website is something that you’d mention in a “nice to meet you” conversation with someone you met at your daughter’s school I would skip it. I recently volunteered to try and badger (I mean, encourage) other parents in my daughter’s class to volunteer for the Fall Festival. Every time I sign my name I think “Should I put my web address under my signature?”
This is the scenario I imagine. “Hi, parent of a teacher in Emily’s class. My daughter would love to have your kid over to play. But first let me tell you I swear like a sailor, I have an awful sense of humor, I like sex on Saturday mornings and I was wondering if you want to see my stretch marks?” While it is true I would love to befriend the room mother that would reply “My kids are going as Ren & Stimpy for Halloween, I like to drink red wine from coffee cups and we would LOVE a playdate” I can’t really count on it.
So for now, I wait to spill the blog address until later. I haven’t figured out exactly how I will reconcile writing about the details of my life (and that of my kid’s by extension) when they get older. But for now I will grant them the courtesy of not having an uptight parent with an awesome kid decide that we are just too nutty for a playdate before they even have the chance to be offended in person.
Now speaking of Pinterest, can you help me? On a whim I got Mommy cards printed with my website address on them. But I have thus far been too chicken to actually give one to anyone. I think I might be more inclined to if I wasn’t keeping them in a Kleenex package. True story.