the blog speaks

February 2, 2012



{a blog might say}

I am a journal for you or for them

and always for both
pulled out from under the mattress

I am not taken seriously

until I slap faces with perspective and the resounding gong of the universal human experience,


I am a chameleon or a snowflake
and always both.

I will make you drop your fork to grab a pen to note the story for later’s keyboard.

I tell that story,
a pixel web vessel
for the heart or mind or skill
and for all of that and

more and

for the song to be heard.

Behind me is a story-teller
a person behind a screen
fingers tapping.

I am a mouth
and an ear,

I am the pretty things
or the ugly things
and always both.

speaking out
pissing off
saying it gently
like it is
like it isn’t
needing out

I wish I had a better name but here I am, The Blog.

perspectives and revealing
spurning compassion
because of the truth or all or some of the truths.

I will make you feel big
and then make you feel small
and I can question your ego
until you stop
or find your place in the middle.

I can send your words out the door
and bring the world to your door
and you will find yourself in a coffee shop or bar
because of me,
waiting to meet someone for the first time
that you’ve known your whole life
and found through the clicking of mice.

I am your way to say it your own way,


I can show you how your children or your life grow

or both

or freeze you in time day after day
for when you forget
who you were,
like all the things on the Internet
I am a blip
demanding to be remembered.

I pen a love story
or rewrite a tragedy
or humor


I just tell.

I make you question
community reality
because it is here
and it is out there
without me,
don’t forget.

I am a journal
not under your mattress
but all over
anyone’s eyes
to resonate or
they get to choose
so let it go.

I am a tool to everything and
and always both.
You know
if you see me as everything
you are adding nothing to your life.

I am a pen pal platform.

I am a tool
a stepping stone
to the creative whole
and a money-maker with
sponsors and ads
and most times I am not.

I am your whole story
or parts
and always both.

you don’t know all of exactly who you are anyway
but I’ll show you more.
I am not here to make you big
or small
but to help you find your middle.

I am a web canvas
internet connection

behind me,
is a person
messy and good and not like anyone else
but like so many coming through to stay
my person is
and it all counts.

I woke in computers and work

my way across keyboards and wires or wireless invisibles,

but I was born in stone and paper and souls
for telling.


{There. A blog has answered the questions, What’s a blog? What’s a blogger? Why do you blog? I’m sure it all makes perfect sense now.}


hyacynth February 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Actually, it does. :)
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tara/pohlkottepress February 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Yes! people always look at me funny, and I must say sometimes I cough out the word {blog}, but what it means to me is not silly….all of the voices, the lives.
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Amber February 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Yup, you cleared the murky waters for me! :)

(This is very clever, Heather, and a creative way at answering the blog-old questions that you posited at the end of the post.)
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Barb February 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

It does. Perfect.
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Brook @ Redhead Reverie February 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I absolutely LOVE this. I get so many looks from people when I tell them I blog…what do you blog about? My life…then I get the blank stare. I will be sharing this on Facebook if you don’t mind as well…TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
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Heather February 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Sure you can share it on Facebook. (and OH YES, I know that look :)

Megan (FriedOkra) February 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I’m going to print this out and carry it around with me to whip out next time I get That Look from a friend, or a stranger, after I nervously and behind-my-hand say, “I … um … write. I mean, well … I have a … uh … blog?”
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Alison@Mama Wants This February 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Perfect. Truly.
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Barbara Davis February 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Beautifully written. Glad I found your blog!
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Sarah@Life in the Parsonage February 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

This. Is. Awesome.
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Gianna February 2, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Oh, you (I mean the blog) totally got it!

anymommy February 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

This made me laugh, okay yes and cry a little.
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Liz February 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

Blog is wise. So is the blogger behind it.
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Sharon O February 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

Great writing and creativity, and encouragement too.

Jess February 3, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I love this! Yes, this is why I blog.
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Ann February 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm

You are so amazingly creative.
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Ashley February 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Having just started a blog a few months ago, I am continually trying to understand and explain this new passion of mine. Your words so get at the heart of it all, Heather. I love “The Blog’s” acknowledgement that many will not get it — either the content, or the passion itself, and it’s the choice of each. Not my job to convince.
I find myself vascillating between confidence in what I’m sharing for me and for them and wondering if it means anything to anybody. I’m amazed by my swings. This piece that sat in the tension helped to make sense of all of them.
Thank you, too, for this — “like all the things on the Internet…I am a blip…demanding to be remembered.” This storytelling art is so ancient, like stone and rock, as you (or “The Blog” says), but something about this new medium of words on air makes it feel different.
Anyway, thank you, thank you for this. I love reading what you write. You inspire me.

The Anecdotal Baby February 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Absolutely perfect… Well said!
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Christine @ Coffees & Commutes February 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Not only does it make sense, but it inspires. In ways that this blogger needed.

And reminds me, especially this part:

waiting to meet someone for the first time
that you’ve known your whole life
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Elaine February 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

One of the MAIN reasons I blog, right here: “or freeze you in time day after day
for when you forget
who you were,
like all the things on the Internet
I am a blip
demanding to be remembered.”

I want to remember. Well, and write. And photograph.

This is amazing Heather. Scrolling up to read again…
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