Welcome to "I'm Walking Here."
Here's the post that tells you (mostly) what it's all about.
Has anyone ever told you to stay in your lane?
I’ve saved so many warm, cheery emails, DMs and comments I’ve been blessed to receive over the 15+ years I’ve been writing online. They’re all variations on a theme:
Why do you have to write about politics?
What do you even know about tech, “Mom”?
Why are you talking about books for LGBTQ+ kids, don’t you know you’ll alienate readers?
What are your credentials for daring to recommend Everything Everywhere All At Once? I mean, do you even have a Masters in Contemporary Film Analysis with a concentration in Absurdist Sci-Fi Multiverse Comedy-Dramas? Because if not… maybe, uh, stay in your lane.
I’ve learned something:
If I’m walking here, it is my lane.
None of us are any one thing.
If you’re a parent like me, I’m going to say this again just for you, because we don’t hear this message enough:
None of us are any one thing.
If that makes sense to you, then congrats! I’m so glad you’ve found us because I think you’re going to get to know a pretty great community of not-one-thing-ers here.
We can be parents and activists. We can be art snobs who love Will Ferrell films. (Yes, Zoolander counts.) We can be people of faith for choice, or Atheists who can’t get enough of Christmas music. We can be devoted news junkies who just need a break sometimes to talk about Ted Lasso or Succession or The Watchmen or Bad Sisters without being shamed for it, because lordy the world feels like a hot mess right now and our cortisol levels can’t handle that 24/7.
We are complex. We are multifaceted!
You can even be someone with a social media moniker like oh, say, Mom101, who somehow managed to build an audience with plenty of non-moms, create a political hashtag that went mad viral, and go on to post about all kinds of things that have been liked and shared by celebrities, Members of Congress, political candidates, authors, activists, journalists, musicians, business owners, authors, and one time, Mark Hamill. (That was big for me.)
Welcome to my lane. I can’t entirely describe it for you, but as you can probably see already, it’s a pretty wide lane, and I don’t need it all to myself.
I really hope you’ll join me. Join us.
Here, we seek truth, we know that we don’t know it all, admit when we’re wrong, we give credit where it’s due, we support one another, we laugh a lot, we don’t act like jerks — and above all, we lead with hope. Especially when it seems most impossible.
Ready to walk together?
What to expect when you subscribe.
Uh… still figuring that out. I hope to write at least once a week, have it delivered all spiffy right to your inbox, and eventually figure out some subscriber perks.
(Everyone loves subscriber perks. I bet even Beyoncé loves subscriber perks.)
Right now though, it’s all free to you. No ads, no sponsors — this isn’t the place for that.
But it is a place to bring friends. Feel free to invite them if you think they’d like it here too. We’ve got room!
Here’s where else to find me
Twitter (hahah! we’ll see how long that lasts)
Instagram (you know, the filtered photo place)
Spawned Podcast (where I interview some very cool people)
Mastodon (new! slightly confusing!)
Cool Mom Picks (best gift guides on the internets)
Facebook (not too many public posts though, not a big fan these days)
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