The Bloggess is So Cool, Don't Touch, Don't Even Look Her Way!
For two solid weeks I have been reading and rereading Jenny Lawson's The Bloggess blog. It's a little bit like living in a blurry fantasyland at first, then you're woozy and then there's clarity. The first time I discovered this blog and read a couple of her posts, I thought OMG....WTF, but realized she's one of those kind of people where everything she says and does is COOL. And all her readers who comment ( now there are 100's for every post!) also have an element of cool. I have had several really clever comments to add, but I didn't type a thing because I was a little intimidated. Even writing this post, I am a little afraid that if she ever read it, she would be saying, "no Beth, that's not what I was thinking/saying at all". Remember in the movie, Spinal Tap, where they go to the guitar store and the salesman won't let them touch or even look at that one fantastic guitar? Well that's how I feel a little bit with this site. Only, don't go anywhere. Because her insightful posts are probably exactly what you probably need right now!
Jenny writes for the Houston Chronicle with this Good Mom/Bad Mom article (no, she's the good Mom and her good friend Mindy is the bad Mom). She wanted to add more colorful language and is very interested in all things about the vagina, so she needed a place to post where these areas could be explored (literally?!) more freely. Before this article, she had a mommy blog.
Apparently, Jenny has anxiety/panic attacks and takes medication to help her get through this life and perhaps this may explain why her posts can be off-the-chart funny. She often pokes fun of herself. She was a hit at last year's Blogher Conference when she wore her "confidence wig" for her Keynote Speech. And she wrote, "Oh and my anxiety disorder kicked in so I had to wear my “confidence wig” and I think everyone kept thinking there was a reason I was wearing it, and were waiting for me to do a Britney Spears interpretation or something but no, actually I’m just a weirdo and it turns out that most people don’t even own a confidence wig". (Jenny, I have two confidence wigs, one's curly, one's straight!).
Another favorite story involves taking her meds and what happens one day: "I was just in the office bathroom I saw this folded scrap of toilet paper on the floor and it looked like a perfect little man’s leg. Like the pant, knee, shoe…the works. And I was like…”Is it possible that someone made this little origami man leg out of toilet paper and left it here for me to discover?” And then I thought, “No. Probably not.” And that’s how I figured out that my medication was working."
There is a whole post about these crazy, Lego plastic toys she received. It's hysterical where she takes the story (August 28, 08). You will be laughing so hard right up to the end when she writes, "Lego sent me this to celebrate their new line or anniversary or something and I honestly have no idea what the hell to say here except that this pretty much sums up my entire life. Other bloggers get invited to go on CNN or get free furniture. I get an angry transvestite army".
Many of her posts have a picture that she somehow handwrites her own comments and statements all over the picture. I have no idea how to do that, but they are alwasy great fun. One example of this is connected to one of my favorite posts and ongoing storylines...that of the mysterious tiny sasquatch sightings (click below after seeing two other examples).
Bingo. The second tiny sasquatch sighting in one week.
She parties with other bloggers and tells us all about these fun-filled affairs. "It was one of those parties where you’re horrified to hear yourself confessing to strangers about that bustier you once stole from that dead whore, but instead of backing away slowly they’re all ”Well, who hasn’t stolen lingerie from dead prostitutes?”
One of the coolest things she's been doing for about a year or so now, is she selects one or two of the best comments of the day and places them at the end of her post. She has so many good ones, I am sure that it's hard to select just one! My favorite one isn't because of it's cleverness, but rather sums up Jenny and everyone's love affair with her writing and her blog:
Follow-up comment of the day: You know, dear Bloggess, the comments on your site remind me of a song by The Wreckers:
Only crazy people
Fall in love with me.
They come from all over
To be with me… ~Just A. Reader
In her own words, she defines her writing/blog like this: And maybe that’s the meaning of art; that the ideas and emotions evoked by the piece are so much more meaningful the piece itself. I’d like to think that this blog is like that.
Jenny is a great blogger for many reasons. First, she is a unique individual and her stories reflect her unique personality. Two, people are looking for an escape these days from the mundane and the regular, two things you will NEVER find on this blog. It really doesn't matter whether she's is writing about Ninjas, her husband Victor, about being falling-down drunk, cutting her cats toes off, bathing suit styles or blog ratings, you'll find for at least a few moments of your day, you are in a complete and happy place. Thanks, Jenny.