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Coming Out of the Closet

I’ve been hinting around lately that my blog is going to be a little more public soon and today is the big day.  A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a writer at the Kansas City Star who wanted to feature my blog in an article he was writing.  At first I was pretty excited about it, but then I had to stop and think for a few minutes.

Up until now I have kept this blog very private.  I only recently decided to share it with my husband and even that was a big step for me.  Allowing my name to be printed and associated with this blog is a pretty scary thing.  It means that anyone who does a google search for my name has an all access pass to my innermost thoughts.  Well, the innermost thoughts that I choose to publish online anyway.  It means that my family, my boss, and anyone else who really wants to find me can and most likely will.  The chances of the article sliding by unnoticed by anyone I know are very slim.  A lot of people around here read the paper.

I debated back and forth about whether to back out, but in the end decided that maybe it is time that I come out of the closet.  My biggest fear is that someone will read my words, take them the wrong way, and be offended.  It may be scary, or even downright terrifying, but at the same time I imagine it will be very freeing.  I no longer have to hide something that has become such a huge part of who I am. 

I think I may be making a big deal about nothing really.  I guess I’ll find out soon. 

You can read the article here, if you haven’t already seen it (You have to click on the link to "Meet More of KC’s Bloggers" to get to me.  I’m the last one).  If you have read it and followed the link here, welcome!  Please leave a comment and say hello.  If you are family and you are discovering my blog for the first time, um, I’m not sure what to say really.  Enjoy?

If you are new, you’ll find that my writing is a little sporadic in content.  You might want to check out some of these recent posts to learn a little more about me:

And, because I’m just nice like that, here’s a list of other blogs featured in the article:

**I’ve had to edit a couple of times already this morning, but it looks like everything is correct now.  The online version of the article had some details incorrect but they have been fixed.

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  1. Hi! Saw you featured in the Star article. I’m in the country about 30 miles from KC. I’m so addicted to blogging, I have more than one. I’ll be checking you out.

  2. I kept all of my blogs anonymous for several years, but this year I’ve loosened up and allowed my name to be associated with them here and there online (although I still leave it off the blogs themselves). So far, so good. 🙂

  3. Oh no!!!!!! Make them put your name under the right picture.

    You do not look like the woman that they identified as you (even though I haven’t seen you, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert on pictures of you and, no, I don’t think that sounds weird, why?)

    Ugh…*grumble, grumble, grumble* damn paper messin’ up my friend’s picture….

  4. congrats on this big step! welcome to the outside world. i like it better being out in the open, but then, i’m a naturally wide open person. 🙂

    you’ll be just as great out of the closet as you were in!

  5. Yes, its a little scary to come out, isn’t it? Its fun though, except the pictures were a little out of whack this morning, I think they fixed it. My grandmother saw me in the print edition paper, but she doesn’t know what a blog is anyway, and she didn’t recognize the photo. I don’t know what to make of that.

  6. Laurie Laurie

    Hi – I saw the piece in the Star! Thanks for sharing your blog with a wider audience. I am enjoying your writing already.

  7. dee dee

    I just want to say a big Thank You to everybody who stopped by today-both old friends and hopefully a few new ones!

  8. Sharon Sharon

    Hey Dee. Congrats on making the paper. How did he find out about you? It is very cool. I hear about your kid’s tv blog, but I didn’t know you had a secret one.

    I loved your letter to Zach. That’s the kind of thing he can cherish when he is a parent. The pictures are also adorable of course.

  9. Well, the KC Star link won’t let me read the article without registering, but I bet it was great!! You’re super brave for taking this step — I don’t think I could do it!

  10. Wow….what a way to come out!!

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