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Lori and Pugsley in USA TODAY
August 1, 2005

I've been thinking a lot about doors lately, the doors that open and the doors that close, the rock band and Jim Morrison my inspiration for wanting to be a writer, poet, and muse. The William Blake quote "When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite". Well I’ve spent the last year or so here cleansing my perception, and actually a lot longer than that truth be told. I’m not afraid to work hard for something I want or commit myself to it 120%. Critics should know that defeat and naysaying only inspires me to press on harder. I will sit patiently on the sidelines watching and observing all the good things that happen to other people, silently smiling with a polite gesture and some kind of innate awareness that my day will come. I have learned about timing you see. It has to happen when it’s right, when all the stars in the universe are perfectly aligned with your soul and spirit. Only when your mind and heart follow suit will the good stuff begin to flow. It's like Karma only Western.

I saunter about in my own little world observing, doing, day in and day out. Nothing really changes, something funny happens, I blog about it. Whatever. Monday was a particularly heinous day at work fighting non-stop battles, putting out endless fires, arguing with a boy. Every single door that I tried to open got slammed back in my face. I was just getting home, ready to go fetal on the couch with Pugsley tucked up under the backs of my knees (I call it the reverse spoon) when imagine my shock and awe that USA Today came-a-calling.

Shock. Of all the millions of bloggers on the World Wide Web, they asked little old me if I would be interested in doing an interview for an article on how our society is going more and more public with the sharing of personal information. Would I? For those of you who have been following along here, who have known me, dated me, hated me, you must know that I am all about the sharing of information…..No, not the kind where I post my home address, phone number, and shout out, "Here I am world, come and get me Internet stalkers!!" I'm not an idiot, I've worked in Web Marketing and E-Commerce for nearly 10 years now. Until today, I don't think anyone knew my last name. It's all very careful and controlled. It's only how much I choose to disclose. Heck, I thought it was cool to be published in Jill.

Yep, it’s my 15 minutes alright.

Awe. Suddenly, the reality sets in. Am I good enough? Will they like what they read? Do I have to start parenting my own words to accommodate a G-rated audience? Will I really have to stop writing about PMS and Bikini Waxes? Should I start to spellcheck and edit out my occassional truck driver-like vocabulary for fear of being judged? All because one very savvy (and apparently hungry) reporter Googled “pizza” and up popped my Foot Cheese Pizza blog, where she then happened upon my Bit on Blogging . It was exactly what she was looking for. A door. I always knew Foot Cheese Pizza would be my claim to fame.

At the heart of the article is the question, why put so much of yourself out there? What will people think? My answer is this - The people who are important in my life accept me for who I am, all sides of me. Wacky, racey, sentimental, funny. I like to see how far I can push the envelope and I like to make people laugh. I'm just a girl who loves writing and her Pug. I try to remain genuine to who I am and I think that I'll be ok. My Blog is like Seinfeld, it's a blog about nothing. It's the one area of my life that isn't mandated by anyone else. It is controlled 100% by me and guess what? It works. And, you know the old saying good press or bad press is still press.

So, now that the media is paying attention I will make it clear that I am in fact available for: Penning the next Oscar Winning Screenplay, Book deals, photo shoots, and of course Celebrity Pug Rescue Fundraising Events! That is how my marketing roots play into all of this. More blog traffic, a higher Technorati rating, Reciprocal links, More doors? Sure I want all of that. But it’s not what my blog is about. I have been sitting here blogging my little heart out for the last year on a writers journey.

Of course I realize this isn’t “that day” where the universe is functioning perfectly and all of my dreams will finally be realized. I am just continuing on here today like any other doing what I do, waxing poetic on every excruciating detail of my daily dish. Pondering the what if's, engaging my readers. Today’s headline – Lori and Pugsley in USA Today. Maybe my Blog traffic will spike for a week or two, until the last of the crumpled up discarded "D" sections have been used to line a lone kitty litter box somewhere in McCook Nebraska, and we will be nothing more than a flash in the Blogosphere pan. I'm not green enough to believe that a mere mention in the paper means that I have in some way "arrived". What it does mean though is out of 13.9 million bloggers who they could have written about, they chose me.

Naturally, some part of my overly analytical brain does wonder - what if this is the door I have been waiting my whole life to open? Not in terms of success as an author or even awareness, it’s more than that. To have a national publication recognize me for my writing, validates me in a way that only writing a really great story and then curling up with the knowledge that it will indeed touch someone else’s life, can. Yea it’s narcissistic, it's only 15 minutes, just another door. But today I am one step closer to the Pug Farm, and that feels good.

Posted by Lori on August 1, 2005 7:36 AM permalink



SL commented August 1, 2005 9:02 AM

Whats behind door #1? The number 1 SL! Congrats! I hope that you're blessed with all good things from this article -- you deserve it!

No matter what keep smiling and keep writing!

Love you, SL



Toni commented August 1, 2005 9:37 AM

Awesome Lori! I'm so thrilled for you. Hopefully this is just the beginning of many great things to come!



liam commented August 1, 2005 11:10 AM

Clap, clap clap clap. Good for you Lori, enjoy your fame, dreams happen. good luck. I also thought your comment mirrored your blog attitude.



ScallyWag commented August 1, 2005 12:08 PM

You know what they say - good things happen to those who wait. You are a good thing and you have a great blog. Congrats and good luckw/ everything that comes your way!

I didn't realize they were going to give out so much info though - you know? Name, town, state.....they really let that fly!!!




Lori commented August 1, 2005 12:33 PM

I like how they put me right under Nick and Jessica in the actual Print version of the paper, hahahah. I thought that was pretty cool :)



Bob commented August 1, 2005 3:46 PM

congrats on the article! I always knew all the great writing here would be discovered someday. Happy to see my personal fav the bikini wax was given the nod it rightly deserves!



Lauren commented August 1, 2005 10:21 PM

Love it! Sorry it took so long to read it. It's been a busy day for me! Congrats...this is awesome :) I hope it's a beginning of something wonderful to come..you deserve it :)



Nicholas commented August 1, 2005 10:55 PM

Congrats Dahhling! I am very happy to hear this great news. I wish I would have known earlier, I would have loved to pick up a hard copy and save it. Maybe I'll come across one somewhere. Who knows if this is the "door" you've been waiting to open? Only time will time. Regardless of where this door takes you on your journey, congrats once again on a job well job.



Lori commented August 1, 2005 11:23 PM

I have a question -- if you read the article, did you think it was negative toned? My take was the emailing stuff was (rightly so) because that is invasive but my bit about blogging was represented fairly and neither good nor bad, just factual.

Anyway, I'm getting mixed reviews from folks...curious to know what did you guys think?



Toni commented August 2, 2005 11:50 AM

Lori, having been a person who has used email and IMs to announce lots of things from parties to illness in the family - I didn't read the article in a negative light. Of course, Emily Post may not agree but it is the technology of today. I especially didn't feel like the portion regarding your blog was negative -- just introduced another avenue for communicating an inner look at someone's life -- private things that may not have normally been shared so publicly without the means of technology. The quote, "you don't like it, don't read it"...that is what you live by -- so if somebody sees that as negative -tough luck, it's you and it's true. A blog is for the individual -- the readers just get a glance in -- they don't have to stay and read. It didn't slam you or your blog -- and it gave you a whole new readership -- how can that be negative?!?!



sl commented August 2, 2005 4:35 PM

I agree completely with Toni. Even if the article portrayed your blog in a negative light (which I don't think it did), what would it matter? You're not writing to impress anyone. You're writing because you like it, its great therapy, its wonderful to look back on and view a story from a year ago... Perhaps it was a struggle your wrote about that seemed so significant and is now but a faded memory and you learn from it. Whatever. Your blog is for you, written by you -- is you! Your quote "you don't like it, don't read it" should continue to be your guide. You're not writing for them, or for us -- you're writing for you. Be proud of what you're doing, I am!



ScallyWag commented August 3, 2005 3:13 PM

I just opened my hard copy and re-read the article. I think sl couldn't have said it better. "Your blog is for you, written by you -- is you!!" I am also proud to know you Lori!!
Keep doin' what you do best - write!



ScallyWag commented August 3, 2005 3:26 PM

What I meant to add was the article did not portray your blog negatively. It was factual. On one hand "you are quite public" (like it said) and on the other hand, we (the readers) don't know how much you hold back. I for one, love the attitude you take, and the places you take us to.


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