What’s the Anti-Matters, Mama?

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The Higgs Boson of Blogs arrives!

I have been searching for the elegant equation-those glistening, precise words that will sum up what my blog will be all about, that will sling my heart, and bring peace throughout and throughin. I have been searching the skies above and dredging the muck inside 1. I have been pouring over post after post on various blogs about what to do and what NOT to do when starting a blog. Most of the time, I find that throwing everything at a problem until things stick is a good strategy for me. Nothing is coming up al dente. Instead, these dribs and drabs of information have been colliding and creating new material in unpredictable ways. All of that advice to narrow down my topic, be unique, and finite to a specialized audience is too limiting.

I am in love with Shakespeare and Nietzsche and Yoga and Joss Whedon and Attachment Parenting. I am in love with words2. I am in love with my children. I am in love with joy and creation and destruction with love itself. The possibilities are limitless. I am breaking the blog “rules,” I suppose. I do have some topics that I gravitate towards, but gravity is the weak force. One week, I may write about philosophy, then next about a homeschool craft. And who is to say that these two topics are disparate at all? They are arising from this same simple brain, after all. So, in the interest of getting over the horrendous blank page on my computer screen, this is the beginning of the ever expanding universe that is, tritely, motherhood and personhood3.

Big Bang

I am a birth junkie and believe that every woman and baby deserve both a doula and the right to birth in the way that best serves them. I believe in a space to share stories with one another. Repeatedly. I believe in holding the space for healing without judgment for one another.

Dark Energy

I am healing my way through a second bout of Post Partum Depression. Depending on my strength, I will be blogging through what arises.

String Theory

The main framework for much this blog will be explorations on and off the mat, mostly centered around mothering, through the Yoga sutras of Patanjali.

Gravity

Attachment Parenting is the way I have chosen to parent. I do my best not to judge others and to support. I have strong feelings about natural birth, keeping children intact, breastfeeding, and gentle discipline. I also try my best to support other choices as best I can without agreeing to a choice that is harmful.

Nucleus

Ahimsa is my core principle in life. I actively seek to cause no harm in thoughts, words or actions. It is a path I continue to walk daily. I actively struggle to maintain my way constantly. It’s tattooed on my heart and on my arm.

There, I think this first post is obscure enough to drive away enough readers to make me happy.

Namaste

I put out a call on twitter for first blog posts and was blessed to receive two replies:

From: @mamaPSU Sent: Jan 23, 2011 11:14a
@TouchstoneZ http://laybabylay.blogspot.com/2010/08/harpers-birth-story.html my 1st post!
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/mamaPSU/status/29255721115717633

From: @MamaRobinJ Sent: Jan 23, 2011 11:17a
@TouchstoneZ My first post was only 3 weeks ago 😉 http://t.co/ALHXDwl
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/MamaRobinJ/status/29256419224068096

(Also, both of these ladies are well worth a follow)

What was your very first blog post (please feel free to link it below) and did it send away the right amount of readers for you?


1
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
-MND, A2:S1


2
“That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts. There is always a kind of contempt in the act of speaking.”
-Nietzsche


3
“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we’d be truly dead.”
— Joss Whedon

12 thoughts on “What’s the Anti-Matters, Mama?

  1. Pingback: Mama Sutras 1.1 Part the First « TouchstoneZ

  2. Glad to see you here on WordPress! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts and following your journey.

    My first blog post is here: http://imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com/2010/07/20/hello-world/

    I started out thinking it didn’t matter to me how many people read it, then realizing that I secretly wanted to wake up one morning to a million page views, then being happy that people outside just my circle of friends are getting something out of it. I’m still adjusting to the fact that many people seem to use my blog as a way to keep up with what’s going on with me. Before I began blogging, I was not a reader of other blogs. Blogging has expanded my experience and brought me new friends. My happiest blog times are when people re-post/share/tweet my posts. It’s a good time.

    Although my blog is, nominally, about my Happiness Project, I throw in some eclectic topics, too. Probably hinders my readership, but so be it.

    • Thanks, C! As I said on your blog, I am so glad you linked up because I was in my baby moon when you began your happiness project. You are a talented writer and thoughtful person. ds1 just came in and asked to say to you “I really want to meet you because of her kids who must be cool to have a yoga mama” ha!

  3. Ah, I’m not on twitter.
    First post, back when my blog was simply a way to journal my kids’ childhoods:

    April 2005:
    Eliana is learning that she can add -ing to verbs. And she’s also adding it to anything else.

    If we’re going to the park, we’re parking.
    If we’re going up the escalator, we’re upping.
    If she’s sitting on her blankie, it’s stucking.
    If we turn of the light, it’s darking.
    If she wants a bug to go away, then bugging all done.

    I’m glad you’ve joined the blogosphere. FB statuses are not sufficient glimpses into your world. 🙂

    • Megan, I love that you kept track of all the little things. They just bring you right back. Whether someone knows your kids or not, anyone who has kids resonates with your posts (and I’m trolling your blog for birth stories, too. heheheh!

  4. Happy Blogging!*

    Here’s my first blog post: http://mendylady.blogspot.com/2006/03/well-heres-first-post-in-my-new-blog.html I started my blog long ago, before I had kids or was even married yet; I didn’t know exactly where I would go with it, but at the time I was playing with my costuming hobby more than anything, so that was what I chose to start with. Now, of course, it’s gone everywhere else. 🙂 I’ve picked up readers along the way; when I started, I knew almost no one I’d want to share it with online, and now I know many people.

    *I notice you’ve gone footnote happy, too. 🙂

    • Hey MendyLady Katie,
      I have been surfing your blog from that first post and I think you may have the “changed the most” award. But, you need to get back to writing (and please post back when you do 🙂

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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