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Thursday, January 27, 2005

A blogger's dream

It's been nearly a month. I've been climbing over, stepping on, poking, shaking up, and examining the issues surrounding women and work and how it much pretty much sucks to not have the job-parenting balance thing figured out.

I'll be honest and perhaps it's an over-share, but for me, it's been one, long writing orgasm. I'm my own boss, I write whatever I want, whenever I want, and my deadlines? Well, they are whenever I'm done. No one asks me for a re-write. I don't even have to run my copy through a spell-checker, as some of you have probably noticed.

It's been great, for the most part. But am I really any closer to finding my own balance? Well, maybe a little bit closer. I get to write, which is what I want. And I get to write about parenting, which is what I want. Now if only I could figure out how to make my daily spew into a money-making success. I'm sure no other blogger has ever wondered that.

Do I smell a book-deal? Nope. Although there seems to a section on this very topic at Blogger, the site I use to publish my blog. And it worked for Wil Wheaton. Okay, so he has a movie and television career behind him.

So how about a column in a monthly magazine? I do have lots of reporting experience. And now I have some experience being a daily columnist, as I like to call it. And a column would be delicious! Now here's the conundrum. I've been spending nearly all of my free time blogging, and brainstorming, and reading other blogs. With all these other activities taking up my time (hey, my kid only naps for about 90 minutes a day), there really isn't any leftover time to actually find meaningful part-time work, a.k.a. republishing my blog for bucks.

Even if I never get there, it's been exciting to have a purpose outside of parenting and grocery shopping and laundry. And I think that's what all of us moms are striving for. Who am I kidding? A paycheck would be nice too.

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