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Summer 2013 Guest Blogging series welcomes Betty Rants!!

My two verybestfriendsinthewholewideworldamen, The Betties, pushed and pushed me to start writing, until I finally did it, partially as a way to get them to quit bugging me all the time, and partially to see what would happen.  I loved the idea of entertaining people as much as I hated the idea of putting my own thoughts and words out into the world for people to read.  Betty Rants was born out of a desire to tell some funny stories, make people laugh, occasionally make them think, and maybe pull at a heartstring or two along the way.  That said, after I began publishing posts, participating in writing contests, and actually won  the Bill & Judd finish the story contest over at Old Dog New Tits, I started having fun!  I fell in love with blogging.  I started “meeting” people and making friends in the blogosphere, like HMM, who were also putting the silly spin on their lives, weaving their words into wonderful witticisms, and offering support to each other during their times of need.  Blogging, to me, became a beautiful thing!

I tried to post every week, or at least every other week.  I tried to make sure I had cool pictures to add to everything I wrote.  I learned how to link up to other posts, and to add buttons.  I felt like I was on fire!  People commented on my blog posts.  I was being read and enjoyed!  My posts were being tweeted and retweeted!  Life was good last summer!  Did I mention that I am a middle school teacher?  You see the foreshadowing right?  (I’m a middle school English teacher, so I thought I throw foreshadowing in there and sound all English teacher-y for a minute.)  We can move on now.

As will always happen, my quiet, peaceful, beautiful, blog-filled summer came to a screeching halt when school started again.  Suddenly there was always work to be done.  All of the lovely leisure time that I had to think, write, photograph, and post on my blog vanished in an instant!  My blog became something I felt hanging over my head.  A yoke upon my shoulders, weighing heavily on my mind.  What if I didn’t publish anything for a couple of weeks?  Would everyone forget about me?  Would anyone even want to be bothered reading it again?  Would I even have anything to say anymore?  Oh, no!  What have I done?  Why did I even start this damn thing in the first place?  (It is really loud in my head.  Can you tell?)  Clearly I have commitment issues.  I should never have started this blogging thing in the first place… I can’t be counted on to keep it up on a regular basis… I should be writing every week… At the very least I should be writing for #KetchupWithUs twice a month.  It only requires fifty-seven words for Betties’ sake!  How can anyone be too busy for that?  Seriously?

the finished yearbook!

Did I mention I do a lot of theatre, too?  Yeah, so there are rehearsals in the evenings, too… and then Dad went in the hospital, My Trees became my therapy, and then the Yearbook deadline came barreling down upon me, and then the end of the school year was rapidly approaching, and then, and then… and then I started a job at a new school which is amazing, but which pushed my summer vacation back three weeks.




betty2And now… Summer is here!  I have time.  I can breathe again, and I am so happy to have this blog.  I love that I have a place in which to rant, and rant I will again!  I have recipes ready to post, a Betty Beach Weekend to plan, another Summer Organizational Challenge to tackle, and a new classroom to prepare.  Big doin’s are in the works in the land of Betty Rants!  Hope you’ll come along for the ride!  We’ll put the top down and feel the wind blowing on our faces with the music cranked up loudly the entire time.




Thanks to my dear friend, Hot Mess Mom , for asking me to rant about my love/hate relationship with my blog while she is on vacation.  Make sure you come play with us at the  Million MILF March 2013 in NOLA September 27-28th, it is going to be a blast for a great cause!

Thanks for giving me a reason to rant!

Peace, y’all!



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10 Responses to "Summer 2013 Guest Blogging series welcomes Betty Rants!!"

  1. BettyRants says:

    Thanks, HMM! You just made my first day back at school, and the end of my summer!

  2. Sandi Ragg says:

    Nice job girl…. Keep up the rant Betty!!!!

    1. BettyRants says:

      Thanks! You know I will. I was brought up right!

  3. wy says:

    Nice post. I hope you have an exciting year at the new job.

    1. BettyRants says:

      Thank you. I’m so glad you liked it. This is going to be a great year!

  4. Kari says:

    I’m so glad you started to blog, otherwise we would have never met! I enjoyed the ODNT series. It was fun to write and fun to read yours. I’m looking forward to September. We are going to have a blast.

    1. BettyRants says:

      Yes, my friend, that we are! I can’t wait!

  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Life has a troubling tendency to get in the way of our writing pursuits, doesn’t it? ;)

    Enjoy the rest of the summer, and good luck when school starts up again!

    1. BettyRants says:

      It certainly does, Carrie! Thank you for the good wishes. School, for me, actually started today, but the kids come to us on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that I get it all finished before then!

  6. Harley Quinn says:

    Have a fabulous first day back at school my friend! I’m glad blogging caused us to cross paths as well. Cocktails again soon!

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