Thursday, August 26, 2010

Have We Met?

I like blogging.

I find a sense of release and confidence at the keyboard. I have found some really, really fantastic friends through blogging that I would've probably never met.

And (let's face it) it feeds my ego. Knowing people read my blog (and come back!) gives me validation. I have something to say - an others want to hear it!

(I am the youngest child and I like attention...can you tell?)

To quote Rachel Berry from Glee: "I'm like Tinkerbell, Finn. I need applause to live." Only in my case, it's blog readers. :)

I have several tracking mechanisms on my blog including Google Analytics and a live traffic feed from Feedjit so I know how many people come to blog and from where, what they look for, and how long they stay.

It's amazing to me that I have readers all over the world.

But I would love for you to come out of obscurity and become more than just a flag on the live feed map.

So, let's introduce ourselves!

My name is Lara. I have been married for 9 years to an incredible man who knows not to take me too seriously. I have a 16-month old daughter. We live in Idaho not far from where I was born and raised. I have a Bachelors Degree in psychology but my profession is a copywriter. I work in-house writing marketing copy for an international wellness company. It sounds impressive, but it really means I write "lather, rinse, repeat" on the back of shampoo bottles. Oh, sometimes I get to name makeup colors and create slogans and headlines. It's a lot of fun and offers a creative outlet. I'm the youngest of five. I am 28 years old (for another 2 months). I am an adoption advocate. I hope to have a novel published someday. I have 2 dogs and a cat. And yeah, that's me in a nutshell.

Now, introduce yourself to me! All you blog lurkers...Jackie from high school, I know you said you lurked. Rene, you said you read religiously. Someone in Mississippi is a reader. Germany, who are you? Even if you think I know you read, please leave a comment (trust me, my ego needs it!).

And then we'll be officially introduced.

Another request...what kinds of posts do you like to read? It seems I get the most hits (and comments) on adoption and infertility posts. Which is awesome because I can barely shut up about it, but I don't want to alienate people. Pop culture seems to be, well, popular too. Humorous happenings. Guest bloggers. Links to the outside world. What would you like to read?

In advance, thank you for introducing yourself to me and I've very pleased to meet you. :)

P.S. This post has been up for like 15 minutes. I've already had 3 visitors and no comments! Come out of the blog closet, guys! I already know you're there.


Jamie Boyd said...

Dear Lara, My name is Jamie. I live in Seattle, which is really far from Idaho. But I think if I lived in Idaho, we would be best friends. Are you up for a long distance friendship?

Haylee said...

I read your blog and I really just like your writing style. I appreciate good "voicing" in a writer and find it uncommon in most bloggers. :) As for posts, eh, just keep it a good variety.

also known as shell said...

I like blogging too! Twinners! I'm turning 30 this year in 4 months so we are about a year apart. I love when you talk about adoption and parenting and also just off the wall things that seem interesting. You're a great writer. I haven't been blogging much but I'm trying to get back into it.

Mom on the Go said...

You know me, but I just want to tell you that I love reading your blog and seeing your cute pictures. I get so excited when I see there is a new post to read because you seem to express your thoughts so well! Keep it coming!

Jennie Smith said...

Hi Lara, I'm Jennie and I was your daughter's teacher. LOL

Groff Family said...

mmmmmmm, huh-huh, huh-huh, huh-huh, Fire, huh-huh. You're like funny. Huh-huh, huh. Wanna touch a hot fork? Shut up Beavis!

Ashley said...

Hello. My name is Ashley. {hi ashley} and I disguise myself on feedjit by claiming to be from mississippi.

i'm a dirty liar.


Katie said...

Hey Lara! We went to highschool together and I'm a lurker;)I almost respect and admired you so much and randomly I found your blog through The Happiest Sad (one of my favorites!!) and I'm glad I did! I love your blog and of course admiring Joci is lots of fun!


Emily said...

Hi Lara, My name is Emily. I went to Western with you. I wasn't in Theater but I knew almost everyone there. I found your blog through Amy Allreds blog. I like to blog surf and when I saw your blog I said "Hey I remember her! Oh she adopted. Let me read some more!" And I read your blog every once in a while. I also like your writing style and it doesn't matter what you write about. I hope you make your dream of publishing a book come true. That would be awesome for you!

Jill Elizabeth said...

That Rachel quote is my all-time favorite line from Glee :-)

My name is Jill. I live just outside Phoenix. I don't know if I show up in your stalking-the-blog-stalkers box, because I'm a clever little nerd and I've got a number of work-arounds that I employ to hide my arse on the internet.

But I read just the same. And I like!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lara,

i guess i'm the German showing up on Traffic Feed:) My name is Susanne. I somehow stumbled across your blog and got hooked.

I'm studying medicine. I'm planning on specializing in gynecology. So i'm interested in stories about infertility and adoption.

And i really like your writing style.

By the way ... here in Germany nobody takes leftovers home. You probably could ask. But nobody ever does.

Viele Grüße

Liz Smith said...

lol....well, im pretty sure you know your blog and i have an open relationship. I always think the same thing about mine. I know there are people who read it and never ever say a word. I'm not gonna lie, i find it slightly annoying. :P Not that they need to comment after every single post, but it would be nice to have a comment here and there. Otherwise, why read you know? especially when they see me somewhere and ask me about something that i wrote and it kinda creeps me out because i forget i wrote it. lol.

Melanie Cruz said...

Hi Lara, it's Melanie Cruz. I've been stalking your blog for a few months. Your story is very touching to me. I am so impressed by your strength. Although I didn't have issues with infertility, my problem was the other way around. I kept getting pregnant no matter what birth control we used. The down side... 9 miscarriages before we had any live births. It was the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. I am thankful that things worked out and we were able to have three kids. Although we wanted many more, my health did not allow. Hopefully someday we can adopt.

I really enjoy your blog and the honesty that you share. You are willing to open up and express your feelings. Thank you for sharing your story with the world. It makes all of us stronger!

Alicia said...

Dear Lara, It's me Alicia. I can't believe my sister has already commented. We grew up across the street from each other. I remember playing with your My Little Ponies. I envied you and your ponies. I just had Barbies. After I tried to grow up I married my high school sweetheart and have been married 5 years. We have two little kiddos and I blog about my life with them. We live far from where we grew up but over time it has become my home. We will be moving and establishing a new home in less than a year. That is me. I have big dreams but I don't share with most people. Enough about me. I think my favorite posts are the ones that involve your heart, your feelings and your stories. I really wish we could still play together, even if it was just watching our daughters playing with ponies.

Stacy said...

Hi Lara
I grew up in I.F. and went to school with you before i moved to Southern Utah. I found your blog on facebook. I love your adoption story and just find your writing style interesting.

UK Yankee said...

Hi Lara! I'm your Bristol visitor - hopefully the only one! I grew up in Georgia but went to school at BYU. I met my husband on a plane to London (he's Welsh), and I've been living in England about 5 years. I found your blog from Feigning Fertility, and I just really like your writing style!

Seamans Family said...

Hi Lara,

My name is Adrienne and I actually grew up down the street from you for a couple of years and was friends with your sister, Stephanie. I found your blog through the "R House" blog and always appreciate people who have dealt with infertility issues as I have. I'm also friends with Richelle Garn (BOO that she is moving!) and live/lived in the same ward in Ammon. I am also a licensed social worker/retired therapist so I relate to your husband's stories as well. Plus I think your writing is just fabulous.

Melodee said...

Hi this is Melodee I was in your ward growing up. I was a few years younger:) I blog hop a lot and find random people.

Frederick Family said...

Hola, soy Estefania. Vivo en Lago Salado con mi familia. Soy una enfermera pediatrico. Soy originalmente de Idaho Falls. Sigue adelente con tus escritos. Te quiero hermana.

Kristy Skoy said...

Hi! I'm Kristy Skoy, I am in your ward and I live around the corner. But you know all that. I love your blog. I love to read blogs and yours is always so interesting. Thank you for the personal stories you tell. I had stalkers on my blog that would never tell me their names, so I went private. But I love blogging!

Beckie said...

OOh I do love reading your blog-- you are edgy and opinionated --love it!

We went to highschool together-- remember!! I live close to you in Idaho! WE should get together sometime--I think Joci would like where I live-- we have a goat, chickens, and horses!!

Meagan said...

Hey friend. I'm the one from Kansas you know. I love reading and seeing what you're up to. I like your family stories and recent updates and pictures of course.

I hope we can meet up next summer!

Tamara ViAnn said...

Hi, My name is Tamara, and I found your blog from R house a year or two ago.

I'm also an adoptive mother. We TTC for 6 years, and decided to pursue adoption. We were approved through LDSFS in Jan 2007 and were matched and placed with a baby girl later that year. Her adoption we extremely difficult as we were out of state for her adoption (she was born in Michigan, we are from Utah). We found out two weeks after her birth that her 15 year old birthfather (who had a lot of drug issues going on) was contesting the adoption. Long story short, we spent almost four months living in Michigan before were able to clear ICPC while we waiting for the court trial. Her adoption was a nightmare, but she and her birthmom were perfect. We are in an open adoption. We are also in the club of "if you adopt you'll get pregnant". We were preparing to start IVF and found out we were pregnant and now have a baby boy. I never in a million years thought that would ever happen to me. I blog but it's mostly a mommy blog.

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness. After running into you this evening, I thought I'd spend a few minutes perusing your blog. Lovely, lovely. I'll certainly subscribe and improve your analytics. ;)

Kim said...

Hi Lara, I'm Kim and I've been reading your blog for about a year now. I think I found it from the r house blog, but I don't remember exactly! I live in Texas with my husband who is a dentist and I am a piano teacher. I enjoy everything you write, but I especially love your adoption posts b/c we are trying to adopt as well. We were approved in February by LDSFS. My husband is from southeastern Idaho and we lived there before we moved here. You'll have to visit my blog and see if you recognize him.

rochelle said...

Hey-I got to your blog through another adoption blog, but I can't remember where. Isn't that usually the case. I think you are super funny and so real. Love it! I am 35 living in SLC with my husband of almost 16 years-yowza! We have 3 beautiful children-9,5,and 1. All adopted! I love your take on adoption. We have very similar feelings and attitudes towards adoption. I just read your post about processed foods and infertility-what a load of crap!!! Hope you don't take that the wrong way. I believe that Heavenly Father needed me to be infertile because we needed to adopt our kids. He is a lovely planner-isn't HE? It's taken me awhile to get there and somedays the infertility still surprises me by how much it hurts, but it amazing how much a hug from your kids can help! I do have a blog but I am horrible at updating it. Soo...nice to meet you!

Traci said...

Hi Lara,
I'm Traci. I'm a friend of Jamie's in Seattle (I'm also from Idaho). She's mentioned you and I've seen your blog on her list, so I come read fairly often. Also (to do my part in feeding your ego) I think you're clever and beautiful and brave, and I admire your faith in God's plan for you and your family. No wonder Jamie speaks so highly of you!

It's nice to meet you! (If you come to Seattle, I'm sure we'd meet in real life.)

Keep up the good writing!


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