Hillbilly Zen – “Introduce Yourself” – Blogging 101

Today’s assignment: write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post.

I was so excited to start the Blogging 101 course, eagerly anticipating the first assignment.  So….why did I get a cold knot in my stomach when I saw what it was?  Because I have to write about myself.  Just me, not my farm or the critters or a friend or music or whatever.  I’m in all those posts in one way or another, but in a supporting role, not the lead one.  Writing exclusively about myself produces major heebie-jeebies and makes me wish I hadn’t quit smoking weed.  On the “About” page, I mention how much I love writing even though it sometimes ties me in knots.  Types of trees are mentioned, but nothing really about myself.  This has turned out to be a good thing, since this past year has involved some honkin’ big changes in my life.

So…who am I?  A cross between Dorothy Parker and Granny Clampett.  A well educated hillbilly, in other words.  Not quite as cynical Ms. Parker, but every bit as feisty as Ms.Clampett.  One of my favorite cousins sent me a tee shirt for Christmas that declares “All I care about is my farm and my animals.  Oh…and like maybe 3 people.”  That pretty much says it all.

I’m here because blogging gives me that bizarre combination of pleasure and terror that I mentioned before.  I have chosen to live alone in the middle of nowhere, so there’s definitely a social component.  It’s a way to connect with some truly brilliant, funny, quirky people who inspire me.  That’s the crux of why I blog – while certainly not one of the truly brilliant, I’m occasionally funny and definitely quirky.  I hope that someone somewhere will be inspired by one of my posts; whether it’s to snort and roll their eyes, or burst into laughter, or just consider what they’ve read and gain a bit of a new perspective.

Due to those aforementioned changes, I have the blessing/curse of more time to spend writing.  Now it’s up to me to get off my happy ass and maintain the motivation….


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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Apple Pie & Napalm
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 00:35:00

    I’m not sure my family trees forks are in the right places, but I need to trace it and see if you and I are related. Cousins from a different mother or something. You and I probably live close, but not super close. And you did great on your Blogging 101 post. Informative but not over sharing.


  2. likeitiz
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 02:28:41

    Pretty great start for your blogging 101 intro. We wordpress bloggers, we’re a unique bunch. So, bring in the posts, my friend!


  3. penniewoodfall
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 09:07:37

    U sound ok to me hill billy from Kentuk .. grin.. found ur shoes yet? Goody 2 shoes I mean!


  4. Shoeful of Drool
    Jan 06, 2015 @ 19:15:36

    I love Dorothy Parker and always been a fan of Granny Clampett (I was just a kid when I saw Irene Ryan out of her Granny wig and outfit and was so surprised at how pretty she was). I was sorry to hear we lost Donna Douglas last week, I also loved Elly May. Enjoy your classes, I’m glad you’re back. So is Louie!


    • hillbillyzen13
      Jan 06, 2015 @ 20:20:29

      I had the same reaction! She really was a lovely woman and accomplished actress. The Beverly Hillbillies characters and the actors who played them were classic. I especially liked the episodes with Granny and Cousin Pearl. Thanks for your kind words, and please skritch Louie behind the ears for me.


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