So, the other day I was tagged in a meme on YouTube. I hastily set up the camera on the floor in our master bathroom because I thought I’d have the best light in there (I was wrong) and as soon as I said I was going to vlog Cassidy’s eyes lit up and she was fast on my heels up the stairs.
What’s a vlog? It’s a VIDEO!? It goes on YouTube? Can I watch? Can I talk? Can I see? Can I sit here and ask you 10,000 questions and annoy you till you let me do it too?!
So after I recorded my video I asked her if she wanted me to do one of her. She said, “But what will we do?!” So I told her, “How about I ask you questions and you answer.” She squeeled, “Like an interview on tv?! THAT IS SO AWESOME!” Then she ran to her room to get her Hannah Montana microphone because anybody being interviewed, OBVIOUSLY, needs a microphone.
I’ve taken shots before because I don’t write about her here that much lately and normally I just ignore that crap but here’s your explanation:
She’s getting to the age where she specifically asks me NOT to write some things about her. Gone are the days where I could tell you all about her more embarrassing moments, like the time she let a kid stick a pencil up her nose, and that makes me kinda sad, but I always want to respect her wishes and never make her feel like my blog is more important or there to harm her. With the popularity of the internet these days and knowing that her friends could happen across the site, I don’t ever want her to SUFFER because of anything I’ve written here.
And it kind of fucking sucks! Because she’s at that awkward airheaded stage where she does crazy things ALL THE TIME that have Ben and I stand back with puzzled expressions wondering where in the hell did THAT come from!? And things are happening. Like, developing and there are questions being asked and there has been more than once when, after a particularly nerve racking set of questions from her, I’ve wanted to run to the laptop and be all YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT I JUST HAD TO EXPLAIN TO MY DAUGHTER!! NOT TO GIVE ANYTHING AWAY BUT IT RHYMES WITH “DRAW” AND WHY SHE HAD TO WEAR ONE BECAUSE OF THOSE THINGS ON HER CHEST THAT ARE DEVELOPING THAT RHYME WITH “CRESTS”.
And yes, they are capslock moments because I am blond, and a mom, and in
slight total denial of the fact that my LITTLE GIRL is becoming a WOMAN. With CRESTS!
So during the taping of her video I asked her what SHE would blog about and in the midst of some pretty funny answers, she gave one that actually made sense! THEN! She plugged her own blog! A blog that has been sitting there, unsued, untouched, and unthought about for years now.
After the videos were posted that night I spent some time looking for new themes for her site and found one, pretty much recoded the entire thing because it was a MESS, and put it up. So, her blog is back and this post is where I’m going to point people to when I get that eventual email asking me how it feels to be “exploiting my daughter to the internet for the amusement of my flickr friends, YouTube subscribers and blog readers”.
My answer is simple. She asked for it, she wanted it, and it’s a way that she gets the chance to really express herself while I still retain control over it. I will moderate all the blog posts, I will moderate all the comments, I will get all the emails, etc. She just gets to write up some of her own stuff and make fun videos and she is thrilled about that.
I went ahead and threw up some quick posts to cover the last few months and to give her an example of things that could be written/talked about and then put up the video.
And also, I’m including the video here because it’s funny, and silly and I totally got her to finally admit that she’s in LUV with Joe Jonas.