I’m Coming Out of the Closet

by doodaddy on April 15, 2008



The good news first: I got published. Words I wrote were printed many, many times, along with a picture and a byline. As in: my name. And my daughter’s. And apart from being in pediatricians’ waiting rooms all over, the piece is on the Internet*, meaning that eventually it’ll probably be Googleable.

This blog has been a boon for me. I’m a big believer in "blogging it out" — using the written word as a pressure-release valve. You’ll frequently find me complaining here about my wife, or my relations or in-laws, or people at the playground or annoying moms from music class…

Come to think of it, do I ever stop complaining?

Ahem. Anyway, over the next few weeks, I’m going to convert Doodaddy to a blog that my whole family might find any minute. That, from a blog that not even my wife reads. (Or so she claims — she does know about it, and sometimes after I write about her not liking my cooking I get all sorts of praise on my cooking.)

I don’t expect that I’ll stop writing about being frustrated with people, since that seems to be one of the monkeys I bear. However, maybe the realization that my family might be looking in (or even, *gasp*, that lady from music class who honked at me from her three-ton car) — in short, that I will probably have to face the subjects of my gory vituperation — will cause me to be more thoughtful about others’ points of view, more compassionate and forbearing.

But probably not. Maybe I’ll just start another blog.

*Here’s the direct link to the article, or you can go to BayAreaParent.com and navigate to page 95, March 2008. Spoiler alert: you’ll find out my real name, and Boobaby’s.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan April 16, 2008 at 12:58 am

I’ve been going through something similar recently. I’ve not been published, but my blog is on the verge of being mentioned in the local paper and so there is a potential for a ot of people I know coming across it.

I keep toying with the idea of starting a new blog as well.


The Other Dawn April 16, 2008 at 6:34 am

Though I lack your fame, I had often wished for a space to say more than I feel comfortable saying on my own blog. I never know who’s reading, and there are things that I want to talk about (my sister, my insane SIL, etc) that I feel would cause drama if I blogged about them. Especially with Hubs being an elected official. But I NEED to write it out. Still haven’t found the peace there.

Feel free to guest spot at my pad anytime you need a place to vent and remain unknown. My 23 readers will not be offended.


Aimee Greeblemonkey April 16, 2008 at 8:25 am

Congrats!!! And I had to go back and delete several posts when I “came out” to the family.


Rattling the Kettle April 16, 2008 at 8:48 am

Congrats! The article didn’t mention your blog address, so maybe you won’t be found out…


Lauren April 16, 2008 at 9:01 am

I just came across your blog recently and I have to say that I was delighted to learn BooBaby’s real name. I love watching trends in baby names and I had pegged your little girl as maybe a Hannah or a Charlotte but was pleasantly surprised by her real name. Unique but still traditional and feminine. Nice job! 🙂


Amy April 16, 2008 at 9:28 am

That was a nice article. Although to tell you the truth, I was happier not knowing Boobaby’s real name. I would have never guessed Fern. Not in a million years.


Amy April 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

P.s. It is a pretty name. I guess I was being unrealistic to think that BooBaby could be on her birth certificate.


Xbox4NappyRash April 16, 2008 at 10:18 am

Except for ET I’m anonymous!

BUT… I reckon if I couldn’t say it in real life, I couldn’t say it on the blog.



sugarplumsmom April 16, 2008 at 10:51 am

Interesting article. I would totally be your friend at the playground.


Xbox4NappyRash April 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm

and, good article, now I’ve had a chance to read it. Well done.


Jessica April 18, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Wow, this is big. Part of the reason I started my blog was to share this kids happenings with family so I always been careful but it would be nice now and then to let it all out.

Congrats on being published.


Kelley April 26, 2008 at 1:40 am

Smootches to you and Boobaby for your new found fame. Don’t forget us little people OK?

And I knew your name ages ago. You do realise that it comes up when you email someone don’t you?


Quirkee James May 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Very good article! Congrats on having it published!


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