I WAS ON THE DR. OZ SHOW! Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!
You can watch my clip where I pretend to meditate with Russell Simmons. Actually, there are two of them so go ahead and watch both. It was such a fun experience and I am inspired to get my meditate on (which sounds weird, but let’s go with it). More to come on Project Ruuuuummmm soon!
In other blog land news, this awesomeness was released this week…
It’s The American Blogger film and it drove the blogosphere a little crazy.
Why? I’m going to tell you, but before I do I want you to watch it. Really actually watch it. Ignore the goofy movie man voice and focus instead on the content.
Now, form your own opinion.
Now, read the right one mine…
5 Things I Want America to Know About American Blogger
1. I. Am. An. American. Blogger.
2. All bloggers, just like all Americans, do not look like the people in this video. American bloggers come in all shapes and sizes and colors and genres just like the everyday awesome people in America. We’re male and we’re female and we’re Asian and we’re Latina and we’re gay and we’re straight and we’re funny and, um, not so much. We look like you with your mousy brown hair and like my husband with his cool goatee and like me with my big curls and my big glasses and my big muffin top. And don’t even get me started on the topics we cover. Politics and food and travel and technology and being a dad and being a mom and homeschooling and unschooling and our love of gardens and crafting and those little remote control helicopters you see in the mall (I am not kidding, there’s a blog about that). American bloggers are just as diverse as America itself; that’s what makes each of us worth reading.
3. Independently, these lady bloggers rock. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not hating just for the sake of being a hater; y’all know that’s not how I roll. Entirely separate from this project, I actually enjoy each of these lady’s blogs. In fact, one of them is my all time favorite blogger, and one of them is a blogland acquaintance that I consider to be a genuinely good chick. Many of these sites I read before I encountered this project and I will continue to do so, because for real, click through, they’re pretty dope. My beef is not with them. It’s the theme of the thing. The principle. The idea that we are supposed to believe that THIS is what blogging is about, what blogging in America is about, what AMERICA is about. Instead I saw one man’s seemingly narrow idea of what blogging in America is about featuring his wife’s friends people he personally finds attractive. Not like hey-girl-how-you-doin’ attractive, but like this-is-my-personal-construct-of-beauty-both-physical-and-intellectual-and-I-know-the-nation-will-agree-with-me attractive. Looking at it that way, this feels silly. And then, foolish, and then hurtful and sad. I’ve encountered the creators of this film enough online to know that inciting those feelings in viewers was never their intention. I believe that they wanted to create something beautiful, meaningful even. They did that, totally. I just wish that in so doing, they included a more accurate portrait of our nation.
4. Blogging means something. To all of the women featured. To me. Even to those of you who read my site. That is the overarching theme of this work. Blogging can be empowering, fulfilling, life changing, or none of that stuff because you’re just doing it for funsies. For me it has been all of those things at different times and all at once; I found friendship and community and passion and joy in this space. I have had the opportunity to entwine my life with the lives of people I never imagined even existed. People with diverse stories and life experiences that are so different from my own, but also sort of the same. For me, that’s the beauty of this whole thing: the ability to connect with humanity in a way that you really just couldn’t before. And random hashtags! #ilovehashtags #imakeupmyown #donthatetheplayer #hashtag
5. I think we should all watch American Blogger when it comes out. Because it’s an opportunity to learn and I anticipate that it is going to be a well made film (the Dude is pretty talented honestly) that it will for sure showcase how blogging gives people a voice. Plus, I think the filmmaker put his heart and soul into this film, that he had to spend weeks (maybe months?) away from the family he so clearly adores, that he invested time and money and effort and heart into this project. I have to give him and all of the ladies who probably spent hours scrubbing their houses (please say you had to clean for him, please) to welcome him and his camera and all of us into their lives for a time props. This is his art and art is about expression. And, as much as I really don’t get a bunch of art out there, I support it because, dude, it’s ART, and you don’t have to really get it to appreciate it and respect it do you? And finally, I am a blogger and as such I know that blogging is all of the things this film says it is. And, while I believe that he missed an opportunity to demonstrate that it’s also all of that stuff, for so many more people, his work is not without merit. In fact, we should be inspired.