You know that dream that you hold in your heart forever, and are kind of afraid that it won’t ever come true? Well, you are holding mine. I have wanted to” be a writer” since I was a little girl and learned that these magical things were written by real humans. My childhood heroines were all writers – Jo March from Little Women, Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, Laura Ingalls from the Little House books. As I grew older, my inspiration continued to be found in works by women who wrote everything down, and sent it out into the world, hoping for an audience. Joan Didion, Maeve Brennan, Toni Morrison, Hope Jahren, Rachel Hollis, Maya Angelou, Brené Brown, Gloria Steinem, Caitlin Moran, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lindy West... I could write an entire book that is essential a list of amazing women who write amazing books.
How Not to Blog is exactly that – what you should not do if you are wanting to build a following. My posts are any length that I decide to make them. They take you through obsessive loves for things like Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Sherlock; my work in advocating for mental health; career changes; my marriage; my freaking amazing kids; my cranky cat; my incredible friends; my beautiful, funny, wildly unique family; and most of all, they are just me. My thoughts in the world.
So, if you are reading this book because you are looking for a great guide for how to start a blog, I am sorry to say that this is not it. But if you are looking for a friend who loves you and is honest, even when it’s hard, come on in. I think we will get along just fine!
P.S. it’s pronounced Kaylee, not Callie. I swear.