Sunday, November 21, 2004

Meet the Bloggers

Smartmom has met a whole bunch of folks on Blogspot. Well, she hasn't exactly met them. She just bloghops from one blog to the next. Some of these blogs belong to friends in the flesh. Others are people she has just happened to get to know via their blogs. All of them have something compelling to say.

The following are the Park Slope bloggers that Smartmom checks with daily.

Mamainwaiting is an art director and set decorator who works on televsion commercials in New York City. She also has quite a few feature films to her credit. She says, "I love my work and enjoy the problem solving and intensity of the film business." Her blog is an introspective and honest chronicle of the sometimes difficult process of trying to adopt a baby in Russia. Hopefully she'll have her baby soon so she can start being the great loving mama she is. She's already the bext aunt any kid could hope for.

Mrs. Cleavage is a transplanted Southerner, firmly rooted in Brooklyn. A former journalist & jack-of-all trades, master of none, she came here to master her masters. She stuck to the city like velcro gone bad, to the dismay of white trash relatives. She fell in love, not once, but twice, who's counting, & settled into marital bliss for a time, long enough to create the lovely boychild known as Sweetieboo." This blog is a spicy, fun Jambalaya of southern wit and woes.

Real Fruit Jelly describes herself as "a freaked out 40-year-old mother trying to cope with just about everything including a mid-life obsession with Bruce Springsteen." Smartmom is waiting for more powerful insights from Real Fruit Jelly about politics, Red Sox baseball, kids, Bruce and life. Currently she has an audio clip of Bruce playing a mournful acoustic version of "The Star Spangled Banner," which Bruce posted on his own site the day after the elections.

To complete the roster of Park Slope bloggers, there's Phatush who was "born on a lovely little island east of NYC called Long. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her 2 children ,XX- 7 year old Dianna Ross Wanna-Bee(DRWB) and XY- 3 year old, un-housebroken Day After Kid(DAK)- due to the fact that he was born on 9/12/01 in lower Manhattan. She is currently in the middle of divorcing her morally bankrupt husband of 8 years. She spends her days running a small failing business in Park Slope, Brooklyn,chasing after her kids, and trying to keep revenge fantasies involving her soon to be ex in check."

Laments of the Unfinished is an honorary Park Sloper because she visits The Slope nearly once a week. An enlightened and progressive practicing Christian, Laments writes, "We're all fighting each other and it's only going to get worse until someone decides to listen for a moment, try to understand and realize that most people in the world genuinely believe that they are doing the right thing (whether or not they actually are). We (all of us) have got to stop thinking of everyone else as the enemy, suspecting their motives or expecting the worst of everyone." Go preacher girl!

Udge is a blogger from Stuggart and an honorary member of what he coined "the Park Slope Mafia. "Born; worked some, played some; not dead yet," his blog is full of astute political commentary, book talk, elevated cultural observations and lyrical writing about the weather, the sky, travel, opera and life as a self-employed techie in Stuggart. Udge responds regularly to Smartmom's post for which she is grateful.

Although 32 Poems has nothing to do with Park Slope, she is one of the poet bloggers that Smartmom checks in with frequently. "Working full-time, running a consulting/coaching business and seeing clients at night, running a literary magazine, and writing poems, I thought I'd start a blog while I'm at it. People often ask me how I do all this. Requests. I make a lot of requests." Thanks to 32 Poem's blog, Smartmom has discovered dozens of poetry blogs. What is it about blogging and poetry?

Here Comes Everybody is worth a trip for all those who enjoy reading interviews with contemporary writers, mostly poets. It seems that all the interviews are conducted on-line and all the writers are asked the same ten questions. "How would you explain poetry to my seven-year-old?" seems to elicit interesting responses, as does, "What was the first poem you loved?"

There are others. But this is the core group and a good place to start. Check them out when you have time. And on another note, Smartmom also wishes to acknowledge those who are reading her blog. You know who you are even if she doesn't. Thanks for reading and keep coming back for more. Consider signing on with Blogspot so you can start posting comments. Stop by and say hello, heck, you can even start your own blog. It's great fun even if it is a tad addictive.


At 5:13 AM, Blogger mamainwaiting said...

thanks for the reviews of your favorite blogs - and thanks for including me in the roster. I'll check out those other bloggers for sure. love, MIW

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Chaotic Heart said...

Interesting and lively bunch. I'll be sure to check them out!

At 4:55 PM, Blogger brooklynfox said...

SM, thanks for including me in your group. Honored, as usual. Haven't had much to say lately but thanks for the encouragement. xxooRFJ

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Little Light said...

Thanks for including me. I'm glad you got me started on this blog business.

At 2:29 AM, Blogger Udge said...

Hello Smartmom, I somehow missesd this post the first time around. Thanks for including me, this bunch does feel like family.


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