Another Welcome Note.
I’m in the New York Times this week.
Okay, so most of you probably already know that already. The reason why I say “most” is because about 90% of my traffic right now are people coming to my blog from the hyperlink in the New York Times article. Hello New York Times readers!
The article is called Blogging’s Glass Ceiling and I was interviewed for it while I was at BlogHer in San Francisco. I had absolutely no expectation that I would be in the article. The woman who wrote it must have interviewed dozens of women, so I am pretty surprised to be included. I have a four-words-exactly quote, plus a sentence about me and my blog. Honestly, the author could have written “Allison Blass went to BlogHer” and that would have been enough for me. Having a quote in the New York Times makes it even better.
But having a hyperlink to your blog from the New York Times?
TOTALLY. FREAKING. AWESOME.
The response to the article has been a little unexpected, mostly due to the fact it’s in the Fashion & Style section. What’s a story about blogging doing in the Fashion & Style section? No clue. And like most articles about very important, complicated issues, it doesn’t tell the whole story. But while I was at the airport last night reading through all the different blog posts about this article (just google “BlogHer” and “New York Times” and you’ll find all of them), I thought about how many times diabetes has been misrepresented in the media as well (read: every. single. time).
I thought it was kind of amusing-slash-ironic-slash-horrible that my two most well-known characteristics – being a female blogger and a diabetic – are the two things that consistently misunderstood by, well, mostly everyone who isn’t a female blogger or diabetic.
I commented on Erin Kotecki Vest’s post that I must be some kind of incomprehensible anomaly to have such difficulty in getting people to understand who I am, what I do and why I do it.
I suppose that’s why I blog. And why I’ll keep doing it.
Because God knows no one else can tell my story better than me.
Welcome to my life, where I try to make my lemons into (sugar-free) lemonade.