About those personal posts…

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Writing has always been personal for me. Outside of a college thesis or four, so much of my writing stemmed from long winded letters to boyfriends, usually in college, though I do admit a high school beau or two received the then handwritten stacks of paper, folded and shoved in an envelope. Poor souls receiving the musings of a love struck teenager.

When I was pregnant with my first son in 2007, I apprehensively created a blogspot account to share photos and updates of my pregnancy and his arrival with family across the country. It didn’t last and the posts on that blog are sporadic for about two years.

I fell into what I will call commercial blogging in 2009, when I began managing a social networking site for moms in the Seattle area. Fielding message boards let to writing advertorials and reviews. Then blog conferenes. Eventually that lead to where I am today.

People ask me all the time why I don’t write more personal content on my site. First, well, because it’s personal.  I don’t always want to put everything out there – and besides my mom reads my blog too, and I don’t want her to worry if I’m going off in a rant about some random thing (which is usually kept to private groups on Facebook) – and also – do people really read that stuff? That’s the other thing.  Sure, I’m writing for me, but if I’m laying it all out there, do people honestly care and relate? Then there’s the rambling thing. If I’m not focused on a recipe or a brand or whatnot, I ramble. A lot.

I’m told all the time that I could be a voice for so many things – autism, prematurity, breastfeeding, special needs – but I am on the fence if I want to be that voice. It takes a lot for me to share some of those things publically, so I don’t know.

I’m sitting on an airplane right now, headed to Women Get Social in San Diego. I’m hoping that I get a little fire lit under me and a little motivation to take back my site a little and blog more from me. Baby steps. For sure. But I think it’s something I need to do.

Selfie at 30,000 feet on Alaska Airlines

Selfie at 30,000 feet on Alaska Airlines

Bear with me. And the rambling. I’m going to try and share more.


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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Awesome!! You go Kerri!! I can’t wait to hear of your voice. Have fun in San Diego, my friend!!
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  2. Kerri, its your space with do with what you want. Don’t let others pressure you if its not what you feel comfortable with in your heart. But if its something you think might fulfill you, you do have so much to share and I do think so many would relate. Have a great trip!
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  3. Putting yourself out there is a personal choice for all bloggers. Some share it ALL, to a fault, and others don’t share any. You really have to share what you are comfortable with, because after all it’s out there FOREVER lol.
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  4. celina k says:

    I agree, you should share what you are comfortable sharing. I ramble to, and wrote many of those letters through high school, by the way! Really, I don’t think I would be capable of blogging because every blog would be way, way too long.

  5. Yeah, I have facebook for personal stuff. Actually, ironically, I would feel more comfortable writing personal stuff anonymously, on someone else’s blog. I’m ok sharing stuff with complete strangers who will never meet me…it’s the people I actually know I find harder to share the hard stuff with.
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