July 2012 - Victoria Elizabeth Barnes

Remember back when you didn’t understand what it meant to make a giant mess out of your house and then have to live in it?

In the weeks since we looked at The River House, I’ve been thinking about all of the ways I now understand the undertaking we’re considering—ways I wouldn’t have, prior to the experience of renovating our current house.

Before Paul and I got married, my only experience of “home ownership” was an apartment with my best friend—where our biggest “house project” involved a clear shower curtain, a set of permanent markers, inside jokes we’d been refining since we were thirteen, and falling over with hysteria.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.

How to rip apart your entire life… throw sanity to the wind… sign up for more stress than ever before…and commit to it for years without end.

Paul and I went and looked at this. Because it is for sale. And because we are insane.

Biddle mansion, second empire, gothic, mansion, Victorian house turned into apartments, Riverton NJ, historic register

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I Am Now A Blogging Expert.

So I went to a blog seminar.

It was local, it was cheap, and it was mostly women.  I’ll generalize and say everyone except me was blogging about parenting… either specifically, or as part of their platform. And crafts… Incase you didn’t know? People love crafts.

It seemed everyone already knew each other—I felt alone in a sea of enthusiastic, competent bloggers. Like I was trying to fit in at a new high school.
I wanted to leave immediately.

The anxiety I have at meeting new people is excruciating. Especially groups of people.  Especially by myself.  But it was only five miles from my house, and I’d made the mistake of telling Paul about it, so there was no backing out without looking like a dweeb.

This is what I learned:

  • Social media is the new black.
  • Social media is going to take over the world.
  • Social media is more important than electricity, running water, and democracy.
  • If you are not a social-media mogul, you might as well just pack up your blog and go home.

This is essentially bad news for me.  (See social anxiety, above.)
More bad news:  The time to capitalize on the blog zeitgeist was roughly a decade ago.  If you failed to realize this, your only hope for salvation is social media.

Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.