Not bad for a fat girl

Giving the People What They Want – Whatever That Might Be


Dear Readers,

My hope is to share with you content that you enjoy reading. I’m trying to do that in a way that is interesting and engaging. I’ve been looking at the blog stats and have come to the somewhat painful realization that my college statistics course was zero preparation for distilling the information I’m currently facing. ziggy-phone-survey-cartoon-waste-of-timeActually, that’s not quite it. It’s not the realization that’s painful, it was the statistics course and its accompanying MINITAB computer labs that were painful. In graduate school someone gave me the sage advice to take my statistics class pass/fail. Remembering back to my undergrad experience, I took that advice. Mercifully, I passed.

As interesting as all that may be, it’s just back story. Something I am told time and again to avoid in my writing. I guess old habits die hard. Here’s the crux of the situation: I want to know what you, the reader, want to see on BulgingButtons. From the start it’s been a cute little self-absorbed blog about my life as a fat girl. It’s branched out from there to include my life in general, including some thoughts on parenting my dear son, with bits about my teaching career, a little about my long neglected quilt projects, and a fair amount about the wonderful world of words, aka writing.

I sometimes write about health related topics, or the world of fat girl fashion. I also write about my food obsession, both positive and negative, and about my ongoing efforts to get my fat behind in gear, i.e. exercise. Some days this is more challenging than others. Oh, and challenges. I have the ongoing 47 for 47 challenge, and the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo challenges for the month of November have kept me quite busy as well. 11212I also did a series of Daily Passions Prompts, and I have regularly written to the WordPress Daily prompts.

I suppose I’m not looking for a new direction exactly, because I really like sharing my thoughts in all different directions, but I do wonder what aspects of the blog appeal to you most, and what parts are your least favorite (or just not interesting to you). I imagine the quilters have all left the building, as my poor neglected projects page hasn’t had any action (much like my poor neglected quilt projects). And anyone seeking recipes has probably moved on, because I haven’t shared any. But I know that lots of you have chosen to stick around. I’d love to know why.

I’m ready for the feedback, bring it on! What do you see as the strengths and weaknesses of BulgingButtons, and what would you like to see more and less of here?

Thanks in advance for your well thought out and detailed comments! (See what I did there? Clever, no?)

With love and orange-filled Oreos (hey, I have to get rid of them somehow!),


Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

4 thoughts on “Giving the People What They Want – Whatever That Might Be

  1. As for me, I love reading your blog. Period. Love the random life events/thoughts that you write about, especially just life in general. Your ongoing healthy lifestyle quest, your stories about your family, fashion, your job. I will say personally, I don’t always read the Daily Passions Prompts but maybe I need to start. Keep it up…You are too funny and too good a writer to change anything!!

  2. It’s really tricky when you feel you have so much to write about and not enough time….Much of the advice out there about blogging is to find a niche and stick to that. Though good advice, it’s hard to write about one subject all the time unless you are doing it full time. I started my blog as a book blog – I loved it when I was working part time because I had the time to read and write. Then I started teaching full time again – teaching English no less. My extra time evaporated. And, poof, there went my blog. Followers dropped me (I don’t blame them) and I felt so sad because I really love blogging. So I decided to expand the scope of my blog. I still write about books and bookish things, but I include other aspects of my life – parenting, womanhood…life stuff. It helps to keep me blogging while I’m finishing up a book. I think the most important thing is to be authentic in your writing – your readers will appreciate that. Thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck with all of the challenges!

    • Thanks for taking the time to read and reply with such detail. I think that ultimately it’s the authenticity that will endure, as you said. My voice will shine through as long as I’m writing from a place of honesty. I appreciate what I take to be validation for that approach.

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