identity neurosis.

I began rewriting my ‘about’ page last week. It was mere coincidence that this exact activity popped up as an assignment for Blogging 101 a couple of days ago.

My original ‘about’ page was fine. But I hate fine. I can only think of a small handful of other words I hate as much in the entire English language. Who the hell strives for fine?

I wrote my fine {shudder} ‘about’ page the same day I published my very first post. And I like my first post way more.

Now that I’ve been at this for two months, I’m more in touch with why I’m here and who I am as a blogger. So, when this showed up as an assignment, I thought, great… I have a head start!


I have started and restarted my rewrite so damn many times I don’t even know who the hell I am anymore. I can tell exactly how frustrated I’ve become because one of the drafts sounded kind of… angry. I scared me.

How can I write something about myself now?

I sought input. I asked my family – my husband, my son, my daughter – to write down 3 to 5 words that come to mind when they think of me. Helpful, right? You tell me…

kid notes.

Very grown up bullet points from my 10-year-old son. Adorable note from my 8-year-old daughter (just turned 8 four days ago) with creative spelling of ‘intelegent’. And let’s not forget my husband…


Priceless. Let me just get started on that page devoted to my smart and talented boobs.

As you can see, my family was astoundingly helpful.

I’ve abandoned the revision… for tonight, anyway. I’m going to go do… um… something else.

About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy, too. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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25 Responses to identity neurosis.

  1. Wandering Soul says:

    Wow! Atleast you have a long list of beautiful adjectives to describe you. 🙂 your daughter and husband both said intelligent, and son and husband said creative. so these two qualitites definitely need mention on your about page. And a writer, artist, designer, baker.. whew!!… being called creative is definitely a testimony to their amazing skills. So Cheers! please write more personal stories about your family. Loved meeting them in this post. 🙂

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    • I will definitely write more about them! I’m kind of a paranoid freak about putting pictures of my children on the internet. I don’t know — plenty of bloggers do it. But I’m a paranoid wacko. Maybe I’ll get over it. Or I’ll take some creative pictures where you cannot see their faces! Ha! Oh, also, my son told me that he saw my daughter writing “intelligent” so he went with “smart” to be different! What a goofball.

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  2. This was great! 🙂 And dare I say, it should totally be your ‘about page’ Even the frisky boob bit. I hate writing the about page and I have the same angst over writing about myself that you’re experiencing now. I wish I had some ridiculously brilliant words for you, but don’t. What I will say, if you don’t use this post as your about page channel that witty sarcastic vibe into it. Visiting from Blogging 101


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    • Thanks for visiting! I’m going to add these notes to my list of things to work into the about page. It’s really totally appropriate… I’ve always kind of thought my boobs are my best feature. 🙂


  3. Ha, Ha! The most memorable ‘About’ page I’ve read to date. Just goes to show that asking others what they see can be enlightening to say the least. 🙂

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  4. I think this is a fun post – I loved the elements you added from your family. I like your honest and raw writing style. I think you are good at making your text conversational. Your site looks really good too.

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  5. akennedy90 says:

    Hahah thanks 🙂 made me laugh. I like your post because I think that all of us have a hard time writing our about page. I think that your family wrote some awesome things about you. It’s nice to know that they are supportive 🙂

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  6. Tiegan says:

    I just say, “follow Harbour here”, “if you have any questions, e-mail here or go here”, etc.

    Makes me wonder whether I should make any changes to my own “About” page.

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  7. Laurel says:

    I like that you asked your family for help. I’ve been struggling with my about page as well. And that comment from your hubby is the classic husband response! (in my opinion) lol

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  8. Hahah, this made me laugh. Boobs. That’s probably the first thing my husband would have put down. Men, I tell ya

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  10. There’s really something about guys and boobs…

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  11. Hilarious, love it! My boobs aren’t too bad, either. Maybe I’ll mention them in my new about page! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. stephieann8 says:

    This was hysterical! Mine would say my boobs and my butt 🙂

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  13. Hahahahaha! Something else?! I am sure that was enjoyable. =) This was astoundingly nice. And I am sure your husband meant well.

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