Insanity of Motherhood

Motherhood, marriage, and midlife.

Simple Minded


A while ago, I received a compliment about my blog.  It was from fellow blogger Melissa, from her blog The Mostyn-Thomas Journal.  She nominated me for the Reader Appreciation award.  I am not bringing this nomination up to brag, but explain something about myself.

I was very happy to have been nominated for the award, but when I  read my compliment there was a problem.  Here is what Melissa had to say.

Insanity of Motherhood – a succinct and wickedly funny blog that casts a look at life’s little irks through the eyes of a 40-something mother barely keeping her composure throughout.

Nice huh?  You say that because you know what the word succinct means right?  Well, I did not know when it meant when I  first read the statement.  I had to look up the word, succinct.  For those who do not know what succinct means, here is the definition.

Succinct –  Briefly and clearly expressed

This has happened to me before.  It happens to me all the time.  Someone says a word and I do not know the meaning.

Melissa accurately defined my blog by saying it was succinct.  I do keep things concise and to the point.  The reason I do that is because I am a woman of few written words.  My writing vocabulary is limited.  My fear of misusing more complex words and misspelling, leads me to use a simple fifth grade vocabulary when writing.   That and when I read my first blogging book it recommended the less words the better.

As a child, I was never the kid who sat for hours at a time reading books during the summer.  I was always out busy doing things.  The same is true for me now.  I read a bit more than I used to, but I suspect I have ADD and sitting for long periods of time is hard for me.  The more you read, the greater your vocabulary becomes.  Especially, your writing vocabulary.

My fellow bloggers are published authors, poets and accomplished professional writers.  Often, they write words I do not know.  When I read their postings, I feel insecure about the fact my blog is so simple.  I am often stunned when I find out someone with amazing writing abilities is reading my blog.  I am glad Melissa thinks I write succinct because I am trying to limit words, instead of the truth.  The truth is I do not know very many words.

It is a great mystery how a simple girl like me is writing a blog and people are reading.  I come from a family of great intellects, ferocious readers and amazing writers.  However, I am the one who has a blog.  Who would have thought?

Maybe when the boys are back to school this fall, I will make a point of increasing my vocabulary.  I will kick in my library card and read all day.

If I read all day, I guess that means I would have to sit down right?

Okay, maybe I better just stick to what I know.  Not everyone can be the great intellect.  Someone has to be the simple gal everyone can relate to.

Author: insanityofmotherhood

Mom of three boys, wife, educator, and all around nice gal in the middle of a midlife something. It's not a crisis, but it's something…

14 thoughts on “Simple Minded

  1. Simplicity is the greatest form of beauty..

  2. Nate, I believe you are an extremely talented writer. I do not believe by that by adding fancy and difficult words would make your writing more profound than it already is. I have no credentials of my own to back this other than saying that I have been profoundly struck by so many of your writings. You write from the heart and that is where people are touched. Thank you for taking the time to keep your blog. I hope that it blesses you as much as it blesses others.

  3. I agree with Andrea. I also feel the way you do as you write. I read ALOT and I still feel pretty insecure when I attempt to SMASH together a post. Better yet I feel like that all day long when I work….people assume librarians know everything. I am too common for that moniker.But I can BS with the best of them :0)
    So carry on and keep writing as the true you… do not change a damn thing..cause then I might have to crack open my dictionary too

  4. there are many styles of writing, and yours is terrific!! is clear, easy to follow, and interesting. dont change a thing!!

  5. I like succinct. That’s why I like your blog.

  6. The title of this blog was “Simple Minded”, but I don’t think there is anything simple in the mind. I love your blogs!!! I think you write like you are having a conversation with all of us. And I enjoy and appreciate every moment of insanity of motherhood. It often reminds me that we are not insane, at least completely :), just moms. Hope you are enjoying your summer.

    • I guess simple minded is not the right term. But simply said might have been better. Thank you for your nice words. I do write the way I talk, so I am glad it comes accross that way. Thank you for reading!

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