And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I got my first two pieces of mail at my new/old place - one was "No Country for Old Men" from Netflix, & the other was a card from my grandma. You remember her, right? (I know. How could you forget?!)

In this card, my grandma expressed a concern that seems to be common among some of the readers of this here blog:

Yes, a number of you have asked me if I plan to stop blogging now that I'm out of D.C. Whew! I guess I did a good job of working the city-living angle, huh?

But let's back up. In 2007, I started this blog as a space to tell stories about my crazy new life in the capital. Stories like:
I guess I'm a story-teller by nature, & I wanted to put all of these to paper so I could look back on them fondly later on down the road. Maybe "fondly" isn't the right word for death threats. You get the idea.

The blog became a place where I wrote about other things, too, like my battles with feisty vermin such as centipedes & roaches, my sometimes-wacky trips home to Ohio & to other places like Philly & California, my love/hate relationship with D.C.'s constant gaggle of tourists, & a few serious things, too, like my dad's cancer & my ex-boyfriend's suicide. And, of course, I still tell stories. Like the time I lost all my pants. But they're stories about all kinds of things, not just D.C.'s many quirks, because I have a tendency to stumble into ridiculous situations, no matter the city.

The fact that so many people feared I'd shut down this space after leaving the District actually comforts me; it means I've done my job well, steered this blog in the direction I'd aimed for, made it look like I had some sense of purpose. It also means that I'm not speaking into a black hole, which is, you know, really nice. Thanks for liking me, seriously.

But you can't get rid of me that easily.

Will the focus change? Sure. Then again, it's always changing. Do I have any what I'm going to write about tomorrow? No, especially because I plan to spend the day locked up in a back room at the library applying for jobs, which isn't the stuff titillating blog posts are made of. But that's not the point. The point is that, you know, I'll still be here. And I'll still be telling you stories, even if they're not D.C.-centric anymore. And I hope you'll stay with me.

All that said, I'd love to hear what you want to hear from me. What do you wish you read more of on Suburban Sweetheart? Let me know in the comments or in this fancy poll I'm quite excited to have created. Even you lurkers can play along! The poll is 100% anonymous, so I have no way of knowing you've stopped by.  Your anonymity is safe (& maybe creepy, but I respect your Internet-assured right to creepitude).

Anyway. Tell me stuff. Me love you long time.


  1. You're so silly! Keep telling stories and we'll all keep coming back. Wait, even if you don't I'll probably still come back, but that's just because I like you :)

  2. I just came across your blog but I love it. So refreshing to find fellow OH bloggers! Ohio isn't all that bad. it can be great in fact. I love Cincinnati and is has some really great areas that are like tiny little gems to be found, full of culture and vintage and markets. I wish u the best luck in transitioning. I know it will be great!

    -Morgan (Blackbird Fly)
    Blackbird Fly

  3. Glad you're not going anywhere :)

  4. lol what a cute note from your grandma! I voted! :)

  5. Haha, love the survey. I voted! I'm a new reader so I'm more familiar with your adventures in moving/Ohio than city living!

  6. This was great...I look forward to seeing you settle in to your new life!

  7. Lovely post Katie! I'm glad you're sticking around. After all, I've just found you!

  8. I'm sure Ohio will provide you with plenty o' material!

  9. just keep blogging about life. you have the best stories!

  10. As a fellow Miswesterner, I'm anxious to hear your stories and take on life here.

  11. Hi I'm Liz and I'm a proud stalker and want to know more about YOU :)

    What I do know, I looooove. xo

    Was that creepy enough?

  12. you worship the Gap, because you had a coupon? seems a little melodramatic... but I suppose that's what good blogging is all about

  13. I do want your humor about the Midwest, because I have plenty of snarky things to say about it all by myself. I also want to know when you're going to wander towards the southern part of the state... Possibly hang out in Columbus? -Julia

  14. lol! I looove your poll options, they made me smile. And I'm glad you're not going anywhere, because if you did I would have to demand you recant and it might involve me showing up at your new home.

    Just saying! :)

  15. Just keep blogging. (Sung to the tune of 'Just keep swimming')

    Miss you.


  16. who doesn't want to hear more about the midwest? (cali girl through and through but I do have a slight midwest obsession, no joke.) I picked stories about you though...because I feel that your experiences are the heart of your blog, anyway. thanks for keeping us all entertained!


  17. Adventures are still adventures whether they're had in the District or in the Midwest. So yeah, just keep blogging and telling us about your adventures.


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