No Way, Really, Seriously


Morgan started a blog.

It’s disturbing and strange. My child started a blog! I can’t let my child have a blog. Talk to the world. And yet, she didn’t ask my permission. And I’m so proud of her. If the internet had existed when I was her age, I would have done the same thing.

She had it going for a few days before she told me.

Her blog is called An Open Book, and it’s about the books she reads. (Whew, not personal.) She is an avid reader, and she often recommends books to me–and I read them. Recent recommendations from Morgan include The Secret Life of Bees (I’m still reading that one) and Daddy-Long-Legs, which I’m going to read next. On the downside, she has an enormous fixation with Pride and Prejudice and reads zillions of Mr. Darcy spin-offs. I don’t read those. She’s a very good writer, and passionate about the books she reads.

I told her to email the link to her blog to me, and I read it, then I tried to help her. Morgan, do you want help? How about a design? Can I help you with some design? How about your own domain? Can I get you a domain? Morgan, what can I doooooooooo?

No, no, no, she didn’t want any help.



She just started her blog. She has no readers. No followers. She writes to be read! Ha! She longs to inspire others to read the books she loves.

Excerpt from Morgan’s blog: “Oh, how I wish someone would read this precarious post and be inspired to read at least one of these novels. ”

This precarious post. I swoon. That is so ridiculous, I could have written it myself!

Morgan: “You could post the link on your blog.”

I spent a few days thinking about this. Then I told her, “Morgan, if I post the link to your blog, people are going to read it. I’m not sure you understand how many people will have the link to your blog if I post it. Are you sure that is what you want?”

Am I sure that is what I want? She is my child! The internet! Scary!

And yet she is just writing about books, and if I were her age, I would be doing the same thing, and if I had someone who could help me get people to read it, I would have wanted that, too. I have always written to be read, and she has the gene. And I’m proud of her. She won’t cook! But she is writing a blog.

She knows how to get to me.

The only post on her blog that I found questionable was one on January 31, titled Nothing Special, in which she complains about adults going through kids’ things and not respecting them. I said, “Morgan, I haven’t gone through any of your things! LATELY!” Then she told me the post was about a substitute teacher at school. So just remember that.

You can find Morgan here: An Open Book

She would love to have some followers, and even her first comment.

Thank you!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on February 2, 2012  

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  1. 2-2

    I went and checked it out and left a comment. :happyflower:

  2. 2-2

    Hmm, something about apples and trees seems to apply here.
    I often thought, “Geeze I bet Suzanne would love “The Life of Bees.” Glad it’s made its way into your TBR pile.

  3. 2-2

    I would love to check out her blog! My daughter has a blog. She has not shown it to me yet. She has told me about it. Yes its scarry knowing your kids is posting stuff out here in the big bad internet world. But my kid is a good kid so is Morgan they will be ok.

  4. 2-2

    Looks like Morgan has a great start on her blog. YAY Morgan! I like her writing, but the font is a bit hard to read.

  5. 2-2

    I just joined. She is definitely her Mother’s Daughter!

    You don’t have to ask me twice to read a blog devoted exclusively to books. She is about my granddaughter’s age (one of them) and I am surprised to find we share a similar taste in books so it will be interesting to see if the same is true with Morgan. She may open new doors of interest to me.

    Right off, I have never read Canterbury Tales.

  6. 2-2

    I love Morgan’s blog – very nicely designed but that font – whew – gives me a headache to read it. But as far as the posting itself is great!

  7. 2-2

    I totally agree on the font! Teenagers!

  8. 2-2

    It’s a wonderful blog! I know you are so proud. I have to agree with the font though… eyes aren’t so great anymore and it was a struggle to read due to the font. But that being said, I loved it!

  9. 2-2

    Isn’t there a saying about apples, and trees….? Anyway, I think blog has a lot of potential. It’s awesome that she felt able to share this with you, and that you are able to empower and encourage her to be her own (young) woman. Huzzah for the both of you!

  10. 2-2

    Have to agree about the font, my eyes are killing me, lol. But really, that’s a great blog for a kid her age. She’s got the writing gene for sure.

  11. 2-2

    Enjoyed it. Used to reread Pride & prejudice & all of Jane Austin’s books every yr. & love the offshoot books too.

  12. 2-2

    I’m sending the link to MY daughter. She’s 18 and loves to read, so I’m sure she’ll enjoy it!

  13. 2-2

    I’m just glad the font isn’t Comic Sans. :lol:

    I’m also fighting old-age lack of vision, so reading it IS hard but you can zoom most web browsers to make the font bigger. That way we can read it and Morgan can still express herself with her font! Where there’s a will…:

    Congrats on the new blog! It’s a commitment to start it and keep those readers happy and coming back!

  14. 2-2

    My daughter also started a blog about books she has read! She started it last fall, called Book Addict….although her choices of a read are not quite in the same league as Agatha Christie. A certain genre of teen vampire romance has warped her irreparably…..sigh.
    Good for Morgan! You must be proud!

  15. 2-3

    This. Is. Awesome. I wish I had the guts (and the patience) to do this when I was her age (which wasn’t very long ago…)

  16. 2-3

    WOW, I do agree, that apple didn’t fall far from the mama tree!

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