(It’s Guest Post Friday! Today’s post comes from two 20-something Christian girls in NYC. Follow them on Twitter at @christinepalma & @lindsayboswell. If you want to write a guest post for SCL, here’s how.)
“So Blessed” By Lindsay Boswell & Christine Palma
As two unmarried 20-something Christian girls sharing 600 sq. ft. of space in NYC, our primary means of keeping up with our friends back home in Alabama and Texas is online. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter – you name it, they use it. And in the three years since graduation (or would-be graduation for the fashion student here), we’ve seen an aggressive trend: “So blessed.”
Having seen our Facebook and Twitter feeds blow up with an explosion of blessings since college graduation, we have become pseudo-experts on this emerging group of our peers. The “So Blessed” points system is modeled similarly to Google’s search engine – the number of o’s in our Cyber Susie Homemaker’s “Sooo blessed” post is directly related to the number of blessings she finds herself in possession of.
The “So blessed” blogosphere really has something for everyone. The engaged gaggle about wedding planning and lots of thank you, thank you, thank yous for the men and women prepared to “stand up” beside them at their wedding.
The newlyweds really have a sweet spot on the “So blessed” space, sharing the zany happenings of freshly-made spouses (“Date night!” is a big fave), the hilarity of learning to cook meals every weeknight, and the woes of flipping a small house or apartment with just the right amount of Anthropologie-esque accessories and hipster charm.
And don’t even get us started on first-time parents. Get ready for lots and lots and lots of pictures and the sudden urge to grow and make things from twine and organic fruits/vegetables. You’ll see lots of pics of the bun in the oven before the kid is even at 3D ultrasound stage, too. And apparently the tankini-wearers of middle school are now totally okay with proudly exposing a popped-out belly button to the entire internet.
Some other “So blessed” staples:
• Photos of organic, made-from-scratch baby food.
• The reflection post – looking back on a major milestone (1st date, 1st kiss, basically any moment more than three hours from the previous reflection, etc.).
• Before and after home projects.
• Husband in ministry/church plant involvement.
• Art projects/Etsy.
• Dogs (the precursor to babies).
We have considered joining in the madness, but our city lives don’t exactly translate into sentences just dripping with blessings and exclamation points. Examples: “Saw a man pooping in the subway station…so blessed!” “Just spent 80% of my paycheck on rent…so blessed!” “Lean Cuisine again…so blessed!” or “I think the doorman has a crush on me…so blessed!”
Even the actual blessings from our lives don’t really work in this case. “Just went to Central Park again…so blessed!” “Macy’s Day Parade outside of our window…so blessed!” What are we? Jerks? Alas, even the good posts come with a price.
Question: Any funny domestic blogging trends you have seen or even started yourself? We’d love to hear them.
Full disclosure: One of us is engaged and less than two months from walking down the aisle and into a world of obnoxious blog temptation. Rest assured the other one of us has promised to publicly humiliate her should her online interactions ever move on the scale from cynical to silly.
Full, full disclosure: The non-engaged one of us is looking for an awesome Christian guy in NYC. Preferably a tall architect-type from the South living in Manhattan.