I am guilty of over-publicizing (which is what made me good at my former job in public relations but is not a trait my family always embraces whole-heartedly) My 2013 New Year’s resolution was to cut down on the amount of time I spend on social media. Now before I jump on Facebook or rush to write a blog post, I stop and think, “Does everyone really care about this?” and more importantly “Do I want everyone and their mom knowing this about me and my family?”
A recent Wall Street Journal article, What Makes People Overshare? definitely hit very close to home for me. And from the minute I learned about blogger Meredith O’Brien’s new book, Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing, I couldn’t wait to read it.
In 2005, Meredith began writing a parenting blog, The Boston Mommy Blog, for the Boston Herald’s web site where she had worked as a reporter before her twins were born. She loved the ability to instantly share her work with other harried parents and to hear their stories as well. Since then, she’s blogged about parenting for a number of sites, contributed to several TV review blogs and blogged about pop culture, media and politics. As her children got older, they disliked her writing about them and eventually requested she stop blogging about most things that happened in their house.
The book’s main character, Maggie Kelly, is discontent being a stay-at-home mom, frustrated by the long hours her husband works and not fond of her mother-in-law (M.I.L). She creates a blog, Maggie Has Had It, which she thinks is anonymous, and treats it like an online diary when, in all honesty, she shouldn’t.
Maggie thinks that the angry and ugly feelings that are churning inside of her which she shares online will never be connected to her because she doesn’t list her last name or her hometown. She turns out to be very, very wrong about that.
Maggie is extremely relatable and it’s a fun, quick mindless read which will have you laughing out loud and shaking your head in agreement because you know all to well about life as a Mommy. It aggravates her MIL Dorothy that cooking and cleaning aren’t among Maggie’s priorities.
If there’s one message that Meredith O’Brien hopes readers get from this book, it’s that the Internet is not a private place.
As a wife and mother, I’ve learned the value of privacy and how much of life is meant to be cherished and enjoyed just amongst us. Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing reaffirms this sentiment.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary digital advance reader copy of Mortified, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own.