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Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Art of Getting By

This past week's Tell It To Me Tuesday asked all of you how your blog got its name. I realized though that it is only fair to share with all of you how this blog got its name as well, so here goes...

First things first. Some of you might have noticed the discrepency between my actual URL and the site's name. This was not a well thought out decision on my part and I have regretted it ever since. It's also one of the first things I hope to remedy when and if I EVER get this domain switchover under control (a big shout out to all the folks who are trying to help with this, btw).

About four years ago or so I decided to start my own website. This was before I knew the wonders of blogging, but as it turns out what I had envisioned really was going to be a lot like the blog I have now. Perhaps I was just before my time, or really ass backwards since some bloggers have been at this for years. Either way, my boyfriend, who is a programmer, offered to help me build the site of my dreams. We came up with a snazzy flash logo and it was all so "cute alternative rock chick" esque, if that means anything to most of you. I had dreams of merchandising too. At the time I named the site Planet Janet. In fact, I even had a domain name registered.

But as it always does, life got in the way and the Planet Janet I envisioned never came to fruition.

Fast forward a few years. I had just gotten my Master's in Education and I was searching desperately for a job. This is when my boyfriend turned me on to the idea of blogging. He said it would perfect for someone like me who has always wanted to write, but gets frustrated with not getting paid and being too constricted in terms of what I write about. It would also help me pass the time and get out some of my frustrations.

So I started it. It was damn depressing at first because no one was reading it and so all I did was talk to myself about how it was hard to find a job. Then I found a job, for a few months anyway as a long term sub. Blogging inevitably went on hold, until summer...when I found myself looking for a job, again. When I was starting this blog, I instinctively wrote in the Planet Janet url with my old site in mind. Only when it came time to actually name it, I thought Planet Janet was somehow too cutesy. The natural choice at this time was The Art of Getting By.

I don't remember when it started, but for as long as I can remember, The Art of Getting By was more or less how I would describe my life in 10 words or less. It's the sitcom I never wrote, but always wanted to. The book deal I haven't gotten, but secretly pine for. The comedy act I wish I had the courage to perform. Right now it's all of those things and none of those things. For the time being though my vision was somewhat true because as far as I can tell so far, I got a great blog out of the deal.



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