I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to Cheryl a fellow twin mommy, skilled writer, and great friend. You can find Cheryl’s writing on her blog, Twinfatuation, or in her published book, “Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year“. Cheryl and her husband “wrote a book on twin pregnancy and the first year as parents—from the perspective of earned experience, not expertise. If you are seeking an honest (rich in fluids and foibles)”, then you should definitely check it out! Let’s give Cheryl and warm SITS welcome!
How did you come up with the title of your blog? Tell us about your inspiration for it.
Wordplay is my weakness!
In what’s kind of reverse order nowadays, before the blog began, we (Double Daddy and I) wrote a book entitled Twinspiration: Real-Life Advice from Pregnancy through the First Year (c.2006, available in bookstores nationwide, now on Kindle and Nook, too!).
Shortly after the book’s publication, when gratuitously Googling to see if folks were mentioning it, it became glaringly clear the “Twinspiration” word had been usurped for an alarming quantity of unsavory/sexually explicit online fan fiction about the Weasley twins from the Harry Potter series! (Actually, bet they’re as displeased by my use of the word as I am by theirs…) Plus, using the book title for a blog title seemed unnecessarily redundant. Titling the blog provided another opportunity for wordplay!
Actually, prior to the blog, while pitching/promoting the book by submitting articles to different parenting web resources, there were a few semi-syndicated columns to which I contributed regularly. One such venue was initially called “Twin Mama-logues.” In the days following that column’s debut, a very polite email arrived in my in-box, asking me to please rename my column as she held the trademark on the word “Mamalogues.” Mortified by my own lack of research, I did so immediately. Dubbed my column on that particular site—then later, my blog—Twinfatuation. (Only after an excruciatingly thorough web search revealed zero hits!) As soon as all web adjustments had been made, I sent an apologetic note to the “Mamalogues” trademark owner, sharing my new name and that all traces of my debacle were, God-willing, completely erased. She was lovely—and declared Twinfatuation a name better than my first, unintentionally illegal, attempt. Interestingly enough, I often see her now on TV; she’s Dana Loesch, who’s blossomed from a very skilled, but largely local writer back then (2004), to a nationally-known radio commentator and frequent panelist on political roundtables!
When did you start blogging?
WOW! Just checked and the first post went up on May 21, 2007—1090 posts ago! YOWZA!
Before the blog, I hosted a twin-pregnancy/parenting support website. Twinsights.com (are you seeing a recurring theme yet? 😉 ) was a multi-page, brass tacks, polish-free site updated weekly (and perhaps weakly as well) from 2003 – 2009. Loved that site, and the many, many twin parents I “e-met” through it.
Tell us about your Wednesday Meme and how others can participate?
My name is Cheryl, and clearly, I am a wordplay-aholic.
Way Back When-esday began in the very first weeks Twinfatuation began. In May of 2007, my “babies” were then 5, and we all had such fun looking back at when they were “little.”
Realized we—and no doubt, many others—have so many digital pictures that never get printed to paper. By starting up Way Back When-esday as a “weekly, web-wide reverie,” it gave us (and any others who might want to play along!) a regular impetus to peek back nostalgically while childhood (in our case, times two) marches on.
Anyone can—and is encouraged to—join in! The image (or story) can be as “far back” as one wishes to go or as “historical” as the preceding day. A Mr. Linky is always there…and participants in other Wednesday memes are welcome to add their Wordful or Wordless posts in to WBW as well….as long as they share something special from “the past.” The meme is kind of a 21st century version of sitting around sharing photo albums and yearbooks…but sharing the images you want to share—and might have overlooked otherwise.
Later, we added a “Makes My Monday” meme…forcing us to think about something wonderful as the weekend ends and the new week begins. Hope some might join in there too and find it an uplifting way to kick off their blog week.
What do you want readers to take away from your blog?
Is “a morsel of mirth” or “a juice-glass full of joy” too ridiculous an answer? Think I’d be ever-so-pleased if readers visited the blog (often!) and found it to be a bastion of gratefulness and goofiness, ornery-ness and honesty, perspective and positivity, laughter and love.
To answer the corollary to your question, I’ve gotten so much from being a part of the blogging community, can only hope Twinfatuation readers can glean a fraction of the support, prayers and encouragement we’ve been given.
What’s your idea of the perfect evening?
Truthfully, sitting here with my husband with He-Twin and She-Twin sleeping peacefully upstairs, thinking back on our family’s experience as documented via the blog…tonight has been right up there on the ideal scale!
Shout, Shout, Let It All Out!: A personal Perspective on Parenting.
Stood Up. Broken Hearted. Again: Nothing worse that seeing one’s children broken hearted when they get stood up.
Twin Truth Shall Set You Free: This recounting of twin toddler honesty is sure to bring a smile.
*Truth told, many of Cheryl’s very favorite posts are simply transcripts of conversations with one or both of her twins…blogging has been an easy means to document those hysterical “talks” she’s had with her children.