I bought the domain months ago, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I mean, I knew I wanted to turn it into a GROUP blog because, well, like I need another fucking place to spew my drivel on the Internet, right? But I felt like, as with Mushroom Printing, the blog needed some sort of focus. Because just being all, “uh, here’s a blog for…uh…us,” seemed like it was a little broad, and every time I mentioned it to other people, they looked at me like I was pretty stupid.

Which is pretty much par for the course, but you know.

So, then I’m like, SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTING! That’s an idea!

But then I realized that it was too focused.

So I was all, SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTING + PTSD! That’s even better!

But that sounded too much like peas and carrots.

Then, I made it as broad as I could, without being all, “IT’S A BLOG, YO. FOR US!

I said, “It’s a group blog, yo, for us, AND I WILL MODERATE AND EDIT COMMENTS.”

Actually, it’s a place for anyone, and I do mean anyone, because you Pranksters know it’s never exclusionary like that, to share our stories. It’s maybe a little vague sounding, I know, but the premise of the site is that it’s a place where we can strap on our hot pants, spray the Aqua Net, roll around in some glitter and Get The Band Back Together.

It’s a safe place, you see, where we can share our struggles and triumphs, our joys and our sorrows, and help each other through. It’s what we do best, Pranksters, and I know that through our collective experiences, we can help the people who otherwise may not have anyone else.

The site is a work in progress, so I’ll appreciate anything you have to say about it.

Genuinely, I want to know what it still needs.

What you need to know is this: anyone can contribute, of course you can fucking swear, and you can add old posts all you’d like. Just please edit them so that we know who you’re talking about because it’s not the same audience.

The blog is run on WordPress, much like Mushroom Printing, so simply register, WordPress will send you a password, and from there you can post until your fingers are worn to wee nubs. The process is explained in more nauseating detail over there, because, well, OBVIOUSLY I had to show you how to do it.

The site is called, of course, Band Back Together, and there’s a corresponding Twitter account and even a fancy pants Facebook fan page!

So together with my home-slice Heather Spohr, from The Spohrs Are Multiplying, I’d like you to help me crack open a bottle of 1995 Krug “Clos Ambonnay” Brut Champagne, the most expensive champagne Google I could find on the hull of our new blog, Band Back Together.

If you get sea-sick, please, puke on Heather, not me.

So let’s shimmy into our leather pants, do our best Whitesnake impression, and get on the tour bus, Pranksters. Will you help us Band Back Together?

Also: I dedicated the site to someone who I’ve been trying to write about for years.

47 thoughts on “Band Back Together

  1. Amazing idea, beautiful site. So yes, I realize it’s not a “real” band but I want to play the drums, because it will make me cool. You can be the lead singer. In reality I’ll probably end up being a roadie but I’m ok with that too.

  2. I can’t play any cool instruments, but I can tamborine like a mad woman. I would like to tamborine for you, if you know what I mean.

  3. Wow. I think the site looks awesome. I agree with Dana too. There is something there to help loads of people. It did strike me as a little funny the difference between Mushroom Printing and this one. One to build people up and band together over hard times and one to mentally beat the virtual smirk out of the idiots of the world. Talk about therapeutic blogging.

  4. The button is also not showing on my site.

    And as I’m now a regular Aunt Becky’s commenter (commented THRICE wouldn’t you know it) I am also going to join the band and share my stories as you don’t speak Estonian and can’t read my blog and I’m sure your dying to hear my stories:)

    Becky, you absolutely rock.

  5. About the site: it’s really annoying when you click on a link and it appears in new window. Maybe you planned it that way, then maybe I’ll get used to it. Just maybe.

  6. Ok, I’m laying on the floor having struggled into my leather pants. Will someone PLEASE come and help me zip-up cos I wanna strut my stuff with you guys! Also if I fall off stage, promise not to laugh cos I can’t walk too well in these things…

  7. yay! I, for one, love your idea about special needs parenting and PTSD. My little booger is Autistic and I think I suffer more than he does from living through those first 3 years….

    Cheers to ya!

  8. Babe, it rocks! I’m so proud of you. You talk the talk and totally walk the walk. And the dedication is lovely. You are a very special woman, Aunt Becky, and I’m proud to call you my friend.

  9. So excited for this site. I too have a SN child (hydrocephalus) and after his premature birth and a rollercoaster ride of 3 surgeries within 3 months have some PTSD issues as well (not to mention my natural, underlying crazy). I hope I can muster some courage and contribute. Really looking forward to reading other’s experiences as well.

  10. Hey, I tried logging on to the site with my wordpress login and it would’nt work. Do I need to register directly with the site or should my wordpress one do it??? What am I doing wrong??? I’m itching to contribute!!!! Love Love Love it Btw!!

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