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September 13, 2004

go, girl!

The delightful Kelley, of Suburban Blight, was interviewed by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a story about Jawja bloggers. She says she looked and sounded like a goob, but I can't believe that. Kelley is both intelligent and pleasing to the eye.

I haven't read the article because I refuse to register to read ANY newpaper web page and the AJC has a real pain in the ass registration process. If I find a link to the story that doesn't require registration, I'll come back and post it.

And if you're NOT reading Kelley already, you need to start.

(Christina was kind enough to email the story to me, complete with pictures. But now I'm pissed at Kelley...

Whadda you MEAN saying that I have a "kindly" personality??? Got-dam, woman! I've got a reputation to uphold! Don't be sayin' that shit about me!)

Comments

...pretty cool article... she mentioned you...

Posted by: Eric on September 13, 2004 09:38 AM

I signed up with a fake email address and street name "Yourstatsarefucked". But here's the article so you (and anyone else) don't have to sign up...

A few years ago, Kelley Martin married and moved from Atlanta to Alpharetta. She quickly grew bored.

"Look," she said, "I don't know how to put this without sounding like a total snob, but sometimes women in my situation, at my age, get so involved with their kids and soccer momming and their family

life that the larger world ceases to exist."

Life as an Alpharetta soccer mom "a little jumpsuit, a little Volvo, a little baby seat in back" left her cold. Kelly was political and opinionated. "Underneath the suburban blight," she said, "was the bad attitude of a rock 'n' roll girl."

But it wasn't just that. She had a baby and a Volvo, too. She simply could not talk to anyone in Alpharetta about anything that truly mattered, and the old friends she had from Atlanta refused even to approach the suburbs.

"It's like there's a shock fence at 285," she said, "Nobody I knew would come OTP."

Kelley felt as isolated as a monk in the desert. One day she heard an interview on public radio with a blogger. She thought, "What makes you think anyone wants to read your stupid online diary?"

Out of curiosity, she started reading blogs for three days. Then she decided to start one herself. If nothing else, she wanted someone to talk to, even if just to herself.

Suburbanblight.com evolved from a blog steeped in passionate, conservative commentary about the war in Iraq to become a far more mellow site, a pleasurable place to read about Kelly's new suburban life and her ribald Southern past. There's the day she responded to her 5-year-old's question, "Where do babies come from?" Then she tells the comic tale of her father's heart attack, which led, consequently, to the family dog's unrelenting fit of flatulence. When she recalls her passing fancy as a rock 'n' roll singer in an Athens band ("I was Courtney when Courtney wasn't cool."), she evokes an entire era of ringing guitars in rank college bars.

Personally, suburbanblight.com has changed her life from the isolated suburbanite to Northside resident with many friendships. Twice she has traveled to Hawaii to meet another blogger and her family. She has become what she calls the "blogging meet-and-greet queen" of Georgia, showing up to party, play guitar and drink moonshine in the mountains with other bloggers whose online monikers (DaxMontana, Acidman, Grouchyoldcripple, VenomousKate), she insists, belie kindly personalities.

Blogging, she says, changed her life. "I'm more involved in current events. I am more careful about weighing my words because I realize how divided the country is right now. And I'm just very connected. Almost more connected than I can handle."

An enlightened Alpharettan, in other words, with her own platform and a crazy, creative established place in the world.

Posted by: sugarmama on September 13, 2004 10:05 AM

Dude,

No registraion with bugmenot (bugmenot.com) which I learned about from Neil Boortz web site. You can read the AJC article by using bugmenot. which will give you a name and a password, Try it, it works for most news sites. There is also more than likely an RSS feed from the AJC, that prolly doesn't require reg. either.

Posted by: blargo on September 13, 2004 10:39 AM

That WAS NOT MOONSHINE we drank at last year's blogfest. Yeah, I know that it LOOKED like moonshine, SMELLED like moonshine and TASTED like moonshine... but it wasn't 'shine.

Just good home-made wine. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Moonshine is illegal.

Posted by: Acidman on September 13, 2004 12:55 PM
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