Friday morning my email greeted me with the following:
From: My friend in my food allergy support group
Subject: You're famous!
"Did you know your blog is mentioned in Reader's Digest?? I was just inbed reading my latest RD, and there's a tiny little box on p. 75titled "Get-Real Food Allergy Advice". It mentions 3 blogs, and as I'mreading the intro, I'm thinking, "huh, wouldn't it be funny if one ofthem was Kari's?" And then I get to the third one, and it IS Kari's!!I didn't want to post to the group because I wasn't sure whether youwanted everyone reading your blog, and you may already know about thismention in RD, but just in case you didn't, I thought you should know!You're famous now - people are going to be coming to your blog in muchhigher numbers. NO pressure! :)"
WHAT! At first I thought she must have been mistaken but she confirmed it was true and I went and bought Readers Digest myself and checked and she was right. Right there on page 75 is my blog! The whole thing kind of freaked me out. I went back and forth over the weekend about changing my kids names and ultimately decided not too but did add a counter to the site.
I never intended this blog to be anything other than my own personal therapy in dealing with my kids food allergies though I do think it is important for people to understand the challenges we go through on a daily basis. However, suddenly having my blog published in a magazine is....wierd. I feel like when you speak up in class and suddenly everyone is looking at you and you freeze and your mind totally goes blank. I may have been an actress at one time but sometimes I freak out when I'm in the spotlight. I guess I'll just take a few deep breathes and keep writing.