Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Mommy Blogger Snags Pulitzer

Blogosphere- Holly Meyer always wanted to be a writer.

Now, thanks to hard work and a blogger account, she can say she’s a Pulitzer Prize winning writer. Holly Meyer, 31, started blogging about the antics of her five year-old just sixteen months ago. Within four weeks she was hooked, and by the time six months had passed, every stay at home mom (or SAHM, in blogger lingo) from Portland to Pensacola knew about the hijinks of little Kelsey Meyer.

The magic began for Holly one night at her subdivision’s weekly Bunko group.

“There I was, with eleven of my neighbors, telling them story after story about my little girl, Kelsey. My friends were laughing so hard, because everything Kelsey does is just so funny! For example, she can’t pronounce the letter r, so I’m laughing every morning when she just asks for ‘bweakfast ceweal.’ Really, I can’t make this stuff up.”

And so “Kelsey’s Korner” was born.

A typical blog entry for Holly always starts with a picture of Kelsey.

“She has so many princess outfits, and she used to wear them every single day. Then one day, out of the blue, she up and asked for a Star Wars costume. Star Wars! I can tell you, it was so darn cute to see her little face peeking out of an Annikan Skywalker robe! Nobody can predict Kelsey, and that’s part of what keeps people coming back.”

Along with a photo that warms the heart, readers get an accounting of Kelsey’s day. Holly usually posts about her picky eating habits (“she ate only white food for a whole month!”), her silly songs warbled from her booster seat in the mini-van (“she calls the mini-van a Mommy Van!”) and the drama that accompanies kindergarten playgrounds across America (“Kelsey had to learn to stand up for herself and tell that little boy to stop cutting in line. She grew up that day.”).

But it was the heart-warming post detailing Kelsey’s struggles with wetting the bed that pushed Holly into fame.

“I think I got something like 47 comments on that post. I didn’t know I would touch so many lives. Kelsey isn’t even in first grade and she has already left her legacy for the world. A legacy of laughter, princess tea parties, silly potty jokes, and her pain as she struggled to sleep through the night without wearing pull-ups.”

Will the $10,000 prize money change Holly and Kelsey?

“Absolutely not! My husband was going to build me an extra room for my scrap booking supplies and stamping gear, and now we can do most of it without breaking the bank. Our lives will still be the same: funny, full of love, and a little crazy.”

Or should we say, cwazy.

22 comments:

suburbancorrespondent said...

Now, now - do I sense some bitterness here, Jen?

Actually, at first I thought you were serious and I almost puked all over my keyboard. So, maybe I'm the one who's bitter.

Jen M. said...

No bitterness! Just having fun with a satire ;)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

You clever mama, you.

Still waiting for my Pulitzer. Dammit! ;)

Life As I Know It said...

That's awesome...I will admit it took me until the 4th paragraph to catch on. I should have known at the Bunko group reference though...

Nice stuff!

Beck said...

For the record, $10 grand would change me BIG TIME.

pootandcubby said...

This was so funny...

So what you're saying is that you haven't received YOUR Pulitzer yet? Because mine just came in the mail yesterday - the award selection committee just can't get enough of the poop stories.
-andi

Fairly Odd Mother said...

LOL; the Bunko thing was great.

Family Adventure said...

Heh. Very funny.

Heidi

Beth said...

If only...
Ah, to be paid for the drivel I write on my blog!

Rima said...

You should get a Pulitzer for this hilarious post!

Just Seeking said...

That is so nauseating! I'm so sorry, but ALL of our kids cannot prounouce r's, wet the bed, switched from princesses to Star Wars, and have picky eating habits (white food only being one of the more popular). This woman had best write like Proust if she wants my attention!

Mrs. G. said...

You got me. I totally fell for it. I went and googled her name and read about some visual artist who designs computer games. The post holiday edge has dulled my edge.

Jen M. said...

I love it! I got some people ;) Hangovers all around, then?

painted maypole said...

oooh.. i want that scrapbooking room.

that kwazy kelsey.

;)

dawn&brian said...

Oh you totally had me! I felt like a total shlep when I read these comments!
The whole time I am thinking "so what's so freakin'amazing about 'bwekfast' and playgroup socialization?"..... must be this new DIET I am on.
Gweat one!

Mary Beth said...

Oh thank goodness - we can't get enough of Kelsey in our house (we're trying to lose weight and need to purge a little:))

Until I saw satire in you're tagline, I thought you might have gone too far at your coming of age/conversion party and changed into a sappy 80 year old woman!

Sarah said...

I was reading and I was like... hmmm... none of that is really very funny. Like at all. People read this woman? Of their own free will?

And then I realized you hadn't posted a link to her blog.

And then I read the comments and felt stupid.

Christine said...

You are fwipping hystewicawl.

In the pwocess of updwating my bwog wog...adding woo.

dawn224 said...

Good lord. I was caught too. I was all "WTF?!?!?!" and "IS SHE SERIOUS!?!?!?!"

I came to read the comments b/c I was needing to know if I was supposed to be gracious about this or not!

insanemommy.com said...

Lol. You had me too. I actually re-read the post looking for her blog! lol...... Too funny.

Nancy said...

Bwahahahah! I love it!

Funny Jen, but...shhh, there really are some Holly Meyer's blogs that I scratch my head and think, "maybe it's different now than when my kids were small ... 'cuz that isn't unique, funny, or worth writing about." ::: tilts head :::

That Chick Over There said...

You totally had me going too. LOL!!