The Gannett Company shows support for exorcism based treatment center, Mercy Ministries

Who is Mercy Ministries? They are infamous for using exorcism and high-pressure manipulation and tactics to treat eating disorders, depression, suicide, and sex trafficking. You can also see more detailed accounts from former residents at the website Mercy Survivors.com.

The Gannett Company
The Gannett Company

Two new articles about Mercy Ministries were published in The Tennessean and circulated by Gannett-owned USA Today.  Written by freelance writer Maura Ammenheuser, the articles cite Mercy Ministries counselor Holly Fitzhenry as a credible source for eating disorders:

Eating disorders boom as kids enter college

 

Symptoms of eating disorders

 

Unfortunately, Mercy Ministries is a radical evangelical group that is well-documented for treating eating disorders with exorcism and prayers instead of providing their residents with doctors or proper medical treatment. Mercy Ministries is also documented as being anti-gay (and teaching young women that their sexual desires for the same sex are sinful and demonic), supported financially by Chick-Fil-A, and they boast of using end-time “prophets” instead of doctors to treat illnesses. They are neither credible or licensed to treat eating disorders.

In 2011, an article surfaced titled Suicide Bows its knee! Apostle Jane Hamon at Mercy Ministries. According to the article, Hamon visited the Monroe, Louisiana home of Mercy Ministries to prophecy over the residents-some of whom wanted to leave the program.

Mercy Ministries Home in Monroe, LA

The article explains:

“Today is the first day that I’m excited about my future,” said a young woman in Monroe, Louisiana last week.

Her excitement comes from her powerful transformation as God spoke prophetically to her through Apostle Jane Hamon.

One of dozens of girls being restored by Mercy Ministries of America, this young lady’s story is both incredible and a testimony of God’s life-giving prophetic word, according to Apostle Jane.

“Their lives are changed because God gives them a perspective,” said Apostle Jane. “God gives them hope that they can be whole for the future.”

The Monroe young woman had attempted suicide multiple times in her life, according to Apostle Jane.

“She said ‘All my life, every day, I’ve wanted to die,’” said Apostle Jane. But the prophetic word, which talked about a long life and her grandchildren, among other things, changed all that.
This message of life is common with many girls in Mercy Ministry homes. Apostle Jane, along with her daughter Crystal, ministered to about 50 Mercy girls in both Monroe, LA and St. Louis, MO last week, February 21-24th.

“Another young lady, from the St. Louis home, went to her counselors on Monday,” said Apostle Jane. “She told the counselors ‘I’m giving up. I’m going to go home, I’m going to overdose, and this time… I’m going to kill myself.’”

Since girls at Mercy are admitted on an at-will basis, they are free to leave whenever they want, according to Apostle Jane. But this St. Louis young lady’s counselors had some advice before she left.

“They told her, ‘Wait until Friday, until after Jane comes and ministers to you,’” said Apostle Jane. “Of course, [the counselors] never tell me anything about these girls.”

Through the prophetic word, God spoke to the St. Louis young lady about breaking her covenant with death, and that’s just what she did.

“She testified on Thursday and said ‘I’m so glad I stayed, and I’m so glad that I’m going to live,’” said Apostle Jane.

Such transformation is what draws Apostle Jane to continue ministering, at least once a year, at each of the US based Mercy Ministries homes, in spite of the challenges.

“It’s the hardest ministry I do during the year,” said Apostle Jane, who started visiting Mercy homes ten years ago. “If you don’t connect the girls’ hearts to God’s heart during the prophetic word, then they’ll go away more hopeless than before.”

“[Ministering at Mercy] is also the most exciting, most transforming, and most life-giving time,” said Apostle Jane, “because God is faithful to transform lives.”

Mercy Ministries, founded by Nancy Alcorn in 1983, helps transform the lives of women who have suffered abuse, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm and attempted suicide, among other things.

[Emphasis my own.]

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The writer of The Tennessean articles (mentioned above and later circulated to USA Today) is Maura Ammenheuser, a wellness coach, personal trainer and fitness instructor from the Nashville, TN area whose largest publication prior to The Tennessean is Examiner.com (the equivalent of publishing on Craigslist for a writer) according to her LinkedIn account. Not exactly a well-qualified reporter, and certainly not one who has been with the paper for very long. Her articles first appear in The Tennessean this month.

But more important than who this shoddy reporter is, is who is Holly Fitzhenry and who is Mercy Ministries? As many of you know, I’ve done research on Mercy Ministries for the past year. They are infamous for using exorcism and high-pressure manipulation and tactics to treat eating disorders, depression, suicide, and sex trafficking. I’ve reported on them here and blogged about them here. You can also see more detailed accounts from former residents at the website Mercy Survivors.com.

Mercy Ministries is notorious for using unqualified counselors, who are neither licensed therapists or have degrees in psychology. In fact, most of Mercy Ministries counselors are women who have degrees in Bible studies and whose main qualifications are their “relationship in Christ” (according to Mercy Ministries website). Their website does not list a single staff member’s name or credential, and statements from former alumni back this allegation up. The girls weren’t ever given standard therapy–all of their therapy sessions were based on oppression, sin, and spiritual issues.

To further this point, Mercy Ministries own website clues the critical eye in on what’s really going on. Their counseling process “explores issues of faith, forgiveness, family, overcoming abuse and past hurts, and general life principals” are all code for ridding the girls of “generational curses” and “unforgiveness which leads to sin.”

Mercy Ministries counseling methods

[Image source: http://www.mercyministries.org/need_our_help/faqs.html]

The Christian-based counseling program called “Choices That Bring Change” is nearly identical to their exorcism manual “Restoring the Foundations.” According to former Mercy Ministries residents, the modules are the same, the prayers are the same and the processes are the same. Mercy Ministries has done what they do best–changed their press statements to erase the past and silence former residents who have been fighting a losing battle against Mercy for nearly a decade. But Mercy Survivors, a group of concerned former residents, won’t let Nancy Alcorn and her new image escape the long, dark history she has been trying to hide. Rightly so, since dozens more former residents join the Mercy Survivors group on a regular basis–seeking support from the other residents who feel deeply disturbed from their time at Mercy Ministries.

Mercy Survivors provided me with a copy of Choices that bring change. Click on the link to view the PDF. The counseling manual that Mercy Ministries uses is entirely made up of Bible verses. Not a single mention of therapy or medical standards for treating illness. As Mercy Survivors have indicated over and over, all illnesses and conditions are treated the same at Mercy Ministries. Eating disorders and mental illness are given the same prayers and neither are given medical attention. In fact, reports from former residents say that their anti-psychotic medications were actually taken from them upon entry into the program or they were weaned off of them; in some cases, causing the girls to attempt suicide.

Additional information about the original manual can be found here: Restoring the Foundations or here at the original website.

But, of course, Restoring the Foundations most interesting portion of the manual is the section about demonic oppression:

Demonic Oppression (DO)
Demonic oppression is almost always done last because the legal
ground given to the enemy is what results in demonic oppression.
Many Christians do not believe in demons, or that they can be saved
and yet oppressed by demons at the same time. However, the
concept is similar to sinning. A Christian can certainly sin and be a
Christian at the same time. If the legal ground is still there even as a
Christian, why can’t demons be there? Derek Prince once said
“Christians can have anything they want to.”, implying we can either
receive God’s blessings or be under oppression from demons. [Emphasis my own.]

Tim Brunero originally wrote about the exorcism manuals in 2008. More about those can be found on his blog and the entire article has been duplicated here.

According to reports by Brunero:

Mercy Ministries, which is bankrolled by the Pentecostal Hillsong Church, has previously denied performing exorcisms on residents.

The documents, obtained clandestinely by a girl who “escaped” the group’s clutches, shows counsellors how to rid ‘demons’ from girls struggling with anorexia, depression and drug addiction.

Mercy Ministries’ activities hit the headlines in March this year when former residents claimed they were subjected to exorcisms, were cut off from friends and family and had to sign over their Centrelink payments to the group.

Some of the young women say they had little or no access to the promised psychologists and other mental health professionals but were instead counselled by bible studies students whose solution to all problems was prayer…

The emergence of the exorcism handbook lends weight to other claims made by girls who went through the Mercy Ministries program.

Megan Smith (not her real name), who spoke to LIVENEWS.com.au earlier this year, said her panic attacks only got worse.

“I was self-harming,” she said.

“I was cutting my arm with anything I could get my hands on – scratching with anything from my nails to paper clips.

“I never really had a problem with self-harm beforehand. When you tell them about self-harming they said I was trying to get attention and I was taking their valuable time away from girls with real problems.”

Finally, she was subjected to an exorcism.

“The counsellor gave me a list of different demons – demon of anger, demon of unforgiveness, demon of pride, there were lots of them and I was told to go away and circle the demons I had in me or around me,” said Smith.

“I was really scared… they cast demons out of me, one by one, and they became quite excited and animated during the process, and spoke in tongues.

“It was the counsellors and myself and they put their hands on me and started praying one by one for each of the demons that were on the list to be cast out of me.

“After each demon was cast out I had to say ‘I confirm the demon of X has been cast out of me in the name of Jesus and is unwelcome to return.’

“The whole time I was there, all I heard was that I’m demonic.

“Even after the exorcism, when I had the next anxiety attack, I was told that they had already cast the demons out, so therefore I was obviously either faking it, or I had chosen to let the demons come back, in which case I was not serious about getting better.

“They kept telling us that the world can’t help us, professionals with all their ‘worldly qualifications’ can’t help us, only Mercy could because only they have God’s power.

“So when I was kicked out for being ‘demonic, unable to be helped, not worth a place at Mercy’ and because I had taken too long to pray to become a Christian… it left me worse than I had ever been before in my life.

“They told me I would never get better now because I had blown my chance. I started cutting my arms and wrists more than ever, with their voices echoing in my mind as I did it.”

Suicidal and self-harming after being removed from the program, which she now thought was her only hope, she went to see a “proper psychologist to prepare me to go back to Mercy to help me fit in better.”

“The psychologist had never heard of them but told me to stay away from them… that person helped me more in the 40 minute session – really listening to me and understanding me.”

[Emphasis my own.]

Sadly, after speaking with Mercy Survivors for a year, this story from 2008 could be the same as a girl who left the ministry in 2012. Nothing has changed, although Mercy Ministries would like to have the public think otherwise. Take for example, these new articles published by The Tennessean. The Tennessean was able to publish Ammenheuser’s articles in the USA Today because they are both owned by the Gannett Company, which means some shoddy articles quoting Mercy Ministries as a reputable source for facts about eating disorders are now all over the internet.

But Mercy Ministries’ Nancy Alcorn and Christy Singleton have been on a very expensive PR campaign to clean up their soiled image in an effort to do damage control since the new stories that hit early in 2012 claiming Mercy was still not providing girls with adequate medical or mental health care even after their Australia home was shut down by the Aussie government in 2008 for misrepresentation. The Mercy Survivors wrote extensively about it here and was able to get a screen shot of the since vanished, very recent, op-ed piece Mercy Ministries had published in The Tennessean:

Christy Singleton

 

Following the publication of this article, Mercy Survivors contacted the newspaper to inquire as to why The Tennessean had published an op-ed piece by the executive director of Mercy. The Mercy Survivors weren’t given a direct answer. The Editorial Editor, Ted Rayburn, instead insisted that Mercy Survivors furnish the name of the individual running the group in order to receive an answer as to why this article was published and why it was later removed along with dozens of other articles about Mercy Ministries. Why was Ted Rayburn intimidating a group of young women, instead of providing a direct answer? And why was Rayburn and The Tennessean covering up for Mercy Ministries and denying the public this information? Rayburn never provided an answer to Mercy Survivors. I also emailed The Tennessean and got no response. [Rayburn can be contacted at trayburn@tennessean.com.]

Around this same time, Mercy Survivors discovered that Mercy Ministries paid an editor to remove any traces of scandal from their Wikipedia page. If you know anything about Wikipedia, they have a moderator for each page and those moderators operate with strict guidelines and ethics. The Wikipedia moderator, Qworty, confirmed that Mercy had in fact paid the editor to remove all mention of any scandal.

So, The Tennessean’s attempt to pump up Mercy Ministries reputation as credible in the eating disorder “treatment” center category has failed. While the circulation in USA Today may seem to help Mercy Ministries now, the Gannett Company is in a for a rude awakening when Mercy Ministries is further outed for who they are and for their support of an exorcism-based “treatment” center.

Sadly, it’s the residents of Mercy Ministries who lose in all of this. Eating disorders are not only very serious conditions, but they can be deadly.

The Lincoln News Messenger wrote a 4 part investigation on Mercy Ministries in March, 2012 and the news editor followed up with this assessment of why Mercy Ministries lack of treatment for eating disorders could be deadly. She writes:

While it would be so much easier to take the 29-year-old organization at its word, we have to listen to what the fathers are saying. Because eating disorders are deadly. They have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. A National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders study found that five to 10 percent of those with anorexia die within 10 years after the disease’s onset; 18 to 20 percent die after 20 years. Only 30 to 40 percent fully recover. That doesn’t include mortality statistics for those with bulimia or those who binge eat. “It’s a mental disorder but it affects the physical systems,” said Susie Roman, the National Eating Disorders Association’s program director. “It increases the rate of heart attacks, heart failure; the suicide rate is elevated for those who suffer. All your organ systems are affected.” Someone with an eating disorder might die without the appropriate medical treatment. Eight to 10 million girls and women and one million boys and men struggle today with this disease in the United States, according to Jennifer Lombardi, MFT, Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program’s chief admissions officer. Headquartered in Sacramento, Summit treats those with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders in a medically supervised program. Summit is recognized by the national Joint Commission on Health Care Accreditation. The commission’s mission is “to continuously improve health care for the public … by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.” Mercy Ministries is not accredited with the commission. Christy Singleton, the Mercy Ministries executive director in Nashville, Tenn., told The News Messenger that her organization’s treatment does not involve doctors. The Lincoln facility has a registered nurse on site, according to Singleton. Mercy Ministries “includes biblically-based counseling and teaching, life skills training and transitional care services,” according to its website. It provides a “Christian residential program for young women who want help.” Its mission is “to provide opportunities for young women to experience God’s unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.” For individuals with eating disorders, though, the Bible as doctor is not a viable treatment option. Medical hands-on treatment is imperative. “Treatment guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association recommend a medical component (a physician monitors the patient’s vital signs very closely because clients are high risk), a nutritional component (seeing a dietician at least once or twice weekly) and a therapeutic component (individual, couple and group therapy),” Lombardi said. Even health-related professionals don’t always know about the disease’s potentially fatal consequences. “We get referrals from professionals who don’t understand the risks involved because of the high mortality rate,” Lombardi said. “There are both short- and long-term consequences with cardiac issues, osteoporosis, tears in their esophagus. Professionals across the board don’t necessarily receive extensive training on eating disorders. For example, in my graduate program, the training on eating disorders was a 10-minute discussion. Just like any other area of specialization, it’s critical to obtain special training and continuing education.” Lombardi was referring to doctors and therapists. In Lincoln, Mercy Ministries employs a registered nurse, according to Singleton. However, the community relations manager in Lincoln refused to tell The News Messenger Tuesday if a nurse is on staff. Mercy Ministries has been in controversy before. In October 2009, Mercy Ministries Australia closed after ministry officials agreed to pay damages to residents. The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia ran an article Oct. 28, 2009 that said Mercy Ministries “prevented the residents gaining access to psychiatric care, choosing to focus on prayer, Christian counseling and exorcisms to “expel demons” from the young women, many of whom had serious psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, anxiety and anorexia.” Sounds like déjà vu, just in Lincoln. For the sake of the residents, I hope Mercy Ministries’ leaders will incorporate medical treatment in their care. The residents’ lives depend on it.

 

How to get your life story stolen by a production company

My life story is all over the internet now, thanks to my bright idea of blogging. It’s created a thriving community of readers and friends and paved the way for me to begin to work toward social changes that are near to my heart, but it’s clear to me now how easily ideas can be stolen from you and how predatory producers will come in and steal your life story without batting an eye.

This is a long story about why I think a New York production company, stole my life story and sent it to the a major TV network for a scripted TV show named eerily close to my own blog name.

In an attempt to condense it, I’m going to summarize a hell of a lot of conversations. And then I’ve written THIS post for those of you who want some advice on how to avoid getting your story/intellectual property/research stolen from a production company/TV network. You should also read this post by Toni at Fashion Cloud if you’re considering working with a big brand to hear her story.

Here’s the rundown between me and the company and why I think they stole my life story:

Early 2012 I was in touch with a production company who was recruiting for a documentary for TV about cults. Well, my blog is named My Cult Life and I have a pretty fantastic story, so of course I was interested. I actually had been working with some cult survivors who wanted to be on TV, so I wanted to suggest some of my reader’s stories to the company in an effort to get more visibility to the damage cults can do.

Fast forward a few weeks and the casting director perks up when I talk to him about the work I did exposing Mercy Ministries, which operates like a cult (although that term may not best describe them, they do some very scary stuff like exorcise demons out of anorexics and the mentally ill). This person got excited when they heard that I was a blogger turned investigative journalist and wanted to hear more.

For several more weeks, we discussed the details of how I investigate cults and high-demand groups, and bits of my own cult story but I insisted I wouldn’t follow through without a contract stating I would get credited for all the expert consulting work and research I was doing; not to mention writing and developing an entire show. I got a verbal promise from them and I had an entire paper trail stating my ideas were my property and not to be shared without my consent. I left a very hefty paper trail.

All of a sudden (*eye roll*) things start moving quickly. They already had a network committed but the network wanted to hear more about my story, not the other people they had interviewed. I started wondering what the hell was going on. Why would I be the star of a TV show? I’m not famous; although I would make a great “Dog the Bounty Hunter”. Ha! Why weren’t they asking to interview the several other people I had suggested, some of whom had very compelling stories. Those people didn’t even get a phone call back. It made no sense.

So the casting director interviews me extensively via Skype and that was sent to the ‘executives’ at the network. They loved it. Now they wanted to film what they called a presentation, which the network was supposed to use to decide whether they would purchase the show–at least that’s what production company told me. Had I listened to the couple of lawyers I spoke to early on in all of this, I would’ve backed off then. I was star struck, unfortunately. All the lawyers I talked to said you should never go on camera for a production company without a written agreement or at least a signed consent form, and they suggested this production company sounded very shady and dishonest.

Enter the Head of Casting & Talent for the production company who was supposed to send me the contracts and review legal with me. I still didn’t have a contract at this point and now I was getting switched to a new person in the company. I expressed that I wouldn’t move forward without a contract and payment for my work for the presentation/pilot. After all, up to this point, I’d worked for months giving them ideas, information and research. I started emailing lawyers (having never had the need for one, I jumped in headfirst to all this) and finally found one.

My lawyer and the Head of Casting discussed the situation and my lawyer started handling all communication between her and me. She kept calling me and emailing me, but I let my lawyer handle it.

I got a contract in hand the day we filmed. It was shitty. It was 16 pages of shit. I got it partially reviewed by two high-profile lawyers in LA and they said that was one of the worst contracts they’d ever seen. I had no idea. I’m not an actress or a celebrity. I’m a writer and an English major. Negotiations were never my strong suit. At some point someone pointed out the shitiness of the contract by one of the paragraphs that said if I were to die while filming, they weren’t going to be held liable. Um, death? By reality TV show?

I rejected the first contract and they sent a second. It was also shitty. Again, I got it reviewed by two lawyers, plus my own. We decided to make it work and build on it from where they had it.

Weeks of negotiations started and then the production company’s lawyer stepped in. My lawyer, the Head of Casting, and their lawyer went back and forth for days. We ended up with a much better version of the shitty contract but still a piece of crap.

I was getting ready to sign. Although the pay was low, the network wanted to secure me for six years so I was sure I could renegotiate after the second year. My dad’s friends had recently wrapped the first season of Bering Sea Gold and I knew quite a bit about the money/negotiations and how they had been able to renegotiate.

The casting director and Head of Casting told me their production company had a huge role in creating Lauren Conrad’s career, as well as Snooki. They were both extremely famous and their brands were huge. Of course I was flattered that they thought (and told me) I would be the next big brand.

I was incredibly naïve. Looking back, I can remember certain moments when I caught the both in lies. I often confronted them on this, and I thought I was relatively safe because of the paper trail I’d left, the video footage I had at home, and the trail between my lawyer and theirs with the contract.

But what happened later threw me for a loop and I’m still not sure how this all happened to me.

After weeks of negotiations, I was happy enough with the contract and the opportunity to sign. The day I was going to accept their offer, my lawyer called and told me the deal was off. Apparently and all of a sudden, he was told that the network backed out because it was too dangerous. This didn’t make sense to me, since we’d planned this for months and they knew months prior that certain plans would be risky. Why back out now? Filming was supposed to start in mere days.

I knew I’d been taken for a ride and my story had been stolen right then and there. I was devastated, but I was in denial that people would be this shitty, especially after I’d shared my deepest, most painful life experiences with them. Talk about having your vulnerabilities exploited.

I had worked day and night for over two years building my brand and my platform because my childhood dream of being an author required you develop an online presence to be more appealing to publishers. After two years, my platform building was where I wanted it to be (Platform being audience, readership, and maintaining a social media presence). A TV show would only help to get publishers interested, and would help sell books. Most writers don’t have the luxury to sell books that way, and I felt fortunate to be able to do so.

I should’ve known it was all a scam. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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Earlier in the year, I had a Google alert pop up for a new TV show named eerily similar to my own blog name. I got sick to my stomach. There wasn’t much information out there on the show…just that it’d been greenlit. I knew nothing about scripted TV or how the industry worked but I confronted the person I’d dealt with the next day. He blew me off with an air of confidence: “No, that’s a scripted show. This is a docu-series. They’re entirely different.”

I got aggressive and demanded to know if he was sending my footage to them for research. Again, he assured me I had nothing to worry about.

Judging from the head writer’s Tweets and the timing of my work and filming, the “executives” who loved me and my ideas could very well have been the writers from show. When I recall certain conversations about the network—like really interrogating the casting staff about the network’s lack of reality TV shows on the air and the inconsistencies that popped up constantly—there’s just so much evidence that this happened. Or the day the writer Tweeted about some exciting new story lines falling into place with my own videos arriving at the network—it’s just all very suspicious.

Now, of course, I could be entirely wrong. Maybe I really was going to be the next Snooki or Lauren Conrad as they said said. But seriously? Probably not.

About a month after the network backed out, I read the synopsis of this TV show, Cult.

cult synopsis

 Skye, one of the main characters, is a researcher and blogger (ahem, that’s what I do, ironically enough) and the other lead, Jeff, is an investigative journalist (I spent twelve hours talking on film about my investigative journalism, oddly enough). Oh and the line, “cat-and-mouse game between charismatic cult leader[s]” was verbatim what I said on my video interview. Wow. Isn’t that coincidental?

You hear that this happens all the time. I know now that it does. I feel a lot of guilt for not seeing this coming; for getting caught up in the dream of having my own TV show. I feel duped and robbed.

Mostly I feel angry. I feel angry and naive.

My life story is all over the internet now, thanks to my bright idea of blogging. It’s created a thriving community of readers and friends and paved the way for me to begin to work toward social changes that are near to my heart, but it’s clear to me now how easily ideas can be stolen from you and how predatory producers will come in and steal your life story without batting an eye.

I’ve definitely learned some significant lessons about ideas and intellectual property and I’ve posted some detailed advice (and the contracts presented to me) here.

If you have any questions or are going through something similar, please feel free to email me at info [at] mycultlife [dot] com.

 

Dental Raping

I went to the dentist today for my first check-up in way too long. Something you should know about dentistry: if the office takes your picture to put in your digital files, it’s probably out of your price range.

I now have dental insurance, but even with the insurance, I’d be paying about $1800 in bills for what they wanted to do to my mouth. $3,000 without my crappy insurance! WTF, dentistry?! WTF?

This post is about girly makeup

Makeup Must havesMakeup Must haves

I’m a minimalist when it comes to my daily makeup. I wear a light liquid makeup, blush, and L’loreal liquid eyeliner (1) with mascara. That’s it.

Evenings require a bit more. I love this Lorac eyeshadow palate (2) from Sephora. Believe it or not, I’ve had to film from time to time over the past year and my must have for filming: this Shiseido cream concealer (3).

This Monkey Baby

One of my best friends is the most amazing internet-er ever. This monkey is evidence. In fact, I’ve decided to give him his own category on my blog because he shares things with me daily that make me laugh or go aww and I think the internet should enjoy his brilliance like I do. #betterthan #BuzzFeed

 

Mommy bloggers have it so easy

Sunday night I could not sleep. It was just after 1 am and I’d spent all weekend (literally) working on learning a web development platform called Drupal. I actually don’t remember getting up to eat at all either day, but that’s because I can focus…apparently.

Here’s what my Drupal test site started looking like:

 

My favorite part is the news aggregation on the sidebar. It’s so pretty and fancy.

I migrated my 300ish posts over and then got stuck with categorizing the pages and posts. Some bloggers go easy on content management. They just use the date and name of the post which is what I SHOULD do. But no, of course I have to map out all 400 posts in detail. And then I map out 3 other related websites and pretty soon I’m Ariana Fuckington.

Jesus Christ dude. I wish I could be less intense about websites but I’m obsessed. OBSESSED I TELL YOU.

I’ve also been trying to come up with a pseudo anonymous blog name and identity. Of course I get side tracked in the design, which WordPress sucks at. And a name? I’ve brainstormed the STUPIDEST names. They’re so funny though. At some point I was just going to name it Monkey’s  Blog. I obviously need[ed] sleep and maybe a long drive away from the computer, but it’s way too late for that now. Decisions must be made.

I really wish I was a mommy blogger. They have it so easy.