We are turning 4! Happy Birthday! We have a lot to celebrate.
It’s no secret how much I adore Anne Lamott, who wrote a wonderful book called HELP. THANKS. WOW. She writes that there are three simple prayers that can get you through anything, from the extreme to the ordinary. I thought that template would be great way to write about our birthday.
I started WTF with a big, HELP! It was because I found mothering my two children frightening, alienating, lonely and relentlessly difficult. And I found very little companionship or understanding in my experience. All I could think was, “I must be doing this wrong, I am the worst mother ever, and I NEED HELP!” So I created a website where it was safe to share any kind of parenting experience you were having no matter how ugly or unpopular. I heard from parents across the globe; we shared, laughed, taught, learned, and a wonderful community was born. WTF was my answer to HELP!
To all of you who visit WTF, write for WTF, read WTF, and join in the community with your humor, your honesty, your highs and lows – THANK YOU.
Anne Lamott writes, “Prayer means that, in some unique way, we believe we’re invited into a relationship with Someone who hears us when we speak.” Our WTF community invites us all to share and makes sure that we are heard.
We have a lot of “wow” this year at WTF. We now have over 150 contributors and have almost doubled our reach since just last year. We have been listening to what really interests you and what sparks conversation. We are thrilled that EVERYONE has something to say and we have facilitated discussions on a huge variety of issues.
As a way of showing our gratitude and to prove we are listening to all of you, we revamped the site! (Also it’s LA people – a makeover is mandatory!)
We have new categories, a new look, and easier ways to find the content readers are looking for.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at what we have in store for you at WTF!
Come check us out.
You are welcomed.
You are valued.
And most importantly, as Anne Lamott says, “You do not have to get it together, before showing up.”
Happy Birthday WTF – it’s going to be a great year.