Monday, June 15, 2009


I'm starting to get a little bit of a complex about what my blog is saying about me. Tonight I was talking to my aunt about how a friend of hers wants to set me up on a blind date. My aunt suggested, "you should send her a link to your blog so she can send it to him. That way he can see how... (searching for the right word)...weird you are."

But that's not the first time my blog has had me (falsely) labeled as weird. Whenever my mom reads my blog, her response is inevitably a laugh followed by the statement, "you are so weird."

My own mother. But not only that. Three times now my blog has been described to me as "quirky."


Quirky definition: odd, unusual, eccentric, curious, peculiar, unpredictable, fanciful, whimsical, offbeat.

Did you read that!?

Oh boy. Most of you know me in person, so hopefully my in person persona has convinced you of my normalcy. But I know there are some of you who don't know me in person. I can't help but wonder what your perception is of me based on my blog. I'm not asking, I'm just saying I'm curious. I'm not sure I really want to know the truth.

And I'm feeling maybe just a tiny bit of pressure to write something "normal," and fast. This is going to take some work. And I make no promises. I'm just saying it's something I'm considering. You'll find out soon enough which direction I'm going. Any requests? Weird or normal? Or maybe even, dare I say, quirky?


David and Linda said...

Normal is boring. Were any of the great ones normal? What if someone said: "That Elizabeth - she is so normal!" Was Einstein normal? Shakespeare? Pavarotti? As a writer, you want to be different, insightful - an observer, and, yes, funny. You are that, in spades. So when I fondly call you weird, it is because I admire and almost choke laughing at your life view. Don't stop being you. It is - would you accept: delightful? mom

Katherine said...

I really don't think that you want me telling people what you're reeeeally like...because I know the real you, and that's exactly how you are in your blog. Only three-dimensional. And maybe a little bit quirkier. (Oooooh, the stories I could tell...) I think that "eccentric," "unpredictiable," and "offbeat" were pretty spot-on descriptive words there, too. But, like you've said a hundred times before, and I quote, "Just think how boring your life would be without me!"

Hmmm...dare I do a blog post featuring some of the countless Elizabethisms I've collected over the years? ;)

opticwalrus said...

Didn't you learn anything from Summer Magic? You've got to hide the real you, baby!

(That was sarcastic, btw)

Mike said...

Hmm, I was going to vote for more quirky posts, but now that Katherine has added more options, I'm definitely voting for offbeat, though eccentric comes in at a close second.

Mary Burnette said...

Normal is boring...and not funny.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Haha, ok, that's good to know Mer. I'm glad you meant weird in a good way! ha!

Michelle Williams said...

Ya, heehee, I was going to say delightfully quirky! I thought unpredictable,faniciful and whimsical were spot on and a compliment! Tallyho Elizbeth, it all funny too!

Sara said...

If by quirky, you mean hilarious!

Vaughn said...

who really even cares what people think anyway? Every time you hear how weird you are prove it!!! Just do whatever makes you happy...and makes me laugh.

Sarah said...

I always found your blog totally perfect, and never considered it "weird"...that is until these freaky owls started to multiply and take over the margins, so I gott ask, what's with the owls, Downie?!?! :)