I can’t seem to grasp the concept of Twitter for those of us who don’t have a publicist, some sort product they’re trying to promote or most obviously, a narcissism problem.

Maybe I’m being a hypocrite because here I am blogging about my thoughts and ideas in a more, for all intents and purposes, embellished way. However, and this is why I struggle with using Facebook as well, I find that when I actually feel I need to express myself it’s definitely going to be in more than 140 characters and (hopefully) not just a blip on my friend’s news feed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m guilty of venting in a sentence or two every now and then, but I’ve witnessed some, if not most people in the social media gamut who have taken this method of expression to an entirely different level. We have quickly become a generation of one-liners and hash tags. I consider myself a progressive person at best, so I wouldn’t want to be on record saying we should go back to the days of waiting for the paper to get the news but damn, we are just getting lazy as hell!

At this point, I’m sure my mother would say if she were reading this, “Michelle stop being so analytical! (in a loud, Peter Griffin-esque voice) but what I don’t think she or anyone else for that matter realizes, is that you’re being asked to stop questioning what’s being shown as the norm. While I understand over-analyzing things that are seemingly normal and harmless can be irritating, it’s the normalcy of these “things” that have an effect on my over-analysis button for which there is no off switch =).

I’m not asking to stop production on smart phones and quit with the Twitter wars, just an incy-wincy bit of effort from the media outlets that essentially control the “non-thinkers” of the world (you know, the ones who would rather (key word here) watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, than lets say.. CSPAN?). I too have guilty pleasures that I’m not  ashamed to admit but I try (another key word) to surround the majority of my day with things that are going to help me grow as a person and keep asking questions like, “Why the hell should I care if Justin Bieber is quitting music??? Wasn’t this everyone’s birthday wish anyway??”

Not to sound too seditious but I do think of myself as the black sheep. I find comfort in knowing that I’m not aimlessly walking through life with rose-colored glasses on. Just like it’s unnatural for businesses to prefer giving away money than making money, I’d like to think its unnatural to swallow the garbage (figuratively and literally) that is fed to us on a daily basis without considering the effect it will have on my reproductive success.

I’m hoping the inadequacy of my grammar skills will not deter people too much from continuing to read my rants. Personally, I think it is gives it a little spunk. ;P




What Have I Done?

Meant quite literally.

Trying to figure out the appropriate topic to touch on in your first blog post is like trying to decide what gift to give the person that already has everything and claims not to want anything, so of course you’re forced to give them something anyway. I’ve never really had this problem but I imagine it’s quite annoying nonetheless.

(It’s almost as bad as trying to come up with that example I just gave that only took me 30 minutes to think of.)

I’ve been obsessing over and digressing from doing this (‘this‘ = blogging) for quite some time; mostly due to fear of ridicule and rejection, but also because when I’m passionate about something it tends to be a fleeting moment. By fleeting I mean I vent to the person within the closest vicinity to me and that tends to satiate my desires of blogging for the time being.

However, turning 25 this year has caused me to experience one of those milestone moments of “Shit, I’m old and have nothing to show for it”. So here I am. Unassuming and atypical. Trying to rock the boat without tipping it over. If I intend to impart anything from this experience it’s that ideas and inner voices are more universal than we’d all like to admit. I only hope that there are people out there, in a world that I’m close to losing faith in, who share my views while at the same time are willing challenge them in order to obtain a better understanding of what “it” all means.

I won’t bog you down with trying to appeal to your emotions too much because lets face it, who doesn’t like a good ignorance-ridden blog/comment section debate?? Am I right??  I know I do.

Oh by the way, I’m Michelle, (hence Shelly, hence ShellyBeans, hence JarOfShellyBeans). I’m as open-minded as they get so close-mindedness, while it can be argued a relative concept, is one of the most unattractive qualities I’ve found in people. So please let me know of your close-mindedness so I can sink my claws into you whilst giving you a hug at the same time =).

I don’t plan on labeling this blog about anything in particular but hopefully you can tell by now that it’s not going to be about the latest football stats or who won Dancing with Stars, however in light of my big milestone I won’t cross that bridge until it comes.

I hope someone besides my boyfriend and my mom read this before 2014 comes a knockin’. So until that time comes when someone finally does stumble across this, I’ll be sitting on the floor feverishly hoping and praying that venting and ranting aren’t only limited to most tv anchors, some journalists and a lot, if not most, political commentators (especially on FoxNews) AH HA! Any takers???