About JAB

Shadow Shopper by day, blogger by night. Multitasking is my superpower!

If you’re looking for one of those nichey blogs that only talk about certain topics, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you’re easily offended, again, you might want to keep it moving. If alternative lifestyles and non-main-stream religious beliefs drive you to turn into a insane internet troll… Well, just know those kinds of comments will come down as soon as they’re seen and that trolls are often fed to the dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. Now, on to why you’re really here!

Have you ever tried not blogging about a certain part of your life? What if it were a big part of your life? Like your job? Have you found yourself writing about what you did today or something that happened to you, only to realize that you can’t, or at least probably shouldn’t write about it because of the kind of work you do?

I know people in places such as the medical industry, if they blog, probably have similar issues.

Now, I’ve been floating around the blogging community since practically before there was a community. I’ve blogged under pen names and even my own name when bloggers started taking blogging seriously and changed all their information to their real names. I’ve even had a couple of blogs that enjoyed quite a bit of traffic, so I am by no means a newbie. In fact, it was while I was writing a blog post last night for my most recent blogging endeavor that I realized that my new career was going to make blogging a little dicey.

What blogger with a job, profession or career doesn’t at least occasionally mention work in a blog post?

If you have a pretty mainstream lifestyle and an average job, this might not be a big deal, but what if your lifestyle isn’t mainstream and your profession requires a certain amount of confidentiality?

So I’m writing a blog post last night on the other blog, which proudly and prominently display both my real name and even a rather good photo of me, and I start talking about my job, then I realize that maybe that isn’t such a good idea since both my husband and I are professional Shadow Shoppers. Not all of our work requires us to be “invisible” but I do personally enjoy actual Mystery Shopping occasionally and splashing my name, face and profession all over the net together could cause problems down the line.

As much as I’m coming to enjoy my work, writing seems to be a drug I can’t live without and with work being such a large part of my life right now, I didn’t see how to not write about work, at least occasionally, so here I am with you fine people blogging in secret.

If there’s a niche for how I write, I haven’t found it yet, so I’ll call myself a “lifestyle” blogger if I have to put a label on it since my life, and lifestyle, are all I know.

Now, we know what happens to trolls, and you know how I ended up here, so let’s get personal.

I’m almost 40 years old, married to the same man most of my adult life.

I’m a mom to four -one biological daughter and three adopted kids, two of which happen to be extremely hairy and walk on all fours – and am a relatively new grandma.

I’m pierced, tattooed, bi-sexual, and if pressed for yet another label, Pagan (you’ll come to learn that I don’t like labels very much).

I live in a camper in a place affectionately called “The Compound” right next door to one of my best friends and her family.

I like homemade things, including making my own household products.

I love to cook from scratch, but I also love eating out, so those two loves are constantly at war and liking to eat at places I can’t really afford was one of the sparkly parts of Mystery Shopping that first attracted me to it as a profession.

I consider myself to be unique and a bit eclectic in how I look, live, write and pretty much every other aspect of my life. My individuality has come to be a source of pride for me.

While I’m not usually one to get on an activist bender, I do support animal rights, especially in “Adopt, don’t shop” and I support no-kill shelters.

I’m also a supporter of gay rights.

I have a wicked, twisted, and often naughty sense of humor and I love to laugh and be entertained.

I don’t believe in following the crowd, worrying about what others have or are doing or keeping up with the Joneses. I go my own way, do my own thing, and try to let others do the same.

If you happened to be a follower of my old blog, you might see some people you know in my tales, but let’s try to keep me as anonymous as we can since I’ve gone to so much trouble, okay?

Feb 2015


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