Meet Dianna from Oy Vey a Day!
Blog Name: Oy Vey a Day
How’d your blog get its name?
Oy vey: a Yiddish phrase of exasperation or consternation. From the phrase, “oy vey iz mir,” meaning “oh woe is me.”
As the mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, I have at least one “oy vey” moment every single day. I believe that the “oy vey” moments, while no fun at the time, often make for the best, longest-lasting memories. They are the moments I laugh about the most when sharing with family and friends – especially other moms.
What do you love most and least about blogging?
I like blogging because it pushes me to try new things. I used to say, “I’m not crafty” and “I’m not a good cook” at least once a week. Blogging has encouraged me to try more cooking, baking and crafting, and I’ve found that I’m not as bad at it as I thought I was.
I don’t have expert-level skills, so I try to find the easiest way to create things. I think that that combined with my background in technical writing makes my blog have some great tutorials. I work hard to make sure that my crafts and recipes are easy and have good instructions.
I dislike the stress of coming up with things to write about when I just don’t feel like writing (I know it’s shocking, but it happens).
Why do you blog?
I started blogging because I have the cutest and most maddening kids in the world. I thought it would be fun to write about them, our experience adopting them and my adventures in parenting.
Oddly, the blog is more about crafting, recipes, reviews and giveaways now. I really enjoy writing about those things – but, this simple question has reminded me that I need to write some more personal posts again. [Editor's Note: That's what I'm here for! -Andrew]
What’s your favorite blogging tool?
Is it wrong to say that my favorite blogging tool is my husband? (He’s going to read this and accuse me of calling him “a tool” – but I will take the risk).
I have a background in writing, and he has a technical background. Together, we make a great blog team.
Does your family read your blog? Ever get in trouble because of it?
Sometimes, I think I could write anything I want about my family, and they would never know. I give them a hard time about it all of the time.
The only reason that I don’t write whatever I want about them is that my mom’s friends read the blog and tell her about it… and she can’t keep a secret, so she would tell everyone else what I wrote about them.
How has blogging affected your life?
It is so much busier! Many people think blogging is easy, but to do it well takes a lot of time and effort. Even then, you often wonder if you really are doing it well, and if it is all worth it.
But, all it takes is one person telling me that they liked one of my posts, and I realize that it is worth it.
What’s the most embarrassing post you’ve ever written?
I don’t think that I’ve written any posts that were embarrassing. However, as a former technical writer, I am always HORRIFIED when I find a typo. I am still losing sleep over the post title about “Choclate” that was on my site for a week before I noticed it. OY GEVALT!
Considering “Oy Vey” is in your blog’s title, you must feel comfortable being a Jewish blogger. Do you ever find it difficult writing about holidays like Christmas?
This is a tough question for me. I consider myself a Jewish blogger, but I converted to Judaism after marrying my Jewish husband. Therefore, I have experience with both Jewish and Christian traditions. Sometimes, I feel like a bit of a fraud talking about either.
But, as I always tell my son, it is a privilege and honor to help others celebrate important occasions in their lives. So, even though we celebrate Hanukkah, we can still enjoy all of the Christmas decorations, Christmas carols and, of course, Christmas cookies.
On a humorous note, when I was very little, I attended an Episcopal church housed in a building that was also a synagogue. The building was co-owned by the church and the synagogue, and they designed it so that the Church’s alter could easily be converted into the Synagogue’s bimah overnight.
I didn’t have the best experience at the church. Once on Christmas Eve, during midnight services, my hair caught on fire as I walked past an uncovered lit candle at the end of a pew. I didn’t realize that my hair was on fire, so when my dad (literally) slapped my upside the head, I was a bit shocked. I also got a bloody nose right before the Easter egg hunt one year – by the time I got outside, all of the eggs had been found.
Maybe those events were just signs that I was attending on the wrong day.
What’s the biggest “Oy Vey” moment you’ve had so far as a parent?
I wrote about it on my blog. Essentially, it was a misguided attempt to get my kid to pick up his LEGOs.
And be sure to tell Dianna that Andrew from Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy sent ya!