My name is Maureen, and I just got out of a 14 year relationship.
I started writing for Epinions.com in May 2000. I was in college, and I stumbled upon a review writing site that would pay pennies per hit. I started writing, and my goal was definitely focused on quantity rather than quality. My early efforts were pretty abysmal, but I kept writing. I found my first niche in the Books category, and then later, I found a second niche in Kids and Family after my children were born. I wasn’t making a full time salary, but I enjoyed sharing my thoughts, and then being compensated for it. I also enjoyed the company of the many people who also frequented the site.
Earlier this week, Epinions made a sudden announcement: the site was shutting down, effective immediately. This came as a terrible shock, and I feel like I lost my job and that I got broken up with- all in the same day. 14 years is an insanely long time. My reviews trace a path through the beginning years of adulthood. It’s fascinating… or perhaps horrifying.
I’ve spent a few days moping, and now it’s time to pick myself up, and dust myself off. I don’t have to stop sharing my thoughts on the things that interest me; I just have to find a new platform.
So, here we are. My name is Maureen, and I have three children: a six year old and twin four year olds. They are all girls. No, we won’t be trying for a boy. Knowing our luck, we’d be blessed with twin girls. Again. They are a handful, but I love them so much, and they have made my life complete.
I will be using this space to share the things that interest me. We read a lot of books, and we play with a lot of games and toys. After the girls go to bed, I love watching shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
So, stick around- there’s bound to be some exciting times ahead.