MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Anna Sandler has been blogging for longer than most people have known what the term blogging means. The writer of the popular mommy-blog, “Random Handprints,” has been at it for six years, a long time in the rapidly evolving blogoshere.
While the topic of parenting is a crowded one in the online world, Sandler’s unique take on the subject has earned her a loyal following. She has described the blog as a mixture of motherhood and mayhem, “And crafts, lots of crafts and lots of Duck Tape,” which she confesses in truly one of her favorite things (Duck Tape, that is).
She was recently invited to submit an essay for inclusion in a compilation called, “I Just Want to Pee Alone,” put together by the semi-anonymous blogger known simply as Jen, author of the blog, “People I want to Punch in the Throat.” The book is available in print and as an e-book, and includes 37 essays by a variety of very funny mom-bloggers.
Sandler keeps amazingly busy, between raising her three children, writing her blog and writing for other local publications and websites, she also is a partner in the firm, Sandler & Wald Social Media. With all this going on, she found it very gratifying to find the book climbing the best seller list on Amazon’s Humor Essays Category, their Parenting and Family Humor category and the iTunes Paid Books charts.
Perhaps she should not have been surprised. The group of writers included in the book have a combined Facebook fan base of more than 400,000 people. The combined power of all of their social media presence has made this independently published book a contender. Sandler has said that by supporting each other, they “prove that working together can help make mothers everywhere feel less alone in their struggles, that showing the funnier side of parenthood is a great way to relieve the stress of a typically thankless job.”
She and four of the other authors included in the book (NJ-based writers Kim Bongiorno, Bethany Thies, Kim Forde and Amy Bozza) recently held a reading as part of Westfield’s Ladies Night Out. Sandler confessed that the first time she read her work in public, it did not go as well as she would have liked. In Westfield, however, having her sisters-in-arms present and a friendly crowd made the reading much easier.