It’s my one year blog-a-versary!

It’s my one year blog-a-versary and I’m celebrating by unplugging for the week.

Not really.  The fact that I’m on vacation in a spot that doesn’t even have cell signal is living proof that my life does NOT revolve around my blog.

I know it’s traditional to do a give away to celebrate a year of blogging.   I promise I’ll do that later this month.  I’m in the mood to give away a bag from Thirty-One Gifts (that’s my store, feel free to check out the catalog.  the large utility totes are on special this month).

In the mean time, I thought I’d entertain you by digging up my first posts and making fun of them.

happy blogaversary to me

I said Hello World

You know that first post that WordPress puts on your blog?  The one that’s titled “Hello World”?  I still have mine.  Only… I edited it.

Hi world.  It’s me.  Happy Mom.  (waving).  Welcome to my blog.

I have no idea what I haven’t deleted this post yet.  All it does is prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’m a total and complete dork. To be honest, I think I leave it there so I have an easy way of keeping track of when my blog started.

I was self conscious

About five minutes later, I wrote a second post.  Probably because I could.

… about that first post.  I know it was a little short and dorky.  So what.  Who actually reads first posts anyway?  It’s kind of awkward, sitting on this side of the screen.  As much as I’d like to imagine an eager audience for my every post, I know that’s just not the case.  I’m pretty sure no one will read my blog for the first month of so.

That’s OK.  I feel MUCH more comfortable making some basic blogging mistakes and commit who-knows-what kind of faux pas (pronounced FOX PASS by my kids) knowing that no one is really looking.  It’s kind of like talking to my kids.  After the first minute, they aren’t listening… I’m just talking until I feel better.

I can see the beginnings of my writing voice even in this post (note the parenthetical aside).  But I’m clearly self conscious about the whole thing.

My favorite part of the whole post is when I tweeted it.  I had ZERO followers.  Not even a creepy one.  I tweeted for a week with absolutely NO followers.  I didn’t even realize it.

I tried something that failed.

The next thing I wrote was a how-to post.  Believe it or not, I started out with big plans to be a how-to DIY kind of blogger.

I wrote a post called Introducing the Points Project.  It has my very first photo for my blog.  I even pinned it.   I still get a handful of visits each month on the post, and it occasionally gets repinned.

Here’s the deal.  The points project didn’t work.  It was a colossal failure.  All it did was give my kids some good math practice and then help them fine-tune their negotiation skills.   It did NOT lead to cheerful happy children who were motivated to do their chores.  I did not get to skip past the part where I alternate between being a drill sergeant and being… worse.

The part that worked is the part that always works.  In the summer, I give my kids more money.  Whether they earn it through chores or just are given an allowance, the amount goes up in the summer.  I then expect them to pay for their own Lego kits, video games, trips to fast food establishments with playscapes, and whatever else they want that isn’t in my budget.  It does a great job of curbing the “gimmes” and teaching them some basic money management skills.

Happy Blog-a-versary to me.

I have to confess that as I’m tying that phrase, I’m hearing the  “A very merry un-birthday” song from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.

Come on, sing it with me.

 Tell me what bag you’d like to see me give away when I get home from vacation.  I’m open to suggestions.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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Comments

  1. Happy Blogaversary to you! Enjoy your vacation! We’ll be here waiting when you get back! PS. I just like giveaways so whatever bag you choose will probably thrill me. Does Thirty One still make hampers?
    Michelle recently posted..Not So Proud (but kind of funny) Parenting MomentsMy Profile

  2. Happy Blogaversary! It’s great to write, isn’t it! So glad again that I found you through 5MF!
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  3. Happy Blogiversary! We were just on a girl’s trip where a few friends had the utility tote, and we fell in LOVE with it! Off to check out your store right now!-The Dose Girls
    thedoseofreality recently posted..“Arie” Ready To Find Out The Big Winner?!My Profile

    • The utility is in a flip flop pattern this month. I want one even though I already own six of that bag. I’m obsessed with it. (Must blog about that soon.).

  4. Happy BLOGiversary to you!!! WOOOOOHOOOO!
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  5. Happy Blogaversary to you! You are very focused for having blogged for such a short time!

    The utility totes look great to me. I keep trying to talk myself into buying a Thirty One bag.

    • Thanks for the complement on my focus. It means a lot to me.

      I will warn you – there is no such thing as buying ONE 31 bag. They are addictive.

  6. Happy Blog Anniversary! I’m a day late but still wanted to congratulate you 🙂 I love Thirty One so I’ll wait patiently for your giveaway. Hope you are enjoying that vacation.
    Jean recently posted..Setting the Foundation for Fun, Summer FieldtripsMy Profile

    • Thanks for the well wishes. Vacation is fabulous! I’ve snuck onto the laptop for 30 minutes to write my 5 minute friday post and respond to comments. I miss my cyber life!

  7. Thank you for this fine article. It’s great to read your blog.

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