What To Expect When You’re Blogging: The Toddler Years

It's a PAR-TAY!

It’s a PAR-TAY!

One year ago today I published my first blog post on WordPress.  Can you believe The Sadder But Wiser Girl is one year old today?!

How do blogs age anyway, do blogs age like dogs?  Or do they age in people years?

If blogs age in people years then my blog should be a full fledged toddler.  Right now it could be walking around.  It’s probably still in diapers.  It might even be starting to talk.

Since it was my blog’s birthday, I thought I’d take a good look at my blog this week…

The Beginning:  My very first post was It’s My First Blog Post! Truths About Me, Scary or Otherwise.  I’m not really crazy about it, but I leave it up because I like to be able to look back and see how far I’ve come!

Content:  My blog wasn’t very funny when I started out.  Eventually this became a humor blog.  While the name of my blog may not sound very funny, I like the irony of the word “sadder” in the name of a humor blog.

While I may not be a Mommy blogger per se, I do write about my children frequently.  I go through phases where I write about them almost every day, and periods like this past few weeks where I have other things that I’m writing about.

In my recent bout with pain, I feel like my writing has taken a bit of a backward slide.  That and the fact that I now have two kids here all day long!  I’m determined to get back to my “pre-pain writing” form here soon, so if you’ve been disappointed as of late please bear with me!

pain 2Followers:  I remember when I started my blog and I had no followers.  Then a few trickled in, mostly friends and family.  One day when I begged everyone I knew to please follow me because I had 13 followers and I am extremely superstitious.

Eventually I started a fan page on Facebook, and started actually USING Twitter at the urging of the one and only Bearded Iris.  This really helped ramp things up a bit, and I’m amazed at much my readership has grown.  Now I have almost 300 followers that follow my blog directly, and almost 500 followers apiece on Facebook and Twitter.  Now keep in mind that a lot of these are actually the same people following me different ways.  Who knows how many followers I really have!

Blogging:  One place where it's good to be a follower.

Blogging: One place where it’s good to be a follower.

Stats:  I’ve had over 35,500 views since I started this blog.  According to what some people find my blog with, I suspect that some of these views are by perverts…

My most popular post is I Peed My Pants At Wal-Mart and Other Stories of Mommy Incontinence.   It has been viewed over 12,000 times!  This is absolutely astonishing to me.

The most common search engine term that people have found my blog with?
“Fantasy football”.  I don’t even like or participate in this.  This is followed by “strawberry blonde hair” and “poop puns”.  Should I be disturbed by this?

I couldn't find anything else really funny related to stats, because stats aren't really that funny...

I couldn’t find anything else really funny related to stats, because stats aren’t really that funny…

Friends:  My husband still looks at me with this certain strange look whenever I start talking about something that I have discussed with my blogging friends.  He doesn’t quite get how people who have never met face to face can be friends.  I have met a lot of amazing people doing what I do. It’s nice to not feel alone!

Change is a good thing: In celebration of this special occasion, I made a little change.  You may notice that my blog address has changed.  It’s now thesadderbutwisergirl.com Just a little change, but now the blog is more my own.

WordPress supposedly redirects everyone to the new address, but I’m still obsessing over the fact that folks won’t get my posts due to some glitch. Just be aware in case you all of a sudden are missing me…

Thank you:  I have been told time and time again that I have some of the best and most loyal followers a gal could have.  I just wanted to say thank you for reading and supporting me through the good and the bad this past year!

I lava you guys!

I lava you guys!

The Superstitious (13th) Anniversary: What I Wish I Could Give My Husband VS What I Can Give Him

It’s almost my anniversary. Something tells me I won’t be seeing anything like this…

Every Christmas they always have the commercials where the wife or husband gives the husband or wife a new car.  It’s sitting in the driveway or the garage, with one of those gigantic bows on it.  I always have several thoughts when I see these ads:  Where do you get such a big freaking bow?  What do you do with the bow afterwards?  How the hell can anyone afford to give their spouse a new car?  Why would anyone give someone something they have to make payments on for the next several years?

Or there are ten billion commercials for jewelry, because apparently jewelry makes women happy.  I own a couple of pieces of actual jewelry, and one of them is my wedding ring.  Which I found, by the way.  It was under my bed.

My husband and I have never been traditional gift givers.  We tend to gravitate towards things that are less conventional.  Often if we actually have money at the time, we go shopping or get something that we kind of need and enjoy.  Our anniversary is coming up in two days.  It’s #13-the “lace” anniversary.  I suppose I’m supposed to give him a doily.  The #13 to me is very superstitious, so I tend to refer to it as the Superstitious Anniversary.

I’m not one of those high maintenance girls.  I honestly don’t really like jewelry all that much.  I do make my own stuff, but it’s not diamond jewelry type stuff.  It’s glass, wood, and metal beads.  So no diamonds to shut me up. Which is good for him.  What is annoying to him is that I am practical.  I’d be much more likely to ask for something I can use when it comes to gifts.  He is a typical guy in that he has kind of expensive tastes in some respects.

We’ve kind of already gone out.  My Mom stayed with the kids, and we went out.  We people watched, had a couple of drinks, tried out a couple of places we hadn’t been before, rented movies and came home.  We’ve hoping to go to another football game this coming weekend as well.  We’re not really exciting these days.

We got out without kids the other night. First of course we had to do the dance…

He tends to go either way on occasions.  He won’t do anything, or he will do something pretty cool.  For Valentine’s Day one year he gave me a Starbuck’s gift card and a gift card to the chocolate place downtown.  Another time he gave me a gift certificate for a massage at the local spa.  One year when we were strapped for cash he wrote me a very sweet letter, which of course I have kept and will keep forever.

What I WISH I could give my husband for our anniversary if money were no object:

1)  A brand new motocross bike.

2)  Tickets to an NFL game.

3)  A man cave

4)  A romantic weekend getaway

5)  All of the Star Trek series, all six Star Wars movies, MASH, and Home Improvement on Blu-Ray.

What I am probably going to end up doing instead:

1)  A card-maybe even storebought

2)  A nice note

3)  Dinner-as in home cooked.  Not Kraft macaroni and cheese.

4)  And it he’s really nice to me, maybe we’ll go buy the Avengers movie.  It is meant to be, considering it comes out on Blu-Ray on our anniversary.

I honestly WOULD like him to be nice to me, and maybe coherent.  And try not to insult me…  He was trying to be funny and told me how he was comparing marriage to a wound.  He didn’t understand why I was a little offended. He doesn’t do subtle, but I wasn’t going to yell at him right then… I hope he figures it out.

But really if money were no object, besides him being nice to me, what would I want?

1)  Dinner at a restaurant.  A not McDonald’s restaurant.  But nothing too swanky or pretentious.  My favorite restaurant is “Macaroni Grill”.  Yummy.

2)  Tickets to a musical.  Do you know how badly I want to see another musical?  We saw “Phantom of the Opera” before we had children.  It was magical.  I still don’t know why I didn’t take pictures.  This was before digital cameras, and cell phone cameras.

3)  An overnight stay at a hotel.  I don’t think I need to elaborate much on why I want this one.  We have only had a couple of overnights without children, and one of them was in a tent.

On the other hand there is what I am wanting that is realistic.  As I said, I am not high maintenance.  But most likely with his busy schedule, it’s probably all asking a lot.

1)  My husband to hold me, hug me, kiss me, and tell me he loves me without acting like he was going to die.

2)  A card-homemade or storebought.

3)  A note detailing how much he loves me.  It can be in Klingon.  No wait, it can’t.

4)  Dinner, with candles, and maybe the kids tied up in the basement.  HA HA. How about just dinner…

5)  A nice bottle of wine.  Nothing expensive.  A bottle of Relax riesling would be just fine.

6)  Dessert.  Chocolate.

7)  Did I mention I want him to be nice to me?

So honey, I know you aren’t reading my blog.  And that’s ok.  But if you did take a little peek today… you can’t say you don’t know what I want.  Not the actual product that is featured in the picture below.  Even though I do like toilet paper.

As much as this made me laugh, if you get this for me honey, I’ll kill you.