Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Party! Whoo hoo!


Welcome to the Mean Mommy 1st blogiversary dance party! My blogiversary (what an irritating word that is) was actually May 28, but I'm still going to celebrate, even if belatedly, because (at the risk of sounding melodramatic) blogging has changed my life.

Let me count the ways:

1. I no longer feel guilty for not keeping up my kids' baby books. THIS is my baby book, and it's a richer account of our lives than any fill-in-the blank keepsake could be.

2. I'm writing frequently again (maybe not in May, like I was supposed to, but still). It's not fiction, but it's words and sentences, and that's better than no words and sentences.

3. I've found (and in some cases, befriended) some very cool, smart, funny, interesting mothers in this community. In fact, there are more moms who share my sensibilities in blogville than in any other place in my life.

4. Blogging here lead me to write for Momformation, where I've met another very cool set of mothers, and which has become a rewarding and fun part time gig for me.

5. I've found a place to reflect on things that worry, delight, and interest me, and have been given invaluable advice, commiseration, understanding, and sympathy from my commenters.

6. Blog-surfing lead me to the world of craft blogs, which have not only inspired me, but also pushed open the door to a brand new side of me, one that has become a huge part of my life and my happiness.

So. I'm hosting a blogiversary giveaway. No contest, just a random drawing, and the winner will receive a yet-to-be determined package of handmade goodies from me. Just leave a comment, any comment, on this post and you're entered.

I want to hear from everyone! Who's reading? Show yourselves! I know some of you (hi Anna's friend Emily!) read but have never commented. Say hi!!! You just might when the prize o' the century.

31 comments:

Rene said...

I'm not sure if I've commented here before but I am one of your readers. I surfed in from someone else's blog list and when I saw your masthead I just knew you were my kind of girl! Congrats on your blogaversary (geez I can't even spell the darn word!)!!

The Humming Cat said...

I am a constant reader, always in lurker mode but happy to come out and play!!

sbonetsue said...

Here I am, a lurker coming out of the dark. I just need to say congrats and keep up the good work. When my kids were young I fancied myself as "Nazi Mom", now I'm just Gramma Sue.

Sasha said...

Another lurker coming out of the dark realm. All the way over from down under (aka Australia). I have you on my RSS and read all the posts.

Janet McKinney said...

Hello Momma - This is Janet from Canberra Australia. Happy to come out of lurkdom also

Beth said...

Just another lurker. I have you in my RSS also.

Lori said...

Welcome back! I check on you every day. Glad to hear it's fun stuff that's been keeping you away. Happy Blogiversary! :)

Lindsay said...

Hi! You've been on my Google Reader for quite awhile (and I may have commented at some point) and wanted to say hi. I'm not sure where I found your blog, but I started reading because your blog name is funny and so are you :) Have a great week sewing!

GRAY MATTER MATTERS said...

Yea Ashley!! Well, I always knew you were a mover and shaker--keep on keepin' on sistah. Happy Blogiversary. And me without a gift. Shit.

Michaele said...

Not a lurker, but new to your blog TODAY! Gotta love following links from others' posts (All Sorts!) and finding where they lead! Happy Blog Celebration~ I felt the same way when I started my stay-at-home-mommy year, finding all sorts of wonderful craft blogs and topics of interest that I had no clue I'd find interesting to begin with. And all of the SHARING? Even better!

Jaci said...

Congrats on one year of blogging! I am a brand new blogger--I found you through mad, mad housewife and had to check out the mean mommy. (I haven't been called that yet...the worst has been "I don't like Mommy" while clinging to daddy and giving me evil looks.)

I totally feel you on the writing thing. I'm hoping blogging gets me inspired to keep working on my bits of fiction1 :)

L'oiseau said...

Happy blogiversary! :)

Emily said...

Here I am! Anna told me I would love your blog and she was so right. Happy Belated Blogiversary :)

hautemommy said...

LOVE your blog and read often! Happy blog anniversary yay! And hopefully I will win ;) xo!

Ginny said...

I recently found your blog & subscribed to it. Can't recall where, I think it was from a comment you left on someone's blog. Love your blog though!

womaninawindow said...

Hey over there on the side, you lurkers, I don't understand why you lurk. Don't you know us bloggers need you? Oh, ya, hi there. I just found you via...let me think...oh...can't remember. Maybe I'll tell you next time, however, I think I'm just gonna add you to my blog reader so maybe we'll never know how I found you.

MadMad said...

Congrats on making it to a year! We started right around the same time, too - I was May 31. I'm happy you were a part of my year - you're always such a fun read!

JMC said...

I think I may have commented before. Who knows? But I do read. Hi!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your posts, even though I rarely comment. Thank YOU for helping to keep me sane, for making me laugh and smile, and for being so damn candid. I only wish I saw you more!

xo JennG

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Is it too late? I just found you (via MadMad).

Bento Addiction said...

Happy Blogversiary to you ! congratulations on a year .

Good & Crazy said...

Late, but here.

And....ahem....

I'd like something with your fancy embroidery on it...if I were to ah win or something.

Also your list, could seriously read exactly as my own. I think I'll book mark it for my own 1 year mark (I too can't use your word for it).

donyale said...

That Mad Mad Housewife sent me here - and because I have no brain, I came. Cool blog. We should talk. I am certainly in the running for Anti-mother of the year....and we have dead rats via Cat's mouths here too.

Shelley said...

I came here from Mad Mad's blog too. You're much younger than I am. I think I've been making children cower since 1992. But enough about me. Happy Blogiversary!

Cookie said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! Did I spell that right?

Ryan Elizabeth said...

Wow, it's amazing how many comments this post got! I know the contest is over, but wanted to add my 2cents.

I been by your blog a time or two, and my mom then emailed it to me, so I set up RSS feed (finally - much easier to keep track of blogs, DUH!), so I could keep up with my reads...and you are on it now.

You are a great writer and are very entertaining!

Laurie (Moo!) said...

Happy, very belated, Blogiversary!

Jen said...

Just found your blog today. Wonderful writing... Congrats on your blogiversary!!!

Britt said...

happy belated blogaversary!

Di said...

I came to you via Mamabird Diaries (on which, coincidentally, I recently won a great gift pack that included WINE and CHOCOLATE!) this morning. Just subscribed. Congrats on your blogiversary. I'm about to celebrate my 2nd!!!

Di said...

Oh...and if you are keeping track of where your fans are...I'm in the lovely, picturesque town of Fuquay-Varina, NC. Just south of Raleigh.