This past week marked one year since I began blogging. That’s roughly 110 posts, 1400 comments, and 29,000 hits since I wrote my first post, How Starting a Blog Is Like Having Twins.
And, just like we considered lots of names for Vivian and William (such as Elizabeth, Eva, Acacia, Helen, as well as Isaac, Miles, Oscar, Jackson), I mulled over lots of names for my blog before settling on Ironic Mom. Some of the throw-aways were Mom on the Edge, Edgy Mama, Snarky Mom, and Moxie Mama.
There were also runners up for my blog’s motto. Before I settled on “If you can’t laugh at yourself, laugh at your children,” I considered several subtitles. These were my top five contenders:
- Ironic Mom: a non-pharmaceutical form of birth control
- Ironic Mom: if you can’t scrapbook, blog
- Ironic Mom: painfully funny truths about parenting
- Ironic Mom: celebrating mediocrity
- Ironic Mom: using laughter as an anti-depressant
For better or for worse, all these mottos still hold true.
But perhaps what I’ve learned from blogging this past year was expressed by Vivian earlier today when she was teaching me how to draw. “First,” she says, “you need to know all the details of the world.” Within that statement is a truth I’ve learned: blogging helps me to notice the details, whether funny, painful, or bizarre.
Thanks for coming along for the ride. But hold on, because it ain’t over yet.