Keep Up The Good Blogging


When I logged in a few days ago to pull info for a post on my other blog, I got this notification:

Granted, this notification was a couple months old, but there it was, anyway.

“Keep up the good blogging.”

Oops. That didn’t happen. Not under the Anxious Mom name, anyway. Up until now, I’ve only posted once since May.

I posted this on my second blogiversary:

So, two years…much like last year, I’m surprised that I’ve stuck with this for another year. It was tougher to keep up with at times, for sure, but I’m glad I did. After all, I’d be deprived of getting to write this “pat yourself on the back, you’ve been here hundreds of days now” post. 😉 Hopefully in another year, I’ll be marveling over sticking with blogging for three years.

No marveling on my end.

As most of y’all know, I didn’t leave blogging. So technically I have blogged for three years, just not three years with this blog. I shifted over to another blog where my focus has been pretty much just parenting and funny stuff. Easy stuff. Kinda time consuming with the doodles, but still, easy, generally light-hearted content. That has been a lot of fun for the most part, but I sometimes find myself missing this blog, where I can post/vent about any damn thing I want. Too many friends, family members, and acquaintances from LM’s school follow the other blog for me to do that over there.

So, yeah, I miss this blog. And I miss connecting with people on…I don’t want to say “deeper level,” because that sounds corny, so maybe on a more authentic level? Or something like that, anyway. So I may start posting here again (aside from this post, which doesn’t really count, because damn, things are stressful, a lot of stuff is happening, and I need to let it out somewhere.

I also missed gifs.


#MyFirstPostRevisited (AKA Snoozefest)

I was nominated by Vic at Just Plain Ol’ Vic to participate in a new challenge — the #MyFirstPostRevisited challenge.

My First Post Revisited!

My first post on this blog (which used to be Blogging For Therapy, then Strong Enough To Break, and now it’s what the address says up top, going on a run of just over a year, woot) was on October 2, 2014 and called The Dreaded First Post. You can read it below or click here (although I don’t know why you’d want to wear out your clicking finger when you don’t have to).

I’m a 30-year-old stay-at-home-mom who works out of the home part-time. I typically just tell people that I’m a SAHM though, because that’s less of a mouthful. I have two beautiful kiddos–Little Man who is 6 and Baby Girl who is just a few months old.

I enjoy reading and Netflix binges. I’m not into most of the typical female stuff, so don’t expect anything about fashion or artsy stuff, unless I’m posting a picture of something I screwed up.

As you can tell from the site title and address, I have a little baggage. Since I hate talk therapy, I figure I’ll just use this as my outlet for venting or talking about some of the interesting or mundane aspects of my life.

Are you yawning now?

So, that’s my first post. And I was 30. THIRTY when I wrote that (like, just out of my 20s and not in my middle early 30s), and had a 4-month-old and a first grader…time, well, ya know.

Here we come to the rules:

Obvious rules:

  • No cheating. (It must be your first post. Not your second post, not one you love…first post only.)
  • Link back to the person who tagged you (thank them if you feel like it or, if not, curse them with a plague of ladybugs).

Other rules:

  • Copy and paste your old post into a new post or reblog your own bad self. (Either way is fine but NO editing.)
  • Put the hashtag #MyFirstPostRevisited in your title.
  • Tag five other bloggers to take up this challenge.
  • Notify your tags in the comment section of their blog (don’t just hope they notice a pingback somewhere in their spam).
  • Feel free to cut and paste the badge to use in your post.
  • Include the rules in your post.

People who should also do this: 


TWAMS Year In Review

(TWAMS: That’s What Anxious Mom Said. Twams. Yeah, that’s not gonna work. I promise to never use that again.)

So, I guess WordPress isn’t doing the Year In Review thing anymore. I’ve gotten that email or notification (I can’t remember which) the past two years telling me how awesome my year was, which posts rocked the most, etc. I suppose I’ll have to do the hard work myself this time. And by doing the “hard work,” I mean looking at the stats that have been neatly compiled by WordPress

Here goes.


As you can see from the bar graph, the blog took a hit from 2015. Ouch. I had 193 posts in 2016 compared to 236 posts in 2015. The number from 2015 would be higher if you counted the many posts I changed to private, so that would make the drop about right numbers wise. Maybe this year I’ll blog more and network more, get back on Twitter and Facebook and all that crap. But probably not.

On to more interesting things…

WordPress shows me the top commenters on my blog. It only shows it for the past 1,000 comments rather than for the whole year, so that will have to do.

Just Plain Ol Vic

Thanks for taking the time to comment y’all and other y’alls not listed. 😀

Now for the top posts that I wrote in 2016 (based on views rather than likes, as that’s what the stats page is showing me). Certain posts and pages got more views (like my homepage, about page, and the You’re Killing Me Smalls post), but I’m going to focus just on what I wrote this year. So, my top ten posts for the year were:

Meet A Blogger: Victo Dolore
Three Fictional Characters Challenge
Meet A Blogger: The Monster In Your Closet
A To Z Theme Reveal: Text Speak
Mommy Started The Fire!
You’re So Lucky
Funny Friday: That’s No Jesus
The Birthday Girl
Mommy Do It
Throwback Thursday: My Shame

Now for a stat that tends to be equal parts amusing and horrifying — my search terms. Here’s the top search terms that led to my site in 2016:


The top list was more horrifying than amusing. And, boy, I’ve gotten a lot of hits on my Captain Morgan post over the past few weeks. I guess people have been overdoing it with the Captain during the holidays (hopefully they didn’t overdo it as bad as I did, though).

Since that list leaned more creepy than amusing, I’m going to include my top ten favorite search terms from the year:

  1. How to have hair like Meg Ryan
  2. Why do I blank out after Captain Morgans
  3. Puke bake sex
  4. Yoda fuck with him you do not
  5. Stepmom caught cleaning with no clothes on
  6. Anakin Skywalker scar
  7. Realizing you were a crap mother and what to do about it
  8. Captain Morgans makes me sick
  9. My husband is the least protective
  10. Michael Jackson ghost chant got a ghost

Some of those were freaking long! And you gotta love that number seven led to my blog. (Yep, I’m gonna laugh rather than believe that maybe the universe is trying to send me a message, as that will only lead to more therapy.)

I can’t think of anymore stats for 2016 to add beyond these. So, now you know everything about my blogging year. Possibly more than you wanted to know. Almost definitely, even. Aside from blogging regularly and avoiding the week-long (and sometimes more) breaks that happened in the last half of the year, I don’t really have any blogging goals for 2017. Maybe I should change my name to Slack Mom?

Now it’s your turn — did you have any blogging goals for 2016 that you met? Any stats that you were proud of, found amusing, etc.? Maybe you want to share your top/favorite post from 2016 for me and all of the ones and ones of bloggers that will read this post to check out? 😀

Share Your World – 48

041514 sywbannerDo you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts?

Generally no nuts, unless they’re finally chopped. I like the flavor, but don’t like the consistency of most nuts.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction?

It’d probably be a dark comedy. I’ve had a lot of serious stuff happen and deal with some serious stuff on a regular basis, but I’d rather put a humorous spin on it than be all Lifetime. (Obviously that doesn’t always apply to my blog posts.)

Who talks real sense to you?

My best friend, J. I might not always go to her with my stuff since I’m a very private person, but when I do, she shoots straight with me. She’s also great at keeping me in check at times, since I tend to have more book smarts than common sense. (I hate being told “You’ve got book smarts, but no common sense” from pretty much everyone, since it’s usually a cop out for being wrong about something, but when she says it, she’s right.)

Do you have a favorite board game?

Scrabble! Except no one ever wants to play with me because I always win (hooray for the benefits of having an English degree), so when I do play it’s usually online.

The Share Your World Challenge is hosted by Cee — check out the challenge here

Share Your World – 40

041514 sywbannerWhy did you start blogging?

I wanted an outlet to talk about depression, anxiety, and general life stuff.

A piece of clothing you still remember?

My Hanson t-shirt I wore all the time in middle school (and, yes, I was absolutely teased for it). I still have it in storage somewhere, but it wouldn’t remotely fit now.


Who are you trying to reach with your blog?

People I can relate to, whether it’s by personal beliefs, sense of humor, shared experiences, or something else I’m not thinking about. Such people are hard to come by in real life, but I’ve found quite a few in the blog world!

Is there a stuffed animal in your bedroom?

Yep, several, in fact. Three belong to Little Man, who slept with us last night. The others belong to me (a Care Bear Cousin and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle), which I found in storage a couple weeks ago, plus a stuffed bear my little brother gave to me when I was 17.

The best birthday present ever?

Hmm. I suck at remembering gifts, as I’m not really a gift person, but off the top of my head, I’d say the desk I received when I was in third grade. I remember feeling so excited and grown up over having my own little work space.

What would surprise me about you?

Probably my quietness, unless you’ve seen me reference being a quiet person on here before. It can take me quite a while to warm up to people, which you might not expect as chatty as I can be in the blogverse, via text, etc.

Check out the Share Your World challenge at Cee’s Photography blog