Sunday, February 12, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dear Motherhood and Muffin Tops

Motherhood and Muffin Tops has turned 3!  Three years ago, I nervously typed out my first little blog post.  I'd never been so apprehensive about anything as I was the first few times I clicked "Publish".  I have to say, though, that the last three years have been a joy.  Sure, there are days when I have ample time to write and days when my wagon is just downright overloaded. Sometimes, I have a mind full of topic ideas and, sometimes, I feel like I've already written about every subject under the sun and anything from this point on will just be redundant.  Sometimes, I get so I'm in a rut.  Other times, I'm energized and feel like I have a purpose.  It's one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done.               

I thought, on this birthday, I'd give you some useless and unimportant facts about the blog. Yes, everything you never wanted to know about Motherhood and Muffin Tops and more. 

1)  The most read posts to date are:
          1) There's this Lady I Know
          2) Dear Family Feud Contestant
          3) A Time to Mourn
          4) Somewhere Along the Way
          5) Recollections of Letting Go
          6) Call Your Mother, Kids
It was interesting to me that half of the all time top six posts were about death.  Maybe that's just because it's something we all experience.  We've all had people we loved to leave us.  I'm not sure you ever get over missing them.  Maybe we just need to know that there are other people who have the same feelings that we have.  Maybe we just need to hear that it's ok to be sad.      

2)  The top 6 countries from which the blog is read are:
           1)  United States
           2)  Russia
           3) Canada
           4) UK
           5) Ukraine
           6) France
I don't even know what to say about that except "Hello" to our friends across the pond.  All I can imagine is that I must have relatives in those places and my mother called them and told them about the blog.    

3)  To date, Motherhood and Muffin Tops has published 311 posts.  A few worth reading and the rest......just a whole lot of nonsense. 

4) This is the view from where I write.....unless it's Christmas time and the tree goes where my chair sits and so the change of location and scenery really throws me off during the holidays.  I write from my chair with my feet propped up on my ottoman and usually don't start until, at least, 10:00 pm.  I stay up until 12:30 or 1:00 or even 1:30 as I am a creature of the night with only the sound of a couple of ticking clocks and a snoring dog as my background noise.  I can't write with the TV on or music.....unless it's instrumental.  I've tried writing during the day but it's just not my productive time.  There's just something about the dark for us, nocturnals. 
5)  I find it easier to write about serious topics.  I guess because it just takes more effort to write something humorous but it is my favorite.  I've enjoyed making attempts at funny writing since my friends and I made high school note passing a lettered sport.  I also really enjoy telling a the time when the cat got in my car.  Stories are the easiest to write.       

6)  I love feedback from readers whether it's by comments, or text messages, or in person.  I feel like I've made friends here.  Some of you comment regularly and I feel like I know you.  It's so encouraging to me to know that I'm not talking to myself because, well, that would be kind of embarrassing.  It humbles me when someone tells me they read the blog.  That is such a gift to me....that you would give me a sliver of your day. And, on the flip side, I'd be lying if I told you it didn't hurt my feelings when some unknown person in internet land unfollows me....usually after a patriotic or "overly" Christian post.  

7) My biggest fear about blogging is that I'll run out of things to write about.  After three times around the ol' calendar, I've found myself saying, "Oh, I've written about that a few times already."  It's challenging to think of some different things to explore.  I've really been struggling with that but hope to jump the hurdle soon.

8)  The top 4 ways the blog is read are.....
      1) Windows
      2) iPad
      3) iPhone
      4) Macintosh 
I know this one was super interesting but I'm trying to get to 10, people.

9)  You may not know but I am easily distracted and the least little thing can get me off track.  I'll shut the laptop and call it a night if a good episode of Everybody Loves Raymond or Frasier comes on or I'd even say if a moth is flying around a lamp.  Oh, look......   

10)  My goals for the blog from this day forward:
         -  Provide a place of lighthearted and uplifting posts in this world full of bad news which seems to weigh so heavy on us.
         -  Provide a place where we can laugh without using profanity or vulgarity.  Just good clean humor.  It is possible.  My mother has corrected me for using the term, birth canal, on the internet but that's about as raunchy as we're going to get here on Motherhood and Muffin Tops, my friends. 
         -   Write about subjects that we all struggle with and, sometimes, just need to know we're not the only one. 
         -   Honor God and give glory to Jesus, my Savior, and point others to Him with my words. 

In Him, there is purpose, worth, and pure joy. 

And who doesn't need more of that? 

Thank y'all for three years! 



  1. Happy anniversary from another nocturnal! This comment is hard enough to write during the day, I can't imagine putting a blog post together while the sun is up.

    I have SO enjoyed your blog. We are close in age with a very similar Southern raisin' (I was going to type upbringing, be we were raised, right?). You lost your mom last year, I lost my dad. We have kids beginning their adult life. We have dogs that snore.

    Here's to 3, make that 33, more years!

    1. Hahahahaha! I'm so impressed you commented in daylight hours, Carla. I know that was hard if you're a nocturnal. And it was a really good comment, too. :)

      We do have a lot in common. Btw, I lost my daddy not my mom. You're probably thinking of the post I wrote about Camie, a family friend who died last year. So, yeah, we have even more in common than you thought. Dads are hard to lose....especially so for their little girls. And, yes, we were most definitely raised! No two ways about it. :)

      Thank for your loyalty to my little blog, Carla. You're a joy!

  2. I'm so glad you continue to write - I enjoy your perspectives and look forward to more!

    1. Thank you, sweet Missy June. And I always enjoy hearing from you! You are full of joy and encouragement. :)

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    1. Thank you, Dee! I appreciate that more than you know. :)

  4. I can't believe it's been 3 years since I found your blog. I really love your writing!

    1. Thank you so much, April! Thank you for being with me since the start! I always love seeing your name pop up. :)

  5. I was so glad to find your blog through Boo Mama a few years ago. Your topics are interesting, down to earth and poignant. Thanks for your honesty and humor. I really enjoy reading your blog.

    1. That means a lot to me, Carol. You are full of encouragement and I'm so glad you've been with me on this ride! We shall ride on :)

  6. I have been reading your blog for maybe 2 years and I love it. Keep up the wonderful stories, deep thoughts, and ramblings. You just have a way with words. We are "neighbors" as I was raised and still live in South Arkansas, and I find that we were raised similarly and I can relate to many of your posts even though I am a few years older than you. The cat story was a good one. I read it twice just because it was just so funny to me.

    1. We are practically neighbors, Marilyn! I love hearing where readers are from and finding those who were raised a lot like me. Makes me feel connected with you! On the subject of the cat story, I hate to break the news to you but my daughter ran over that same cat during the Christmas holidays. She was devastated! But, we'll just try to remember the happy when he got stuck under my hood and had to ride back home taped up in a box.

      Thanks for reading, Marilyn! :)

  7. I love reading your blog and usually check in about 3 times a week. We know lots of the same folks so it makes your blog quite interesting to me.

    1. Thanks so much for your faithful reading, Ging! And it's very good to learn we know some of the same people. Maybe we'll meet one day.

  8. Thank you for blogging!!! I cannot believe it has been 3 years since I read on Sophie's blog that her friend had started blogging...and I love your posts! I can always relate and am encouraged by your words! You are truly a blessing!!

  9. Congratulations Joni,
    I found you through Boomama too and read all your posts from day one. Your writing is inspiring, humorous, family love, and Christian, which in my book all part of life. Yes, and mourning the ones we loved. Love your writing and I'll be reading, Kathleen in Az

  10. I really enjoy your blog, too; keep writing! And if you run out of ideas, ask questions or do a survey. Always fun! :) I'm up in central BC and facing much the same stage of life as you.

  11. Congratulations on THREE years! I've been enjoying your blog for that long! Time flies! Your serious and funny posts are both wonderful! Here's to 3x10 more years!:)