I spent the majority of this weekend cleaning up barf. It seems to be the theme of December.
But, in between episodes of emeses, I also spent some time going through my blog. Figuring out what 2015 should look like at DudeMom based on what you guys seemed to enjoy most in 2014. Then, because I am exhausted and wholly uncreative, I decided one of those VH1-count-down-style-top-blog-posts-of-the-year thingys were in order (hey, I spared you the Facebook “this was my year” timeline thing, deal with it). Great way to celebrate DudeMom being alive for another rockin’ year while also allowing me to save my fresh, knock your socks off writing for 2015 when I’m hopefully able to emerge from the puke covered cocoon I’ve been living in.
Only, fail again because once I got going, I started to realize some interesting things about my time in this space and I determined that sharing my best blogs of the year wasn’t going to cut it.
So, instead, a teaching moment.
10 Things Blogging Has Taught Me About Me, You, the Internet, and Awesomeness Coming in 2015
1. You don’t actually have to be well trained or particularly good at any one thing for the Internet to love you. I could give you countless examples of this cough-Kim Kardashian-cough, but instead let’s just focus on me. The posts here on DudeMom.com that get the most looks on them are the ones about topics I know essentially nothing about: DIY projects and recipes. I’m the worst at projects that involve my hands and I basically survive off of chocolate chip cookies and whatever Wegmans has in their ready made section. But, according to the World Wide Web, I am sort of a boss at dresser makeovers and roasted potato meals. Okay, real talk, that potato meal was like the best dinner ever.
2. I should stop blogging all together and let my children start a YouTube channel where they talk about whatever they want. The post where Dude 2 contributed a video about going to the NFL Draft had more comments than basically everything I wrote. Fantastic. He can barely spell. But he is like 1000 percent more adorable than I am so I get it.
3. Moms want to be happier. The desire to be more conscious in our pursuit of joy and positive living is one many of us share. That is why I think the Happy Mama Movement is so important. Lucky for everyone we are continuing the movement in 2015 with some new Team Happy Mama members and a daily be happy challenge! Look out world, all of the JOY!
4. No one cares what I wear, unless I start with “I’m chunky” and finish with “and that’s cool.” I also have decided that I don’t care! I mean I care that I’m chunky (it’s being dealt with umkay?!), I just don’t care if no one ever again reads my fashion posts. I like shopping. I like writing about functional fashion for the wanna be frugal mama. I like sharing the cute shoes and bags and accessories and, holy cuteness, $20? Get in my shopping cart…’’
6. Moms, boys, and the potty are like a complicated love triangle (and by love I mean hate). Based on my calculations, basically every mom of a boy comes to the Internet in search of a savior when the time to potty train arrives. Probably you start strong , because how hard can it be, and then, when you are seriously contemplating the validity of the “it’s not like he’ll be wearing diapers in college” statement, you jump online, Google “how to potty train a boy”, and are sent directly to me. I got you boo.
7. I fully intend to give more advice in 2015. It will be aimed largely at parents of tweens/teens, people who are married, people who own a dog, pregnant people, new moms, new dads, individuals who work, travelers, fitness enthusiasts, those who want to lose weight, people who eat, or sleep, or breathe, and anyone else who could even remotely use it. Why hasn’t someone given me my own advice column yet? I’m sitting on a gold mine here people. Or at least a pretty functional copper mine for sure. Everything you need can probably be found here: What Would Mom Do.
8. Curly girls need me! Because I can point out the dangers of not screening of one’s hairstylist. And show them bad hair cut fixes for when they fail to do so. Consider me a cautionary tale.
9. So many people don’t make the bed everyday. And in your face mom that tidbit of information settled a life long debate for me. Next up: do people really need to own an ironing board in 2015?
10. You don’t want me to quit blogging. But a pretty new blog design might make all of us feel better about this relationship. It’s coming my pretties.
Now, since this is my last post for 2014, bookmark it and come back on New Year’s Eve when you’re snuggled on your couch, with your champagne, trying to pretend like you even recognize anyone performing at the Rockin’ New Year’s Ever other than Idina Menzel (thank you America’s obsession with Frozen) and read everything I linked to in this post. We will both ring in the new year happy if you do!