I’ve long said that a web site is like a baby:
- You have to change it frequently.
- It keeps you up at night.
- It brings great joy and angst at once.
- You constantly worry that you’re not doing enough for it.
- You can’t leave it alone for very long.
My baby, MommaSaid.net, turns eight today. Back in ’03, I hit the “Post” button for the first time somewhere during the mad dash between one son’s AM preschool and the other’s PM kindergarten. (Hahahaha, joke was on me that year.) Mostly, I worked at night when the kids were sleeping, posting stories about motherhood back when few others were posting stories about motherhood on the Internet. I was a mom blogger before anybody had put the two words together.
Now, nearly 200 Housewife Award winners, dozens of awesome bloggers and a bazillion posts later, I’m still here, and so is MommaSaid. My other children, the flesh and blood ones, will both be teens this year, and I’m wondering where the last eight years went. Also, what the next eight years will bring. You can’t write about motherhood when the kids are gone. Can you?
I know you can write about cancer, which is my next passion. I’m reworking my memoir, “If Cancer is a Gift, Where Can I Return it?” and I continue to speak about cancer and writing and life. Life, which for the past eight years has revolved around MommaSaid.
Thank you to my wonderful bloggers current and past, who provide so many great topics from movie reviews to divorce advice to kid-rearing tips, most recently:
- Jane Boursaw of Reel Life with Jane
- Dara Chadwick of You’d Be So Pretty If
- Tara Delaney of Is This Normal?
- Meagan Francis of The Happiest Mom
- Christina Frank of Living in Splitsville
- Mia Geiger of Read Em and Reap
- Judy Gruen of Off My Noodle
- Leah Ingram of The Lean Green Family
- Brette Sember of Parenting Together Apart
- Kathy Sena of Parent Talk Today
- Vanessa Van Petten of Radical Parenting
Thanks to my children, who have learned to put off the wrestling match in the family room above my office until after I finish talking on the radio. Thanks to my husband, who doesn’t flinch when the Today Show or CBS News is in our kitchen.
Thanks to Robin Blakely, Ed Albowicz and Wendy Sherman, who still believe in me.
Most of all, thanks to my readers, who share their thoughts and comments, who tell their friends about MommaSaid, who come back year after year. Because of you, I’ve been living a dream come true. Thank you.
Happy birthday, MommaSaid. Happy birthday to my baby.