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In which it’s August 16th … AGAIN

Today is my two year anniversary of this BLOG which is amazing because I never thought I’d make it one year.  I have decided to “tweak” last year’s post so bear with me, or don’t, your choice!!!!

(Written August 16th, 2011)

Today is August 16th.  Last year on the same day it was also August 16th.  This is relevant to my post and you’ll see if you just calm down.

 

Last spring (2010) I decided to write a book

Last spring I decided to write the book about me; sort of autobiographical I suppose

Last spring I asked Keely to write the book. She said no

Last spring I asked Andie to write the book. She also said no

Last spring I didn’t ask Daniel to write the book

Last spring I came up with a title to my book which was “Good Enough: The Chronicles of an Underachiever”

Last spring I told Keely and Andie the title to my book

Last spring I once again asked them to write the book. They both said no AGAIN

Last spring I asked them “why not?” and they said they were in college and “too busy” and suggested I write my autobiography myself

Last spring I explained I didn’t know how to write and I sulked

Last summer my cousin suggested I start a blog for my “stories” I had written down

Last summer I remember I HAD a blog and it was called “All Fooked Up”

Last summer I decided to start a blog and I wrote a post entitled “in which I declared my intention”

Last spring I included this conversation in my post:

This came about from a hilarious conversation in which we were discussing our mani/pedi from the day before.

Keely:         So my manicurist asked if I was okay and I said why wouldn’t I be. She replied that she had never heard a mother be so mean to her child before. I told her that’s how my mom was and it didn’t bother me.

Me:             All I said was that my toes were much prettier than yours and how the hell do you manage to walk on such stubby toes?

Keely:         Well, you also told me to stop being selfish by picking out my own nail color and to help you. When I didn’t, you made some random stranger help you.

Me:             Isn’t that normal?

Last summer I decided to start including conversations in my posts

Last summer no one read my blog even though I endlessly harassed everyone to read my blog

Last summer nobody cared and I whined about this fact

Last fall I went to Converge South

Last fall I learned about SEO and Twitter and Facebook at Converge South

Last fall at Converge South I learned my business card sucked

Last fall at Converge South I learned my blog design sucked

Last fall at Converge South I learned I didn’t know shit

Last fall at Converge South I learned being successful was hard

Last fall at Converge South I thought about quitting until my kids told me that I would quit and that I quit EVERYTHING

Last fall that totally pissed me off and I vowed to stay the course 6 months just to spite them

Last fall I was getting bored with blogging

Last fall my shrink told me that I wasn’t bored; that was anxiety

Last fall I fired my shrink

Last fall I decided my blog wasn’t pretty

Last fall I decided to have my blog made pretty for my Christmas present

Last winter I got my pretty new blog and I was happy

Last winter I decided now that I had spent money I should blog one year instead of six months

Last winter I had a few more followers although still very few

Last winter I whined about a lack of followers

Last winter my kids hated my blog and told me to shut up

Last winter I went to BlissDom and made some friends

Last winter at BlissDom I realized that making your blog bigger and better required copious amounts of work

Last winter at BlissDom I realized I wasn’t capable of copious amounts of work and should rely on my charm and good looks

Last winter that didn’t get me very far

Last winter I still had few followers

Last winter I once again whined about a lack of followers

This past spring (2011) I was proud of myself for staying the course

This past spring my kids blocked my stream on Facebook and pronounced me annoying

This past spring my kids admitted that they were “surprised I was still blogging” and that they still hated my blog

This past spring I started getting a few more followers

This past spring I started to enjoy myself and couldn’t stop talking about my blog

This past spring my kids told me to never mention my blog again

This past spring I offered to be the Keynote speaker at BlogHer

This past spring BlogHer rejected my offer

This past spring Keely told me to quit blogging and “write the damn book”

This past spring I disinherited Keely

This summer I went up to Type A parent conference and discovered mojitos

This summer I had loads of fun at the conference (possibly due to the mojitos…and beer…and wine)

This summer I made MORE friends at the conference

This summer I had more followers

This summer I applied to be a Voice of the Year at BlogHer

This summer BlogHer once again rejected me

This summer I rejected BlogHer’s rejection online but went to BlogHer anyways

This summer at BlogHer I rediscovered margaritas

This summer at BlogHer I went to a session on blog design

This summer I realized I needed to tweak my blog

This summer I realized that I only had one goal and I had almost reached it

… and when did I reach this goal?  TODAY!!! August 16th, 2011 is my one-year anniversary of blogging.

 

 (WRITTEN TODAY, AUGUST 16 2012)

So here i am again

It’s August 16th

I’ve made it two years

Which i really can’t believe

But for some reason

Which is behond my understanding

I’m still here

This year I went back to Blissdom

Where I got sick

But I did get into a huge clusterfuck with Ronnie Dunn

But I kept on being me

And then I went to Mom 2.0

Where I had a great time

And made some MORE friends

Which was awesome

I also wrote a book

An entire book

Which actually needs more work so I can get it published

I realized I wanted to quit blogging all the time

But I didn’t because I have such a loyal following

And that I’m okay with not being a huge blogger

Because every once in a while, MY BLOG makes a difference

And THAT my friends, makes it all worthwhile

And that’s why I’m still here

Because of you

Each and every person who agrees with me

… or feels the same

… Or identifies

… Or sends me an email

… saying “me too!”

… or that helped

… or “you touched me”

And all the support for Keely? I CAN’T EVEN express that to you.

So, thank you everyone for embracing me and being supportive whether I’m up or down or turned all around.  YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE.

 

Love,

 

Lynn MacDonald

 

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20 Comments

  1. Kelly
    August 16, 2012

    I am very happy that you have done all those things. Your post is always the first one I see in my inbox & open, every single morning.

    I have a hard time commenting from my phone ( for whatever reason), but today I’m reading from the iPad. If this works, well you know what a pain in the ass it will be to sleep with my iPad vs phone?

    Then you will know it’s love.

    You are awesome. I may not get a chance to tell you that all too often, but it is true. :)

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      thanks so much Kelly. I’m really glad we’ve gotten to know each other. I sleep with both if it’s any consolation. :))

  2. Vidya Sury
    August 16, 2012

    I am very very glad you blog. I so look forward to the email alerts and enjoy reading your posts there and then coming over here just to see how it looks on the blog because yes, your blog is good looking and you CAN rely on your own charm and good looks because you are, you know, good looking and a darn good writer and a very humorous one and I can’t imagine not getting any updates about Keely and Andie and Daniel and Kevin because then I would totally worry to death and that would not be okay at all.

    Huge hugs and happy, happy birthday to your blog. :-)

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      aww…thanks. I really appreciate your support. You, and others like you, make it all worthwhile :)

  3. Jester Queen
    August 16, 2012

    Happy Blogiversary!! We’re off to Birmingham for Sam’s the-beginning-of-the-formal-diagnosis process today.
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    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      Oh. good luck

  4. Patty
    August 16, 2012

    Sometimes I’ll check on Sunday, even though I know that’s your day, hoping you may have forgotten you’re off.

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      hahaha…how could i forget such a crucial thing though??

  5. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 16, 2012

    You know it was destined that you blog.
    Because that is how we met.
    Because if we hadn’t met, you know your life would be missing something. Right?
    Because what would I do without you …

    even if of late I have been a total needy pain in the ass …

    also, we shared a suite at the Ritz, and you have not done that with anyone but Kevin,
    so that makes me special xxx
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    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      thanks…love you too girl

  6. Laina Lamb
    August 16, 2012

    Congrats, Lynn! I always look forward to your ‘truthy’ writing. The part about you being a mean mom rings true around my house, too… only, my 21 yr old daughter gives as good as she gets :) Keep writing, looking forward to the book.

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      i’m keeping on…although the book is on the back burner right now

  7. FFW
    August 16, 2012

    Don’t give up blogging!!! I need to rediscover margaritas next year in Chicago, and I can’t do that alone.

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      well, from what I hear there were thousands of women at BlogHer and I don’t know if I’m down for that…planning on going to Mom 2.0 in Laguna though

  8. Kerry McKay
    August 16, 2012

    I totally love, love your blog! Even if I can’t get to it for a few days I love catching up. You make me forget my own f’d up life even just for a little bit. Keep on blogin’ cause I need ya!!!!! Much Love to you and your family…….

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      Awww..,thanks. I really appreciate that.

  9. Julie
    August 16, 2012

    I concur with all the above. Love your blog and all the insanity it brings ~ which I relate to on so many levels. As a non blogger, I’m not hip to the conferences but if there is one in Chicago you can have my guest room where I’ll bring you coffee in the morning, wearing a Duke sweatshirt. (PS. The cocktails are unlimited as well.)

    • Lynn
      August 16, 2012

      Wow Julie. You’d wear a Duke sweatshirt for me???? I’m impressed….thanks

  10. Pamela D Hart
    August 16, 2012

    Happy two year Blogiversary Lynn!
    Pamela D Hart recently posted..The Day That Tested Our StrengthMy Profile

  11. Nina Parrish
    August 22, 2012

    It seems that you have wonderful things that you accomplished for all the seasons. Wow! You are successful in your blogging and I am here to great you a happy two year blogivesary.
    Nina Parrish recently posted..The Benefits of Taking Irvingia Gabonesis SupplementsMy Profile

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