Blog, Shmog....

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my blog.

Do I look one today? Have I aged well?

I’ve been searching for something profound to say on this day, as I watched this milestone get closer and closer.

The first thing I have to say is a HUGE thank you. I am very, very humbled.

Thank you for your loyalty, your support, your friendship, your laughter, your stories and your love. It has moved me more than I can say, and I really DO feel lifted by every comment and email I receive. (I read them all- and it irritates every one in my house…)

What have I learned? Here’s my list.

1. Always check your pics before putting them on your post. Sometimes things hang out that shouldn’t hang out. (OR have Scope check them first. He’s a doctor.)

2. Never use real names for ANYONE –not your sister, your brother, your friends, or children in your neighborhood, school, class or sports team. Never. Trust me.

3. If you are going to tell the bloggy word that your brother pooped his pants in second grade, you might want to check with him first. (Although it DOES serve him right for the whole "selling peeks into the bathroom keyhole" incident.)

4. Always think before commenting. Sometimes something I might think is funny might be taken the wrong way. (It was never intentional, and sometimes my humor gets the best of me. Please forgive me.)

5. If you make a mistake fess up, own it, learn from it and move forward.

Now, I would also love to give something to you. I don’t know if anyone CARES or not, but here is my little bit of advice to people who are blogging. (Take it or leave it.)

1. When posting, make it short. I have a very short attention span, and cannot POSSIBLY be the only one out there. (Oh, unless you’re Steve King in disguise, then WRITE AWAY. Right, Irish???)

2. Try to use a font that we can see. If it is too small and I have to search for Tightwad’s reading glasses, I move on.

3. Make me laugh.

4. Make me cry.

5. Make me say “HEY, that happened to ME!”

6. Link your name to your "profile" so we can respond to your comments! (Like I say in my classroom AND at home, "HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT?")

7. Be good to your friends, and shout them out when you can. They deserve it!!! (I try to shout out as much as i can. I'll do more. Honestly. )

That’s all I got.

Now, perhaps a gift from you? I would love for you to let me know, in a comment, what you enjoy when you come here.

Is it the funny stories from school? Is it the letters to my frustrating, argumentative, spoiled, terrible, wonderful, amazing and talented children whom I love more than words can say?

Perhaps it's the crazy memories and thoughts I share from my childhood? Anyway....

If nothing else, I would just love to know that you were here today.

(And a funny story wouldn’t hurt.)


Kate Coveny Hood said...

Happy Anniversay! Mine came and went last month and I forgot!

Honestly - I can't belive it's only been a year for you. I assumed it was much longer. You have done so much in a year - look at all of those followers. You are amazing.

I will do my best with the advice except for the long post thing. No matter how hard I try - I just can't help myself. The words - they keep coming... I'm like the Little Dutch Boy. I try to hold them at bay, but they always end up overpowering me... Just skim to the bottom and say something about the last paragraph in comments (I'll never be the wiser...)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Seriously - was I your first commenter? And on your anniversary? I never care that much about being first, but then again - I never actually AM first.

Sandy said...

Well, Happy Anniversary! A whole year....can't imagine. I've only been doing this about 60 posts worth...in to 3 months now and I feel old! I read every bit of your advice and with a couple exceptions (the name thing....first only but often real) I think I'm already doing it for the same reasons you mention.

Thanks for the info...I'll stick around.

Anonymous said...

Happy blogging anniversary! The advice is appreciated, hoping that in eleven months I'll be writing a similar post :)

Schmoop said...

Congrats VM. The thing I enjoy most when I come here is looking at all of the avatars of hot chicks in the comments section. Oh, and I laugh as well. Cheers!!

LegalMist said...

Good advice, which I am not always good at following. I can make you laugh or cry or say "wow, that happened to me, too," but I do tend to ramble on...

Congrats on the one-year anniversary. I've always assumed that with so many followers, you've been at it much longer. But no, you really are just that good!

Best wishes for your second year of blogging. I know I am looking forward to your stories.

And to answer your question, I like the variety. The school stories always bring a chuckle, but I love the personal / family stories, too. They give a glimpse of your personality and often make me laugh, or cry, or say, "yeah, I've been there, too!"

And now I've rambled on too long, as is my habit. :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats girly.. Your a hoot!

Paige Lacey said...

Congrats on your anniversary, Woman!

You're wonderful and witty, and I can't even begin to choose what I love best about your blog. You manage to blend the funny and poignant in a way that keeps me coming back.

Thank you for all the smiles! :o)

Unknown said...

Wow, only one year old and you've got more followers than I can count. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. As to what I love when coming to your blog, it's definitely the variety AND the WAY you write about it all!

Thanks so much for your advice. I see that I haven't paid attention to the part about 'keeping the posts short' and since I'm NOT Stephen King, should start listening to you!

Cora said...

Happy Bloggidy Birthday!! One year old, huh? In daycare-speak that makes you a "Waddler"


What do I love when I visit here? The school stories. The family stories. The whatnot stories. Oh hell, let's just face it VM, you can spin one hell of a yarn no matter what it is. Just keep doing what you do. It's all good.


Cora said...

And, YES, that Scope is something quite special, isn't he?!


Shirley said...

Great tips! I am a new blogger so I definitely needed them. Happy first anniversary to you! I love reading your posts especially the letters to your children. You crack me up! :)

Unknown said...

Hey Wow, I am among the first! That's cool!

Happy First Anniversary!
The traditional gift for a first anniversary is paper. The modern is clocks.

More money and more time...That's what I wish for you.

You had me way back when, with a funny story about Bitchy or Sassy leaving their shoes lying around...
I became a follower and soon discovered that we had a lot in common... teaching, tightwad husbands...a brilliant sense of humour :), as heart as soft as a marshmallow, and the hardwired desire to make people laugh.

Aside from your amazingly funny posts and the comments that follow another thing that you bring to the blog world is community. I have met so many wonderful people from your blog. Each of them with their own story to tell. Each of them here for the stories that you tell. I also appreciated your words of encouragement and advice when I was starting out.

I know you asked us to keep our posts short but you said nothing about the comments. :)

You rock, kick ass and bring it every day. And I love you for it!

Happy Anniversary!

Peace - Rene

Anonymous said...

VM: I love it all. I've shared your link with many friends.

Your most memorable post of the year was an article you did about teaching. I shared the link with my youngest son's former "first" grade teacher. You "get" teaching and so does she!
Happy Blogiversary!

Rick Daley said...

Well thing thing is, I always think before I comment. I even think as I comment. Sometimes I think "Wow, this will probably piss someone off, albeit unintentionally."

And then I continue to comment.

Should I skip that last part?

I like the funny. Doesn't matter if its school, family, or rubber lawn ornaments.

Rachel Cotterill said...

You suggest keeping it short, but I love your longer posts... I can get one-liners from anywhere, it's much more interesting to read something a bit more personal. Your letters to your kids are my favourite part.

Jen said...

Wow! Only a year? How can that be? I love your blog because you always have something interesting to say - and it's always short, sweet, and to the point - and you make me laugh. Congratulations and I look forward to the next year!

Beth said...

First, you know I just have a thing for teachers. You guys are the hardest working, most creative, wildly compassionate bunch of people out there.

Second, you were my first follower when I first started out in the blogging world 7 months ago. And you shared a stories about your sister with similar hearing issues.

For those reasons and more, I'll shout out on the rooftops for you!

Happy Anniversary!

♥ Braja said...

Hey Mother of All Vodka, Big Star, Supremo Laughing Machine, and dear dear friend....you make this whole thing different; blogging wouldn't be the same without you...you give it edge, take it up a notch or two, give back at a different level from everyone else, and have a heart that can hold the entire blogosphere. I love you to bits. New York awaits. Is IT big enough for us both?? We will test it----AND IT WILL FAIL :))))
Happy No. 1, No. 1 :)))

Mandy said...

Happy Blogiversary! Your stories about your class are what I like best. It's all so familiar.... :)

confused homemaker said...

congrats on the one year & thanks for the tips. why do i like coming here? you make me smile even through tears, i feel like can relate to your stories and your humor. thank you for that & for being so supportive in bloggyland.

Being Me said...

Awww happy blogiversary!

Short enough for ya? ;P

(ok I couldn't stop in and comment - cos I normally freeload and don't actually comment but just read and leave.... oops, my bad - without saying you are so warm, so funny and SOOOOO SO SO on the money about what you've learned *nods* Ho boy, if I knew then what I know now... four years in to my blog and let's just say, I've snapped some driftwood in my time....)

Many happy returns! Here's to another fun-filled year ;)

The Peach Tart said...

Happy 1 year anniversary. I love all the stories especially the way you make me laugh.

♥ Braja said...

BTW can we have champagne now?

♥ Braja said...

I think a magnum is called for....

♥ Braja said...

A huge expensive French one.

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♥ Braja said...

Big enough for everyone....

♥ Braja said...

And no hangovers!

♥ Braja said...

OK wait...sidetracked....raising my fantasy glass of champagne....

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And may the next year be even MORE wonderful for you!

♥ Braja said...

And may the next year be even MORE wonderful for you!

♥ Braja said...

Hey, see that? Even the blogosphere is using my comments to toast you...it took mine and posted it twice!

Dr Zibbs said...


mommakin said...

Only a year??? I am very surprised (and super, super humbled)

Long posts, that must be what I'm doing wrong...

Oh wait, this was supposed to be about you. Yay you! I love it all! Variety - spice of life - all that.

Here's to many more years (raises glass) Cheers!

Deb said...

-->Happy first birthday!

I love everything you write. You make me laugh, cry, cringe and smile.

This is a long link but click this and I HOPE you laugh along with me to the post I did yesterday.


Coco said...

I love the stories about Bitchy and Sassy. I have my own Bitchy and Sassy too. Plus the little kids say the funniest things. Love them.

Congratulations. Woo Hoo 1yr.

Irish Gumbo said...

You? look fabulous, dahling!
Me? brevity awaits! (grin)

Congratulations on 1 year of being our 'Mom'!

Mike said...

Congrats on the milestone. Is that a nipple I see?

Buckeroomama said...

Congrats on the 1st year!

I've only recently started following you, but I'm thoroughly enjoying your posts about your children and about the children in your school.

Have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Woohoooooooooooooo Congrats! And yes.. you have aged well.

You have learned a lot, I am just glad you decided to come back to us.

I will try to heed your advice about blogging.. but I am a tad bit long winded.. so I am promising NOTHING on the shorter posts..lol

About your blog... I love EVERYTHING about it. I have followed you since I started blogging in November of last year. I have never been disappointed.

It is a shame that people take your humor wrongly. I try not to assume anything when people comment.. if I don't "get it" I will ask.

Don't ever change. I love you just the way you are!

Stereos and Souffles said...

Holy Schnikes...only one year and so many adoring fans. You don't look a day over 11 months and 20 days.

IB said...


Of course, like everyone else, I enjoy reading your stories. You have a unique way of cutting to the funny, or the ironic, or the touching with a surgical efficiency. Brilliant.

I started following you very early on after I started my blog; after you left a comment on something I'd written, and although I don't comment every time, I read everything you post (sorry about the run-on sentence).

But most importantly, for me, is the friendship you have shown me outside the blogs, through email. I look forward to hearing from you and always enjoy our exchanges. You have been kind and generous with your time. I appreciate it.

your pal,

IB said...

Oh, and 46th!!!!!

Karen said...

I love your stories about Bitchy and Sassy. I have a 14-year-old girl and teenage neices and your stories hit home every time. They crack me up but the love shows through as well.

Thanks for keeping us entertained for a whole year!

His Sweetheart said...

Waiting for the 2nd and the 3rd and the 4th years to come too :)

Wish you the best sweetheart and great tips :)


Happy Blogoversary!

I love the kids comments, and I am jealous of your never ending supply of fresh material taht walks through your door every new school year!
Damn, my kids had better up their funny quotient or I'll have to bring in a "blog family' to stand in for them!

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

congrats on all your punch drunk love mom! you have earned it and i have come away from your posts with many a laughter hangover!


Alyson Enola said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I think your blog is fantastic! I enjoy reading the school stories because I have a feeling that my son will have a whole book of stories written by his teachers. It's nice to laugh when its not your kid. LOL and the letters you write to your daughters? Yeah, I've got a prissy pants of my own. She's only gonna be 7 but she's trying to take my throne away and I'm still learning how to deal with it. Love the blog! Have a great day!

Liz K said...

I just recently found you...and you keep me coming back with your humor! I taught high school pre kid and while they are a decade older, your kindergarten stories are all too similar to my 10th grade ones! Thanks for making me laugh!

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Happy Anniversary! Am new to the blog, but it seems as if you aged darn well!

Stopping by from SITs

Sandi said...

I honestly love it all. Sassy and Bitchy are my favorites. But I love the school kids. That child that would dress herself, (I know her name, but I won't say it here.) she stole my heart. and I really just love you. You are real. I like real.

about the advise, I agree with most of it. But we use real names in this blog, unless it's about a person that isn't related to us and then we ask permission. I can't be real if we don't keep it real across the board. Just saying....

Sara said...

I love that you said to "keep it short". Every now and then i get wordy, but I I'm all about the brevity. Good advice.

Your blog has some excellent stories, and I always read them from beginning to end without scanning. That says something.

Karen Harrington said...

Happy Anniversary! Quite an achievement.

What do I like it most over here at your place? Hard to say one thing. I think readers like a variety of topics and stores and YOu always provide that with your own special brand of perspective and humor.


SkylersDad said...

Happy blog anniversary! Everything about you is wonderful, oh, and I have one thing to add to your blog tips.

If you feel you have to have word verification AND comment moderation on, quit blogging and go back to your job at the CIA.

Thank you.

Fragrant Liar said...

My faves, naturally, are the kid stories. They're just too cute, and your take on it is unique and lovely, and how much you care about the kids shines through.

I come here to get a laugh. I need laughter in my life. Lots of it, and I prefer getting the good stuff from a pro. (Did that sound nasty?) You are a lovely person, and that shines through too. And you would undoubtedly be a gas to hang out with.

You have accomplished a huge thing in only a year. You have almost a thousand followers, and countless readers who prefer anonymity. It's only been a freakin' year! You rock.

Kimber @ Fragrant Liar

LPC said...

Congratulations. Now how can I make this funny and short at the same time? Let's just PRETEND my comment is actually a classic New Yorker cartoon, OK? Thanks.

Jan said...

Dear, I love EVERYTHING you post.

No, seriously.

darsden said...

Oh I am here everyday, because of the laughter, the messages, the stories, the truth, the beauty, the friendship, the smiles, the hugs, the life of Vodka Mom... makes my heart smile all the time.

Can't believe it's only been a year seems like I have known ya forever :-) Congratulations and Happy Happy Anniversary.

You know I could list 926 reasons ...if ya need me too :-))

L@@ky L@@ky at Braja just a commenting away...LOL

Sue said...

I come to your blog each day because you are a "real" person, it's that simple. You live a real life that is often funny, often sad, and often chaotic. But it is REAL! There is no bs, just great writing that draws me back daily, time after time. You know I just posted my 300th post last week-end and I asked myself, "how in the hell did that happen". We all have stories to tell and some of us have that need more than others. I truly am grateful you share your stories! Take care!!

Evil Twin Sister said...

I enjoy (meaning LOVE!) EVERYTHING you blog about. However, I think it's a little embarrassing that every time I visit, you have EVEN MORE FOLLOWERS than the last time, but hey... Whatever works for you.


MommyHeadache said...

I love your funny stuff from school. Kids make me laugh so much, like my 5 year old said the other day: "Did MJ die because he dyed his face white."

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! :)

I enjoy your stories about school the most, mostly because I can relate so often.

Sometimes I wish you posted a bit more about YOU - your emotions, your opinions, your reactions to the vignettes that you post. But I also understand that this blog is crafted more as a funny/entertainment Erma Bombeck-ish blog (that's a compliment!), so I understand if/why you don't.

And I know your advice is "short" entries, but I often wish your entries were longer. So there. :)

Char said...

Happy Anniversary!! I would've thought you had been blogging way longer, judging by your talent.

Are you kidding? I love anything and everything you write. I guess if I had to pick a fave, it would be the memories and stories. But I am just sentimental that way.

Teacher Mommy said...

I should probably take your advice on the short post thing. Sigh.

And I'm insanely jealous that you've been blogging only a year and have such a massive following! May I apprentice myself at your feet? To what do you owe your amazing success?

I think my favorite posts (although I pretty much like all of them) are the ones about your own family. Though the little kid comments are hi-larious.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

happy blogesversary vm! what do i like here? mostly i like to read about sassy and bitchy. don't ask me why either. maybe i am just thankful they don't live with me! (kidding!) but somehow it's always fun here. well, that and the open bar on the side... just sayin'.

smiles, bee

i like diet coke! ps

Unknown said...

I came, I read, I enjoyed.

Happy blogoversary (and apologies to Caesar).

G. B. Miller said...

Yours was one of the first blogs that I found shortly after I started up mine.

I enjoyed it then, and still enjoy it now.

Even though your visits to mine have dropped due to the busy nature of your life, I do appreciate the time when you do leave a comment.


G (formerly known as Georgie B)

Desert Songbird said...

Only blogging one year and you have a gozillion followers. Geez.

I love your funny stories about your students, kids, families. Your laugh is a riot.

No funny story here, but how about a joke?

A Sheriff in a small town in Texas walks out in the street and sees a blond haired cowboy coming toward him with nothing on but his cowboy hat, his gun and his boots. He arrests him for indecent exposure.

As he is locking him up, he asks 'Why in the world are you walking around like this?'

The cowboy says, 'Well it's like this Sheriff ...

I was in this bar down the road and this pretty little red head asks me to go out to her motor home with her. So I did.

We go inside and she pulls off her top and asks me to pull off my shirt... So I did.

Then she pulls off her skirt and asks me to pull off my pants.... So I did.

Then she pulls off her panties and asks me to pull off my shorts....so I did.

Then she gets on the bed and looks at me kind of sexy and says, 'Now go to town cowboy.. '

'And here I am.'

Desert Songbird said...

Sorry, I meant to type your life is a riot. I can only imagine your laugh. *grin*

Kendra said...

You've made me laugh and cry so you are follwing your own rules! I love the stories about your "kids" and the letters to your real kids! Thanks for sharing!

An Unlikely Retirement said...

Oh, happy day! I can't believe you're making us choose...this is very difficult. But I LOVE those letters to your kids!

Unknown said...

Happy day! Happy One Year of blogging! Me? -into my 4th month. Do visit. Thanks

Kevin McKeever said...

When you say we have moved you, that's a defecation reference, right?

Merry 'versary, Vodka Mom. Keep your groove on.


Chris said...

Congrats on a year! You really have touched a lot of people in a very short period of time... amazing!

I liked your blog advice. I think blogging is so personal for everyone. We all do it for different reasons. My motivation has changed over the past 15 months, who I enjoy reading and why. I'm sure it will continue to evolve.

I enjoy anything you choose to post. I think that's the thing. You find someone you relate to or you simply like for reasons you can't even articulate... so you follow them. Some days the posts are my interesting than others [for all of us], but it's about the supporting the person writing the post. For me... You're genuine and humble. We all have an ego in this blog world, but yours is in check. I like that. I like you. :)

Congratulations again, Deb. xx, Chris

Anonymous said...

Well congrats on your one year anniversay. Today is my first visit to your blog...visiting from sits. Just wanted to say thanks for the lovely tips, they are very honest and thoughtful. I'm sure they will come in handy!

Sarah Elizabeth

Captain Dumbass said...

Ah... what I love? Funny story? Keep it short? Ok.

Everything. Especially when you talk about your garden. That always makes me laugh and laugh and laugh!

When I got married, I left my shoes at home by accident. I wore my best man's and his feet were smaller. He went barefoot.

PS. Good call on keeping things short (even though I've started dragging on of late. And #6! Oy! Can we start a national campaign or something.

You're beautiful. Keep writing.

The Panic Room said...

here :)

*Akilah Sakai* said...

Happy 1 Year Blogaversary!!

Naturally, I love the funny stuff 'cos who doesn't want to laugh here and there? But, I especially love your childhood stories.

I TOTALLY agree about having short 'n sweet posts. My attention span sux!

Angie Ledbetter said...

#5 in your Lessons from Blogging is my life's motto. :)

Wanna know why I come here? It makes me feel good to know somebody messes up as much as I do, and has the grace and good sense to keep moving forward. LOL


Anonymous said...

I found your blog last August, back when I started my first (now retired) blog, and have loved following you ever since. You were only blogging a few more weeks than I had been and you have a gazillion followers and seem to have been established forever... a testament to your talent :-)

I like all the stuff you post, but I think I like your stories about your family best, the more colorful the better.

Congrats on your one-year!

Kathy B! said...

Oh dear. I was all prepared with a funny story until I processed what you've said... I refer to myself and my family by name regularly. Everyone else gets an acronym based on whatever sort of shenanigans they're up to.

How could I fix it now, though, when everyone knows who we are?

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary! (Birthday?)

I love coming here because I never know what to expect. It's usually a laugh, but sometimes it's just a heartfelt post that makes me think.

foxy said...

Happy day to you, VM! I personally love the letters you write to your daughters... it takes me back to my own childhood days and, many times, causes me to shoot whatever i'm drinking out of my nose. :)

foxy said...

And I'm also wondering how you should go from using your families' names to not using them. I've been using my husband's name for a while now - and sometimes my brother or a friend's name. How can i change it now??

DKC said...

Wow! One year and over 900 followers?! Clearly you are doing something right to make us love you.

I think it's the combination of funny stories, heartfelt stories and personally - a lot of similarities!

Happy Anniversary!

*Lissa* said...

Happy Blogiversary! I can't believe you have only been blogging for a year! I enjoy coming here for... YOU!

Anne said...

You rock... love it all... I will say ditto to your list of 'learned'. How hard was it to 'start-over' when you did. I wish I had changed and not put real names and places in my blog...but don't know if I have the energy to re-do...

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

Happy Anniversary!

I know this is lame, but I love all of your posts. Short and pithy, long and poignant. Your stories about your past and your childhood resonate with me.

Thank you for your blog!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Happy anniversary. It is the Bitchy/Sassy stories that draw me in. I have a Bitchy and a Sassy, too, so I totally relate! Kindergarten....Campground. Much the same.

S said...

happy blogiversary.

i love the stories about the kids you teach. they are funny, but they also show how much you care about your students.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Happy Blogoversary and you are looking fabulous for 1 :) You are the teacher we all wish we had (or wish our kids had) - warm, funny and wise (and a lovely friend who reaches out beyond the blog to boot) *raises a martini* x

KrisGC said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm only a week old! So I am new to reading your blog, but appreciate all you have to say! Thanks for the advise, keep writing!

Mercy Langille said...

It's the school stories that draw me. They remind me of when I was teaching that age group and how they can keep you in stitches.

Vodka Logic said...

As usual I am near the end.. I like yours are short and to the point. The humor is great as well.

MY blog anniversary is at the end of the month and I have 15 followers and two are relatives.. lol.

Well done.

Suzy said...

Nothing that has happened to me has happened to anyone else unless people routinely eat drugs off their floor or have asked Mick Jagger where the bathroom is. Is ANYONE else here in show biz?

My only goal in blogging is to make people laugh. My only goal in life is to get other people to clean my house.

WeaselMomma said...

Happy Blogoversary! You can pretty far in 1 year. 10x farther than I (and I thought I was doing pretty good).
Reasons why I come here:
1. In hopes of getting link love to your huge audience (just kidding, but that's the funniest story I have right now).
2. I love to read you. You make me laugh with stories of your class and always have a great take on things. You bring a smile to my face nearly daily and for that I am grateful. I also like your not so funny posts. They make me feel, understand or relate.
3. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT ~ I come here because you are really a special person with some great things to share.

BTW, I can't wait for Blogher and hopefully a chance to meet you. You are on my ultra cool, must have a drink with list.

Pseudo said...

I had just assumed you had been blogging longer than I have, but we started the same time. You are an inspiration to me and have been since the day I discovered you.

Happy One Year Dear One.

Pseudo said...

Oh. And I love them all. The insider stories. The letters. The memories. Keep mixing it up.

Pseudo said...

And I am working on the brevity thing. I'm taking awhile, but hopefully I'll get there.

Hope your next year soars even higher than your first.

Diane J. said...

Happy Anniversary! I can't wait until I'm a year old.

I love to laugh, so when I find blogs that make me laugh, I'm addicted. Having kids, I totally get your posts regarding kids, love them and they make me laugh.

I guess I come to your blog for all the reasons you like blogs.

Thanks for the smiles and I hope you have a splendid day!
Diane J.

April said...

i think you have a good mix of everything! that's why i keep coming back :-)

and... btw, my bloggyversary is next month and i was all proud of myself for hitting 100 followers... holy bejesus, you kicked my ass. LOL.

cheatymoon said...

Happy anniversary, Vodka Mom. Great tips. I read all your posts, but sometimes don't comment. I really love your teacher stories - they usually remind me to pay attention in my classroom to record the sweeter moments of my day.

Thanks so much for being part of the bloggy community. I'm happy to know you and wish you every success.

Christy said...

Happy blog anniversary! My two favorite kinds of posts from you are: memories about your family and snippets your students say. Both are awesome -- even when they're not funny (family memories, I mean). I can't wait to meet you in two weeks! Woo-hoo!

(and GREAT advice...though, like Kate, it's so hard for me to keep 'em short.)

ShanaM said...

One year and over 900 followers. WOW

Marinka said...

Happy Anniversary. Now come the Terrible Two's!

Pamela said...

congrats! I just had my one year anniversary too. How come you have 900+ followers and I only have 22?!
It's OK, I 'll deal :)

I love the funny kid stories (I'm an art teacher, so I know the little dudes are hilarious).

And now I'm going back to my blog and removing everyone's real name...

Mimi Lenox said...

Happy Blogiversary to you!!!

You are looking good for just a young thing. What do I like most about your blog? Hmmm....an evaluation. I simply can't choose one thing. I like the personal stories that make me cry and the hair stand up on my head (like the one about the nursery owner looking like your mother) and I adore the classroom stories. You crack me up with your children at home and I love the fact that you are real.

Don't stop being real.

Lora said...

you know, I love it all. The classroom stories, the personal glimpses into your life, and your awesome sense of humor. It's inspiring. I don't have that humor...just a twinge of sarcasm that doesn't translate well to the blog world!

Happy blog-a-versary!

Unknown said...

congrats on this huge milestone!

Terri said...

Congratulations on your first year! I love everything you write but at the top of the list are your letters to your kids. They're priceless! Thanks for the laughs.

Zip n Tizzy said...

Happy Anniversary! Woo-Hoo. GLad to have shared the last year with you!
We love it all. You strike a nice balance. Just keep doing what you do, and we'll keep coming back!

Joanie said...

Happy Blogiversary.

What I like most about this blog? YOU! You're like the sister I always wanted. And sometimes I think we must have a common relative somewhere...I mean really! We're both so...different, unique, special. Not to mention AWESOME!

Happy blogiversary, Kaknockers!

Andrea said...

Congrats and Happy 1st! This is my first visit to your blog, I look forward to peeking in and checking out the topics you discuss!

Jilly said...

You make me laugh out loud ... that is why I stop by.
I found your blog through my mom's blog (Kathy's Kampground Kapers) and I see that she commented here and said she has her own bitchy and sassy ... I wonder which one I am, hmmm.

@eloh said...

Well here I am, lost in a huge mass of comments. Today was my very first visit. I came here by way of Braja and her post today, or I should say, the post about her.

Then, after reading your post...I went all Black ops and deleted most of my blog, or think I have most of it blocked until I can figure out what to do about all my miss steps....Thanks for the advice.

AiringMyLaundry said...

Happy Anniversary!

I read because you amuse me. It really doesn't matter what you write. I usually giggle regardless. Or if it's serious I'm nodding my head along with you...

My blog entries have a habit of being long. Oops. I tend to prattle on in real life too. I'm sort of like Anne of Green Gables. Without the red hair.

anymommy said...

You. I love you. Of course. And your short, long, funny, school, family, whatever posts.

And gah, everyone always recommends short posts. I'm hopeless at them, no matter what I do, mine get looonnggg. Thanks for slogging through a few of them!

Laura said...

Honesty. as in yours. Love it.
And the picture of you in that split.
Have a crossed a line?

Stacie@hometownperch said...

I love the stories you tell about the kids you work with. I've been working with young children for years and can relate. You have made me laugh out loud so many times. I even shared your blog with my daughter's kindergarten teacher (a rockin lady!) as I knew she'd get a kick out of it.

On a side note. I just moved back to my home town after 12 years. I went back to work for the early learning center I started at in 1995. My former preschoolers are now my assistant teachers. How did that happen?! I could so relate to the post you made about the child (aka 16 year old) driving.

Thanks for sharing your stories.

Joanna Jenkins said...

One year! Wow, that's fantastic! Happy anniversary!
I visit because you crack me up and you write really well. More please!

Joanna Jenkins said...

PS How did you get 930 followers in 1 year?!?!?! That's gotta be a world's record! You rock!

Julia said...

I love your stories from the classroom and the kitchen...you are just real. And real funny. And sometimes sad. But always real.

Happy 1rst anniversary. May there be many, many more.

With all my respect, Julia

SG said...

Happy first anniversary! I came here through Braja's interview.. and well, well well.. you write fantastically. I tend to agree with what Braja says in her interview, you are known for the humor.. and in that area you are talented... but the depth in your writing is what I've become a fan of! Adding myself to the numerous followers of your blog.

LadyFi said...

Happy one-year of writing funny stuff and sad stuff and kid stuff!

You're full of it: stuff, that is. Good old writing stuff.

Oh stuff it! I'm hiding over at my place because when I post this you'll probably think that I didn't think before commenting and there I was trying to be funny but just ending up pathetic...

Coffee with Cathy said...

Happy one-year anniversary! The blogosphere is better for you being in it. Thank you.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

You! You are the best thing about this blog...

And Blogworld in general.



Jeanne Estridge said...

Happy Anniversary! May your next year be even better (because you've got to be getting close to the number of followers that will net you a children's book contract).

I come here because I know it will always be real -- real funny, real feelings -- real.

Mike said...

I agree about short posts, if I wanted to read a book, I'd get some Stephen King!

zelzee said...

Happy Anniversary!

I enjoy all your stories.

Looking forward to many more years with you!

The Grandpa said...

Happy birthday!

What do I like about coming here? I like seeing your mind.

And those were all good pieces of advice, by the way.

K Dubs said...

Happy Anniversary! I come because I think you're freaking hysterical. :)

JM said...

happy 1 year Vodka Mom! It doesn't matter what you write, its all wonderful to read! You have that touch,the magic that reaches out to many people!Cherish that gift!Cheers for a vodka on me!

FRANNIE said...

Congrats on the 1 year annivesary.

I think the stories about the kids are hilarious and frankly I don't know where you find the energy (Grey Goose anyone?)

But my absolute favs are the stories about Bitchy and Sassy. They just crack me up.


for a different kind of girl said...

Happy blog anniversary! I was just thinking this morning that I'm nearing three years with mine. I think it's been three. I suppose this is what they mean when they say time flies, eh?

Lawyer Mom said...

I especially liked your suggestion to "always think before you comment." A comment just for comment's sake is not terribly satisfying.

Short posts, though, are for excellent writers. Which is why mine are long.


Ladybird World Mother said...

Hey, Happy bloggy thingy. One year! How I look up to you when I am only nine months old.
I just love your humour... doesnt matter what you are writing about, whether its letters to your kids, or hilarious tales from the classroom... love it too when you go all serious. have a happy one. Looking forward to the next year and cant wait for you to reach that 1000 followers! Wont be long now, girl...XXXX

apathy lounge said...

Happy Blogaversary! You wear it well!

Maggie May said...

what I like coming here is the brutal honesty. i really, really like it.

happy anniversary!

Unknown said...

First... Happy 1st anniversary.
I come because you make me laugh.

In trying to follow your 5 rules, I have a problem... I am not funny. And I SO wish I was.
And I suck at writing!
I blog because for years I have been the 'ASK Yvonne' girl.
People call me all the time to ask me 'how to's'
I just wanted to save some time and say
'it's on my blog' look it up!
Any advise for me will be treasured!

SweetPeaSurry said...

I love both, the stories from school and the letter's to your lovely children. You're brilliant and talented and funny.

happy one-year anniversary! here's to many many more!


Cajoh said...

Happy Anniversary. I had mine about a month ago myself.

I like your advice that you have. I know that I try to do most, if not all of it. But I still feel that I am not successful. Perhaps I am not funny enough, or I tend to sound stuffy or boring.

Jessica said...

i like that i can come here and laugh at your life and then realize wait a minute...that happened to me yesterday, only i wasn't laughing then....

mayberry said...

I love the funny stories from your classroom! The teen stuff ... well frankly it scares the ever-livin' crap out of me. I'm still dealing with "He took the red cup and I WANT THE RED CUP!"

Brigid said...

With one child about to start kindergarten, I can only hope her teacher has your sense of humor. I love to hear the tales from the classroom. And the older kid stuff scares the crap out of me, but it's good to hear and begin processing. The family stuff gets me every time, too. Nice work.
(long time lurker.)

Laura said...

Happy Anniversary/Birthday! I love to visit here for a good laugh! I don't have a funny story as I'm 37 wks. pregnant w/ my fifth child in 8 years (yes, I did this on purpose, but it doesn't make the end weeks of pg any more pleasant!), I just got rid of my FIL who lived-in with us for FIVE long months for pre-op/surgery/recovery on his back, & he's not my favorite to begin with, & I'm desperatly trying to get my house back in some semblance of order so the newest addition will have a bed & clothes in some place that I can actually find them. Sorry, this congrats turned into a "Tired&Cranky&Bitchy" sob story, but I came here for you to entertain me! ;) Seriously, I'll try to drop a funny one soon--maybe if my water breaks in the middle of school shopping with my four kids? Here's hoping!

Ann Imig said...

How lame am I, a true bloggy friend, yet 150th on the list?


I've spent the entire weekend chasing around the cutest pair of hellions you've ever seen. And crying. And drinking. And beating the hell out of Husband for no good reason (never is, poor dear)

I can't wait to give you a huge hug at Blogher.

Debbie, you're a phenomenon for a reason. I love your humor I love the kids stories I love your insight I love the variety I love your humility.

Great tips. I actually have the same questions lately. Do people grow tired of humor? Would they like something more in depth from me? Or is it nice to know places to go where you can hopefully/reliably laugh.


Stacy Uncorked said...

Happy Blogoversary! Time flies, doesn't it? :)

Unfortunately I tend to be on the wordy side with my blog...but once in a blue moon, I do keep it short...mostly. For you, I'll try to work on it more! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love absolutely everything about your fabulous blog - happy 1st birthday!

I esp love your humour, in whatever situation - the way you describe events is hilarious!

Keep up the entertaining work VM :-)

wfbdoglover said...

Holy Crap! 152 comments! I love your blog and your stories. Sadly, they are not the same since you "got in trouble", but I still enjoy them.

I appreciate your rules, I learned my own lessons and that is why no one can comment anymore on my blog.

Anyhow, I do enjoy reading and I do read every single one! I figured when you were getting 60 comments, you didn't need anymore from me - look at you now! 153 :)

Happy Blogobirthday!


Anonymous said...

I just love you! Happy Blog Birthday. I enjoy all of it. I can picture your kids so I love their stories. I love your bad luck stories, and of course the kid stories. You are a PHENOMENAL teacher. I am so glad you are resiliant and can bounce. I cannot wait to read your blog each day. You need to follow your dream, publish a children's book, and gimme something to read to my own students year after year. Won't I be the cool teacher when I can tell them I know you?!!! xoxo -TallSkinnyB*tch

Joanie said...

P.S. I'm super envious. You blog for a year and get 150+ comments on the post. I blog for seven years and get 19 comments, two of which were mine.


Boozy Tooth said...

CONGRATULATIONS, happy birthday, and happy anniversary.

I have only been blogging for a little over a year and do it mostly to stay in touch with family (in other words, I have no real platform), but I love it so much and have enjoyed dipping my toe in the blogosphere culture. I'm still learning though.

Thank you for all your tips. I officially have broken all your rules. Is it too late to start over??

As a faithful reader, thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing a blog that is not only entertaining, but pure and genuine and amazingly inventive. I love you, Vodka Mom.

Wendy said...

So first I will make this short, becasue long comments are as agrivating as a long post. I am a short poster myself. Not sure how I found your blog, but I can always count on you to start my day off with a short hilarious post usually involving your family!

Keep up the good work!

As Cape Cod Turns said...

Happy Blog-aversary!
Why do I come to your blog?
*because of the funny stories from school
*because of your honest feelings for your kids
*because sometimes your stories make me cry
So I guess I can say, keep it up! You are doing a great job!

Pollyanna said...

I love everything about your blog!

I occassionally write "books" on my blog, but I've had the sense to break it into two parts.

Thank you for putting yourself out there.

Fancy Schmancy said...

A belated very happy anniversary!

Unknown said...

Happy Blogoversary! I didn't realize we started our blogs the same time. My anniversary passed with no fanfare on the 8th. I didn't even acknowledge it. Congrats friend! Love taking this ride with you. Can't wait to meet you at BlogHer!

LORI said...


Anonymous said...

Sorry I am a few days late. But I love your blog. I love all the posts. You do an awesome job mixing it up with your stories. You keep me interested. I love it. Thanks for the laughs!

Magpie said...

Happy congratulations!

Kat said...

Wow, I've been lurking a whole year now and never commented? I don't think there is just one thing that I love, but the Bitchy letters do make my day!

Unknown said...

Happy belated birthday...I've been a bit absent from blogging lately while I devour some teen vampire books (and yes, I DID catch that mild dig at vampire books a few days back).

As for your question, I don't think I could possibly narrow down my favorite part of your blog except to tell you that you led me down the path to be more of the blogger that I want to be (not that I actually am yet, but I least I know - unfortunately capturing our family memories and showing off my cute kids is still getting in the way).

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Happy Blogoversary! Sorry I'm late--I was on vacation drinking I mean hiking.

AS Amber said...

Happy anniversary!! You don't look a minute over 364 days!

I love the stories about your sister. And your kids. And your class. Oh and Tightwad. And you.

The end.

Notes From ABroad said...

Mothers Day, 2010 ... I was here today.

I am also here every other day since I discovered your wonderful blog, full of love and laughter and advice..

You are making a difference, cheers to you !


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