Tuesday, April 03, 2007

happy anniversary to meeeeee: bear with me for some solipsistic meta-blogging

It was one year ago today that I started the Drunken Housewife blog, and I don't know about you, but my expectations have been exceeded. I've had more fun with it than I expected.

At first, I didn't tell anyone I'd started the blog -- not even the Sober Husband -- and I didn't give out the URL. I wanted to build up a respectable enough body of posts before I asked anyone to read it. After a while, I gave the URL to some friends. Then people started reading it who came across it by chance. I think the first person to write a comment who didn't actually know me was the Freewheeling Spirit. I assumed he was a woman, a fellow mommy, heh. Indeed, probably the biggest surprise was that the most enthusiastic followers of the blog have been men. Although I didn't set out to write "a mommy blog", I figured that since I am a stay-at-home mother at present, whatever I had to say would primarily appeal to other mommies, but that was not the case.

One of the highlights of the year was when Iris's "I am a rockstar and I pee everywhere with my penis" lyrics were picked up by the Daily Kos and Wonkette (via the Freewheeling Spirit) the day after the last elections. I loved the fact that across the country, so many politicians and their hacks were reading the major political sites for analysis and were brutally accosted with the rock and roll gospel of my seven year-old diva.

I've had a lot of fun with the readers who write comments. Thank you to each and everyone of you --- even the one who flamed me (only one flame in a year!) and the one who posted the signs of binge drinking.

Thanks also to everyone who has posted a link to my blog on their site. Everytime I run across someone's recomendation of this blog as a decent way to pass a few minutes as we all march towards the grave, you bring a smile to the aging visage of a middle-aged sot.

Our esteemed Celebrity Guest Judge, Hughman, and I are close to making some awards for the photo contest. The problem is that we have a number of fabulous entries, and we aren't agreeing upon a clear winner or even two clear winners. (Also, to be honest, it's been a rough few days and yer old Drunken Housewife has had offline life issues to contend with, not to mention that I'm on level 67 on Pirate Poppers). We'll be sharing some photos and announcing some winners soon.

And in closing, a major shout-out of love, ah glorious love, to the patient Sober Husband, who, although not exactly a devoted fan of the blog, has never complained about anything I've written about him here and who has, upon occasion, devoted quite a bit of time to writing entries when I've inveigled him into answering reader's questions. He's brilliant, he's handsome, and he has a sense of humor, not to mention that he is fascinatingly eccentric. He has held my interest for a decade, which is more than anyone else has ever done. (So stay tuned for another year of me complaining about his lofty intellectual antics).


Silliyak said...


shabbyvtchic said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm especially happy to have had the opportunity to read your blog daily. You've provided your readers with a larger than ever window- inviting us to giggle and groan as we read the eclectic details of your everyday life. A life so fascinating in comparison to the ins and outs of a rural county girl- 15 minutes from folks who live in trees. This is way better than any message board we've visited at over the years (8 years now!)... and here I really get to know and appreciate the comic spirits of Iris & Lucy. Gush gush.. you know I love you! Cheers to an incredible year. I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

And I'm sorry I wasn't able to get my pathetic ass in gear. I really wanted to contribute to the contest. After dealing with two deaths, 17 mini-books and a husband who dared asked what I had done with my time all day... I found myself without creative energy. Yes, it does happen.


TexInTheCity said...

Congrats! It's been a pleasure reading your blog and I look forward to another year of great post.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I discovered your blog a few months ago. I always get a kick out of your posts. You're a fab writer and your take on homelife makes me laugh out loud.

All the best!

JKG said...

I confess: It was IUA and her rockstar penis that brought me here on a tip from the 'Kos community. Somehow, I've failed to leave, even posting a link on my own electronic backwater.

Happy blogday.

Silliyak said...

If I am in the running, please let someone else win. I won the FIRST contest, and possibly the best prize. I am content.

hughman said...

dear silliyak -

I won the first contest! not you! so you are hereby still in the running for the photo contest.

Silliyak said...

Dear Hughman,
Gee, now I don't have an excuse if I don't win! What contest did you win?

the Drunken Housewife said...

Hughman won the Tell Us Something Weird About Yerself contest, and he won the prize that I wrote the post of his command!