Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
On this day in 2009, I wrote my first blog post. During these eight years, my blog has had 980,451 page views. Most of the viewers are in the U.S., but those of you in the U.K. and Canada have hung in there with me, too. (I ignore views from Russia because Willy Dunne Wooters assures me that those are spambot.)
My blog has changed a lot over the years. I'm not the bitter person who signed her early posts with the pseudonym Dumped First Wife. I'm also not the giddy, post-divorce woman who used the name Lola. Now I'm just me, Janie Junebug.
My dog situation has changed, too. I moved to Florida in 2009 with four dogs. One of the four returned to Illinois very quickly because she seemed to be allergic to Florida. The other three have passed away. I'm grateful that Franklin and Penelope are here to take care of me, and very grateful that they write their own blog posts.
Sometimes I love blogging. I certainly enjoy the many people I meet. In the early days, blogging was my therapy. I still enjoy blogging, but I can't say I have the fervent desire to write the almost-daily posts that I once had.
I haven't even scolded you much about grammar lately. I've covered a lot of grammatical ground. People who write "should of" instead of "should have" are going to continue to do so in spite of my protests.
I've made my share of mistakes, too, and I don't mean typos only. I've been rude to some visitors to my blog and hurt some feelings with comments I made.
One problem that can't be erased is that I associated the name of a great blogger with the topic of see-through yoga pants. My most popular post ever is Rick Watson & The Sheer Yoga Pants, viewed by 30,346 seekers. I never intended to link Rick, a real sweetheart who blogs at Life 101, for all eternity with those unattractive yoga pants. It simply happened that the first part of the post was about Rick and the second part was about sheer yoga pants.
I've also doomed myself to seeing these search terms turn up in my stats on a regular basis: big ass in yoga pants, big butts in yoga pants, sheer yoga pants, big ass women, and so on and so forth.
In honor of the popularity of sheer yoga pants, however, I'll say farewell to 2017 with this view:
Happy New Year! See you in 2018.
Infinities of love,
A very happy blogoversary to you - and many more to come.ReplyDelete
And yes, her butt does look big in those pants.
Happy New Year.
And we can see quite clearly that she's wearing a thong.Delete
I didn't know your earlier incarnations, and managed to miss those yoga thingies. But I'm glad you picked me up along the way,ReplyDelete
I'm glad I picked you up, too. You looked lonely on that street corner.Delete
Well happy blogoversary to you, yes Rick from Life 101 is a sweetheart and yes those yoga pants are shocking and should not be worn in publicReplyDelete
Thanks for your good wishes. I still see a lot of women in see-through clothing items. I think Kim Kardashian started the trend.Delete
Blogs evolve as we do and hopefully we learn something along the way, not only about blogging, but also about ourselves. I'm glad you're still here. So many bloggers I've followed have decided to quit, either after many years, or just one. It's not the most popular social media, but I've always found it to be a very comforting place for me. Happy blogoversary! Or is it blogaversary? Or blogiversary? Who knows? It's not even a word! lolReplyDelete
I guess we get to make up the spelling we prefer. I think I've spelled it different ways at different times.Delete
Happy Blogoversary to you! I'm so glad to have met you here! ❤ReplyDelete
I'm glad I met you, and I'm sooooo glad you got a new job.Delete
Happy Blogoversary and wishing you a very Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and Mrs. C.Delete
Happy Blogoversary to you! I've been blogging since 2007, and my blog has changed so much of the years. I used to be much funnier, but sadly my life has turned a great deal more serious, so I suppose that's reflected in what I write about. Yoga pants (or what we call leggings in the UK) are rarely a good look.ReplyDelete
I didn't realized you'd been blogging that long. I think of yoga pants and leggings as two different things. I have some leggings. They are not shear and I only wear them with long sweaters or with a skirt over them. No one needs to look at my big butt.Delete
So that's what sheer yoga pants look like? Kinda scary.ReplyDelete
I missed your Dumped First Wife days. I got to know you through your Lola persona. She was certainly a feisty, foul-mouthed kinda gal. I liked her immediately.
My blog's tenth anniversary is coming up in a little less than a year, on October 12th. If I'd posted it only one minute later, my tenth anniversary would have been October 13th.
At the time, I liked Lola, too. She was a wild child. Ten years of blogging: you've hung in there in spite of a hiatus or two.Delete
Happy blogoversary!! Now you have me wondering how long I've been blogging and if I have changed much--other than writing less often. I think we bumped into each other when you were at the tail end of Lola. Isn't blogging the most amazing thing? We wouldn't have met otherwise. Congrats. Neck scratches for the dogs, too. ;)ReplyDelete
I know: two mostly stay-at-home women, one in Fargo and one in Jacksonville could become good friends because of blogging.Delete
Change can be good. Wishing you many more enjoyable years of blogging. Cheers!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Happy New Year!Delete
At least she has something on underneath even though it isn't much.ReplyDelete
Eight years goes by quickly, doesn't it? I'm glad you're still here.
I'm glad I'm still here, too. I can't believe it's been eight years.Delete
Have a happy "Versary" I enjoy reading your blog and have since the Lola incarnation. I agree that blogs as well as the people who write them evolve into a slightly different version as time passes. Here's to another 8 + years!ReplyDelete
I don't know if I'll last another eight years, but you never know. Janie Junebug might turn into someone else.Delete
Thank you, Coffey. I miss Lola, too, but I couldn't keep her going. She's too different from me.ReplyDelete
♪♫♪ Happy blogoversary to you,ReplyDelete
Happy blogoversary to you,
Happy blogoversary to you, Dear Janie,
Happy blogoversary to you!! ♪♪♫
Thank you. That was beautiful.Delete
I cannot believe you could be mean. Good I didn't meet you until 2010. Or sometime back then. Happy new year to you and to Pen and Franklin. And, it was Almanzo and Laura who lost the Dakota homestead.ReplyDelete
Let's say I've been unpleasant a few times. I think my train has derailed on the Almanzo and Laura conversation. I remember you saying something about them, but my memory is probably worse than yours.Delete
Happy Happy Gud Day !ReplyDelete
I still do not understand wearing tights as pants no matter what your size.
cheers, parsnip and mandibles
At least I can assure that my clothes aren't shear. I usually even wear a camisole under my shirt unless it's August and so hot that I don't care about anything.Delete
Happy Blogoversary, I am coming up on five years in February and that might be it, I think.ReplyDelete
Wishing you a Happy New Year Janie!
I hope that's not it. I'd miss your poetry.Delete
Happy Blogoversary and a Happy New Year. May 2018 be the best year ever.ReplyDelete
I don't think it can get much worse.Delete
I figure there's not much point in wearing sheer clothing; you might as well go around nekkid as a jaybird :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you are just you; you're a good 'un.
Thank you. I yam what I yam and I likes what I yam.Delete
A gigantic congrats on your blogging anniversary. I think we've all gone through a number of changes in our blogs over the years. There are times I love being involved in blogging and other times I just want to give it all up. The blog hops do my head in.
Based on that photo, it appears your blog has reached the bottom.
Have a marvellous 2018, Janie.
Penny's human dad,
If I've reached the "bottom," then I have nowhere to go but up.Delete
Actually, "then I have nowhere to go 'butt' up."Delete
So true. You are clever, Gary, or maybe Penny told you to write it.Delete
Well, I like that you're just you, someone who is lots of fun. Happy blogoversary. Wishing you many more. And also wishing you a very happy 2018!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year!Delete
I’m happy with all you have in your life now and hope I did not write should of:). Now, how can these women do yoga wearing ass floss?ReplyDelete
I don't know how anyone does anything wearing ass floss. I can't stand it when my granny panties creep up a bit.Delete
Lovely visual! Lol. Happy New Year, Janie :)ReplyDelete
Yes, so beautiful.Delete
Happy new year, my new friend! and a big ole LOL re that photo. LOLReplyDelete
LOL to you!Delete
Hi Janie. First time visiting and, gotta congratulate you already! :)ReplyDelete
Hope I see you around. And of course, Happy New Year, dear!
Thank you and welcome.Delete
Wow, 2009! I have no idea when I started and am afraid to look. Thank you for keeping on and evolving, I've certainly enjoyed the ride. Cheers to you, your blog and whatever the future holds.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Pickleope.Delete
Hi Janie - congratulations on the Carry On blogging syndrome ... and here's to many more. Good luck with the coming year and all things - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
Thanks, Hilary. I hope your snow has melted.Delete
Congratulations on your blog anniversary... it is amazing how our blog changes. I began writing in 2004, missing the Mountainous West which had been my home for over a decade and making fun of Bush II who was in the White House. Now I find myself looking back and thinking he wasn’t so bad even though I do still find myself missing the West. Blessings for a great 2018ReplyDelete
Trump makes George W. look like a genius.Delete
You never know what's going to be popular. Is that Rick in the sheer yoga pants? Poor guy. Now I'm associating him with that photo.ReplyDelete
Happy blogoversary and Happy New Year, my friend.
I'm grateful for our friendship.
Blogland would be a lot less fun without you, Penelope and Franklin.
Happy New Year and Blogversary to you! I think you're just misunderstood if you hurt anyone feelings but then we do have a society of people who are easily offended. I think you're awesome and have learned a few things from you. Unfortunately, you're right I think people will keep making the same mistakes on purpose or accidentally despite your protests. Here's to another new year of fun, mewsic, and friendship. May God's blessings be with you throughout 2018! ;)
Happy Blogiversary and Happy New Year, Janie! Too funny about the big butts and yoga pants. ☺ It's true; people aren't likely to correct their grammar mistakes, but the one you mentioned drives me nuts! That, and using "loose" instead of "lose". GRRR! I didn't get to meet Lola, but she sounds like fun. Love your Franklin and "Penlapee" posts. Cheers from Canada!ReplyDelete
Happy Blogoversary! Long may your blog continue! And Happy New Year too!ReplyDelete
Happy Blogoversary, and many more! You have run up impressive numbers indeed.ReplyDelete
Happy Blogversary! Life changes, doesn't it? I no longer blog 7 days a week either. It takes too much time, and honestly, my kids don't provide as much funny material to blog about. They're teenagers now. I think I'll have to reinvent what I blog about if Mama Diaries is going to continue. I hope you continue to blog. I'm very happy I met you. You are an excellent editor! Happy 2018!ReplyDelete
Maybe you should turn yourself into the persona I killed, Lola, who was a wild woman. Some people miss her.Delete
Hey Janie, sorry I'm behind on my blog reading. I just saw this one and it made me snort coffee out my nose.ReplyDelete
I should have sent you a picture of me in my thin yoga pants. They're are a hit on my Monday night community yoga class.
Also, did you get the job?
Will exchange information on job for photo of you in thin yoga pants.Delete
That picture is scary! :)ReplyDelete
Have a glorious weekend, Janie.
Congratulations, Janie! I started blogging in 2012 ~ Put up my first post, and then couldn't find my blog for months ~ I think we've all learned a lot as we've written post after post after post. Those yoga pants are scary!ReplyDelete
Hey, happy blogoversary!! I didn't know you back in your wild days, but I like the Janie I do know and will be glad to keep getting to know you.ReplyDelete
I came back to blogging kicking and throwing a fit. I'm just not the blogger I used to be, or much of anything I used to be. You're the first person I've ever heard that knows there IS such a thing as being allergic to Florida. My Beau used to chew on his legs until he had yellow rings around them. The vet said it's known as "White dog syndrome" to Florida.ReplyDelete
The dog with the allergies wasn't exactly white, but she had very light-colored fur. I always called her a blonde.Delete
You do have at least one reader in France, but he tends to turn-up quite late.ReplyDelete
Whenever readers turn up, they're welcome.Delete
LOL! Oh my. Well that's something to be known for, I suppose. Happy blogoversary! (Late.) I'm going on 10 years soon, but I haven't been as consistent in my blogging as you. I suppose that's what happens when you have a couple kids while in your blogging prime, eh? I loved reading about the evolution of your blog. It's amazing how much difference a decade makes.ReplyDelete