I can’t believe I’ve been chugging away for a year now at writing up posts and still trying to figure out how to use my camera. It just seemed like yesterday I was setting up the blog and trying to come up with a name. I went through a few names before finally deciding on Prepared Housewives – I was tired of listening to women aspire to be nothing more than desperate ones (and hoping one day to get their own show). I believe women are better than that and have much more to offer society and to their families!.
I truly want women (and men) to be prepared and hope that I’ve accomplished that in at least a small way this year. So thanks to each of you that have stopped by the blog to see what’s going on, especially the ones that have subscribed and left comments (preferably the nice ones ;).
Sometimes I curse the stats button, because pressing it can become super addicting. I can’t help but be curious to see if anyone is even looking at my blog (besides my mom who did confirm she looks at it sometimes).
Some days it’s awesome, and some days not so much ;) For anyone that’s curious, here’s how the blog has done over the first year! It could definitely use some TLC from a non sleep-deprived-ADD-mom of 4, but until then it’s stuck with me (insert evil laugh here)!
- VIEWS: 275,000
- COMMENTS: 900 (Seriously, thanks for taking a moment to make my day!)
- POSTS: This is the 100th one!!!
- SUBSCRIBERS: 700 (You guys ROCK! – Stay tuned this week I have something for you!)
- And a HUGE shout-out to the 15% of Guys that are brave enough to hang out here! Don’t worry, I do have some more Manly posts in the works just for you!
I’ve definitely learned a lot about blogging and myself this past year. There are definitely moments where it’s been Bad, Crazy, and downright Awesome!
I thought I would go ahead and get the bad out-of-the-way first ;)
I heard there were internet trolls out there, but never realized they would hunt down small boring bloggers like me to leave a piece of their mind.
It’s sometimes a little nerve-wracking pushing the publish button and then waiting to see if they will come out of their caves to give me an emotional beating. When I first encountered this it really stung, but I’ve come to realize they are everywhere. I guess their moms just never got around to washing their mouths out with soap or teaching them some decent behavior – like how to voice their opinion without threatening to cause bodily harm to the entire family and their pet Fluffy!
Maybe these people exist solely to toughen the rest of us up. Even though I would love to help people everywhere be better prepared, I’ve learned some people just don’t give a crap and have no problem telling you that ;)
One of the rudest comments I first received was how stupid I was for writing yet another post on Rocket Stoves. Maybe it was the millionth post done about them, but it’s been repined now over 55,000 times and viewed over 75,000. Not too bad for a post that was so awful as he explained ;)
It doesn’t end there though – Some people hate what I do and have even dedicated entire posts about it; I’ve had to deal with internet thieves who claim my work as their own; And my favorite was when a mom dropped by to tell me I was going to Hell for teaching my kids where meat really comes from.
Which leads me to the next thing –
One of the very first questions I ever received from an anonymous cat lady was – “What would you do if things resorted to cannibalism, would you eat people?” She then explained she had no problem with it and that was actually her plan if things came to that.
I know some of you don’t like scare tactics, but just FYI, if you aren’t prepared – cat lady isn’t eating her cats when things get bad – she is eating you!
And then there is the AWESOME!!! Even though there are days when the computer is halfway through the window, a moment like one of these comes along:
- The Daily Prep does an episode about me! (My dream is to do a Prepisode one day :)
- Chosen as Survival Mom of the Month
- Made the Top 50 Best Prepper Websites
- Picked as a Top Pinner for Preparedness
- Invited to Be on the Radio (twice)
- Asked to Give Expert Advice (lol)
- Made Some Amazing Friends (I need to update my list!)
- Most of all – Getting to interact and hear from YOU!
Thank you for making this such a fun year full of surprises! I definitely learned a lot, even if it was just how to thicken my skin ;)
To celebrate my 1 year blogging anniversary (and my birthday) I’m going to share some of my very favorite things this week. And as a Big Thank You to my followers I’ll be giving them away to one of you!
I know I’m not Oprah (definitely don’t have her budget), but I found some great things I think everyone should have or at least know about!
So stay tuned this week to see what they are and enter for your chance to win them all…