That's all the subject heading has to say, apparently, to get more views than almost any other post I have ever written.
This blog is chiefly an adoption blog. Secondarily, a blog about the chaos that goes along with raising a large family. Other topics also include special needs and farm chores, and sometimes just the random, amusing stuff of life.
What it is NOT is a blog about Labrador Retrievers.
However, to look at my blog stats, you would never know it. The post I wrote about my Lab's ear surgery is the second most highly read post on my entire blog, and is poised to take over the #1 spot (Meeting My Babies) any time now. Week to week it is often my most highly read post.
Since my rank seems to be sliding downhill on the Top Mommy Blog site, perhaps if I want to increase my readership (and the subsequent, hope-hope, votership), I should stop writing about what I want to write about and start writing instead about what's HOT.
To that end, I just looked up what is trending right now and here it is....
TRENDING NOW 1.Tom Hanks 2.Tori Spelling 3.Eddie Vedder 4.Happily Divorced 5.Smartphones 6.Social Security … 7.Cabbage Patch Ki… 8.Donald Trump 9.Father's Day gif… 10.Gay marriage
OK, so #1, Tom Hanks. Met him once at the after party of my sister's Broadway premier. I have a picture. Picture alone of him in a tux and me in a $29 dress from TJ Max isn't too scintillating, but perhaps if I photoshopped it?
#2, Tori Spelling. Again, my only connection is with my sister, whom I believe did a pilot with her many moons ago.
#3, Eddie Vedder. Who?
#4, Happily divorced. I guess if you want to be trendy it's better to be happily divorced than happily married. I'll have to break the news to Fred. But hey, it's for the popularity of my all-important blog, people. Don't judge me.
#5, Smartphones. I already know my phone is smarter than me, but until it can do laundry and cook dinner for 8, that don't impress me much (to quote Shanaia Twain. Hey, is she trendy? And how do you spell her name???)
#6, Social Security. Alright, I'm losing interest already.
#7 - 10, Cabbage Patch Kids, Donald Trump, Father's Day gifts, Gay marriage
Perhaps I can market two gaily married Cabbage Patch dolls (one with Donald Trump hair) as a Father's Day gift for the Dad who has everything. Now THAT'S a subject heading that might get some hits.
Like Mr. Rogers used to say (paraphrased), Won't - you be - my Followers?
A Little History
Quite frankly, I don't know what I was thinking at the time. We went from 3 kids by birth to "oh, let's adopt a 4th" without a whole lot of deliberation.
While adopting said 4th (in Kazakhstan), we met a young man of 8 yrs by the name of Borya. Thought he was a pretty nice kid and years later found out we could adopt him too. Only thing was, he came as a 2-in-1 package with his younger sister Ylia. What the hay, said we, and rushed headlong into the adoption process. Again. To adopt two kids that were 10 and 13 at the time.
Started a blog to keep track of where my head was in this adoption game. When Borya and Ylia arrived home, we were suddenly the proud parents of six kids, ages 9, 10, 11, 11, 13 and 13.
That was back in 2009, but I still blog. I figure what doesn't make us laugh makes us cry, and I'd rather be laughing.
Also? We live on a farm(ish) with a few dozen critters. You're just as likely to read a post about the farming side of things as you are the parenting side. Thought you might want to know in case you have allergies or something.
As for the structure of this blog, I pretty much post on a daily basis, and I tend to be all over the place in what I write about, so if it's nice, neat and compartmentalized you're looking for, be off with you now, you won't find it here.
I do have some structure, though, I'm not a total bohemian. I roll like this:
Mon: Mirth Monday. A little somethin' to make you chuckle.
Tues: Sometimes Adoption Tuesday, sometimes A Tip For Tuesday, sometimes random thoughts.
Weds: Wordless Wednesday. Usually a photo or some artwork from myself or one of my oh-so-talented children.
Thurs: all random, all the time.
Fri: Farm Friday. Speaks for itself.
Sat, Sun: More random musings.
Feel free to explore and don't be shy -- drop me a line to say hello, and be sure to add yourself as a follower. Feeds my ego in a big way. I'm very insecure.
Cast of Characters
Meet the fambly:
Our Family in 2009
I'm on Top Mommy Blogs!
An award? For ME?
The Lazy Mom Award for Most Popular Lazy Mom Tip of 2011 is.....