It’s my little blog baby’s birthday today and I couldn’t be more proud of her first year of life. She’s come a long way since her inception on September 4th, 2010 and her parents have too.
When I started this blog, I was an unemployed bride-to-be obsessed with wedding planning, excited about marrying my dream guy, and convinced that the only person who’d read my posts about the quest to ever after would be me. That was one year ago and the last 12 months have brought about quite a few pleasant surprises.
Our dream wedding went off without a hitch (seriously, it was the only beautiful day in October) and everyone had the best time ever, I landed my dream job when I wasn’t even looking, and according to Google Analytics an average of 800 people visit Man Wife and Dog a day (which is 799 more than I expected). Phew! I’m truly overwhelmed and humbled by the awesomeness of it all. I just want to take this moment to thank each and every one of you who visits Man Wife and Dog Blog – I love and cherish every visit, comment, “like”, “follow”, share, and subscription – seriously.
Now, let’s celebrate this special birthday, with a flashback party. Here’s a recap of the best of Man Wife and Dog Blog, year one.
Your Favorite Posts
These were some of the most shared and commented posts, so far. (In case you missed ‘em.)
Reader Response: Yes, Happily Married Couples Have Problems Too
When a reader attacked the authenticity of my marriage so many of you weighed in on their negativity and my positive response.
An Open Letter to the Guys Who Ask Why We Can’t Be Just Friends
I ranted, you retweeted, and we all vented a little…
True Wedding Story: Our Purple, Black and White Dream Wedding
You were all about our wedding details and we couldn’t be more flattered.
Women Are Apples, Men Are Tree Climbers
A beautiful analogy that inspired quite a few…
The Tale of the Women Who Googled Me to Get to My Husband
Yup, there are a lot of “thirsty” women out there. I shared my story and you felt my pain.
10 Things I Can Do to Make My Husband Happy That Won’t Make Me Any Less
I explored happiness with a new approach…
I Tried That Marriage Advice Will Smith Gave Me
I had a chance to chat casually with actor Will Smith about making marriage work and his advice has been working…
VLOG: The Man Explains Why Men Fear Your Purse
If you haven’t seen one of The Man’s popular “man moments” vlogs, you’re missing out. This one is by far the most popular, and the funniest. I get frequent requests for him to rant more…
Love Homework: Experience A First Together
I took my husband to church for the first time (like ever in his life) and our quest for spiritual bonding touched your hearts.
Real Wife Confession: My Husband Chose Porn Over Me
Many of you were moved by one newlywed’s tale of how her seemingly happy marriage rapidly deteriorated.
Surviving Mother’s Day Without My Mother
I shared my story and so many of you reached out with kind words of support and understanding – thank you.
Your Man Says He Likes You Just the Way You Are, But Do You?
The story behind my massive weight loss and a look at self love, confidence, and patience…
The Hottest Topics
These posts resonated with many of you and sparked quite a few interesting debates…
Are You Giving Your Husband What You Expect of Him?
I challenged you to be the kind of spouse you require for yourself, and it definitely opened some eyes…
Dear Husband: I Admit I Snooped Through Your Phone Last Night
A wife’s right, or not? You battled it out big time…
How to Successfully Nag Your Husband
My little how-to guide was a hit, and many of you got out those pads and took plenty of notes…
Sex As A Bargaining Tool, When to Hold and When to Fold
This one certainly ruffled a few feathers…
How to Play Your Marriage Like the Lottery
My little analogy went a long way…
Dear Husband: Regrettably I’m Not Ready to Change My Last Name (Just Yet)
Who knew so many of you would relate?…
4 Things You Should Always Let Your Husband Handle (Even If You Know You Can)
This list was very much debated, and also wildly popular (MSN.com even shared it!)…
If Your Marriage Got Pulled Over, What Would You Get A Ticket For?
Only thing funnier than this question was the totally candid answers from you guys that followed…
Some of My Personal Favorites
A few of my all time favorite – although admittedly random – posts.
We Are So Not the Huxtables (Our Very Unmarriedlike Behavior)
The true confessions of a not-so-traditional married couple.
Good, Better, Best: Could Your Marriage Use A Boost
A look back at three generations of strong woman and how their words have shaped my outlook on marriage…
Our New 15 Minute Rule
We only give ourselves 15 minutes to do this ….can you guess what it is?
An Ode to 90s RnB and The Women Who Felt They Were Singing Their Lives With the Song
My out-of-the-blue ode to the musical era I’m still stuck in was an overnight hit and SO much fun to write…
How Do You Spell Marriage?
My little spelling bee was a nice exercise for our marriage and totally therapeutic…
8 Ways to Shop At Target Without Spending All Your Money
My shopping secrets revealed…
My Husband Will Never Get A Hall Pass From Our Marriage
My reaction to the concept behind the movie “Hall Pass”…
Wives You Loved
Our weekly inspiration column “Meet A Wife Mondays’ really took off and became the most popular series on the blog. Here are a few of your favorite wives who dropped by to pay us a visit and share their “wifey wisdom”.
Okay, your turn! What was your favorite Man Wife and Dog Blog moment so far? Please share it with us below.