Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Losing My Virginity

Remember when you first started blogging? Remember how excited you got when you someone visited your blog and left you your first comment EVER? Would you go so far as to say it felt like someone had popped your blog-cherry? I would. It didn't really hurt, but it DID feel like something had changed. In a good, rite-of-passage type way.

Well, I recently realized that I've been sleeping with you reading some of your blogs for up to 5 months now and in most cases I still don't know your story--the story behind your blog that is. For instance:

Who are the doctors and why are they bald?

What ARE you doing in that handbasket?

Why is the "K" in the Silent K silent?

And what the heck does Dribblingwitt??? ... mean?
I'm sure I could go searching through each and every one of your archives to find out the backstory behind your blog. But I am lazy. So I am asking you: What's your story? How did you decide on the title/tag line for your blog?

Oh, and if you're wondering what the deal is with my tag line, you can read my very first post, A Few Words for the Record.

But, hey, if you do read that post, please leave me a comment if you can. Cuz let's face it, just because I'm not a virgin anymore, doesn't mean I don't still wanna get laid.


Anonymous krista said...

Haha. I remember my first blog cherry popper. She doesn't come around much now, but whenever I get a comment from her it makes me really happy. Because she was the first "stranger" who ever commented on my site.

When I started my blog The Silent K, my intent was to use it mostly as a knitting blog. The "k" in the word "knitting" is silent, and my name also starts with "K" In person, I'm kind of a quiet person... so, it fit. I rarely post about knitting anymore though, so I've had a few people jokingly call me "Rista"

3:49 AM  
Blogger K. said...

I too can remember the first time someone I didn't know left a comment on my blog. I couldn't help but think -- wow... you mean people are actually reading this stuff??!!

4:00 AM  
Anonymous Kvetch said...

I have posts somewhere in my archives about how I chose my blog name. I know it had a lot to do with being accused of complaining a lot. Add in being Jewish and you get Kvetch. Ta Dah! As for comments, I'm still amazed at them each day. They are my drug of choice. I always want more (it's a problem and I'm working on it, isn't admitting you've got a problem the first step to recovery?)

5:32 AM  
Blogger Marcie said...

You are definitly not a virgin anymore. 58 comments on a post makes you a very popular girl;) I agree with k., when I started my blog I had no idea people would look at it (this was before I found the mommy blog circle). When I got my first comment from a random stranger, who had probably hit the NextBlog button, it was freaky.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

Your first post was funny, yo! That shit did hurt like a mofo, didn't it?

About the title of my blog...'going to hell in a handbasket' has always been one of my favourite quotes, one I use frequently. I was on a website a long time ago and I saw that quote, "Where am I going...and why am I in this handbasket?", and I thought it was funny, because of my past history with the handbasket quote.

I decided last summer while heavily pregnant with Oliver that I wanted to start a blog and I knew then that I wanted to use that quote for the title of my blog. It's just so fitting for me, and I thought it was kinda catchy.

Thanks for asking. :)

5:57 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Goodness. i can't even remember who left my first stranger comment. I know I was thrilled beyond belief though! I still am. Whenever anybody leaves me a comment and I don't know them I immediately click over to their site and see who they are and try to figure out where they came from!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Dee Dee said...

I've been meaning to write a blog entry about this topic, pertaining to my blog name... When I was about 2 or 3 yrs old I called myself Dee Dee instead of my real name, which I couldn't pronounce. I started my blog to help me find out who I am, who I've always been which has since been clouded by becoming a wife, mother and SAHM.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Colleen said...

Long-time reader finally delurking to answer your question. Three months after my daughter was born, I discovered blogs. Yeah, I was a little late to the party but better late than never. I started a blog to record my daughter's first year and named it after her. Now, she's nearly 16 months old and as our fun together continues, so does my blog, The Delaney Diaries.

Thanks for drawing me out of my shell to comment!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

So, Little Bald Doctors. You wanna know how I got the name, huh? It's from Stephen King's book Insomnia. The two main characters, Ralph and Lois, were beginning to hallucinate (or so they thought) due to chronic insomnia and they were beginning to see these beings Ralph nicknamed the Little Bald Doctors. The Little Bald Doctors were fate personified, but the main reason I named this blog after these beings isn't because of fate or destiny or anything so whimsical. It's because Ralph and Lois thought they were going batshit crazy, and I've often felt the same even though I don't suffer insomnia (unless you call a child kicking you in the chest and head all night insomnia). They were actually beginning to believe they were crazy. Huh. Me too, sometimes. I once read -- where I read it I can't be sure -- that crazy people never doubt their own sanity. Is that true? Or do crazy people know they aren't all there but are powerless to stop it? That is the question... Plus, the white coat thing fits with the Crazy.

Of course, I'm also a comment whore. I like them laid on me at every available opportunity. My first non-family commenter was Jaelithe and I actually got to meet her a couple weeks ago. Awesome.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

These are interesting! Thanks for asking the question.

Krista, I've thought of you as Rista before too!!

I think mine is pretty self-explanatory. Tacy is Goosie, CJ is Mousie, I'm their mother. And my tagline has changed multiple times, but my general blog description remains the same.

7:42 AM  
Blogger shpprgrl said...

How interesting....the post and the comments! I'm quite the lurker, I read awhile before I comment. Sometimes I feel like I'm crashing a party when I do finally comment...haha!

I remember when I first started to get comments I was like...hello why would they come here!? Getting them now is still like Christmas! :) I started the blog after lurking other blogs. I realized I was not a writer, would never be, so I thought 'more likely to talk about nothing than something' fit. (And I stole it from a movie!)

Oh, yeah...thanks for coming to see me. I still love love love comments. ;)

7:51 AM  
Blogger jennster said...

my story is boring. jennster is my nickname, hence the blog name. it makes things easier. lol

9:58 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...


So true. And my last name is cherry.. so I get popped on things all the time.

I picked because I am an entrepreneur, a mom -- and the domain was available.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Chantal said...

Easily enough, it was my first post on that blog. I had one before it with a different name that no one got. The title was from a Beastie Boys song.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

Mine is pretty self-explanatory. Call Me Soccer Mom and Die

I have anger management issues. Can you tell? (looks around sheepishly) Plus, I detest anything 'traditional yuppie mom' since that is so not me. Thus the name.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Kel said...

heh I noticed you didn't ask me about my title. (wink)

Yeah I know it's a little self I won't bore you with the details.

Just wait until your little guy keeps saying..Mama? MAMA COME HERE!

10:51 AM  
Blogger sunshinedaily4me_wuz_here said...

Since I am jealous of all your comments..does that mean I have penis envy? ha - I haven't been blogging THAT long so it thrills me to no end to get comments. It is funny - my very first post said "I'm not a blogging virgin anymore". I feel like a slut now.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Karla said...

Mine is taken from a Coldplay song but also it fits my life pretty well.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

With as many comments as you get per day, I think you've gone from blog virgin to "she who gets around". (But in a good way - really!)

My first commenter was Dutch from Sweet Juniper. I was reading him on Blogging Baby at the time, and was floored that he took the time to come visit my new blog.

My blog has no funny name. It was simply all I could think of at the time, and it was available. And I don't even use a fake name - my name really is Christina.

Yeah, I know, I'm an internet security advisor's worst nightmare.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I believe that Jennster was my first commenter! LOL

Maniacal was a nickname of mine at my old job. My madien name started with a M, and they called me Maniacal M******. So rather than putting my last name.....I added Days. It worked. =o)

12:43 PM  
Blogger Babaloo said...

Oh boy. I still can't believe anyone reads my blog. I do remember my first comment though, I was blown away. Why Babaloo? Hmm... It is sort of a nickname I had in college (Sue Babaloo) that evolved into my alter-ego. I guess by blogging as Babaloo I'm trying to re-capture some of that adventurous spirit I used to thrive on back when people called me Babaloo.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Alli's Mom said...

I chose Manic Mommy's Musings, not because I am manic depressive, but because I sometimes feel manic, like I'm running around in circle and going absolutely no where. So I meant manic in that sense. And my blog is like my journal and I wanted another "M" word, so I chose musings.

And I was so excited when I got that first comment. And I won't lie, I'm still excited over comments!

1:25 PM  
Blogger Nikkie said...

Mine came out of having no clue what to call my blog. So it's staying that way because I still really can't come up with anything better! That and the fact that everyone already knows me as that!

My first comment was by a good real life friend of mine. It still was awesome!

1:34 PM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

Gingersmom comes from the fact that my kids are redheads. THere was a whole episode on South Park about red headed kids having "gingervitis" like it was a disease or something. I thought it was funny. Then I popped out a dark haired kid...

1:59 PM  
Blogger Great Day said...

Mine came from my email signature line. Have a Great Rest of Your Day! It's how I sign everything and have for a long time.

Besides I couldn't come up with anything else and it seemed to fit!

3:40 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

I obsess. It should be my fricking middle name, let alone my blog moniker.

3:41 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Oh wow, I am learning so much! Thank you to everyone for posting about your blogs. It is fun to read the ideas behind your titles.

Krista- ah ha! I also thought you might be "rista" for short, but now I understand. I love it too by the way! How clever!

MamaTulip- love it. Now please explain why "Mama Tulip"...

Andrea - Just when I thought I couldn't love you any more, you go and link your blog to Stephen King. Love his books.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Tasha said...

I just started blogging in April. I remember my 1st comment. I started jumping around the living room. Me and her are actually pretty good internet buddies now. I love comments!

My blog is "A day in the life of... Not the statndard american family." My family is anything but ordinary. I am a young mom, who has 2 girls 6y and 8m, newly engaged, and buying a new home. We do things a little bakwards. That pretty much sums it up. I mostly write about the day to day chaos I call life.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Good questions. I am too lazy to check back in archives too. My blog title came from the many moments I've had as a mom. Moments where I feel like I've lost my mind. That mommy brain you get after you have a baby, always forgetting where your keys are or putting a box of cereal in the fridge instead of back in the pantry where it came from.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

Ithink the first blogger to leave me a comment was Dr John, but I may have left him one first..cant remember. Mimi was the second one...I was trying to pick a name and A Penny for your thoughts just came into my head and I went with it!!!!

6:37 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

I think your tag line is just perfect because it doesn't need any explaining at all. (Which isn't to say I'm not heading to that post right after this just to see what you have to say.)

My line is pretty self explanatory: I don't know what I'm doing either. Once I found a url that wasn't taken, it sort of wrote it self. I scribbled it down and that was that.

Meanwhile, I totally remember my first blog commenter. I'll write a tribute to him sometime. Just some guy surfing who added a haiku to my new mom haiku post. He did it wrong but still, I loved it.

Great post!

6:43 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Losing my blog cherry was much more exciting than losing the other cherry.

7:35 PM  
Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

Well, this post doesn't pertain to me, but I did go back and read your first post...I thought it was h i l a r i o u s!!! Loved it! Just as I have loved all so far!

8:06 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I feel like I've watched you grow up *sniff* :) I've been reading you since the beginning and you've just gotten better over time.
Anyway, with regard to the blog naming thing:
I was on my parents boat one day when I saw this other boat with this lone woman on it. She was sitting there on the deck, drinking a cocktail and reading a book with her feet up. She looked so peaceful and relaxed. In that instant I could almost feel how she felt...blissful. The name of her boat? "Stolen Moments"...hence, the name of my blog, which fit nicely with the idea that few of us women take the time for a few "Stolen Moments" of our own.....

8:55 PM  
Blogger tracey said...

My "first" blogger love was Motherhood Uncensored. Aaaaah. Truth is, I'm still crazy about her.

I called my blog Mother May I because the site where I promote my books is called Maypapers and I thought it'd be cool to tie it in. Plus, if ever a grown up asks that question, I just know they're up to no good. And I like that!

Glad to have found you MOTR.

9:09 PM  
Blogger ninepounddictator said...

Hey, this is a good idea. I'm always wondering about bloggers and where they came up with their tags..

Well, nine pound dictator is quite obvious. Well, actually my daughter was more like 22 pounds when I started, but 22 pound dictator doesn't have the same ring, does it?

I'm not sure who was the first poster...I should look!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

My husband popped my blog cherry. But how can that count! Sweatpantsmom was my very first regular visitor. So I credit her for giving me my first blog orgasm.

10:28 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Catherine: All your talk of orgasms and cherry popping has gotten me all hot and bloggered. (Ok, bad joke). It's late. To bed with me!

11:31 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I went back to my first posts. My first commenter was my oonline friend from Blogging Baby who set up my blog for me. For a while all the commenters were people I'd "met" over there. It's grown since then.

I'm rocrebelgranny.

The name comes from the three great-grandaughters I'm raising

ROChelle, REBecca, and ELcie.

Also play on words about 50's music as well as my rebellious nature.

(rock and rebel).

11:37 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

Her Bad Mother popped my cherry :) Off to read your first post!

4:07 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

I can't remember, I will go and check out my first comment. I loved your first post...truly hilarious. I started as a workout blog, and I am a Mummy, and I am fairly all made sense. My blog soon became a general rant. I find the writing quite theraputic, and I get very irritated when I do not get comments, as I nearly always do. Have a great day, Anne

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I inherited Mama Drama from a previous writer who couldn't keep up with it. My editor came up with it initially and was totally against me changing it to something less stupid. I still get sooo excited when I get comments. It totally makes my day.

Great post by the way! I'm loving reading these comments!

6:11 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

Okay, the history behind mamatulip:

Dave used to call me Tulip. He calls me Babe more now, LOL, but I love it when he calls me Tulip. He used to call me Tulip all. the. time...people made fun of him, but he still did. Awwww.

When I first got pregnant with Julia I started posting on a mommy board and I needed an online name. Tulip was taken and I was kinda bummed, but then I figured if I was gonna be a mama, I could just merge the two together. Like, I'm a mama, and a tulip. mamatulip.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Farm Girl said...

I wanted to incorporate my name into the title, which is More or Les. I thought it was sort of witty.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

I am so caught up in the comments... They are amazing...
I want to print them all out..
As usual Mommy off the Record you are bang on the money with your blog...

You asked so I will tell

I had a best friend and he died. He was witty, smart, funny sarcastic, well read, intellectual, and I hate to say etc. but he was so much to me and there is only so much you can write about him without writing a book.
I lost a great deal when he died in 2001.
I have friends. A great many and they are all special... But not like him...
We could talk about anything...
Anything that popped into our heads... and they were all stories...
We never interupted each other with comments such as 'I have a better one'... Or 'I know I know'... we always let the person finish their story with no interuptions and then comment...
It was a terrific journey...It did not matter if the story was told before because if you listened it could have a whole new twist..

But when he died that story part of my life died.

And through the internet I have found my voice in telling stories again.

I am able to write as I would have talked to him on some levels...

I am able to read amazing stories and 'hear' them from beginning to end... I am able to comment and admire some pretty spectacular writings from the bloggers out there. I love the stories as they are are witty, sad, smart, sarcastic, loving and I am hooked.

As for my monikker...
When I first found the internet many moons ago, I chose the name Pendullum... For the back and forth feeling of a pendulum... and how dull it can be waiting for the reply(It was in the age of chaos, when phone lines and high speed access were just dreams)through the 'instant messanger.'

Well, I convinced my late friend that he should have a monniker for when we wrote each other on the internet... And since he was one of the wittiest men I have ever met it became a logical fit..
Together, we came up with Dribblewit... So... My blog is a real tribute to our friendship...
as we were always Dribblingwitt!

So that is my story and I am sticking with it!!!

As with all of you...
I love visiting all of you...and I love making comments and reading them...

Still a virgin in this blogging thing... and someday I may figure out the design aspect... but in the meantime... I just post my pics and my random rattlings that are in my head...

8:03 AM  
Blogger ~d said...

this old dude and I stepped in our appropriate restrooms at the same time.
We stepped out at slightly different times. I was a mili-second AHEAD of him.
He looked at me and said
WOW, you're a woman and you're fast.
I said, you know-I am not sure I like the way that sounds.


I still get so excited to see more than one comment on my blog-thing. Tee-hee. I am like-Oohh they LIKE me! they REALLY like me!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Crystal Breeze said...

My blog is titled after this movie we saw with Mr. Bean in it called the "Rat Race". It was my kids favorite movie because they love Mr. Bean. He also stared in a detective movie called, "Jonny English". But Rat Race was about these people racing across america to get a million bucks. Well my family runs around alot too and that is why I called us the "Paris Rat Race".

However I chose to use my childrens real names in my blogs. They have been on TV from sports at school and stuff and I didn't feel overly concerned at the time about it. I do aliittle now but oh well.

9:52 AM  
Blogger gumbee said...

Getting that first comment on my first blog was amazing! I suddenly felt like someone cared enough to want to get to know a little bit about me. I didn't feel so alone anymore. This is a big world, and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger everyday. The more personal contact I can make with another human being is a good thing.

11:27 AM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

Sunshine Scribe was my first!

You know I'm a fan of your inaugural post - good to see it getting the readership it deserves.

Bub and Pie is pretty obvious, but I would like to add that those are genuine nicknames, not invented solely for blogging purposes. It's especially cute, I think, when Bub greets his sister saying, "Hello Pie!"

12:07 PM  
Anonymous Ginny said...

You haven't been reading me long...but.
"Ginny's many words" originally was "Ginny's many words you shouldn't live by." IN a blog redesign my hubby dropped "you shouldn't live by," and I have yet to get on him about replacing it. I came up with the tag line 'cause I thought it was witty or something. You know, a play on "words to live by." Words NOT to live by. Don't call me lame!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

My blog used to be "Moonshine" because i find moonlight to be incredibly relaxing and calming and it's kind of a visual touchstone for me. But I got tired of people always finding me while searching for info on how to MAKE moonshine. I chose it in about 3 seconds as I was filling out my Blogger registration.

Eventually I changed it to IzzyMom because I'm Izzy and I'm a mom.

Not very exciting is it? lol

Are you going to BlogHer?

9:03 PM  
Blogger MommyWithAttitude said...

Ha! Ah yes, that fantastic woman who popped my cherry!

"Attitude" is a synonym of "stand" or "position" (or so says my thesaurus), that's why I picked it.

I originally picked something else that turned out to be a bad idea.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Pendullum: I am so glad I asked you. I knew there would be a good story behind the name and I was right. Thank you so much for sharing. I think your friend would be quite proud.

Izzy: You were still Moonshine when I first started reading you and so I still think of you as Moonshine. But I love the name Izzy Mom too! And yes, I am going to BlogHer, but just for Saturday night.

9:17 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

I am a big dork! I started the blog because my good friend (who started a blog to record her adoption of their daughter from China) was heading off to China and I thought I couldn't "talk" to her on her blog without having a blog of my own, so my blog was born. After they got back, and I was reading hers all the time and other "mommy" blogs, I decided to start mine and see if I enjoyed writing as much as I used to. Guess what? I did! The title is Third Time's a Charm? because I have 3 kids and right now, at age 2 and the only girl, my 3rd is anything BUT charming, although she sure does fool others!


12:22 AM  
Blogger Mega Mom said...

I read this yesterday, but just realized I didn't comment. My URL is The Mom Show b/c I actually tried to get a TV show for Moms off the ground. I realized a few weeks after that they actually have a show by that name in Canada (which is quite funny b/c now I read a bunch of lovely Canadienne's blogs). I changed it to the Mom Squad. Mega Mom came about b/c I was trying to get the FlyLady to let me tailor her stuff for Moms. I thought we could be FlyLady, DinnerDiva and Mega Mom.

OK, now I sound very entrepreneurial, but actually all I do is sit on my lazy ass and let my kids watch TV. KIDDING!

4:39 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

Just On the Record...

The post I have this week is NOT about Dribblewit...

Dribblewit's story is the Kismet or Fate Entry...

Mommy off the Record...I loved this idea... and I love reading your blog...
And this is so cool reading everyone's start... their names...
Cannot wait to read more..
I am like stalking this site!!!

5:40 AM  
Blogger Attila The Mom said...

I dropped in through Tracie's link to say hello.

I just LOVE your banner!

<---really enjoying your blog.

7:04 AM  

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