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Wednesday
Mar232011

I'm International, Bitches.

I know The Candyman's skin is crawling because he hates when I use the term "bitches" in reference to people, but I can't help myself sometimes....

For those of you outside the blogging world, there's this whole other side to blogging. It's all about Google Analytics and html code and page rank and SEO...it's all bullshit, but it's also absolutely fascinating. You can see where traffic is coming from and what kinds of posts get a ton of hits (for me, it's generally the snarky ones) and it can be kind of addicting. Most times though, it's simply information overload. I go through spurts of being completely submersed in it versus not paying any attention whatsoever.What I really like though is checking out my "Map Overlay" in Google Analytics. I'm completely intrigued by this. Why? Because I have some unique-ass people coming to this blog from all over the place. I would like to say the following: Hallo an alle meine Bonn leser! That's right, I get crazy with the folks from Bonn, Germany. And you guys in Milan, Italy? Mandarmi alcuni piuttosto pattini! And to the handful of the Serbians? Dobrodošli! Seriously, this is where I can get sucked into a the Super Time-Warp of the Internet. If I start playing around my analytics, I get sucked into the Vortex of Disappearing Time and right now, that vortex is reserved specifically for Pinterest. 

These last couple of weeks I just haven't been paying attention because I have been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest and cannot allow myself the time suckage (except for the whole Pinterest thing). Until yesterday, that is.  I noticed that a few days ago I got all kinds of traffic and I'm all, "What the eff? I have NOT been any kind of bitchy or snarky. What's the deal-io?" So I go all clicky-clicky-clicky and find this:

Yeah, that's right. The Thirty-Something Bride has been included in the top 10 wedding blogs of Australian wedding magazine, Complete Weddings. Booya. Who else made the cut? Well, I am so honored and humbled to be listed along the likes of: Polka Dot Bride, Eat Drink Chic, 100 Layer Cake, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink , Ruffled Blog, Junebug Weddings, The Pretty Blog and This is Glamorous. How cool is that? You can check out the full post here.

Thanks gobs and gobs to the folks down under (sorry, I couldn't resist) at Complete Weddings for the kudos. I'm just tickled pink at the whole shebang.

 

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Reader Comments (11)

Wow! I am SO proud of you! (even if you do say "bitches")

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Woo hoo! That's AWESOME!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterveronica

The comment "What we like: The entertaining author’s no-holds-barred attitude to wedding dos and don’ts", is spot on!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Yea!!! I loved you first....just remember that.

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Sweet!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflo

Hi TSB, I just wanted to say hi from Bonn since you particularly mentioned it! I think it's been almost a year now since I stumbled across your blog and it's been keeping me sane while planning my wedding in Australia (where I'm from). You've saved me from being sucked into the wedding mania many a time - feet on ground, head out of clouds, most important things firmly in hand!!!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

congratulations, lady!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizzie

That's great news! I have to agree with your mom, though...seeing the giant B word when the page loaded felt like an assault on my eyes. I know I'm in a minority in having such a strong aversion to the word, but that aversion is grounded in thoughtful consideration of language and a strong feminist background (I'm not trying to toot my horn here, but I know you don't know me, so I'd rather be clear) -- it also comes from bad experiences I've had when I've been on the receiving end of that word. Anyway, just something to think about.

Congratulations, aside from that!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

@Karen, See, I think "bitches" is funny in the right context. Not everyone agrees and that's OK. I have many times been accused of NOT having thoughtful consideration of language, and that's OK too. I keep it in the back of my mind, but I don't write for others, I write for myself. If I were to change that style for you, or my mom or any other person then this blog changes into something else and that's not a compromise I'm willing to make.

@Lilly - Aw! Thanks, babe!

@Sharon - I will always love you, first and foremost. ♥

March 23, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

I enjoy a good "bitches" when you want to signify that you are currently ruling, or winning generally. Which you are! Congratulations.. that is some pretty fine company that you got for yourself in the article!!!!

March 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Thanks for the response, Louise. I totally support you writing for yourself, and I would never ask that you censor yourself for anyone else. I guess I'm just questioning how we (as a culture) got to the point where it's supposedly okay (and even empowering) to throw around a term that has such potential to harm and degrade. But that is definitely a discussion for another time -- I certainly don't want to rain on your parade.

March 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

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