Welcome to My New Blog

by Abby on May 9, 2011

Mother's Day CardWell, hello there! Welcome to my new blog. Pretty, isn’t it? I was quite happy with my old blog, except that with each passing day it was becoming more and more of a lie. Because let’s face it – I’m SO not a new mom anymore.

I just celebrated my 5th Mother’s Day yesterday, in fact. (It included the traditional handprint-based gift items, such as the handprint poem, the handprint trivet, and the ever-popular handprint-cutout card, at left. You can’t go wrong with a handprint, I always say.)

So after 5 years, I was ready for a change. And this here’s a BIG change, because I’m using my real name and real face, even! Sorry if this shatters any illusions. If you’ve been picturing me as an exotic brunette, for instance, or as a Victoria or Shoshanna. I hate to burst your bubble. I also hate pictures of myself, so I will continue to post mainly photos of my kids, who are far cuter than I am.

Really, not much will change here at Abby Off the Record. I thought about coming up with an editorial calendar, sticking to a strict posting schedule, even trying to tackle more hard-hitting issues. But that would take away a lot of what I like about blogging, which is the spontaneity, the personality, the random-ness of it. I want to write WHAT I want WHEN I want, dammit! It’s my blog and I’ll be random if I want to.

I HAVE switched from Blogger to WordPress, which is probably the biggest change. I thought I would have all this time to learn WordPress, tinker around with it, figure it all out, be all ready to go when my new blog launched.

But then I got busy collecting empty boxes for my son’s preschool class project, cleaning out my younger son’s closet (because he’s busting out of his 2T’s), writing brochure copy for a new client, teaching my online essay-writing class, trying to find a dress for a wedding we’re invited to, helping coach my 4yo’s T-ball team, potty training, getting the house and yard in shape for my in-laws’ visit this week, buying graduation gifts and birthday gifts and Mother’s Day cards and – shoot! I forgot to call my SIL to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day – and…. Where was I?

Oh, right. So LIFE got in the way of my plans to hit the ground running with this here New! Improved! Blog! So I guess I’ll just dive in and figure it out as I go along. Just like motherhood. 🙂

I’m so thankful for all my wonderful and loyal readers who’ve stuck with me all these years. As soon as I get a handle on the commenting features I promise to respond more. I also need to update my blog roll. (Adding it to my to-do list, after “Buy bananas and mail graduation card.”) I hope you’ll come back soon and tell your friends, too!

LAUGH O’ THE WEEK: The produce guy at the grocery store wished me a Happy Mother’s Day. Without thinking I replied, “Thanks! You too.”

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Rachel May 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Congrats on the new blog!


Angie Mizzell May 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Happy happy joy joy. Abby’s got a brand new blog.

You coach T-ball, too?


Malia Jacobson May 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Congrats on the new blog! I’m looking forward to following along! Also to seeing how you like WordPress versus Blogger. I’m considering switching, too, but I probably won’t get around to it for ages and ages (my to-do-list sounds eerily like yours). 🙂


Abby May 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Thanks, first commenters!

Angie, as the coach’s wife, I only coach T-ball when there’s no one else to do it. It’s comical!


Autumn May 10, 2011 at 1:50 am

Abby love the new site! Your enthusiasm and dedication are inspiring.


pauline May 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad I clicked over! Also? I did that too with the check out guy at the grocery store. 😉


neena May 10, 2011 at 11:12 am

Yea for your new blog!!! I’m all subscribed and ready to share your stories!


Chryselle May 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Lovely to ‘see’ you, Abby! Adding this shiny new blog to my reader right away and here’s looking to more posts soon. Cheers!


Abby May 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Yay! Thanks, Chryselle, Autumn, Neena, Pauline, etc. So happy to see some familiar folks here at my new blog home!


Lilly May 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I really thought you were brunette lol.

Congrats on the new blog!


Shannon @ AnchorMommy May 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Oh Abby, this is so exciting!!! I love it! By the way, my switch from Blogger to WordPress was almost as harried as yours. I basically had a weekend to get the thing put together and launched. You’ll really like WordPress though. It’s pretty easy to navigate.

And sheesh – your life sounds like mine right now! So busy! You reminded me that I need to send graduation cards too. Thanks!


Mrs ebrahim May 11, 2011 at 3:17 am

Congrats!!!! Love it already!


Shannon @ AnchorMommy May 12, 2011 at 3:00 am

Hmm…I thought I left a comment, but it didn’t seem to take. Maybe I didn’t push ‘submit.’ Anyway, I just wanted to say CONGRATS on the new blog! It looks so great, Abby! I think you’ll like WordPress, too. I did the Blogger/WordPress switch (in a weekend, at that! phew!) and I haven’t looked back.

So excited for you!!


Amanda May 14, 2011 at 3:46 am

Love the new blog! Great spin-off! Congrats!


Abby May 16, 2011 at 12:38 am

thanks, Amanda!


Frume Sarah May 18, 2011 at 1:20 am

It is gorgeous. Great energy with the new look. LOVE it.


neha May 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

congrats Abby……….i love ur blog……ur everday stories are refreshing


d. bianchi June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Finally getting around to commenting here ;). I already told you how much I like your new blog. I am so ‘all over the place’ with my blog contemplating a change. Like you with your life evolving from a new mom to something different…my head and interests are evolving too and blog changes are in order, just not sure how yet. Thanks for the inspiration though – now I know it can be done :).


SpontaneousMom June 24, 2011 at 9:53 am

Love the new place!


Abby June 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks! Glad you found me!


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