The Birth Story of The Daily Tay

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Well, it's about that time of year I reflect
on the fact it's my three year anniversary with this here blog.
I know what you're thinking, three years and you already have 590+ followers.
Impressive, I know.
is what someone might think if this was 1993 back when computers were only used for
the Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego.
I assume this was taken in 1993 so it felt right to post it.
And thank God I got that heart tattoo removed in 2005. 

500 followers in three years in 2012? Not so impressive.
I see all of you with your fancy blogs boasting
"1,000 Followers in four months!"
"Help me get to 800, I've been doing this since May!"
My favorite is the,
"I started this blog because all of my friends told me I should and
I'm so blessed for how fast it has grown."
A. No one told you to start a blog. Stop lying.
And if they did, your friends probably need better hobbies, I mean who really goes around asking people to start a blog? Then again, maybe I just have the wrong friends.
B. "Blessed" would refer to God.
So if you really think God is responsible for growing your blog....
Well then you also probably believe God is on Facebook, as well. He has better things to do...
(Like Instagram)
Lighten up, I'm kidding.

Truth be told, the reason I actually started "writing online" is a very cute story.
It's probably a very similar story to why all of you started your blogs, as well.
I was in college...
and was locked up in a hospital with several homeless people doing a medical study for money,
and had some extra time on my hands.
(I was saving for Europe, but I'm pretty sure the homeless people were saving for meth.)
I was there for five days and had nothing to do in between blood draws so I started writing "posts."
Although back then I just posted them on Facebook as notes.
Here's a few excerpts to give you an idea of what my posts were like back in '09:

Day 2:
Well I was woken up at 6 a.m. and told that I was no longer an alternate because two of the girls' lab work did not come out okay... Mixed feelings really. This place is getting to me. I've done one blood draw today, have another in a bit. The courtyard is the size on the 8 man room at the sorority. I might go walk laps out there in a bit. My spirits are low today, I realized I only packed one flip flop for the showers.

Day 4:
"The male patients are quite "rugged" looking, they dont wear a uniform or anything, at least I don't think, but then again maybe it is required of them to wear acid wash jeans with a light denim jean jacket over the top of a Nebraska Cornhuskers championship Tshirt. I just try to steer clear of that group. I havn't been able to walk in the court yard lately because there is a new group out there testing something to do with smoking. I think the test might be more of an endurance test really, see who can stand out in the rain and smoke cigg after cigg with out fainting. So to pass the time my bunk mate, Tara, and I sat in our room and searched looking for Care Bear room decorations for her youngest daughter, youngest of four by the way. Tara is 19, she's a real fighter. Literally. She fights people. So I'm glad I'm on her good side. Well it was a lazy afternoon to say the least. Two more blood draws and two more ECG hook ups and I get to come home. See you on the outside."

See, I bet you those lovely blogger gals at The Daybook or Rockstar Diaries
started their blogs because of a very similar situation. 
I wish I had some cute photos to post about this experience but unfortunately
camera phones weren't allowed in the "hospital" on account of the fact
many of the patients had sexual assault records. 

But like I was saying,
I blogged for a pretty long time without even letting it be known.
I mean that's normal, right?
Lot's of people keep an online journal without announcing it to blogworld.
Yeah it's called Myspace, creep...
I wasn't aware of all of the great blogs in this cyber world 
until about six months ago. No joke.
I thought Perez Hilton was the only blogger.
But once I figured out there were others out there like me I decided once and
for all to give into the politics of blogworld and see what might happen.
I got a button.
Then I took your button.
Then I tried link-ups. And comments. And sponsors.
And in about four months I finally went from 80 followers to a few hundred more.
Of course I'm nowhere near the numbers of the Mormafia, but a girl can dream.

Mormafia: rulers of the blog world.
They're well dressed. 
They're way too cute.
Their families are even cuter.
And if you're not in a good spot in your own life, don't read about theirs. 
Because it will make you feel worse.

And this is all meant as a huge compliment to the Mormafia. 
I mean I would never be stupid enough to insult them in their own territory.
Would you go to L.A. and insult the Crips?

Would you look at that. I've rambled on for too long now.
That's the other thing I've had to learn about Blogging101: people don't like to read.
Check out my archives and you'll see I used to write novels.
I can't help it, I'm old fashioned.

Three years later I continue blogging because I enjoy it.
So to the asshole on Twitter yesterday who posted,
"I'd never read blogs. If I wanted to know all about your life, I'd ask you."
Nobody asked you to read our blogs.
And just an FYI- usually bloggers aren't the ones who are talking all about their lives
at the dinner table, commanding all of the attention.
We just write about it instead.
And then we politely sit and listen as the rest of you ramble about yours. 

Thanks for reading.



  1. love your balloon boobs. and "mormafia"!!!! bahahaha. perfect.

  2. PREACH. I have been blogging for two years and I have just over 250 followers. Crazy how people can get 1000 followers in the first year, really. Blogging kind of has become a popularity contest....kind of.

  3. "mormafia" ..haha! yes, that's just the right word for it. love this. i totally agree that bloggers are usually the introverted ones..we're just soaking it all in... so we can blog about it later.

  4. Happy anniversary!

    I love all of your analogies - so true and so funny!

  5. Lol this post..."mormafia"...yep, this is all spot on.

    By the way, blogs with 100000000 followers tend to have like 5 actual readers. Lame.

  6. LOL @Mormafia! You're so funny, that's why I always come back to read what you have to say! Also, you weren't the only one who did those medical studies in college ;) Although I did one that was actually useful and was in a paid quit-smoking group!

  7. So, so funny. You are seriously one of the highlights of my day.
    "Mormafia" had me laugh so loudly my dog jumped!!
    You also prompted me to check the date of my first post- three years ago, August 31... and I only discovered the "blogworld" last November. And I'm only at 63 (was 64 yesterday, then I posted a pity party. *sigh*)
    Glad to see your four months have been successful, here's to another three years!

  8. your posts make me laugh out loud. thanks for brightening my day :)

  9. Seriously, your posts always having me cracking up! So glad I stumbled upon your blog.
    Happy anniversary, glad you have been so successful since joining "blogworld".

  10. give crips a chance.

  11. Love this post! Happy anniversary! To make you feel better, I'm about to celebrate 2 years of blogging and I only have about 20 followers. I can't figure out how those people have thousands of followers!

  12. Way to live the dream. You should have kept the heart. It's a good look.

  13. I blogged MANY times without telling ANYONE I knew for a loooong time with essentially 0 followers. This time I thought I would share with friends and family. 5 followers but thousands of views. Still confused.

    Yet, I do it just for me.

  14. What the heck is up with the Mormafia! They are so amazing and I follow probably all of them. I guess it's a gift for them. And I love it!

    It's a gift for you too. I think you are a riot and while I follow a millon blogs and I really do try to read them all at least once a week, you and Tiffany are my everyday must reads.

  15. the bottom... so right! i am definitely one who does NOT like to ALWAYS be the center of attention and brag about it all. i love listening ;) most of the time. that's why blogging is so fun!

  16. Oh my gosh there are a million things about this post that I love!!

  17. You crack me up with every. single. post. Seriously you are SO STINKIN' FUNNY!

    I hate when people boast the "I have 1,000 followers in only 4 months of blogging" thing. Way to go. Thanks for bragging. You don't hear people who win the lottery brag about it. If you have won the lottery, it is implied that you are blessed. Geez.

  18. Loooove your posts! And you probably have plenty more readers who dont show up on your me...I don't like to actually "follow", I just subscribe in Google Reader. Bloggers probably hate that, but it's the easiest way. Until a giveaway comes along at least, haha.

    Love the 'Mormafia' - hilarious.

  19. Well I LOVE your blog! and it gives me a little bit of what I miss which is my second home city of Chicago.. so blog on Tay!

  20. i agree with your point A and B. none of my friends asked me to start a blog. haha

  21. Love your ramblings. Love that people love mormafia but I'm a new blogger and I don't quite get it. Most importantly I miss Carmen San Diego!!
    p.s. you're great, can't wait to read more!

  22. Your "Mormafia" comment cracked me up! Your last paragraph is so true; I feel like most bloggers don't parade around demanding that everyone read their blog...I actually don't even like telling people I know that I have one!

    Congrats on your anniversary!


  23. hahahahhahahaha another hilarious post! first off omg I remember where in the world is carmen san diego! ahh i was obsessed w that computer game & oregon trail..ohh the 90s, we def had it better than the kids do now I feel! But happy blogerversary (sp?) haha! xox Kelly

  24. Just found your blog via 'Living in Yellow' and you are HILARIOUS!! When I first read this I thought 'Mormafia' was an actual blog until I realized just what you were talking about, then I laughed out loud. hard. alone at home.

    Thanks for the laughs, new follower here!


  25. Happy Blogaversary! You always make me laugh!!

  26. I'd be super pleased if I EVER got 600+ followers. I have been blogging for a few years now and I am still struggling to get to 200 but I love every one of those followers and like you, I just enjoy blogging. Actually - I fucking love it.

    So glad I stumbled upon the dailytay. You're fresh, fun and absolutely hilarious. Consider me a new follower - you're on your way to 700! x

  27. Shut the hell up you are hilarious! I stopped by on the reccomendation of ya girl Erin from Living in Yellow and I am thrilled I did. Love the way you put it all into perspective!!

  28. New blogger popping over from Erin's blog...great post for us newbs...I'm old fashioned, too and could really write a novel some days. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  29. I am also a new blog reader popping over from Erin's page. I'm a new fan! Hilarious, lady, hilarious! Looking forward to catching up on your older posts. :-)

  30. Seriously. Stop it. I love you TO DEATH. You worked in a homeless hospital drawing blood??!! Say WHA??! I would have never known!

    Who did your tattoo removal? I've got a pair of hibiscus on my ass that need to disappear liiiike yesterday. (No. I'm not even kidding.)

  31. AW hell. That last comment was from me. MAybe I should have kept myself incognito?

  32. Love it :) Newest follower who is loving your blog!

    Happy Wednesday!
    xo breanna

  33. loved Where in the World is Carmen San Diego! And your story is too funny of how you started blogging.. Happy Anniversary the Daily Tay!

  34. great post girlie! Happy blog anniversary! & I love the very last part :)

  35. Erin of Living in Yellow sent me here and i'm happy she did!! My friend totally told me to start a blog!! haha...i have been reading other's blogs for about 2 years....started with Heather Armstrong and justice for henery blog anyways it's more fun to have a blog than just to read them!! sorry enough about're too funny and i look forward to reading more!! can you tell i'm a new follower?

  36. Great post. I almost read all of it ;)

  37. love this! I don't really even like to tell people that I have a blog. My coworker and I just had a discussion the other day about blogs and I didn't say one peep about me having one of my own. ha.

  38. happy anny to the funniest damn blog and the craziest damn blogger around ... who also knows how to bring out the worst in people. I never say damn!

    seriously. hands down. funniest blog out there.

  39. Oh Tay. You are seriously hysterical. Not a lot of words can keep my attention for very long but I. READ. THE. WHOLE. THING. aaaand always do. :)
    Keep up the good work!

  40. You are too funny and you're now up a follower, each 1 counts right? Just to make you feel better that's the exact number of followers I have, yes ONE! Haha I did just start this week but that's not the point. :) I also haven't told anyone I know I have a blog and dont plan to.. I don't think! Love this post and can't wait to read more! I also write novels incase you didn't notice.

  41. I loved this post so much I included it in my series, Lots of Link Love. I hope you'll come check it out, and maybe share it with your readers!


  42. Haha! Just found your blog and love this post! Even read the whole thing :) Would love to be bloggy buddies :)


  43. That was absolutely hilarious. Apparently I'm on the Mormafia's shit list b/c I don't have anywhere close to the number of followers even you do. Maybe it's b/c I use the "shit" word and watch "True Blood" and "R" rated movies. I should repent so God will bless my blog. I love it!

  44. Baha! I love this. Especially the part about The Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego. I was aalllll over those in the 90s. P.S. I was a total closet blogger for a long time too! Like years. I didn't even tell my own family about it for a while. What a loser.

  45. Sweet Baby Jesus, someone finally said it! I thought I was like the one only one who recognized the frightening trend of the Mormafia. Here I am going, well hot damn, I'm the same age and not nearly as trendy. Plus, I don't own a DSLR (yet) which doesn't help in capturing the rare episodes of being a domestic goddess, outfits of the day or adorable themed events. Curses them...jk ;)

    you're a hilarious writer and I'm so glad I found your blog

  46. I just read through this and love it. so tired of people who "just can't believe they have so many followers so fast" you paid for them. you should. no you the hypothetical people. you are one of my all time favorite blogs to read. ever.