My momma dogged my blog theme and other things I’m thankful for this year

I don’t like your new blog!


In my last post, I warned everyone that I would be making some changes to the layout of my blog. I was experimenting with colors, sidebar items, etc. I have always wanted to showcase my content and have the sidebar items complement it. Last night I was talking to my mother on the phone. Out of the blue, she says, “I don’t like your new blog!” Just like that. Momma doesn’t hold her tongue about much. My mouth fell open. Coincidentally I was in front of my laptop replying to comments. I looked at the layout as she continued to tell me what she didn’t like about it.


It looks too commercial. It’s not personal looking like it was before. I can’t follow it. There’s too much stuff going on. I can’t find your old posts. Are you advertising other blogs on your site? I clicked on something and I was reading someone else’s blog. Do you get paid for that?


My eyes were darting all over the screen trying to see it as she saw it. I tried to defend myself to her, but as I did–I realized that she was right. So I changed the theme back to the simple, clean, colorful one that I chose when I first switched to WordPress. I was trying to make my blog design different when it was fine the way that it was. Thank you for your honest opinion, Momma. Your advice has always been appreciated even when I didn’t want to hear it. I’ll be enjoying smoked turkey and all the fixings tomorrow with my extended family. The forecast has temps in the 30s in New Orleans!

Check out my Thanksgiving board below. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Be safe.


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Have you ever received unsolicited advice that served you well? Who is the voice of reason in your life? Are you planning to partake in the Black Friday sales this year?


Linking to: Wine’d Down Wednesday, My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Blog Party, Show & Tell Saturday, SITS Sharefest, Turn It Up Tuesday

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  1. LOL! I always tell my kids, that I am always right, so they should just get used to it! LOL! No way I ventured anywhere near any Black Friday shopping. Stayed comfy in my recliner! Thanks for sharing at the Show Off weekend party! Have a great rest of the week!

  2. Oh I know what you mean. I can always tell when my mum doesn’t like something I’ve written. It’s good to have people in our lives that give us honest opinions. No other blogger would get in our comment box and do what our parents do for us so bluntly. Your site looks awesome the way it is right now 🙂

  3. Funny about your mom and her comments. I like the way the blog looks (and I liked it before!). Good that you knew your mom meant her comments in a nice way!

    • Thanks Kim! My mother has always been a big supporter of mine. We are both the oldest child. And both are Virgos–very detail-oriented.

  4. LOL, this is so awesome! Hey, feedback is feedback, right? It’s so true that sometimes we go by what we want and like and don’t think a lot about what our blog’s audience would like or need. That’s what should matter most!

    Glad to meet your from SITS Saturday ShareFest 🙂

    • Hi Delia! Yes, we need to step back and look at our work through others’ eyes sometimes. That can be hard to do. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Your mother was straight to the point. We can count on them to give it to us that way. I actually did get some last weekend. The mister was like, you are being to fun and talking about your activities all the time….When is the last time you ended your post with your tag line?

    Face palm….he was right! I jumped on the defensive initially but, I had to listen. I am not sure why I got out of the habit but that is the entire point to inspire people to Live healthy, active and prosperous lifestyles!

    • Like you said recently, “your blog is your baby”. And that’s how I feel. So your first response is to defend it. But…good advice cannot be denied. I had to check my own self on not do enough happier, healthier, and wiser references. We get comfortable, girl.

  6. LOL. My Mom is the same way. She doesn’t have a problem critiquing my work. In fact, she prides herself in how well she can spot the problems and offer advice. It’s all good.

    • I love when my mother says, “I’m not trying to tell you what to do, you’re grown but…”
      Thanks, Darlene.

  7. Oh wow, Momma wasn’t playing huh? LOL! As Alison stated, Momma knows best! We may not always want to listen to it, but ultimately they’re only looking out for us. I hope you had a very good Thanksgiving!

  8. Momma knows best, Kimberly! My back tends to go up when I get unsolicited advice but depending on the source, I might listen. I’d listen to my mom, even though I might catch feelings at the beginning.

    I’m sitting out the Black Friday madness. The most I’ll do is go drop some letters in the mailbox at the foot of the road and go to Kinkos to laminate something. The madness… I just can’t, girl. Old age, I guess. And unwillingness to part with even more of my money under the guise of a “good deal”!

    • IKR! At first, I was like OMG did she just diss my blog theme?! Then a light bulb went on and I surrendered. Willingly. She’s always supported me, Kate. I couldn’t disagree in the end.

  9. LOL, I’ll be quiet now. I don’t write filler posts anymore just to be blogging. When I did have a few fillers in a row my daddy said, “What’s going on with your blog. It’s boring.” I was mad at him temporarily but it blew over. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

    • The ironic thing is my mother reads my blog every other week not daily like my father. But she has a good eye for things. So…. Happy Thanksgiving, girl!