A Joyful Mess is One

I didn’t even know my blog already turned 1 year old until I saw Facebook’s “On This Day” last Friday.


I don’t know why the featured image is not showing; it’s just my header though. Teehee.

I had blogged many years before I started blogging here, in Joyful Mess dot com. I’ve had since 2012 (?) — it’s still up now but I haven’t touched it in a year.

Davao Mommy was doing well, honestly, but I just felt a need to start all over again because of three reasons:

  1. There were several posts there that just attracted negative vibes. Somehow, some people think I cannot speak my mind in my own blog, and I wasn’t even offending anyone #defensivesila.
  2. The blog title was too localised. I realised I could have been alienating potential readers not from Davao or not familiar with the city. I received plenty of local event invites though haha.
  3. I don’t mean this negatively, not at all, but I grew tired of having the word “mother” tied to my name. I am a mother and I love being one, but motherhood doesn’t define me.

Which is why I thought of starting an entirely new blog. And it was new. I started from scratch (later on, I imported several posts) and started again from the bottom. I didn’t bother setting up a redirect because I also wanted Davao Mommy to stay on the interwebs, so I had to manually tell people that I’ve got a new blog. I had to manually get it out there again.


Was the change worth it?

A resounding yes!

Thankfully, my old readers (not all, but many) found their way to Joyful Mess dot com, and I’ve gained new readers in the process. Thank you! My ranking is not as high as it was before, but it doesn’t really matter. When I was blogging in my old blog, I was ranking-obsessed. I would blog every single day just to avoid dropping in the rankings. Now I don’t even think about it. I don’t bother posting every day, and my sanity thanked me for it haha.

But most importantly, my new blog reflects me as who I truly am. It is no longer full of sancti-mummy posts, trying to show people how to do stuff when, in reality, I mess up all the time. And that’s what this blog is all about. I share not only the good moments but also the bad. I write about my victories, and I write about my messes. I stopped acting like an expert; now I ask more questions. I admit my shortcomings.

And this is my reality. My life is a joyful mess.

PS: I planned to host a giveaway on my blog-versary but I didn’t know (or I forgot completely) that it falls on July 1. Bawi po ako sa Christmas!

PPS: I need a new logo!

Photos taken by my friend, Hazel <3
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  • Reply cheekeegirl July 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

    happy anniversary Ms. Maan! cheers to your success…

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid July 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Happy anniversary, and cheers on your new adventure! 🙂 I also changed my blog’s title (just last night) ha ha! #ChangeIsHere

  • Reply Kathleen Pacaña July 4, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I just started to blog again after so many years and this post inspires me to keep going. Happy anniversary to your blog and keep on writing!

  • Reply Nini Perez July 5, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Happy anniversary! Planning to fix my blog too. Now, if only I can get my husband to pay for my own domain.

    More adventures to come! 🙂

  • Reply Jerzee Benavente July 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Happy anniversary! I’m glad that you had a fresh start. Keep on rockin’ the blogosphere!😊

  • Reply Maine @MomsterTeacher July 5, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Happy anniversary, Maan! I hope the next time I go to Davao, we see each other. 🙂

  • Reply Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy July 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Happy anniversary! I just came from the other blog post talking about change before I moved on to yours. Same topic. Hahaha! Change is really here and is a good one. Keep it up! 😀

  • Reply Ayi July 6, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Happy anniversary to your blog, Maan! I used to be ranking-obsessed too, but then I realized that the blog is a reflection of who you really are, right? It’s about being honest and true to yourself as well. Keep it up!

  • Reply Jackie July 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I’m very glad to read this. I also have been a bit stressed with my blog because of the direction I want to take it, but I want to push through with it. One day though when I feel burned out a bit but still want to blog I’ll probably follow in your footsteps. 🙂 Thank you for sharing! Happy anniversary to your blog! 🙂

  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei July 6, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    Happy Blogversary! It’s a lot of work to start from zero but if it makes you happy it’s worth it 🙂

  • Reply Liz A July 7, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Yipee to year 1! More years to come.. 🙂
    I’m still in a process of what to do with my blog, too. I hope I will be able to decide soon, though it’s not really a priority at the moment 🙂

  • Reply Mywondermom July 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary Maan. More success and opportunities for you! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle July 7, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Happy Anniversary! This made me think of when will my blogging anniversary be. I have to check on the date of my very 1st blog post for my blog. I, too, have been blogging since 2009 through tumblr platform pa. But those are my pa-tweetums days pa so wala na iyong update. Hihi. But I am keeping it for remembrabce. I was nostalgicdamsel pa noon. Hihi and now nostalgicmomma na. Nakakatuwa na documented ang mga ganitong instance sa ating mga buhay. Hihi. 😉

  • Reply May Palacpac July 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Happy 1 year! I don’t think I’ll be changing my name for a while, it was hard to start from scratch which I experienced when I first got myself hosted. Although at times, I’m tempted to change it because it doesn’t seem as defined as I thought it is. But oh well…:) I just need a design makeover, I guess.

    Your Joyful Mess is doing well though. 🙂 I love the layout and I like reading the blogs, too. 🙂

    • Reply Maan July 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      You don’t need to change your blog name! 😀

  • Reply Berlin July 7, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Happy anniversary to you and to I have been blogging too long ago but its only now that ive decided to put much effort on it. I am enjoying so far.

    By the way, saw the coffeemags logo. I am currently talking with them re hosting? Good decision? Thanks.

    • Reply Maan July 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Hala super sorry, your comment when into spam. It was a good decision indeed. I’ve been with them for over 1 year now and I’ve experienced downtime just once!

  • Reply Pinknomenal July 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Happy Anniversary and kudos to your new blog! Cheering for you to do great on this new venture. 😉

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas July 8, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Happy 1st blogversary, Maan!!! Kani nga blog ang akong nasubaybayan jud. AS you know, murag 1.5 yrs pa lang ata kong active. When I saw Davao Mommy, I was very eager to know you because I knew you’re bisaya! lol. Then the opportunity came, gitadhana jud guro tang magkaila, charots! haha. Now, you’re your blog is one of those that I read and visit from time to time. 🙂 I hope we’ll see each other in person soon, idk unsay feeling, pero knowing that our hubbies are both working in Riyadh now, mas daghan na tag pwede storyahan! lol.

    • Reply Maan July 8, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Awwww! Hala ka uy, thank you ha! You’re one of my fave bloggers pud raba. As in we need to see each other in person najud! 😀

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas July 8, 2016 at 6:39 am

    *your. lol. #howtoedit. haha

  • Reply Mhaan A July 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Happy anniversary Tukayo! Ako din this month mag 1 year na sa blogging. 🙂

  • Reply Mommy Levy July 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Happy Anniversary. Mas tumatak na sakin ang Davao Mommy pero this new look and name looks better 🙂

    • Reply Maan July 9, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Teehee thank you Mommy Levy 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Tirona July 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

    wow, happy blogaversary! hahaha, before you know it, 10 years na 🙂 keep on writing!

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