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Happy 5th Birthday to Mormon Momma!

We started up this tiny little site on January 1, 2003.

Thanks for your support!

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  • Oregonian January 4, 2008, 4:30 pm

    Five years? Your really oldtimers in internet years! Congrats!

  • Rebecca January 4, 2008, 9:02 pm

    I remember the good old days! I can’t remember what my screen name was back then (not surprising since I have a difficult time remembering my children’s names most of the time) but things have changed a lot since I first logged in.
    Congratulations Alison!

  • Alison Moore Smith January 6, 2008, 1:35 am

    Thanks you two. I’m amazed we made it this far. Thanks to all of you for your input.

  • davidson January 11, 2008, 9:30 am

    Again, dear, thank you for this wonderful website, and Happy Birthday to Mormon Momma! I know your time is so limited, but if you can find a few minutes, would you tell us relative newcomers a little history? How did you get the idea to start the website? What was the process? What are the costs? What do you love about it, and what do you find difficult? You explained once about posting in the General category; anything else we should know? Anything we can do to help it run smoothly?

  • Alison Moore Smith January 14, 2008, 1:13 am

    Posted By: davidson… would you tell us relative newcomers a little history? How did you get the idea to start the website?

    Hah! Kathy Green, Jeannie Vincent, and I were asked to write a column for Meridian Magazine that Kathy created, called Circle of Sisters. We did so for…hmmm… a year and a half or something like that. (Started in 2001.)

    It was a good experience, but frustrating in many respects. Updates took forever, or never happened. Disjointed columns with responses added to later columns. Stuff that never seemed to happen. I can only really speak for myself, but the incident that made me crazy was when we had a question about something or other, and the answer was simply a matter of church policy. No need to debate it for weeks on end. It was, as they say, written.

    My answer to that column was to say something like, “Well, the church policy is ______________.” Filled in with three or four sentences from the handbook.

    The “powers that be” said absolutely not, under any circumstances, would we refer to the handbook. Huh? So, we’re supposed to just make up our own answers to a question that already has an official one? Just too nutty to me.

    Anyway, there was a bit of burnout all around, so we decided to take our column to it’s own site. We very kindly parted company. Mormon Momma was born and I coded my head off (along with my daughter) to get it up on January 1, 2003.

    The odd thing was that after writing THE MOST POPULAR COLUMN (as far as traffic goes) for FREE all that time, were weren’t thanked for our efforts. We were, in fact, rather told that we would regret our decision yada yada yada. We weren’t even allowed to write a farewell piece. You know, thanks for the memories, it was fun. We were just gone. But, funny, the columns are still there gathering traffic.

    Just so you know, if any MM writers decide to go solo, that isn’t the treatment they’ll get.

    What was the process?

    Oh, you probably don’t really want to know, do you? Just technical stuff.

    What are the costs?

    Software, server, ISP. TIME. I used to pay for a message board until I found an open source solution. For about the first year I also bought Adwords to get traffic.

    What do you love about it

    All of you.

    That it’s become self-sustaining–not monetarily, but with traffic. I don’t have to be here every day–or even every week– to keep it alive anymore.

    Having a forum to be sarcastic in. :devil:

    …and what do you find difficult?

    The time involved.

    Getting in trouble when I use it as a forum to be sarcastic in.

    Anything we can do to help it run smoothly?

    Post. Often. Tell others. Link to the site from anywhere you can. :bigsmile:

  • davidson January 14, 2008, 11:05 am

    Thanks, Alison, for taking the time to answer that. Very interesting.

    As a Past Master Sarcaster myself, I have to chuckle about the things you say. I get a kick out of you. You are part of my Relief Society, even if it is comic relief. Where did we get the idea that name-calling is always wrong in every instance? Jesus freely called people “fools” and “hypocrites.”
    Joseph Smith called certain men “fiends of the infernal pit.” Now, I’d call that name-calling!

    Do you suppose Abraham was being sarcastic? I laugh every time I read this account in the scriptures, the first verse in the first chapter of the Book of Abraham in the Pearl of Great Price. Opposite this verse, on the page previous, is Abraham’s family portrait. You’ll notice that he is the only one of his family pictured in this family portrait, which is symbolic in itself. Abraham, at the direction of his father, is fastened upon an altar. The priest of Elkanah is standing over him with a knife, ready to slay him. Abraham explains the abusive situation in his home in verses 5, 6, and 7 of chapter 1: “My fathers, having turned from their righteousness, and from the holy commandments which the Lord their God had given unto them, unto the worshiping of the gods of the heathen, utterly refused to hearken to my voice; for their hearts were set to do evil, and were wholly turned to the god of Elkenah, and the god of Libnah, and the god of Mahmackrah, and the god of Korash, and the god of Pharoah, king of Egypt; therefore, they turned their hearts to the sacrifice of the heathen in offering up their children unto these dumb idols, and hearkened not unto my voice, but endeavored to take away my life by the hand of the priest of Elkenah.”

    And what does Abraham say, in verse 1 of chapter 1 of the Book of Abraham?

    ‘In the land of the Chaldeans, at the residence of my fathers, I, ABRAHAM, SAW THAT IT WAS NEEDFUL FOR ME TO OBTAIN ANOTHER PLACE OF RESIDENCE.”

    !

    If not sarcasm, at least a healthy dose of understatement.

    I thought of momof2 and charity when I read the next verse: “And, finding there was greater happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers, . . .having been a follower of righteousness, desiring also to be one who possessed greater knowledge, and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of many nations, and a prince of peace, and desiring to receive instructions, and to keep the commandments of God, I became a rightful heir, a High Priest, holding the right belonging to the fathers.”

    So many things he could have said about his father. And he didn’t. He merely said he saw that it was “needful for him to obtain another place of residence,” and he wanted to be righteous–much like our own Charity and Momof2. Princesses of peace.

    How hard it must have been for Abraham, having been fastened to an altar himself, to be commanded to sacrifice his only son, but being willing to follow God at all costs. My admiration for him grows.

    Guess I wandered away, didn’t I. Anyway, Alison, thank you.

  • Alison Moore Smith January 14, 2008, 11:15 am

    :rolling:

  • mlinford January 14, 2008, 2:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, MM! I was one of those who knew you when you were Circle of Sisters at Meridian.

  • Lisa January 14, 2008, 3:21 pm

    Hey, that’s how I found it too! I found an archived article called “special lives of Bishop’s wives” or somethin’ like that….which I devoured because my husband had been a Bishop for a year…and there was no “special handbook” to be a Bishop’s wife. I found it very helpful!

    p.s. I just googled to see if you can still find the article…..and it comes up under meridian magazine….with Beautiful photos of all the authors!!! (oooooo, I hope I am not in trouble now…if everyone goes to see the pics!!!)

    Alison….I think I have met you before at Women’s Conf. at BYU!!!!:tooth:

  • Alison Moore Smith January 14, 2008, 4:30 pm

    Yes, Google shows Meridian, been there longer. But it shows Mormon Momma, too!

    And the article on MM actually has all the comments in the same place. Meridian has them spread all over yahoo.

    Lisa, I sang in the closing session of Women’s Conference in 2002 (Elder Maxwell spoke). Is that the one you attended? That’s the only one I’ve gone to in decades. (I’m an Education Week gal, myself. :smile:)

  • Lisa January 15, 2008, 7:27 pm

    Posted By: Alison Moore SmithLisa, I sang in the closing session of Women’s Conference in 2002 (Elder Maxwell spoke). Is that the one you attended? That’s the only one I’ve gone to in decades. (I’m an Education Week gal, myself.)

    Yes! That must have been it. I am not sure I’ll get all of the particulars …..but, I think it was in the Field House one evening doing a craft project cutting out hats( some sort of service learning deal). I was with my MIL, and I think you joined us at our table. You were building a new home in EM…a city I am *somewhat* familiar with:wink: which was why I remembered. I always thought the Alison Moore Smith of Mormon Momma was the same one I met at Women’s Conf. (I mean how many can there be???) But seeing your photo on Meridian…I was sure!!

  • Alison Moore Smith January 16, 2008, 1:27 am

    Holy cow, I DO remember you. Yes, those fleece hats, right? I’m sure it’s most memorable because of my UTTER lack of skill at anything requiring…well…skill.

    You live here, right? Or did then? Where?

  • Alison Moore Smith January 16, 2008, 1:27 am

    See!! I TOLD you guys I was famous!!! Now do I get some respect??? :surprised:

  • davidson January 16, 2008, 8:43 am

    Why, certainly.

  • davidson January 16, 2008, 8:45 am

    Also, you can spank my mouse hand if you want to, but I right-clicked on your picture and saved it to my pictures folder. I really like seeing who my friends are. You are a beautiful gal.

  • Lisa January 18, 2008, 11:37 am

    Posted By: Alison Moore SmithHoly cow, I DO remember you. Yes, those fleece hats, right? I’m sure it’s most memorable because of my UTTER lack of skill at anything requiring…well…skill.

    You live here, right? Or did then? Where?

    Well, I think you cut those hats darn adeptly!! Nobody would ever suspect your aversion to crafts!!!:rolling:

    Yep! I did and do live “here” hee hee! I think I occasionally pass by the back of your house when I run errands!! (the overflow stake center right?:wink: sheesh!! Many CPR homes could qualify for that title–some pot calling the kettle black there????)

    and YEP! Alison you are famous now!

  • Alison Moore Smith January 21, 2008, 10:32 am

    Thank you, Davidson. Less so today than even when that pic was taken. Age and babies taking their toll…

    Yes, Lisa, and it is SO wrong!

  • mlinford January 21, 2008, 2:48 pm

    Alison, you were famous to me when MM was only a gleam in your eye…..

  • Alison Moore Smith January 21, 2008, 8:11 pm

    :rolling:

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