Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Party time, the Basement is one year old today!


Welcome to our one-year blogiversary party! Come on in, grab some refreshments, and crank up the party tunes. A party is only as good as its guests, and we know we've got some fine ones swinging by today to join in the festivities.

Now, for the main entertainment: our good friend Amy Vernon has honored us by writing a piece especially for today. She writes The TV Tyrant, and is the VP of marketing for SMAK News, which has its inaugural launch in two weeks (more on that at the end of today's post).

So, if you're comfortable and in the party mood, join us as we celebrate today. We're so glad you came!


AmyV: Imagine my glee when two of my favorite bloggers ever asked me to write something up to celebrate their first year on the Internet.

I happened to have been around for the ladies' public debut, when they were so gracious as to discuss the goings-on in a little Kansas town called Jericho, on a blog I used to write for. They began to develop quite a following and came back often to discuss issues with me, for which I was grateful.

They would do Q&A sessions sometimes on another blog, but eventually the public outcry was such that they had no other choice but to start their own blog. And, on March 18, 2008, the ladies set up the server in their basement and started broadcasting to the outside world.

So when the ladies asked me to write up something for their one-year blogiversary, I thought I'd turn the tables on them and ask them a few questions:

1) Were you two ladies born in Jericho, or did your family move there at some point?
Edna: Dear, Margie and I were both born in the very house we're living in now; there was no hospital nearby in those days, and Mama was such a trooper. We'll probably die in Jericho, too, but hopefully not for many more years.

2) C'mon, tell me - who's older? Margie or Edna? We're all dying to know. For that matter, how old are you two, exactly?
Margie: Young lady, I thought you were raised better than to ask such a question. Would you like to tell us your bra size? I'm shocked.
Edna: She's shocked because she's the older sister. Now, as for how old that actually is...well, that I will keep to myself.

3) Who did you vote for? Johnston or Gray? If you had it to do over again, would you change your vote? [Note to newcomers to the basement: Johnston Green and Gray Anderson were vying for the mayoralty of Jericho during a very trying time in its history. Johnston was the incumbent and Gray owned the salt mine. Gray won.]
Margie: I voted for Johnston and I sure wouldn't change my vote. He always came to help Edna and me when we had problems with our clogged toilet. How many mayors would do that?
Edna: Oh, I voted for Johnston, of course! He reminds me so much of that nice man who used to be on "Simon and Simon." As for changing my vote, I never second-guess myself when it comes to politics, dear.

4) Who's the best-known gentleman you've had the good fortune of ... being acquainted with?
Margie: Oh, Jonah Prowse and Jensen Ackles of course. Such fine gentlemen and they know how to treat a lady too. There are things I could tell you ... but I won't.
Edna: In her dreams, she's never been 'acquainted' with either of those two gentlemen! As for myself, ladies simply do not gossip about who they're "acquainted" with. Amy, dear, you should have known better than to ask such a scandalous question.

5) What are your favorite desserts?
Margie: I just love a banana pudding and strawberries dipped in chocolate. Breakfast in bed is a dessert too isn't it?
Oh, my, Margie!
Edna: Typical, my sister just can't resist hussying up any question you ask of her. Personally, I love anything chocolate, but I am fond of a decent key lime pie too.

6) If you had your life to live over again, knowing everything you know now, what one thing (and one thing only) that you did would you change, if anything?
Margie: I would not have married when I was so young. I'd have been a party girl for a while first then I'd have married my cowboy. We'd have moved to his ranch in Montana and I'd never have had to live with Edna.
I'm glad you didn't, or else we wouldn't have had the good fortune to read your blog.
Edna: Well, it's never too late for you to move to Montana, you harpy, and good riddance! Amy, to answer your question, I'd have to say that I would not change a thing. I'm of the attitude that living one's life with regrets is simply a waste of time and energy. I cherish each and every experience, because it's made me who I am today.
That's beautiful, Edna.
Margie: Lordy, Edna, I wish those experiences hadn't made you who you are today. I wish you'd been a nice person.
Oh, Margie...

7) Boxers or briefs? (For the gents, of course.)
Margie: My stars, Miss Amy, I haven't blushed this much in years. I must say a gentleman always looks nice in briefs but I don't object to boxers. Frankly, they don't need to wear either if that's what they prefer.
Edna: I'm not sure this question is at all appropriate. Surely our readers don't want to know about gentlemen's unmentionables? I'd just as soon not think about them myself, so I respectfully decline to answer, dear.
Oh, Edna. Don't be such a prude. I knew Margie would play along. :-)

8) Let's get real for a moment here. You two always seem to hate one another. But don't you really love one another?
Margie: Miss Amy, I plead the Fifth as advised by my attorney.
Oh, Margie, I know you meant to say, "Yes."
Edna: I suppose we do love each other, in our own way. Of course, that love often takes the form of bickering and death threats, but what family doesn't have a little of that?
True, true.

9) How do you two decide on what to blog about? Is there a battle of the wills every day? It's hard to believe how prolific you are.
Margie: Thank you, Miss Amy. I must admit there is no daily battle of the wills. Edna and I love and appreciate all our readers so we always try to focus on them and what they might like to read.
That's not to say, of course, that we appreciate what each other says all the time.
Edna: Speak for yourself, Margie, I always appreciate what you say. I just don't always listen to it. Miss Amy, we do talk a lot about what our readers comment on, and we try to figure out what they might enjoy. We also try and stay as organized as possible, and we plan out our posts way ahead of time.
It's nice to see you two agree on something for a change. You do always put your readers first, no matter your personal ... conflicts, and we all appreciate that. We all love visiting with you.

11) What have you learned about writing a blog after doing this for a year? You've come so far in just 365 days. What advice would you give to other ... experienced ... ladies who would like to set up their own blog?
Margie: I've learned that it's easier to let my sister have her way rather than put up with her childish temper tantrums.
I would advise others to think long and hard before you write a blog with a relative. If you do decide to involve a relative, be sure they take their anti-psychotic meds every day.
Edna: Put a sock in it, Margie. At least I don't insist that every single post also has a picture of handsome naked men. [NOTE from Amy: They're not completely naked. And they sure are purty.]
My advice to anyone starting a blog is that they should write about something that they enjoy. If you're not having fun, you won't stick with it and your blog will suffer. Luckily, my sister and I have a lot of fun, which is why we're still here after a whole year.

AmyV: Well, we're glad you're still here after a year and that you continue to come up with interesting and entertaining things to say every day. I personally hope you stick around for another year, or two, or 10, or 20! I do plan on visiting more often, so please make sure you always have some of your special tea on hand for me. And thank you so much for making this bacon appetizer specifically for me; it's simply delicious. Of course, it's bacon, so I was bound to like it.

Anyhow, ladies, congratulations on your blogiversary and thank you so much for inviting me to share it with you.


Thank you so much, Amy! (Folks, don't forget to swing by SMAK News to sign up for its launch in two weeks; it will be a social networking site made expressly for women, which we are very excited about!)

So there you have it folks, we hope you had fun at our anniversary party, and we thank you all so much for continuing to come and visit with us. Without our regular readers, we would just be blogging into the ether, and we are grateful every day that you all seem to enjoy reading the rantings and musings of these two old ladies.

Love, Margie and Edna


Em Dy said...

Congartulations on your first year! And all along I thought you've been doing this for years!

TRoss said...

Happy Birthday to your blog, ladies! Keep up the laughs - life is boring without them.

terocious said...

I'll get some more chairs...

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Congrats on your blogversary. I didn't realize our blogs are about the same age. I started mine on March 1, 2008.

Silly Willy and Fluffy said...

Congratulations on your first year, you two Darlings! We are celebrating
our first year also.
We had a wonderful time on your visit
here in Ohio. Say hi to Cousin T.
Many hugs! Silly Willy & Fluffy

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Phyl said...

Happy anniversary! One of the best blogs, by two of the most intelligent and entertaining ladies on the net. Well done!

Christina of Inspiration Flirtation said...

Happy Blogiversary, Margie & Edna!!!

Stacie said...

congrats on your first year!

Hawksdomain said...

Congrats, ladies! I hope to be reading you for many more years - the laughs you provide help to keep us all young! Thanx so much for the shout-out yesterday (I would have thanked you yesterday but haven't figured THAT out on my BlackBerry yet!). I am honored to be considered a friend and invited to this *clothing optional* party! :) HUGS to you both!! (with clothes on!!)

Reeni♥ said...

Congratulations on your first year!!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Happy Blogoversary to you
Happy Blogoversary to you
Happy Blogoversary Dear Margie and Edna's Basement,
Happy Blogoversary to you. :)

Shelly said...

Congrats on the Anniversary. I look forward to many more years of reading.

Jean9 said...

Congrats on "One" year of blogging, I enjoy visiting to see what you both have been up to!

Relax Max said...

Happy anniversary to you. And next year at this time I will have been reading you for 2 whole years. I will do my part if you do yours. Cool. :)

Merry said...

Happy One Year Anniversary! I look forward to many more years of reading your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! That's actually an impressive amount of time in the cyber world.

Mom's Cafe Home Cooking said...

Congratulations on your first blogversary! I love visiting to read about both of your adventures so will continue to visit often.

Lisa R said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary!

Tomas Karkalas said...

Though you celebrate just one-year blogoversary, yet you harvest is so great already - you have so many friends and you made me happy too by welcoming to the party.

The depth of steps we leave in life depends on our love one to other.

Balceroregontr said...

Happy Anniversary to two wonderful ladies.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your blog!

Ichthus said...

Happy Aniversary to two charming ladies. May you have many more.

Lidian said...

Congratulations, Miss Margie and Miss Edna, on your anniversary! I am so happy to know you, and wish you many many more years of blogging! :)

xx Lidian

Rich said...

How time flies when you are having fun! Thanks for being one of my many assured bright spots of the day. :)

All my best,

Lynne said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like you've had a great first year!

DebbieDana said...

More power! Continue to blog!



Margie and Edna said...

Margie: My goodness, what kind folks you all are. Edna and I love and appreciate each one of you. Thank you all for continuing to support and inspire us every day. We would be 2 old ladies without purpose if not for all of you- our dear friends.
(One of us would probably be dead too.)

Be sure to come back on Friday as we talk about our party guests!

alpha99wolf said...

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES! YOU ARE BOTH ONE AND ONE IN A MILLION. Thank you for your blog. I know I have not been here in awhile, but I am so happy you are still around.


Shinade said...

Happy blgoversary. wow time sure does fly doesn't it? I for one hope to be here for your 50th anniversary!!

Happy party,

Mr. The Hawg! said...

Happy anniversary! Y'all have sure caused a stir after only one year, huh?

Keep up the good work (or, at least, the bickering).

Mrs. Mecomber said...

Happy anniversary, ladies! Your wit and banter has kept us all young. ;) Take it easy on that raspberry wine tonight. :D

terocious said...


kestral said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary!! May there be many more reasons to celebrate in the future! ~kestral~

maybei said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoversary! Looking forward to much more :)

Judy said...

Congrats, ladies...I'll take fruit punch please...(I'm the designated driver)

DhoyM said...


Amy Lilley Designs said...

WOW!!! Just a babe, but you two Gals have left quite a mark in the's to many more!!!

all the best Margie and Edna,

KAT said...

Congrats on your blogoversary!! Wow this is a time to celebrate then....

I have given you an award over at my blog... wooo hooo! Party!!!

Take care,

Patricia Rockwell said...

Congratulations, you wild women, you!

erika said...

It took me all day to get over here, but I am thrilled to stop by and congratulate you two ladies on your anniversary!!

Now, where is that special tea?

hopeful said...

Congrats. I am happy for the success of this blog.

lanne said...

Congrats on celebrating your first year!!! I know this year will be full of fun too.

Holly said...

Happy Blogiversary! You've had a tremendous first year and I'm sure you'll have many more.

Teresa Jane said...

Congrats on a great first year!!

I have visited your blog before, but am here now through Slobite. I found you in the Alabama category. I am in the Birmingham area.

Howdy neighbor!

Have a great weekend! - Teresa jane

an old philosopher said...

Happy Birthday to two lovely people. You bring joy to many readers. But this one year idea is misleading: I detect a depth of experience in writing that goes much further back. You two certainly do know how to entertain. I'm always delighted with your site.

Andrea said...

Happy (belated) birthday!

AmyV said...

Where am I? Is the party over? Who's that sleeping on the bathroom floor?

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