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The B Side

"Welcome Internet."

When I first typed those words seven years ago, I only wrote them because I didn't know what else to say. I didn't actually have anyone on the Internet to welcome. I just didn't know what else to write. There is something terrifying about first posts and new blogs. Everything is fresh and shiny and uncorrupted. I swear this blog even comes with that lovely new car scent. One good fart and it's ruined forever.

So I'm sitting here, in my brand new space, with the cursor blinking at me, huffing that shiny new smell, and worried sick about farting. The fear of farts is paralyzing me, so to speak.

I'm christening my new blog with a fart metaphor. 

Turns out you can take the writer out of Redneck Mommy but you can't take the redneck out of the writer. Go figure.

I like the new digs. I take no credit for them, not even a tiny little bit of credit. I asked the all powerful and creative Schmutzie from Ninjamatics to help me put down Redneck Mommy. I gave her two directives: Keep it clean and kill Big Red.

And so she did. She's magic I tell you. Thank you Elan. 

Things are a bit different around here, so feel free to poke about a bit. I'm still learning the ins and the outs of the Squarespace platform and to be honest, it feels a bit awkward. 

Rather like how I look while trying to dance. 

For those of you who aren't ready to let Redneck Mommy go, no worries, you can make your way through those archives because I've brought them along to my new space. They are here somewhere. Click that big yellow circle that says Attack of the Redneck Mommy. It's all right there. It's a little blog inside a blog. Schmutzie outdid herself. Go on; click the circle. You know you're curious. I'll wait.

Pretty nifty, no?

I'm not really sure what the future holds for me, or for this blog. Honestly, I'm freaking out more than just a little bit. If I had a dime for every time someone told me they decided to read my blog based solely on it's name or its design, well, I wouldn't have had to save any money to pay for this redesign and I'd be able to afford a jug of milk.

Tanis Miller isn't a catchy name, and heck if you spell Tanis with two n's instead of just one, and type in my url (tanismiller.com) it will take you to some hot Canadian blonde in a bikini. No word of a lie. 

I totally look that good in a bikini. In my imagination. 

(There is something about women named Tanis who have a thing for bikinis on their blog.) 

I've thoroughly gassed this new space now, haven't I?

I'm not going to post any pictures of myself in a bikini anytime soon. You're welcome and I'm sorry. I'm not really sure what I'm going to be doing in this space, except for being me.

Tanis Miller, with one n and no bikinis. And apparently, a bit of flatulence.

Welcome to my new space. Sorry about the smell.

Reader Comments (125)

Love the new site - long time lurker - first comment so I couldn't resist - Good Luck with the new look

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennyB

So the first thing I did this morning as I was sitting on the loo with my iPhone because it is both my alarm clock and flashlight, was check out your new diggs!! So in my mind the fart part goes well with me sitting on the toilet....umm..hmm..
Anyways, I LOVE the site. It's really great looking and I am sure you will be just as creative, funny and full of life here are you could be anywhere. Welcome to your new home. xo

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha W

Beautiful new blog! Looking forward to following you here for a long time.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKorinthia

Tanis, its seems like yesterday. Deja vu all over again.

Lets face it Girl, you can take the blog and paste it into a new format, but well, as far as taking the girl and pasting her into a new person, some things are not possible.

Is that coffee warm, or is that left over from yesterday?

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLarry Lilly

i am so happy to see that your not gone forever!!! and seeing your name in lights made my day!!!

thank you for not leaving us!!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I think TanNis Miller just got more traffic than she was bargaining for.....

I'm so glad you are not gone forever. I have been reading for years, and felt like I was losing a friend yesterday.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKerryn

Great, you're here already... Hop hop hop hop hop... just jumping on my chair, anxious to see where you are going with this new uhm. Thing. x

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeezzz

Thank the gods of all that's good and shiny you put us out of our misery so quickly with your new blog. The thought of no longer having a vicarious window into your life and thoughts left me a bit stunned. Grow, change, experiment, play, but never underestimate how important you are to so many "strangers". We like you for you, however you badge yourself on the interwebs.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeeselle

Love the new space. I look forward to reading wherever it is this leads you too. Even the flatulence. I live with a teen, I'm immunized.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatja

Welcome to this next chapter! Spiffy new digs....

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

YAY!!! So glad you didn't disappear and that you are letting us join you on the flip side!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

I love it. You.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Pretty new site! Second chapters. Fresh starts. Love it.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuebob

Congrats on the new digs! It's probably a little too cold for a bikini right now anyway.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeAnne

I am so happy today xo

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterats

Beautiful new digs!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Stone

Nice digs!!! Schmutzie is amazeballs... I always wish I had some sort of internet business, I would hire her in a second.

Happy to follow along for the ride!


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorgaine Fey

Good luck in your new home

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlisonC

Yay for new blogs, looks great!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

I am the first man to comment. I win.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBusyDad

Honey I'd never sit next to you in a bikini....unless you put on about 80 pounds first. The new digs RAWK

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSoberJulie

Love the new layout. No bikini pics necessary, but if you could please keep posting Abbott pics, I for one, would be most grateful.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKillian

Nice digs! (Bounces on the couches, peeks in the fridge) I think you're going to do fab (duh!).

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

I'm so glad that you didn't go away for long! I love your style and you have improved many of my days (even if you are a bit flatulent) :)

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKat

Your first commenter, JennyB., stole my comment. Make her go sit in the corner in a time out for that, would you? (Hey, you're the one who farted first in here and messed up the new car smell, so I had to be the first to start a slap-fight in the comments. You're welcome.)

YAY for the new blog! I'm happy you're still here.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie B.

Love the new site. It is beautiful and clean and easy to navigate. I look forward to visiting it often:)
I too just did a redesign but haven't changed my name yet...of course, someone owns my name url so there may be a bitter custody battle in the works for my name!
Your new home is amazing.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebi


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Rox

Is there a "Welcome Wagon" for this occasion? If so, I'd totally bring the virtual basket of welcome goodies and coupons.

Long time follower (often lurker), congrats on the new digs! My virtual basket includes coupons for both Beano and Febreeze (you know some folks are sensitive. Those with kids and large dogs totally understand).

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Love it.


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Precourt

all I have to say is.. Yay!! Glad to see the new space, I've been a long time reader of Redneck Mommy, first time poster. (That almost sounds bad) Great to see the new digs!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Oh, this is BEAUTIFUL!! XOXO

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMomo Fali

Congrats on the new space. It looks fantastic!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCrys Wiltshire

I love reading your blogs! I take care of MR and physically handicapped folks - one sweet gal is in her 90's! - and I find your stories inspiring! Thank you from Northern NY!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Love the new format! Good luck in your new "home"!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie G

Squees for yous! I loved the Redneck Mommy (and if we're being totally honest here - flatulence and all)!!! I never comment on blogs, particularly popular ones... simply because I feel like I'm just lost in the crowd of "in" peoples. So here we can be total besties. Your welcome.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWench4Life

Your new space looks fantastic! But, of course, Elan has never designed a space that is not beautiful. I blew up my old blog and started a new one this year, too. It's refreshing. I hope you find it inspirational. :)

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen Wilson

I'm so glad to see you back up and running! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us going forward, but, you know, no pressure....

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to "train" online with Tannis. Thanks for the referral!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Well look at you! It's so pretty! Congratulations on the new digs, my friend.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

Congratulations Tanis! Can't wait to see what this beautiful space becomes.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaija

I don't mind the smell at all. When you have kids and dogs (not to mention a husband), you sort of get used to it.

Congrats on the new space, lady. :)

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTabatha

Your new place is awesome (even if it does smell a little of fart... you better keep a little bit of febreeze handy). That Schmutzie sure is talented (not because of the fart smell... because of all of the shininess and newness and sparkliness...). And this first post? Best first post I've ever read.


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen - @amadisonmom

I absolutely love your new space. It's so fresh and clean! You are inspiring me to freshen up our site! It's absolutely perfect, my dear! xoxo

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Allen Clark


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBirdman

I'm so glad to see you found a new space quickly. I've known some bloggers who say they're getting new digs and they end up disappearing from the blogosphere, never to be found again. *hugs* I hope you find your stride so that you will be comfortable here!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTigger

I love the new site, and the name, but I will be very careful not to add that extra 'n' though I am sure hubby would enjoy it.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlwaysARedhead

Delurking: very nice, enjoy!!!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I like you on the flip. The new digs are very shiny indeed!

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love it and I am so proud of you. Elan did a fantastic job of the redesign (of course).

I am in the midst of redefining myself/ blog space too... just haven't got this far yet ... something about being at the nearly 7 year mark for me just screams "time for a change".


February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTarasview

It's beautiful.

I need to get me some Schmutzie.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralexandra

Congratulations Tanis. I am so happy to see you here so quickly. Congrats on the new space. It is awesome.

February 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheri
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