July 14, 2009

Hot Six

Happy blogiversary to me.
Happy blogiversary to me.
Happy blogiversary, Rude Cactus.
Happy blogiversary to me.

That's right - it's about this time of year that I celebrate my blogiversary. And frankly whenever the blogiversary rolls around, I'm somewhat astounded that I'm still doing this. This year marks the sixth year in the life of Rude Cactus (the blog, not me...otherwise I'd have some pretty damn impressive writing skills for my young age). And I figured I'd last no more than six weeks as a blogger. Turns out I can occasionally follow through on something.

My initial attempts at writing are horrifying. I like to think that I've gotten better, that in another six years I'm not going to look back on something I wrote last week and cringe. But we'll see.

Thank you all for reading and making it a great six years. Thanks for your comments, your thoughts, and your friendship.

- Why do you read my site?
- What keeps you coming back?
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?

Posted by Chris at July 14, 2009 6:26 AM

Happy blogiversary to Rude Cactus!!!

- Why do you read my site?
Because it's smart and funny.
- What keeps you coming back?
See above.
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
Don't change a thing!

Posted by: coolchick at July 14, 2009 6:31 AM

Congratulations Chris! It's not easy doing what you do. Keep on for as long as you can... to another 6 years! Cheers!

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at July 14, 2009 6:40 AM

Happny Blogiversary, Chris!

- Why do you read my site?
I read your site because your writing is witty, down to earth, and often humorous.
- What keeps you coming back?
See above.
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
I would like to see more photographs. You have an interesting eye that I appreciate and enjoy.

Posted by: MariaV at July 14, 2009 7:29 AM

I'm celebrating five years of LJing...

I've always felt bad that Carl Omalignon turned out to be a bit of a jerk. I hope you didn't take that personally.

Posted by: stacy at July 14, 2009 7:48 AM

Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary!

why do I read? You write like I wish I could! And you're damn funny!
why do I come back? Can't wait for the next weird episode of you in a public restroom!

Keep doing what you are doing! If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And it ain't broke!

Here's to 6 more years!

Posted by: cyndy at July 14, 2009 7:56 AM

Time flies..........Why do I read you? A male perspective is interesting to me and.......you are funny. :) More of? Photos please. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Christy at July 14, 2009 8:03 AM

You're so cute when you go fishing for compliments.

Posted by: Mrs. Cactus at July 14, 2009 8:04 AM

We started at almost exactly the same time... seems like a long time ago. You, however, are still going strong; I lost all my posts (twice) then lost my mojo then found my mojo then couldn't get it started then could then couldn't then lost it again but I think I see it over there in the corner under my dirty t-shirt.

Anyway, thanks for a great 6 years (I still think you are rubbish though).


Posted by: zeno at July 14, 2009 8:20 AM

- Why do you read my site?
stories/photos of the kids
- What keeps you coming back?
stories/photos of the kids
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
stories/photos of the kids


I'm only half joking about that. Maybe.

Posted by: patricia at July 14, 2009 8:22 AM

Congrats on six years!!!

I read because you're funny and smart and are better at stating my opinion than I am. By that, I mean that you are more eloquent with the words than I am when trying to express my opinion about a multitude of things. And we seem to think alike on many topics. Thanks for your help there. ;o)

I keep coming back because you're funny and smart and I enjoy reading about the craziness and thoughts that make up your life. The bathroom episodes are priceless!

Just keep it all coming -- however you see fit. There's nothing I need to see more or less of. As someone else said before me, if it ain't broke, don't fix it... and it ain't broke. ;o)

Again, congrats!!

Posted by: ironic1 at July 14, 2009 8:44 AM

Happy Blogiversary. I don't even know when my blogiversary is as I lost a lot of posts from the start.

1) You make me smile
2) You make me smile
3) Smiling.

Posted by: daisy at July 14, 2009 8:45 AM

Congrats on another year of wonderful! I check your site every day because your writing amuses me. I particularly love your elevator stories.

Posted by: Hazel at July 14, 2009 8:57 AM

Congrats on another year! Thank you for stories that entertain and don't completely leave me terrified at the possibility of having kids one day.

Posted by: Miss Scorpio at July 14, 2009 9:10 AM

- Why do you read my site?
I like the fact that you are consistent and that you have two small kids (like me).
- What keeps you coming back?
See above
- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
I would like to see some more pictures.

Posted by: mymilabean at July 14, 2009 9:16 AM

Congratulations on your six-year blogiversary (which Firefox tells me is not even a real thing)!

I love your blog because you are hilarious, thought-provoking, have an awesome family team thing going, and make me feel safe going into a bathroom, as clearly you are taking more than your share of the crazies and there are none left for the rest of us.

Keep up the great writing!

Posted by: Missy at July 14, 2009 9:17 AM

Happy Blogiversary!
I read and keep coming back because you're interesting. Little mix of work and family but alot about life. I like that. I love the Weeklies because you give me great book and music ideas and the time wasters too (if I wasn't so ADD that I'm incapable of focusing on the directions). Sometimes I even try to make up my own Haiku.
Don't change and keep 'em coming :-)

Posted by: Nancy J at July 14, 2009 9:18 AM

Congrats! 6 years? WOW!!! You just made me totally realize MY blogiversary is coming up - like - this week maybe. Actually - I just checked. I started on July 7th 2006 so BOO to me for totally screwing up and forgetting MY blogiversary. But today is all about you. And you are awesome. And a great writer. And very funny. And that's why I come back. And also because I heart the whole Cactus-Fish clan in general. I mean, I'd read you if you weren't funny. But you are funny. So that's good. As for that last question...what would you like to see more of? Your wife would kill you for even asking such a thing! Dude - you rock this blog! No need for us to tell how to bunge it up. Keep on blogging like you do! And Happy Blogiversary!

ps Have you ever addressed the whole "It's up to you watermelon" thing? Do I have to go back 6 years to understand the significance?

Posted by: Country Girl at July 14, 2009 9:30 AM

Why? Because you're a democrat.

Kidding. Because you're smart & funny & our kids are the same age.

More? Pictures - they're so darn cute!

Happy Blogiversary!

Posted by: much more than a mom at July 14, 2009 9:44 AM


- Why do you read my site?
> your sense of humor, your perspective on life, especially life with kids and wife, your opinions (many of which I agree with, some of which I disagree with, all of which I enjoy reading.

- What keeps you coming back?
> see above, plus, you update regularly.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
> you've got free rein (free reign?) as far as I'm concerned. surprise me. try to offend me. just keep writing!

Posted by: pvz at July 14, 2009 10:16 AM

1) Because I'm secretly hoping to sleep with your wife. Oops, not so secret anymore.

2) You keep writing posts, and I feel obligated to read them when you do.

3a) Free beer and fireworks
3b) Muffintops and billboards on the side of buildings
Wait, did you mean here? On this site? I thought you meant in general. I've got no suggestions for your website.

Posted by: lumpyheadsmom at July 14, 2009 10:26 AM

Why? Because your content varies. It's your family and your job. The lawn and politics. It's always and never the same.

Return? Because you keep me entertained. You make me think or make me laugh - there's always something.

More? Videos. When Mia was little, there were several - of her giggling, of her dancing (hi ya!), of you dancing around like a fairy (I think?) and flipping the bird. The videos are my favorite. :o)

Posted by: Emily at July 14, 2009 10:27 AM

Happy Blogiversary!

- Why do you read my site? Because you make me laugh and laugh and laugh. And you seem real. And I'm a sucker for cute kids.

- What keeps you coming back? Um, see above.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of? I happen to like things just the way they are, so no changes!

Posted by: Theresa at July 14, 2009 10:34 AM

1. I came over because of 'Mazing Amy and I haven't left since. You're funny as all hell and a great writer.

2. It's entertainment! Besides, watching Mia and Owen grow up before my eyes is kind of cool...in a not stalking sort of way...

3. Perfect the way you are, Chris. Perfect the way you are.

Posted by: oakley at July 14, 2009 10:39 AM

Happy blogiversary!

-I read because you're funny and smart and have good taste in music and books. Also: bathroom stories.

-Bathroom stories. And pretty much everything I said in the first response. Plus, I think of you like a brother, so you're like family, and I like family.

-I have no recommendations. I like things just as they are!

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at July 14, 2009 10:47 AM

I like your blog because it is witty and funny. I like to see men who care about their kids.
You have good recommendations, which I occasionally follow up on.

I'd like to see more bathroom stories.

Posted by: jessica at July 14, 2009 10:48 AM

I read your site because the invisible monkeys tell me to.

And, you're funny and shit.

Posted by: Rebecca at July 14, 2009 10:51 AM

I've been reading your blog- off and on, I admit- since before the bean was born. I come back because you're a wonderful family, and you portray that with sweet (and often clever) humor.

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Posted by: Lucy at July 14, 2009 10:55 AM

Happy Blogiversary!

I haven't been here for all six years, heck I think I have only been reading your blog for the past six weeks.

I read your site because it pops up in my reader. Oh, and I enjoy reading your stories.

I keep coming back, because my reader tells me that you have deposited more wit and wisdom for me to enjoy. Oh, and I love your weeklies.

More of the same would be awesome, if I have any future concerns/complaints I will be sure to leave them here, especially since I just de-lurked myself. I can't hide now.

Congrats again on your blogiversary!

Posted by: Roger at July 14, 2009 10:57 AM

Happy Blogaversary!
I just celebrated my 6th in May.

I keep coming back to your site because I enjoy your family - even if only by internet.

Keep up the good work.
And congratulations!

Posted by: cassie-b at July 14, 2009 10:58 AM

Happy congrats! And no helpful info. Still check in every day, so keep doin what you're doin.

Posted by: sunshine at July 14, 2009 11:04 AM

Happy Bogoversary!
Why do you read my site? I like your kinda crazy slant on life.
- What keeps you coming back? Your slightly crazy slant on life. Love the bathroom happenings! I thought they only happened to me!
- What would you like to see more of?
Pictures. You also are a great photographer!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 14, 2009 11:08 AM

Happy Blogiversary!! 6 years already, wow. Just keep doing what your doing, that is what keeps me coming back. Here's to another great 6 years!

Posted by: Adi at July 14, 2009 11:09 AM

are you kidding???? why do i read???? you ARE my morning coffee at work... sometimes you bring me to tears... and ALSO the "man" to my cubicle... but then? i just SHARE... cuz you crack me up! i'm sure some of our responses crack YOU up!

your BLOG keeps me coming back... and you actually take an interest in your comments and sometimes even respond....

hey...change NOT A THING... you brighten my workday!

Posted by: the unicorn at July 14, 2009 11:26 AM

oh..........and I too love the PICTURES!!!

Posted by: the unicorn at July 14, 2009 11:29 AM

Happy Blogiverssary. I read your blog because I think it is witty and funny. I can also relate to much of what you write regarding your children. I come back for the same reasons and I don't think I'd like to really see more or less of anything in particular.

Posted by: Sarah at July 14, 2009 11:29 AM

- Why do you read my site? because you're awesome.
- What keeps you coming back? because you're fabulous.
- What would you like to see more of? Less of? more pictures. I really like to see pictures of your kids, they are sooo cute.

CONGRATULATIONS on your six years of blogging.

Posted by: La Petite Belle at July 14, 2009 11:41 AM

Happy Blogiversary!

Mine is on Thursday and I was going to pose similar questions. Shoot; now I have to try and think of something ;)

Here's to many more years, Chris!

Posted by: Angella at July 14, 2009 11:42 AM

Happy Blogiversary! Many Happy Returns!

I read you 'cause you're funny and I can relate to most of what you write. That's also why I keep coming back. Changes? Don't need any. If I didn't love your blog as-is, I wouldn't read it.

Posted by: Brooke Habecker at July 14, 2009 11:58 AM

Happy Blogiversary!

I read because you crack me up and I want to see what new fun things you discover in the bathroom at work. And in a weird non-stalkerish way, you are like an old friend, even though we've never met.

Posted by: donna at July 14, 2009 12:03 PM

1. You make me laugh.
2. You make me laugh.
3. The bathroom stories and your conversations with Mia are the best. Can't wait to see what Owen adds to the mix. And I have a feeling the conversations between Owen and Mia will be fantastic.

Posted by: Jody at July 14, 2009 12:08 PM

You really wonder why we all keep coming back and make you (and mrs. cactus-fish) a daily read? Well you are hilarious, witty and are a damn fine writer.

I think we all enjoy your bathroom finds, talks of midgets and even better, your personal take on fatherhood.

So congrats on your 6 years and don't change a thing!

Posted by: crookedeyebrow at July 14, 2009 12:12 PM

Happy blogiversary!

- Why do you read my site? Humor, common interests: mainly music, IT offices, and of course family.
- What keeps you coming back? Frequent posts that are a good length and never boring.
- What would you like to see more of? Less of? More of you talking about or actually playing the guitar. I wouldn't subtract anything.

Posted by: Brad at July 14, 2009 12:59 PM

Your blog was one of the first I started reading before I started my own. And you give me that slice of family that I wanted to have.

Happy anniversary.

Posted by: k8 at July 14, 2009 1:13 PM


1. Even though we may not always share the same views I enjoy reading your take on things. Your writing is witty and funny and you have never seemed full of yourself. (Also: Cute Kid Pictures)

2. See number 1.

3. I have no recommendations. What you have done thus far has kept me coming back for five years so I am happy with things the way they are.

Happy Blogiversary to you!

Posted by: Kelly M. at July 14, 2009 1:20 PM

Happy blogiversary to you!!
1. You & your family amuse me :)
2. Pretty much the same as above.
3. More antics of your kids! They sound so adorable!

Posted by: Rose Winters at July 14, 2009 1:47 PM

I read because even though I know we will never humanly meet I consider you a friend. Your blog is always there and for whatever whacked out reason it comforts me. You make me laugh on my darkest of days (I am on medication for depression) and makes me really reflect upon my life. I think about things and ponder with ideas that I know would never surface without reading your wonderful insights and humorous craziness. I live for elevator stories,bathroom drama, midget attacks, and seeing the milestones of your children. My Henry is a month older than Owen and it is awesome to read how I am not the only one going through the wonderful craziness of a perfect boy. You amaze me Chris and I thank you with all of my heart.
Congrats on 6 years! You have truly enlightened my life.

Posted by: CHERYL at July 14, 2009 1:50 PM

Why I read your blog cause you are so HOT! :) No really. You are an excellant writer and should write a book. Love the family pictures too. Keep up the good work and Happy Blogiversary!

Posted by: Trish at July 14, 2009 1:55 PM

Happy blogiversary!

1) Why do you read my site? You are witty, smart, and extremely funny. Also I love reading about your family. You make parenting not seem scary, and maybe one day my hubby and I will be as awesome at it as both you and Mrs. Cactus!
2) What keeps you coming back? See above; and of course your bathroom stories.
3) What would you like to see more of? Less of? I love to see more of your photography!

Posted by: jenn at July 14, 2009 2:01 PM


- Why do you read my site?
Chris, you are hilarious and the writing is terrific. Plus anyone who can say what they think so eloquently and with such humor is worth reading. Your blog is pretty much one of my favorites and I found you from another blogger (librarian blogger)

- What keeps you coming back?
Your sharp writing and hilarious hijinx of course.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of?

Don’t change a thing. Keep up the good work.

Happy blogiversary!


Posted by: Julie Andel at July 14, 2009 2:03 PM

Congrats, Chris!

I read your blog because it's funny, and because, long ago, you came to my blog and commented. And then I went back and read your blog and commented. I feel a strange compulsion to check in almost daily to find out what strangeness you've encountered in the bathroom at work, and to pick up some book recommendations -- I loved the Marshall Karp books, and I might not have found them but for your blog.

Posted by: alison at July 14, 2009 2:13 PM

- Why do you read my site?

You're genuinely you on your blog. And you love your wife and your children. That's always a plus to see on a daily basis. It's becoming more and more rare unfortunately.

- What keeps you coming back?

You make me laugh. You share your latest reads and musical interests and 90% of the time I do agree. When I comment you always acknowledge. There's something so old fashioned about just being acknowledged. Like the old man in that movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" who keeps coming by to leave flowers.....at the end...after much waiting he finally tips his hat. You always tip your hat to me. I appreciate that.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of?

more kid pictures, kid conversations and hey lets do away with those stupid commenters who rip you apart...mmkay?

Posted by: Kristy at July 14, 2009 2:13 PM


Why - because I respect my elders
Keeps me coming back - because you consistently display a humor that assures me you laughed at the aforementioned joke
More - cowbell?

Posted by: restaurant refugee at July 14, 2009 2:26 PM

- Why do you read my site?
I was origianlly looking for instructions on how to start a cactus farm.

- What keeps you coming back?
The expectation that eventually you'll write about cactus farming.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
More cactus farming. Less not cactus farming.

Posted by: Procrastamom at July 14, 2009 2:29 PM

Truthfully, I come here because I fell in love with both yours' and Beth's blogs years ago when you were featured on Mommybloggers. I feel like I would miss out on so much if I stopped reading now. How could Mia and Owen grow up without me? What would I do without the Monday haiku? How could I become addicted to so many new games without the Friday lineup?

Happy Blogiversary Chris Cactus!

Posted by: Procrastamom at July 14, 2009 2:33 PM

I love your blog. Happy Blogversary. This morning I went to leave a comment, and had to log-off. WOW. When I popped back in you had 53 comments. Obviously, you are well loved. :)

Keep up the good work. You rock.

I found your blog on the great blog tour of the great Mr. Karp. I keep coming back for a myrid of reasons. Just to name a few: We are the same age (or at least close). I graduated in 92. Did community college, my kids are the same age span as yours in the same genetic order, but they are now 9 & 11. ey ey ey...

It's just neat to see the similiarities and differences and you have a fabulous family!!!!!

Take Care,

Posted by: debb at July 14, 2009 2:41 PM

Happy Bloggiversary!

Why do you read my site?
Because it is well-written, and most days either makes me think or laugh out loud...some days it makes me do both.

What keeps you coming back?
See above...and I've been a reader since the beginning it would be like losing a friend if I stopped.

What would you like to see more of? Less of
I agree with the above comment that there should be more pictures...you are a talented photographer and need to share your art with the world.

Keep on writing!

Posted by: Krush at July 14, 2009 2:47 PM

"I don't often read blogs, but when I do, I prefer Rude Cactus."

Posted by: The Second Most Interesting Man in the World at July 14, 2009 3:14 PM

1) You write well, are funny and I agree with you on lots of things. Plus you have cute kids.
2) As above.
3) All fine.

Happy blogiversary!

Posted by: Katherine at July 14, 2009 3:23 PM

i just tried to leave a comment on beth's post, but like half the time, it told me i couldn't leave a comment. is she making another vasectomy analogy?? ;)

i am a fickle blog reader and get bored and/or annoyed easily. i add and delete blogs from my reader all the time. but i keep yours because you are smart and have a good sense of humor and similar opinions to my own, but aren't all self-righteous and too-cool. i like that. don't change a thing.

Posted by: kati at July 14, 2009 4:01 PM

I keep reading because you're damn funny. And because you're a guy - kids stories from a dad are so much better than from a mom - they're too "play groupie" for me!

Posted by: Heather at July 14, 2009 4:16 PM

you're funny, and you give good book advice.
reading you talk about your kids, is how i imagine my father would have been if the internets had been around when he was raising me. i would give anything to know the day to day ins and outs of our life and his view on things when i was mia's age.

Posted by: cri at July 14, 2009 5:09 PM

I'm pretty sure I came over when you left a comment on my big sister's (now defunct) blog. And then I got involved with you and your family and somehow even though we've never met, you feel like friends to me, and I remember that I was out of town when Mia was born and I had no internet access and was wondering the whole time how you all were doing!

Posted by: Heather at July 14, 2009 5:30 PM

I read your site because it's funny, makes me think, and your words about your family move me.

I keep coming back because I like to reward myself with a good read every now and again... even if I don't always comment on said good read!

I like you just the way you are.

Happy blogiversary :)

Posted by: Kate at July 14, 2009 6:33 PM

Happy 6 to you!

Why do you read my site?
It's become part of my morning ritual, like getting a coffee. Oh and you're funny and stuff.

What keeps you coming back?
My anal personality that likes to control the small things I can in my life, like choosing each morning to come in and read it. Oh and you're funny and stuff too.

What would you like to see more of? Less of?
It's too early here for any constructive feedback so will just say in the words of Billy Joel...I love you just the way you are (and by you I mean the blog although I do think you are quite fabulous. And funny and stuff)

Posted by: Beth at July 14, 2009 6:55 PM

Congratulations, and thanks for your stick-to-it-ness :)

I like your style, but I'm a particular fan of your politics and your haiku (since my daughter is now a uni-slacker, you're my sole reliable source of crack-me-up haikus http://veronicasworldoftea.blogspot.com/2009/01/3-haikus-3-minutes-things-i-have-done.html )

What keeps me coming back are the laughs, and my Google Reader, without which I'd forget to tie my own shoelaces.

I know I'm going against a tidalwave of popular opinion here, but I don't mind seeing less of the cute kid stories - I have cute, humorous children of my own. But you should seriously ignore that, because it looks like you'd lose half your readership. I could use more of the hilarious Cactus take on current affairs, but no pressure - I'll be back anyway, even if I don't always get time to comment.

Posted by: Jo MacD at July 14, 2009 9:08 PM

At the risk of sounding sappy, you're just one those bloggers I really really enjoy. It's like home. I expect that if you were to live down the street, our families would get along famously until my son (much older) starting dating your daughter and you'd have to shoot him.

Posted by: Nat at July 14, 2009 10:38 PM

Happy Blogversary!

Posted by: erin at July 15, 2009 12:16 AM

Well, let's see... I stalk- I mean read your blog because I accidentally set it as my homepage and I'm not computer savvy enough to figure out how to change it. I figure I might as well read while I'm waiting for my email to, um, load, or whatever.

Naw, you're a favorite on my Google reader, and ignore that guy, I like the cute kid stories.

Posted by: jess at July 15, 2009 12:25 AM

- Why do you read my site?
Erm, cos you rock??!!

- What keeps you coming back?
They witty posts and awesome burns on people who totally deserve it.

- What would you like to see more of? Less of?
Don't need to improve something that is already awesome!!

Posted by: Aurelia at July 15, 2009 1:40 AM

Aw, I missed it! Happy Belated Blogiversary!

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 15, 2009 10:15 AM

I hate to post this - as right now - you have 69 comments. I hate to be the one to mess that up.

I read because you are smart and funny and because it's refreshing, much like a cold beer on a hot August afternoon after mowing the lawn, to read the blog of a man who is in love with his wife, his kids, and the majority of his life.

I come back to be refreshed.

More pictures. More references and shout outs to sweet baby Jesus. More tales from the bathroom. More midget stories. Less time wasters. Because I'm a sucker and get sucked into them and then waste even more time. But if you didn't post them, I'd be all "CHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRIIIIIIISSSSSS . . . WHERE are the time wasters that I really rely on you for??????????" in my best 3 year old whine.

Posted by: Mindy at July 15, 2009 4:42 PM

I am sure there is nothing I can add...
You have enriched my life with the thought provoking entries you make...I like you and Mrs. Fish...I like your kids...I think your parents did a great job making such a wonderful human-bean!

You can make me laugh and cry! I love when I don't agree...because you make me think! I love when I agree because I then feel smart!

I just enjoy you and your family and I wouldn't change a thing!

Posted by: Gypsy at July 15, 2009 8:33 PM

6 years! wow. you were blogging before it was even cool. rock on, rude one!

i like when you spew your mind. i may not always agree with you, but i like how you argue your perspective. hats off to you.

i'm a sucker for the kid photos. luv 'em.

Posted by: Dolly at July 16, 2009 12:26 AM


I like the way you write and the way you think.

Posted by: Aimee Greeblemonkey at July 16, 2009 1:04 PM