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It’s A Wonderful Bloglife

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Ed. Note: This cake didn’t last long. It exploded all over us, like our April Fool’s joke did.

April Fools. That’s what we are.

It’s our website’s birthday/anniversary today. We agreed a year ago when we launched that we would do an April Fool’s joke, but the joke’s on us.

We hope the video below explains our “The End?” post, where Avara (Charlie’s wife) explains that we’re breaking up Perhaps this exploding birthday cake will help soften the impact.

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We were blown away and horrified by the response and we’re so sorry if anyone was bummed out by all our shenanigans. Your comments have only strengthened our resolve to produce more content, create a stronger community and get less sleep.

We sort of got to see what it would be like without HTBAD, like George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life. So we’ll be posting a video response to all of your amazing comments soon.

Breast wishes,

Charlie & Andy

Makers of Trouble & Cute Children

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94 Responses to “It’s A Wonderful Bloglife”

  1. kravpeach says:

    Baby girl just woke up for her 2am feeding, so of course I had to check your blog to see if you FINALLY updated…(thanks for torturing me all day via FB/Twitter, btw. Yes, I am that pathetic. No, I am not a stalker.) Simultaneously relieved and pissed that it was all an April Fool’s joke. Life has had its share of challenges lately and the temporary disappearance of my favorite blog has highlighted for me just how much having an easy source of humor on a topic near and dear to my heart (and delightfully lacking in all of the sappy-ness and guilt that plague the Mom blogs) makes the rest of life bearable. So, thanks Andy & Charlie for keeping the blog going. But this week you guys might want to wear a cup (each, I don’t recommend sharing…’cause, Ewwww) because I’m pretty sure you still have a telepathic junk punch coming from Braindonkey.

    P.S. This one’s for Andy, he knows why: You guys are just lucky they don’t make shock collars for bloggers either, otherwise you’d both have it coming LOL

  2. beta dad says:

    I can’t believe I said nice things about you a-holes in my previous comments.

  3. Evonne says:

    so you had us all sitting on the fence good…torn between thinking it was a joke and wanting to tell you to grow up/take a break if needed. Wow talk about screwing with peoples minds. Lol!! glad it was the former. Keep up the great work guys :o)

  4. Shilpa says:

    Ha! Once again my refusal to believe the internet on the 1st of April has paid off! I can get on with being glad that last year my baby chose to turn up on the 3rd and not be an April Fool…

    Crap, I need to sort out a birthday party! O_o

    must dash! x

  5. Betsy says:

    Ugh…I believe you ALL broke some epic rule about April Fool’s Day jokes. I hope that wasn’t a stunt cake.For offending the masses, no soup, or cake, for you!

    • charlie says:

      We probably did. Andy has this fetish about explosives but even more so, he keeps saying “The best April Fool’s joke aren’t on April 1st!” It’s like some sort of mantra for him.

      • Betsy says:

        Apparently Andy’s right. You really fooled us! It never would have worked on April Fool’s Day. It WAS a great joke and even caused me to have conversations with other readers of your blog, “Is it real? Is it a joke? Nah…it can’t be…there is the rule. EVERYONE knows about the rule…”

        Ha! Well, Happy Blogiversary Charlie and Andy! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

  6. Beth says:

    Hey guys, glad it was all just an April Fool’s joke. You are both awesome!

    I love the cake being blown to bits. That would look amazing in slow motion. Small bits of cake flying every where. Ha!

    Cheers and happy birthday/anniversary!

    • charlie says:

      Beth, we had a Facebooker comment the same thing. We’ll try to slow-mo it for you! Somehow!

      Thanks for sticking by us.

    • Andy says:

      If I have to slow it down frame-by-frame in Photoshop, I will. We’ll get it in on the impending response video.

      • Beth says:

        I can’t wait to see that. thank you very much! You know you’ve watched too many episodes of Myth Busters when you enjoy watching stuff explode in slow motion hehehe

  7. Liesbet says:

    Just reading your posts of the last few days, and thankfully I started with this one… And thankfully I didn’t read anything for a couple of days…
    I have no idea if I would have believed it, maybe not. I really don’t know. It wasn’t April 1st on Friday, but still, it’s a humor blog.
    I like your humor but i HATE pranks, so I’m just very glad I didn’t read anything…

  8. Steve S. says:

    I am very relieved that this was just an April Fool’s gag, however I expect a 175% increase in the humor quotient of How To Be A Dad as reparation for the mental distress caused by this prank. If I’m not in the hospital with a busted gut from excessive laughing by the end of the month I will be very disappointed. Oh and thank you for making the challenges of being a parent feel lighter with your humor.

  9. Matthew says:

    Andy, Charlie… love you guys, but you SUCK!

  10. You are both GROUNDED! Also, thank god cause you cats make me smile and I dig your style. Phew.

  11. jay says:

    And this is why bloggers should never, ever try to do April’s Fool jokes. Ever.

  12. Kelly says:

    You bastids!

  13. fishsqueezer says:

    No, don’t leave us! I have no idea how I’m going to make it through the day.

    Oh wait, did I put this on the wrong post?

    I am glad that it was just an April Fool’s prank, for the record. I can think of a multitude of less awesome ways to entertain myself than your blog.

    • Andy says:

      LOL! Thanks. We weren’t going anywhere before and after everything that has been shared and said, we’re ready to do this pretty close to forever. πŸ™‚

  14. Laurie says:

    Now I feel ridiculous for being so emotional, you losers! Deep down I knew it couldn’t be true. You guys have a good thing going on here! Seriously love you guys, but SO NOT COOL!

    • Andy says:

      Please please please don’t feel ridiculous! It was a train wreck we created, but we can’t tell you enough how much the kind and honest emotions mean to us. We’re working on a response video just to show how moved and amazed and guilty we feel. SO SORRY!!!

  15. Julia says:

    I’d like to see the futures of your kids… in “The year 2000” style (ala Conan.)

    And…. GO.

    • charlie says:

      YES! We’ve been talking about doing a “PARENTS FROM THE FUTURE” video series because some parenting trends could evolve into complete insanity.

  16. Phil says:

    Yeah, next year post your April Fool’s Day joke ON APRIL FREAKING FOOL’S DAY.

    Not like I ever bought it anyway. Carry on.

  17. Carly says:

    Oh good. As punishment I still think you should go on some man retreat though….. have a Dad vs. Dad competition in the wilderness. Who’s the best meat griller, wood chopper, bear catcher, who could blow the coolest thing up….. would make for an entertaining video….

  18. Loren Helgeson says:

    You maniacs! You blew it up!!!

    But seriously, well done on your one-year anniversary, guys. πŸ™‚

  19. Braindonkey says:

    Junk Punches, 1 and 2 winding up.

  20. Liz the Insane says:

    LOL definitely glad it was an April Fool’s joke! You dorks!

    I mean, um…I knew it all the time! Yeah. Yeah.

  21. karen says:

    The wind is so bad out here today! But I think I just found a piece of your cake splattered on one of my windows. Thanks guys!

  22. Sarah says:

    Dawww, you blew up a cake just for us!! (I love explosions) Fantastic April Fools prank! So glad it was a prank, my husband and I love this site 😑

    • Andy says:

      Aw, shucks! We will always blow up cakes (and other items that are cool to see explode) for you guys. Thanks for lovin’ it and following us!

  23. chelsea says:

    Ahhhhh…so glad!!!!! I would have been pissed to lose this most perfect way to waste time at work πŸ™
    We need you guys, simultaneously sensitive and irreverent…

    And yes Charlie…windy is an understatement, feels llore all of the extra wind in the world is being dumped on us…icky.

    enough chit chat, get back to entertaining us, and happy blogiversary to you and Andy!!!

    • Andy says:

      No pressure, right? Ha ha! All of this love and encouragement has fired us up, but there’s a certain sense of pressure that comes along with it. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for rooting for us!

  24. chelsea says:

    Huh. Interesting….

  25. faunce says:

    ur a bunch of douchebags.

  26. Chris H says:

    You guys are too mean! That was torture! I am so thankful you guys aren’t going away. Finally a site that I can laugh about parenting!

  27. Pam says:

    LOL! glad i didn’t read the last couple days, I would have flipped the shit! You are the only blog that actually reply’s to most of the comments and I really like that!

  28. Monica says:

    So glad it was only a joke. U guys r awesome. I just had a horrible weekend and going on very little sleep. U made me happy if only for a few minutes and it means a lot that u arent going anywhere. THANK YOU!

    • Andy says:

      You see!?! This is what it’s all about!!! THIS is what makes us feel like total rockstars (and douchebags for upsetting our readers with April Fool’s). Thanks for the love! You are most welcome and hang in there!

  29. No worries, Gentlemen. Just keep blowin’ shit up! With hugs and high fives from The Steel City–Lori

    • Andy says:

      Don’t worry about me, I need no encouragement to blow shit up! But thank you for reals, because the next time Charlie asks me WTF while I’m wiring something up, I can say: “LORI! For Lori, man!” And dramatically pound my fist into the heart part of my chest. πŸ˜‰

  30. UaMV says:

    My theory: The joke is still on us … making us think this whole ordeal of howtobeamom was the joke, when actually it’s all about blog publicity. Ah, i’m wise to you now … though i wasn’t before. You had me. i am curious, though, did you find that the buzz of this has drawn more readership? i certainly hope so.

    • charlie says:

      Good theory. Not quite sound.

      This had nothing to do with “shocking people to get more readers” nor “publicity-sakes.” If anything, it should’ve done the opposite and made people jump ship. Certainly, we got more comments but it did not draw ANY new readership. Maybe the joke galvanized people who already knew us, but it had no basis within your theory.

      I am always wishing for more readers, but this is one time I’m glad it did NOT.

  31. This is only the fourth time I’ve been here and I missed the April fools post but it’s very cool to see that you’ve got so many vocal people in love with what you do.

    You guys are a testament to what’s possible if you let your personality shine through with a blog rather than thinking you have to be have to be all “Robotronically corporatized” in order to build a business.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you kicking ass even harder on April 1st 2013.

    • Andy says:

      Wow. Your words are so nice and use the phrase “robotronically corporatized” which is amazing all by itself. πŸ™‚

      The response was so flattering and gave us so much guilt, it really was quite a unique experience to feel so happy and horrible at the same time.

      P.S. We will not be trying to TOP this April Fool’s since this one went south so far, but we will try to make it entertaining!

  32. Noelle Foster says:

    You mutha suckas! You really had me!

  33. FuzzyGingerMan says:

    I was gutted to read about the “man war” & after reading a couple of bitchy twitter posts I just thought… get a life. Ever since, all I’ve done is scroll past the HTBAD logo without reading anything. I suppose I was in the huff with you guys, sort of giving you the blogging equivelent of not speaking to you😜

    Anyway, this is my 1st post & just wanted to let you know that you cheer up my days & are part of my morning routine now(when I’m not in the huff with you anyway). I haven’t even got any kids yet, there’s a little girl on the way though, that’s how/why I found your site & I hope I’ve learned that no matter how tired and grumpy I’ll get it’s best to laugh instead of cry.

    All the best in the future, looking forward to your valued “guidance”πŸ˜ƒ

  34. Christina says:

    Blog idea: Bad Product Idea – The Real Mom. Blow up mommy replacement for clingy babies…

  35. Steve says:

    I just found you guys a month ago and was relived there where dads out there just as messed up as I. F normality, that too retro I prefer abnormality. Love you guys, keep it up and you really do need to watch out for those ninjas.

    • Andy says:

      We love all you guys. We’re so glad someone is there to laugh with us. And cry. And fight ninjas and become them. You know, the stuff of parenting and family. πŸ˜‰

  36. Drew says:

    Is there a ninja technique for getting socks on a baby’s foot? That moving target with such a little item is a hard one.

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