Modern Topics celebrates 1 year anniversary!

Dear readers! Today, June 20th, marks the one year anniversary of Modern Topics as a Teen Mom news, recap and discussion site. We’ve come a long way, baby, and we have big plans ahead! It’s time for a sappy blog post to thank all of you for being there through it all.

First, Imma take a quick walk down memory lane by reviewing our first ever Teen Mom article. Here’s a quick excerpt:

 

 

Yo Teen Momfia! I heard you were looking for a place to discuss all the latest Teen Mom gossip. I’ve had this site laying around and thought we could use it to post some articles and headlines and get some discussion going in the lull between TM2 and TM OG (debuting this August). I, like you, have been a viewer of the Teen Mom franchise for an embarrassingly long time.

I’m currently working with my IT guy to get a separate tab for Teen Mom blog. The “Modern Topics” name came from an idea to discuss current events, books, movies, hobbies & crafts, pets, other trashtastic “reality” tv shows, etc. Maybe one day I can bring Modern Topics to full fruition, but right now I think we’re all okay with the Teen Mom focus, right? 🙂”

Thanks to your support, we are closer than ever to that goal.

I know many of you commenters have been here this whole time, and to you I say, Thank you for your continued support! And to all those who have jumped on between now and then, I thank you for joining us!  I owe Leah’s Meth Pipe and my dear TMJ friend S. for originally sharing the fledgling Modern Topics with so many people. They got the ball rolling when I was too shy to self-promote.

Some of you may not know the backstory of how Modern Topics came to be. It all started with a little corner of the web called Teen Mom Junkies. I formed several friendships through the TMJ commenting community, including some of the writers. Not just any friends, but the kind who are there for you during your ups and downs. Several of them I’ve met in person multiple times. We’ve exchanged gifts in the mail. We’ve celebrated each other’s triumphs, and we’ve offered shoulders when someone was grieving. I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to know and befriend such a wonderful group of women.

Sorry, I’m getting emotional. Gimme a sec.

When TMJ began to disintegrate, my friends and I discussed starting a new version of it–one that kept the timely and humorous news articles, the live recaps, and, most of all, the robust and friendly commenting community. I had a website laying around and, with their encouragement, I took the plunge.

In the past year, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve grown a lot, and I have a deepened respect for so many people in this industry. Keeping this site going has been hard, guys, I am not gonna lie. I’ve had a lot of help from writers like JerseyGirl, Danika, Myabee, and Janel, among others. With their support, I’ve been able to keep the content on this site fresh so you readers always have something new and interesting to read. Together, these incredible writers have covered shows like American Horror Story, Teen Mom UK, Dance Moms, Counting On, Big Brother and others.

We’ve also run several fun premiere contests, like Teen Mom Bingo and the Teen Mom 2 Caption Contest, and given away some gift cards as prizes. I hope to start doing that again for the Teen Mom 2 premiere, so get those bingo markers ready. I’m also planning some additional fun “Which Teen Mom Couch Friend are You?” type quizzes.

Through it all, Modern Topics has had its ups and downs. At times, I’ve had a difficult time keeping up with the news due to work obligations, illness…just life in general. There have been several times I just wanted to walk away from the stress, particularly after the death of Valerie Fairman, but there is one reason I didn’t: the commenters. Seeing new comments every morning put a name and a voice to the otherwise faceless statistic of readers. It showed me that someone, somewhere cared and appreciated the work we were doing. And I am so, so happy to say that we’ve never had any drama in our comments section! Everyone here has expressed themselves so intelligently and so respectfully–I am truly over the moon about that. I’ve seen some vicious reality TV discussions, and I’d always hoped Modern Topics would be different. When it comes to trash TV watchers, I truly believe Modern Topics has the best of them! 🙂

Anyway, this is just a big thank you to all of you. To all of our commenters. To all of our lurkers. To all of our writers, past and current, who have worked so hard to keep things fresh and interesting for everyone. I mean it when I say I couldn’t have done it without you all. It’s truly been a team effort. When I started this site, I hoped I could give back to the community that had been there for me. I hope I can continue to do so for both our commenters and our writers.

So Here’s to One Year, and Here’s to Many More. Cheers!

Sending Love,

 

El

P.S. Keep your eye out for some cool new changes coming up soon!

 

63 Comments

  1. rosie says:

    Wow!!! I cant believe its being a year!!! Im a tmj refugee

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  2. LittleBelle says:

    Happy Birthday Modern Topics!!!! Whoo hoo and thank you for the reviews and everyone’s comments. I come here daily and though I don’t always post, (most of the time someone else says it better before I can post) I love the snark from everyone. 🙂

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      I totally feel you on that. I admit I was 95% of the time a lurker on TMJ. I just loved reading the comments and seeing all the different opinions. 🙂 Thanks for your steadfast support of our site!

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  3. A Nonny Moose says:

    Fellow TMJ refugee! Thanks for all your hard work, El!

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  4. Tyler's Great American Novel says:

    We love you!!!

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  5. chan says:

    A year already 😮 Still so happy that you created this website after TMJ was fallen apart! Keep up the good work and thank you for the articles!

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      I know! I couldn’t believe it! I could’ve sworn I started in July hahah. Thanks for your year of dedication and support!!

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  6. Shannonfromtheuk says:

    Thanks for all your hard worm and keepig me up to date with this trash tv, i have got readdicted but only to your site, i was just a bored teen moom and 16&p veiwer but with your fun articles i have to know whats going on daily 🙂 thank you

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  7. Bisexual Mermaid Kail says:

    Fellow TMJ refugee, and long time lurker! Thank you for your hard work!

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  8. -A says:

    Thank you so much for this site and for all the writers and fellow commenters. I’m hoping when DM returns that the recaps will be done, the writer said it better than I could.

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      Yes! Thank you so much. I’m sure JerseyGirl will be down to recap Dance Moms again. She does an excellent job with so many shows!

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  9. Baby Daddy #3 says:

    Tmj refugee here. This is sweet

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  10. JerseyGirl says:

    thank you for ALL your hard work!! it is appreciated 🙂

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  11. Stasia's Stankface says:

    Another TMJ refugee. Thank you so much for starting this and keeping it going!!

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  12. Mazzie says:

    Thanks a mil for everything! First time commenter but I visit the site pretty much everyday! I like many others arrived here via TMJ- hardly even watch the show anymore but read the recaps and articles here religiously!😂

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      That’s so great to hear! I love seeing you lurkers come out of the shadows hahah I’m just thrilled to hear people read so religiously! Thanks for your support. <3

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  13. CCxx says:

    Came here from tmj too totally remember your first post! Can’t believe I have been reading this site for a whole year already it’s been a quick year! It’s also my birthday so that means I share my birthday with moderntopics lol!

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  14. Jace and kaiser's family therapist says:

    Happy birthday modern topics
    I too am a tmj refugee.. thanks for giving us a places to talk about our trainwreks and other shows like American horror story. Keep up the good work to all the writers

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      I’m glad to be of snarky service! Thanks for the s/o to all the wonderful writers, and thanks for your many comments of support over the past year!

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  15. nobabydaddies says:

    Came from tmj as well! Love this site and appreciate all the hard work and effort!

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  16. Hairstyles of the Rich & Alnost Fanous says:

    I definitely appreciate all the hard work of everyone involved! This is my favorite teen Mom site. Leah’s Meth Pipe truly worked hard to promote the site, I wouldn’t have found it without her. Yay for more contests!

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      That’s high praise!! Wow, thank you so much! And yes, I have contests in the works for the premiere of Teen Mom 2, and if it’s delayed more than two weeks after OG ends, I may run one in between just to keep things happenin’. Thanks for your continued support and your hilarious avatar choices. 🙂

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  17. We Love El says:

    I’m so glad we’ve all found each other! I’m a TMJ refugee too

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  18. c says:

    Wow!A year already!I’m also a TMJ refugee!So glad we had this site to come too.Happy birthday Modern Topics all the way from Ireland!

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  19. AMBIan says:

    Love your writing El and being able to get my Teen Mom fix with a bit of snark. Thanks for keeping the snark going!

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  20. williejonesjr says:

    I love this site & am looking forward to the next year!

    Tmi refugee Ginamarie Guarantee!

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      Yay! They say it takes a good two years to get a site like this going, so this time next year should be even more awesome. 🙂 Thanks for your steadfast support WillieJonesJr!

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  21. KDot says:

    Thank you guys!!! I would be totally out of the loop without this website!

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  22. chelseas annoying baby voice says:

    Congratulations!

    This site is soooo much better than TMJ ever was. Kudos to you.

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  23. Janel says:

    Woo-hoo!!! Happy birthday Modern Topics and congrats El! I’ve enjoyed every second of being a writer for the American Horror Story recaps and I can’t wait for the new season to begin.

    I stopped watching Teen Mom (both shows) years ago but I live for the recaps and the updates you and JerseyGirl provide.

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    • El-ahrairah says:

      Oooo! I just Googled and it says it premieres in September? Thanks so much for your awesome contributions! I can’t wait for you to get started on a new season. 🙂

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  24. Leah's Meth Pipe says:

    Ohhhh thanks for the shout out El!
    Happy anniversary! We appreciate all your hard work. I’ve been super busy myself lately and unable to comment as much, but always reading.
    I love the little community we have and safe space to snark xx

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  25. Kesha is my Idol says:

    TMJ refugee here as well. Was so happy to stumble upon this awesome website in one of the last few comment threads on TMJ! I’ve long since stopped watching TM/TM2, but always come here for those glorious recaps (and sometimes find myself watching a few clips! haha!)

    Thanks to everyone for all they do to keep this going!

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  26. Mo says:

    Happy birthday modern topics!! I found this site from TMJ (hardcore lurker lol). Keep up the great work!!

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  27. Old lady says:

    I’m a TMJ lurker refugee. Read it for years, but never felt comfortable to comment there. This is a great site! I really am an old lady, and this is the only Reality TV site I follow.
    Thanks to all of you writers!

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  28. Adam's Receding Mohawk says:

    Another TMJ refugee here – I’ve commented a few times but pretty much a lurker lately 👀 I haven’t watched one episode of the new season of TM OG but read every article here religiously! Thank you & your fellow writers so much for keeping us up to date! I went from TMT to TMJ to here and I have to say this has been BY FAR the best blog for the show! Perfect amount of snark and without being blatantly biased (or kissing ass) and updated consistently! I love that every article is actually interesting rather than posting just for the sake of having new material. Bottom line is, yall have done a fantastic job here & I’m proud to be a part of this community! Happy 1st Birthday Modern Topics!

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  29. Ladywatson says:

    Happy birthday MT!!! I’m a fellow TMJ refugee and I want to say thank you guys for your hard work and keeping the snark going!! I love this website and love your recaps!!!!

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  30. Jennelle's next Endorsement Deal says:

    Thank you so much MT! You all have saved me the pain and anguish that comes with actually watching these train wrecks anymore! LOL, this site keeps me entertained all the time, and the recaps are on point. SUPER happy I found this site. Thank for all you do 🙂

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  31. Valkyrie says:

    Congrats El! 💋 I can’t believe it’s been a year already! You and all the other writer are doing amazing and I’m so happy to have this site after tmj fizzled out!

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  32. Katertot says:

    Thank you El! This place is so much better than TMJ ever was & we appreciate everything you do to keep it going. ♡

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