I have the very funny @mommy_cusses in the Beyond the Bio HoT seat today. If you’re not following her, you should be, especially if you’re a parent. Check her out!
I'm at my most super mom while pretending to help my child search the house for a toy I threw away while he was asleep.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) June 19, 2016
Things to know about @mommy_cusses
Living in: Washington State
Number of followers: 8,000+ and it amazes me every day.
Year graduated high school: 2003.
When did you start tweeting? I started tweeting in 2014 for an older blog but decided to switch directions and created @mommy_cusses.
Can I do this?
-Kids, while doing it
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) August 17, 2016
On to the interview!
Tell us about your family.
I’ve been married to, and annoying the same man for 10 years now this past June. We have a son, age five, who just started Kindergarten. I would love one more.
What do you do when you’re not on Twitter?
Overthinking everything is a huge hobby of mine. Thanks, Anxiety. I have been drawing and writing for as long as I can remember, both “talents” I gained from my father. I’ve been freelancing here and there for a while and just recently started writing for The Berry which I’m very excited about.
Sitting around in minimal clothing, forcing my cat to accept my love, and pestering my family are also favorite pastimes.
Haha! I’m not familiar with The Berry, do you have a link to something you’ve written?
It’s fairly new and it’s a sister site to theChive. Here’s a link: http://theberry.com/author/serenadorman/
Why did you join Twitter?
I joined to promote my blog because of course, the moment I submitted a blog post it would go viral and everyone would want to know about it, right? I started out as a blog/account about being a geek/gamer but I quickly found out that I wasn’t as geeky as similar blogs and accounts and I felt like a fraud.
Being a gamer, what’s your favorite game right now?
I haven’t had a lot of time to play since becoming a mom but I like role-playing games. My favorite is called Dragon Age.
4: Mommy, where do babies come from?
Me: Well, sweetie, when two people tolerate each other very much…
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) February 11, 2016
Why do you tweet? What do you get out of it?
It is the cheesiest, but I truly do tweet to make people smile and laugh and not feel so alone. I make fun of myself to say, “Hey, you’re not alone, I’m a disaster, it’s okay, let’s laugh about it.”
I think that’s great, self-deprecation rocks. So, what made you decide on your handle @mommy_cusses?
My dad was an old sea dog, so I was raised by someone who literally cursed like a sailor. I’m a big fan of the word f*ck. Surprisingly, my son has only copied me a handful of times. Once was loudly while I was ordering in a drive-thru. He knows that he’s not allowed to use foul language until he’s 40, though.
Haha! Tell us about your blog, MommyCusses.com.
When I started Mommy Cusses, I was transitioning from Working Mom as a Massage Therapist, to being a Stay-At-Home Mom. Parenthood can be very isolating. You keep yourself up at night going over all the ways you messed up. I wanted to make a place where parents could get a laugh and not feel so alone. I make fun of myself and show the raw side of parenting because I think there is so much airbrushing that happens on social media, specifically Facebook.
Speaking of Facebook, you have a Facebook Page (Mommy Cusses). What do you share on your page?
My tweets, only prettier? Haha. A lot of people aren’t on Twitter because they don’t really “get” Twitter, so I decided to start turning my tweets into memes and put them on Facebook to broaden my reach. There are also a lot of “funny parent” accounts on Facebook that aren’t on Twitter, so I share a lot of funny memes from other accounts and post more visual content like videos and gifs on there.
How did you share your humor before Twitter? Have people always thought you were funny?
I’ve always been a clown but I’m shy and awkward in person if I don’t know you (and haven’t been drinking), so it doesn’t always show. I can usually crack people up with my weird voices, purposefully awkward dance moves, and deep lunges within close proximity. I’d say Facebook is how I realized people other than my close friends thought I was funny. I’d get a lot of positive feedback whenever I wrote funny and honest status updates.
If you could meet anyone in person from Twitter who would it be and why?
This is very tough because I’ve gotten to know quite a few people who I adore on here. But just one, I’d have to say @ramblinma which could be very possible since we only live roughly three hours away from each other. I would love a “tweet up” with a group of girls I grew close to fairly early on: @WalkingOutside, @cray_at_home_ma, and @MyMomologue
Have you interacted with any celebrities on Twitter?
No celebrities, but I have formed friendships with people I considered “funny parent” celebrities like @ValeeGrrl, @simoncholland, and @TheGladStork. Actually, maybe @simoncholland is a celebrity now, what with that fancy new blue check mark.
What 90s movie do you identify with the most?
Ooh, this is a great question. If you would have gone 80’s, I would have said Goonies, but 90’s? I’m gonna have to go with Edward Scissorhands because I feel very Tim Burton-ey. Dark, whimsical, quirky, funny, romantic, nostalgic, crippled by my awkwardness. Tim Burton movies just give me all of the feels.
When I'm old, I'm gonna giggle uncontrollably, squirm, and go all sack of potatoes on my son when he tries to get me in the car as payback.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) December 16, 2015
Have you ever had a tweet stolen? If so, how’d you feel about that? What went through your head?
Not that I know of, and I’m kind of offended in a small way. What, are my tweets not cool enough to steal? I see it happen to friends all the time though and it irks my tater. Come up with your own material, plain and simple. On the flip side, sometimes I tweet content and later realize that it’s similar to something already out there and then I feel like a total jackass.
When you started out, how did you go about getting exposure? Did you do a lot of retweeting in the hopes that people would reciprocate, or did you follow a lot of people or did you not give a crap about number of followers? (I totally gave a crap about number of followers. Still do.)
I had no idea how Twitter worked. I posted a lot of blog posts, loaded my tweets up with hashtags, and very rarely retweeted people. I didn’t fully grasp what retweeting meant. I followed a ton of mom blogs and eventually found my way to “funny parent” Twitter and was like, holy crap, these are my people.
I totally cared about numbers, at 200 followers I thought I had made it big time. Breaking 1k felt like such a big deal.
Instructor: Welcome to our Summer with Kids Preparedness class. Our first lesson is how to apply sunscreen. Everyone grab an angry raccoon.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) August 2, 2016
Someone (@cray_at_home_ma) told me that you’re a very creative person, a closet Pinterest mom, even. What’s the coolest thing you’ve made or party theme you’ve given that you’re particularly proud of?
Ooh, Ash! I love that you just called her out. What’s the opposite of slander? I need people to think I’m a garbage human and this is not helping.
Coolest thing I’ve made was probably a Jack Skellington costume for my son, complete with a stuffed Zero. It took me forever. I also am kind of a freak when it comes to decorating for my son’s Birthday parties. I love themes. Please don’t kick me off Twitter, it’s one of the only things that keeps me sane.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Another toughie. I’m gonna go with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. I used to be obsessed and I want the series for my birthday. I love horror stories and movies and those books were my first taste.
Who are some comedians (or comedy shows/sitcoms) who have influenced you?
My dad was my biggest influence; he gave me my sense of humor. He was a big prankster and was always telling jokes. I love Nick Swardson, Amy Schumer, Dane Cook, Mitch Hedberg, and recently found a comedian I love, Ali Wong aka Baby Cobra.
I also will never outgrow cartoons. When I was in high school, I heavily identified with Daria, but also loved Beavis and Butthead, Ren & Stimpy, and of course, The Simpsons growing up.
What advice do you have for someone who’s trying to get better at joke writing on Twitter?
Ditch the hashtags, please, please, please. This may just be me, but hashtags are an instant turn-off for me. Don’t censor yourself, and I don’t necessarily mean with curse words, but I feel like a lot of people starting out are afraid to get too real which results in very hum-drum jokes. Be yourself and mostly just give yourself time to find your voice and what works.
*shoots a confetti popper filled with toothpaste and facial hair all over the sink and mirror*
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) May 18, 2016
Tell us something about yourself people on Twitter may not know.
I write poetry as an outlet and could have easily been one of those fun poetry accounts we all know and love. Also, I actually don’t drink near as much as I lead you to believe on Twitter which I don’t know is allowed. Everyone pronounces my name wrong at first because apparently my parents wanted to make life that much more difficult for me.
So how do you pronounce your name?
So, it’s Sir-eh-na. You usually hear it pronounced Sir-ee-na.
I like your pronunciation better. Very pretty. Is there anything else you’d like to say/share?
Thank you, Kate, for picking me for this interview, I don’t feel cool enough to be on here but this was fun.
You’re totally cool! And hilarious!
Name five tweeters whose tweets consistently make you laugh.
Thanks for the interview, Serena! Really enjoyed it!
I think it's adorable how they're putting jokes on the sides of snacks now. Like listen to this one – Serving Size: 3 cookies.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) March 14, 2016
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