Thursday 10 July 2008

A Great Big Thank You

I would like to say thank you to everyone who visits here.

My blog has been one of the most fun things I have ever done in my life. It has provided me with interaction with adults whilst being at home with the children. It has allowed me to try and clarify my thoughts and feelings. It's given me the chance to share the little funny things that the children have done that you would normally share with your partner. I hope that when they are older and they do read this, they will see just how essential they are to me, just as the air that I breathe is and how much they are loved. I've had insight into other people's views and opinions. I've been privileged enough to see into other people's lives and enjoy their ups and try and see them through their downs. I've made friends from all over the world. I've learned, I've laughed and cried too but for me it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience.

I know of people who have been given written warnings at work because of their blog even though they haven't mentioned it by name, I've seen nasty comments written on posts and I've seen people profoundly hurt by blog/real life cross over. I've been very fortunate in that my experience has been so good but I think that is the case for most of us bloggers.

My blog/real life cross over is limited, my children don't read it, my ex husband doesn't know I do it, I think some friends know I have it but have not been sufficiently interested to read it. So I only have a few people who know the regular me and the blog me, I have my mate the Edge who has known me for at least 180 years and he encouraged me to do it, I have my friend Sixy who is so funny and sweet, I have IT GOD who now knows more than he wanted to and wishes he hadn't bloody found it and I wonder if from time to time someone I used to date drops by, I know I would find the temptation irresistible if he had a blog, I'd have definitely kept reading, if you do Ken, please say hello.

The real kind of point to this is to say thanks for being with me. I've been blogging for about 18 months now and over that time I've been given awards. Due to my sheer technological numptiness and general can't be arsed to learn how to ness I've never put them on my blog and for that reason also I don't have a favourites list. It's not that I don't appreciate them, honest. So I have a little cyber drawer of nice things that include

A Rocking Girl Blogger award from Lisa

A Courageous Blogger award from Newfie ( who has disappeared and I often worry if she's ok)

A Busy Bee award from Tom Foolery

An Arte De Pico award again from Tom Foolery

An award of my choice from a selection at Mean Mom ( I loved the heart one but I worry that I wouldn't be able to link it back to her and you need the sentiment with the award) so I'll go for the nice one, I am often described as nice, I prefer edgy, but I can go with nice.

An award of my choice from MOB, I'd like to take the funny one, I get described as funny sometimes too, and sexy, that really surprises me, I never think of myself as sexy. Sorry, tmi again.

So in a poor attempt at coherence and a round up between my last post and this post, in my week without the weans I am going to attempt to put my awards on my blog, have different and appropriate music play to accompany the posts, learn to do the click on this word thingy and add a list of my favourite reads. That will take the whole week but the upshot is I can stay in my pyjamas and eat crap. I, sad article that I am, am really looking forward to doing this.

So, once again, thank you for being part of my life and thank you for letting me into yours. My day to day existence is so much the richer for it.


Working Mum said...

Thank you, it's a pleasure! I feel the same way about blogging.

Another Arte y Pico for you over at my place, go on, just right click and save! If you want more detailed instructions just ask!

IT God said...

He never said he wished he hadn't bloody found it, he likes it and, inspired by an ex-punk, is considering starting up himself :)

lisa q. said...

Awww girl. I hope you know how much you've given me. I love that we found each other's blogs and have become friends despite living on opposite sides of the pond.

You have truly enriched my life and have always been there for me. Last week, in the midst of all the blog/real life crossover crap in my life, you were there to give me such comfort, love, & support.

I can't wait to see how you change it up! Have fun with it, play with it and let me know if I can help.

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

You see this is what I was talking about. You write with enormous passion and strangth. I loved this post so much and it fired me up and I hope your IT God is going to show you how to post your awards - if not you can ask me and I'll help you. Great great post.

Anonymous said...

love your blog - just found it...not sure what happended to make you so angry, but you sound like I felt when my now ex was pulling strokes all over the place and really pissingme and the kids about....large glass of merlot and a big ranty shout always sorted me out...

Neil said...

CHANGE your blog?? Add.. um.. stuff to it?? Are you mad woman?? Change is not good. I tried it once and it completely f#cked up all the font sizes and then started laughing at me... so humiliating. However, the click-on-underlined-word-thingy is EASY so give me a shout if you need a little hands-on guidance...

Professional Mum said...

Auntie G - you are an inspiration for us newbies to blogging. You are so honest and funny it is a joy to dip in an out of your adventures. And you are generous with taking an interest in others too. A great big thank you back. x

Squirmy Popple said...

Thanks for sharing with us!

Shirley said...

I'm glad I found you, lady. Your posts are an amusing interlude to my often-overloaded days. And it's great to know that moms cope with the same stuff in other parts of the world, too.

I'm back from my trip, so feel free to check into my little world again. ;)

indigo16 said...

I too have awards lurking in my 'inbox' unused, unloved. How the eff people embed these things is a mystery to me.
I am lucky that because my blog is intregal to my work I have been allowed to 'get away with it' I simply could not do this at home. Once home, the thought of looking at another screen fills me with dread.
I applaud your efforts to tackle the IT side of life and hope you can keep going all be it sporadically.

ME said...

I really enjoy reading your blog and am gratful I came across it, I know it has enriched my life.

auntiegwen said...

WM - aawh thank you xx

IT God - big fat copy cat

Lisa - we gotta stick together us 40 somethings

Mob - thanking you, I m going to have a go all by my own self, I'm not asking IT God for any more help

What happened - I'm all back to my Pollyanna ish self now

Edge - depends on how perky you are

Professional Mum - my pleasure

Katie - and you pet, I know when I'm homesick I can pop over to yours for a wee fix of Glasmental

Shirley - welcome back, I've been to see you

Alison - I love your blog, I'm so not creative but I love to see people who are

Craze - I love the fact that you deal with so much of the same stuff as I do all over the other side of the world

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

It's lovely, that Blogging. So pleased you're enjoying it and all the (virtual) friends. Me too. I've been doing it for nearly a year now, and feel that I have made some really good friends. Enjoy your Awards. M xx