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We all love blog followers and commentators. The more the merrier , right? It can become quite a high to see those numbers rising and rising.  And to feed that “one of these days somebody is going to offer me *insert dream* just for spewing my  thoughts out on-screen”  fantasy .

But then comes a merry morning when you sit down to blog and the words just don’t come like they used to.

There’s a flashing cursor and a blank screen and ……….nothing.

The sad result because of one thought flashing red upstairs : YOU CAN’T SAY THAT.

Aunty C won’t like it, sister-in-law won’t get the joke, ex-teachers/ future teachers of your children will hold their mother’s blog against them for ever and ever AMEN.

So you freeze. You’re a deer caught in bloglights. You’re up on that stage and you’ve forgotten your opening line.

You, me dear,  have BLOGFRIGHT.

And it’s time for some decisions to be made. You either blog for the benefit of the audience or you blog bravely. Honestly and willing to take whatever reaction you get. If any. Because here’s another thought : Who really REALLY cares about the intricacies of your every single emotion?

And why do people read other peoples’  blogs?

– To be entertained?

– To feel relief because “Hey, I’m not the only one after all?”

– To get a kick out of someone elses failure?

– To offer support?

Who knows.

But this here blog will remain what it is. A not-so-sweet mom of two sometimes-sweet–mostly-exhausting children, trying to remain un-depressed and satisfied with marriage and life on a farm. Miles and miles from the nearest mall and fancy restaurant. Boohoo and all that.

Read. Don’t read.

Follow. Don’t follow.

Judge. Don’t judge.

And every once in a while leave a virtual hug and cup-a-tea. ( or glass of white? )

If you’re feeling sweet, that is…




On Tuesday 3 August 2012 this here parenting blog clocked up more than 4800 views of the post titled “Change your Thinking, Change Your Child”

Now don’t get me wrong. I was HUGELY flattered. Since the most views on one day my blog had ever had was around 200.

And then I started seeing Mr Bean in my head. Playing just that one note over and over during “Chariots of Fire” performed at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London.

Mr. Bean in the animation along with his girlf...

Mr. Bean in the animation along with his girlfriend, Irma Gobb, and landlady Mrs. Wicket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And what I started thinking was this :

What if  someone’s cat somewhere in Japan managed to fall asleep on top of someone’s computer mouse and managed to click through to my blog 4800 times?

Or am I perhaps being stalked? By someone in Japan who loves the color pink ?

Or am I just one brilliant blogger ?


That must be it.



Got it now?



I recently saw under “search engine terms”  that someone googled “anal reluctant wife” and found my blog. MY BLOG? This particular one? Wha…..??? 

 This is, after all  a wholesome, innocent parenting blog . Written by a former church organist married to a farmer. An Afrikaans, church going farmer. A cleanliving, honest,  down-to-earth mother of 2.

YOU try googling “anal reluctant wife”. It ain’t pretty. It ain’t healthy. It made me blush. It shouldn’t be allowed.

Ok. I’ll wait.



What year is it?


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