I’M A STUBBORN MULE

Sidey has been fiendish and I am digging in my heels. I won’t do her latest challenge. It’s impossible. I refuse …

In the wake of Thursday night’s little party at my house, my heart is warm and fuzzy with gratitude for the amazing friends I’ve made through my almost-four-years of blogging. I’ve just returned from the Post Office, where I collected a poetry book sent to me by a man I’ve never met in the flesh, but who I consider a dear friend.
I consider blogging similar to a book with widely diverse chapters and so – because I can – here is my list of eight chapters of bloggers. Sidey will forgive me, I know she will; she is one of my dearest friends …

The (not so) surprising thing that hit me is how many bloggers feature in more than one chapter …

1. THE GUARD OF HONOUR
These are the bloggers who were well-established when I started blogging and who gave me such a warm welcome. With an enviable maturity, they set the standards for gracious behaviour and good manners on the blogs at all times. Their dignified conduct is a lesson to all. And they appreciate wine.

2. THE SAGE SPECIALISTS
I don’t know much about technology, politics, cars or sports; I adore cooking but am always delighted to learn new tricks. These boffin-bloggers offer news and information and make sense out of what would otherwise be a chaotic world for me.

3. THE LITERATI
Prose, poetry, love of words; photographs, paintings and pencil sketches.
Music, movies and daring to share:
“And the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit.” Seneca.

4. THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
Grandparents, young brides trying to conceive, empty nesters wondering what to do with idle hours. Learning to walk and coping with the confusion of the EMO generation, teenaged ballgowns and ungrateful brats. Sticky little hands and picky eaters. We’re in this together …

5. LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
I sometimes need a blood pressure tablet to deal with this naughty bridgade; the raunchy stories and saucy comments. If I’m lucky, I come in the line of fire for a bit of innocent flirtation, which inevitably puts a little spring in my step. No, I will never sleep (or stay awake, as it were) with you, but feel free to threaten to lick my brain or give my bum a virtual bum feel. You make me smile.

6. THE FEELGOOD CROWD
Even when I’m feeling low; there’s always some Cyanide and Happiness, a hug or a simple wish of goodwill, a challenge or a thought-provoking quote. Tales of raucous parties and weekend adventures; falling off barstools or motorbikes. Something that will make me lol, rotflmao or lmao! See how much I’ve learned in four short years? A whole new lingua franca!

7. THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB
Young love and honeymoons, love lost, betrothal and betrayal.
Death, divorce and the desperate hopelessness of infidelity.
All stories to tug at our heartstrings, but we root for the bloggers inside these scenes and try to offer support and guidance.

8. TROLLS
KillJoy was here … it tried to make its mark, but we took no notice of the slime, so it simply went away …

Bloggers rock my world.

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94 thoughts on “I’M A STUBBORN MULE

  1. I hear you, sister!
    My blogiversary # 5 is coming up and I’m still in the game.
    Some of my blogmates I have met.(I went to New York to cat-sit for one!)Some are still only cyber friends.
    But I do love the exchanges we have.
    You? Think I picked you up from comments at Nurse Myra’s place. I’m not really a foody, but I’m still following you.
    Vive les bloggeurs! In Afrikaans? Go! Bloggerr! ??

  2. Little did I know, 1.5 years ago, that there was such a blog world out there, with funny and interesting people, many of which are virtual friends. Bloggers do rock, I agree!

  3. Little did I reralise when I created the CHALLENGE how challenging it would be. Good, we all need to battle a little or life is too bland

    It was such a great evening, I’m still on a happy high

  4. Excellent survey of blog types, wonderful post.
    I hope I never catch up to you, and the quality of your work. (Because if I did, it would have meant that you stopped growing, and I don’t see THAT happening.)

    Press on!

  5. I still feel very new at it, but one thing I’ve come to like and enjoy is the interaction on the blogs that I follow. I really only noticed this recently when I was reading some new blogs – trying to expand the variety a little – and let’s just say I expected something rather different from the particular crowd. I realized that they selectively reply to comments and I’ve been ignored – left wondering if I said something wrong, too straight forward, offensive… – I attempted a few more times, but the one thing I’ve learned from gracious bloggers is to reply to every comment. Even if nothing else sometimes, it makes you feel acknowledged. Obviously I enjoy even more when people feel the liberty to be honest and real. The politically correct arena doesn’t do much for me. But ignoring some readers and acknowledging others…. What a sad disappointment. But it has made me realize how much I appreciate the ones where that is not the case. I’ve learnt something 🙂 (And occasionally I get a new recipe I’d like to try :D) Variety is for sure the spice of life 🙂

  6. Have to agree with Ruth…”a great twist to the challenge and a really wonderful…..” Oh…thanks for the recipe for the pistachio crushed sirloin it was absolutely delicious even when I had to make a subsitute when I couldn’t find the salt. 😉

  7. Great post, Cindy. Love the photo of your dinner table! Congratulations on your 4th.

    When I became a blogger I had no idea that I’d make so many friends, and even though we’ve never met, I feel closer to you all then the people I work with every day.
    When my Mom passed away two months ago I had such an outpouring of love and support from the blogging community, that I felt *rich*. When I told an old school friend that most of the condolence messages were from people I’ve never met and have only “known” for the year + since I’ve been blogging she was astounded.

    btw we met at a wedding – Prince Harry’s wedding. Did you ever bake the cake?

  8. I’ve only been blogging 2 months but already I can feel the community about it. There’s some really great posts out there, and some very interesting people. I’m enjoying it, in my spare time.

  9. wow! almost 4 years of blogging. no wonder you have a devoted legion of followers. your blogs are always interesting, colourful and entertaining; each also is a littlew different, as is this one with its eight categories of bloggers: it’s easy to see where I fit in

  10. Stubborn is as stubborn does!!! Seeing you did it anyway…well, I already knew you were no mule…

    And what do you mean the troll went away? I only left for the evening…
    I know, You’re probably talking about the below 4th grade aptitude, Ken Trollface who was buggering Tandy…so, yeah, I’m more on a 2nd grade level…again…So, I really couldn’t be the troll… But, I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of either of you two tough ladies Cause, I already read what Tandy would tell a Troll, and you..
    Well, you’re too tiny to kick like a real Mule..so…wheew
    I’m safe.
    Bless you
    paul

  11. And boy have I been blessed by meeting you on the blogs and in the flesh!! You are a really special and wonderful person! xxx

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  13. Stunning post, Cindy! Sounds like an awesome party in your own inimitable style 🙂 High five to you for the pivotal role you play in this super vibrant part of the blogosphere!

  14. Hello Madam, why are you subjecting us to such starvation? Hope to read a new post soon and I hope you are well. My sister asked me where is Cin? I tell her you said this period is normally busy for your business and she was relieved.

  15. Hi OC, I can’t remember when i started blogging, but I do know you were the first person to comment and welcome me on news24…
    I have enjoyued following you since then
    🙂

  16. What synchronicity that I open my computer and read this lovely post of yours. I was only this morning thinking about my “good friends”, most of whom I have never met in the flesh but who I have come to interact with daily. You’re one of those Cindy! Thanks for all that you do.

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