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 Comments Add yours

  1. dinahmow says:

    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! ??

    1. theonlycin says:

      More like “Gaan Bloggers, vat hom flaffie!’ 🙂

  2. Tandy says:

    my life is forever enriched for having met you xxxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Likewise, likewise, I have no words …

  3. inzwakazi says:

    Looking good! *wink*

    1. theonlycin says:

      Winks back atcha Darlin’ 🙂

  4. Leeswammes says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And the bookmark you sent me reminds me daily … 🙂

  5. SidevieW says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was truly a memorable one 🙂

  6. leigh says:

    The gift that keeps on giving 😉

  7. The Hook says:

    Bloggers do rock, don’t they?
    Great post, young lady!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You rock, Mister Hook 🙂

  8. suzicate says:

    And you rock our! four years, wow! My blog will be two years on Tuesday…time flies!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Happy bloggaversary, SuziCate, thanks for the constant inspiration 🙂

  9. 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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Rik, wonderfully kind comment 🙂

  10. Ruth says:

    A great twist to the challenge and a really wonderful (warm, fuzzy…) post – how like you to give tribute to all.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, you never fail to inspire 🙂

  11. 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 🙂

    1. Pseu says:

      they are a good bunch in this corner of the web, yada!

    2. theonlycin says:

      You know what, Lee? Stick to those who love you back 🙂

  12. Clever girl….All the world’s a blog platform, and all the men and women merely bloggers. Long may it last. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Salut, Katie, onward and upward 🙂

  13. slpmartin says:

    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. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh I am glad it worked for you, Charlie 🙂

  14. Linda says:

    The blogging world is indeed an amazing thing isn’t it?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is, Linda, it brings such joy 🙂

  15. klrs09 says:

    Great post Cindy — blogging has definitely become a constant joy in my life, as well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      A daily dose of happiness, Kathy 🙂

  16. ceciliag says:

    I was one of the lonely ones and the difference in my day is amazing.. and it is fun! and most of all challenging.. I love your bottles with roses too! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Celia, it sure goes some way to curing loneliness 🙂

  17. dearrosie says:

    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?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I haven’t baked the cake yet, Rosie, watch this space 🙂

  18. nrhatch says:

    Like you, I declined Sidey’s challenge this week. Sort of . . . I awarded it posthumously to Andalib Marks:

    In light of the peculiar events of this week . . . my award goes to A Nightengale’s Blog for creating the best fictional character and cyber tapestry:

    http://nrhatch.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/when-a-cyber-friend-dies/

  19. Thank you for rocking my world too! Beautiful post Cindy.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      thanks Mandy, and here we are at the weekend again, time goes by so fast …

  20. You are amazing OC!! What a stunning post!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Pinky, you are pretty awesome yourself 🙂

  21. bandsmoke says:

    A wonderful rich, loving, textured post. Long may you inspire us all in the world of blog 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw thanks, Wildie, we’ve come a distance together, haven’t we?

  22. bluebee says:

    Nice one, Cin – by the way, have read your posts at ‘Into the Bardo’ and would love to see more of your considerable poetic talent…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I met an amazing cancer survivor in hospital, bluebee, watch for a post about her 🙂

  23. wordsfallfrommyeyes says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You will gain so much, wordsfall, keep at it 🙂

  24. johnlmalone says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, John, your poems are a daily delight 🙂

  25. sonsothunder says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      Of course you are safe, Paul, you’re the wind beneath my wings 🙂

  26. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

    But was the book of poetry any good ?

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s the only book I took to hospital with me, I read at night to the other ‘inmates’ … thank you!

  27. I just came back to read this again! Your tribute to bloggers are really so beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Pinky, Sunday passed in a haze, I guess that is enjoyment? xxx

  28. nursemyra says:

    three times I have travelled from the other side of the world to meet up with bloggers, it’s been a fun ride so far, that’s for sure

    1. theonlycin says:

      Next stop South Africa, start saving Myra 🙂

  29. johnell74 says:

    Entertaining and informative for a brand new blogger, Cindy
    Thank you.
    John

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are welcome, John, and thank you for your beautiful poems 🙂

  30. Tilly Bud says:

    Like what you did here!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly and thanks for the daily smiles 😀

  31. MissChris says:

    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

    1. theonlycin says:

      So are you. Took your cross to hospital 🙂

  32. granny1947 says:

    Blog buddies are the best….if I never blog again I will still have tremendous friends.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And you are one of my best xxx

  33. Tes says:

    Wonderful post, Cindy! Blog world is indeed an amazing place… I find myself so comfortable living in 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes Tes, I love the daily glimpse into your life across the seas 🙂

  34. libraryscene says:

    awe, you are clever…a well rounded listing of blogland ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will answer your email soon, thanks xxx

  35. What a great post Cindy – you put it all so well. Blogland is a very rewarding place indeed xxxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      It gave me you, Pai, I am so grateful 🙂

  36. adeeyoyo says:

    No one could get anything past you, Cindy! You are too clever by half, girl. 😉

  37. Naomi says:

    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!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Aw thanks, Naomi xxx

  38. Sparkle says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tell your sister all is well, Sparky, it will just take me a while to catch up 🙂

  39. The blogosphere is a wonderful place! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wonderful and caring, Celia, beyond words 🙂

  40. Tokeloshe says:

    Excellent post!

    I love your table, lucky friends.

    Bloggers Rock!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, Tok, they do 🙂

  41. johnlmalone says:

    are you okay, Cindy? you’ve been strangely quiet for some time; it’s not like you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Back now, John, thanks for the concern 🙂

  42. Ruth says:

    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
    🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruthie, what a journey we have had, hey?

  43. Tilly Bud says:

    Hi Cindy. Hope you’re okay. xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Getting there, thanks my Tilly 🙂

  44. klrs09 says:

    Hi Cindy — just checking in — hope all is okay. Take care.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kathy, I needed a little break 🙂

  45. Tammy says:

    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.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Tammy ❤

  46. Who did you pay to do your page? Its really nicely designed I bet that is why you get so much traffic!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, I hope you are not a spammer, but I am giving you the benefit of the doubt.

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