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Who’s reading? what’s been written? and other silly nonsense

Just another post about stuff while I’m thinking about my 2 year blogversary. Why should I be thinking about it, dunno,  just seems to be the thing to do.
ooh, look I’ve been blogging for ~insert time frame here~ now, let’s have a party!!    Ok, that wasn’t called for, but it’s been nearly two years and I have changed, grown and now have more blogs than I poke my keyboard fingers at.  I remember when someone (my sister I think) said she was starting up another one, making it 3 and I was thinking it was too much.  Pah, now I have 4.  What was I thinking?? Obviously I wasn’t, and still aren’t. 

Who’s reading you??
I’m not talking about the masses, the people who just read and follow blogs, or the bloggers that follow.  But family and close friends. People you actually know.  In real life.
Did you have to drag them kicking and screaming into the blogosphere (like WP suggests when starting a new blog) or are they supportive and follow you regardless.

Do they like what you write, and are they prolific commenters, or do they just read and stalk watch from the sidelines.

My mum and sister both have blogs so I know they read it, and I think my dad sees them from comments he’s made occasionally. As for the other sister and my brother I can’t answer for them.

Hubby has said he likes to read it as he likes to look at my photos,  it gives him insight to what I’m thinking, and he likes what I write, plus I’m funny apparently (it’s in his best interests to say nice things) .. Yes, we do talk to each other, but this is a different type of talking.

My kids think I’m weird and don’t really get it, while Mr 9 keeps asking why I’m taking pictures of food all the time (well, not all the time).

What choo writing???
Why do you write your blog?
Why did you start it?
Too many thoughts/opinions running amok in your head, you’re really a writer,  or you just want to share your craft..? (nope/nope, nope and yes)
The reason you blog now, is it the same as when you started? (kinda)
Have you changed your ideas, or just expanded them? (expand?! I’m trying to shrink, not expand..grr.  oh, ideas. yeah, have none of those generally)
Do you have more than one blog for different aspect of YOU?  (yup, that fits the bill!! )

And other silly nonsense
Stats put pressure on me.  Sure I like reading them, but I don’t pay too much attention to them.
Take this for example.. in my first year of blogging, 8 mths (May-Dec) I had 1729 views.   In my first full 12 months I had 8590 and in the first 3 months of this year I’ve already had 1788.   Not bad, but if I crunch them around a bit,  this means I have to get an average of 188 views a week to equal all of 2012’s numbers.
Sure it’s possible, but my numbers generally go nowhere near that.
Pressure like that.  I don’t need.
So I look at them for a base guide and nothing else.
I am an acquired taste (hmm,?) so unless something amazing is written and WP think I am worthy of FP then … well who knows.

And another thing, completely unrelated to blogging, but related to me..
I am incredibly proud of my eldest son, 16.  His insight and comments about a certain topic were highly mature and I nearly cried (gawsh, you just a big sook).  There is hope for him yet, lol ;

Have a great week, and some more coffee  🙂
Jen

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50 Years

I’m back at the school again and more of those sports certificates came out… this time I was given the whole pile and flicking through them put me off my game, again.  Nostalgia is a pain sometimes.
On the road heading home and this song came on.  Part of the wonderfully tragic 80’s, it was released when I was still in Primary school (yr 6, aged, oh, about 12) and tied in with the emotions of leaving Gr 10 some 4 years later (and those damned awards from the same year).

So here is the Uncanny X-Men – with the oh-so-hot-to-a-12yr-old Brian Mannix out front singing 50Years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rQ26d-vI7k

and then many moons later, on the final of Spicks and Specks in 2011, looking like the aging rocker he is….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA7__60T_qQ

Jennifer 🙂

If Today was your last Day….?

Nickleback has been a favourite for a long time and has been on high rotation in the car and on my stereo for the last few months, I love their lyrics, mostly deep, meaningful ones (there are several rather raunchy songs that are best left for when there are few people around) and this one has kinda been my theme song for a while.

I’ve removed some of the lyrics, and left the best bits.
Good words to live by – “If today was your last day”

My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day’s a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life

You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes ‘
Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

And the full song and clip:

Jennifer 🙂

A blast from the Past!

Literally and figuratively.
My husband has this old record player, a Telefunken. It is its own cabinet and player rolled into one. He likes old things like this. So when I saw an old cassette player with speakers that fold up into a carry case I just had to have it. For hubby, although now I have it playing, I might commandeer it.

I discovered music in the 80’s, and thanks to 3 older siblings the genres covered were wide ranging to be sure. But the big thing back then – the singles (on vinyl or tape)and buying an album on LP were the bees knees!  I loved going into town and flicking through records… oh the life..

So, I know cassettes from my youth.  As I unpacked this Sony, no less, and gave it a wipe over I was hoping it would sound alright.  An older friend gave it to me, it has travelled (originally from England back in the day) and was reasonably well used.

There are zippered pouches at the back of the speakers where the microphones – yes, 2 funky little microphones, it is a cassette-corder after all – and speaker cords go, while a hidden compartment under the body revealed the power cord.

 

 

 

 

 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I plugged it in.

Despite many house moves and tapes and records being null & void for yeas, I knew I had some cassettes somewhere… even if were kids nursery rhymes.  Oh, good, they were exactly where I thought they were, and there is my Melissa Ethridge tape. Perfect.
Setting the tape in its slot and pressing play… holy shite – turn those speakers down.
OMG. It works. And brilliantly!  The sound was impeccable, clear and those speakers are still Sony quality.
I crank Melissa up and ~sing~ to my heart’s content with a great smile on my face while I dance round the kitchen.  It certainly cheered me up and brought a tear to my eye…

Another tape goes in – the eject button is like one of those crazy toasters where the toast flips out completely.  Push that button and the cassette just about lands in my hands – and those memories start flowing.  I’m such a sentimental sap, a song, even just the fact the bloody thing works made me emotional.  We all have songs that take us back to a certain place and time…  I now have to find the other box of tapes somewhere and test them all… what fun!

My sons came in and heard Miss Melissa (the second time round) and had that old crooner finger clicking thing going on, it was soo funny, but he wouldn’t let me get a picture of it, 😦
If anyone can tell me anything more about this fab piece of musicla history, it is appreciated.

Keep rockin’ 🙂
Jennifer