I worry about people sometimes…

If you write a blog, and if you are as interested* in the statistics as I am (*for ‘interested’, substitute ‘mildly obsessed’ at your pleasure) you will know that you can see┬áthe search terms that people use to reach your mutterings. I am often surprised and amused by some of the things that people type into search engines and manage to follow through to my site. I sometimes type the same things into Google to work out how they have reached me, but usually with no success. So, I thought I would share some of my favourites from recent days and weeks, see what you make of┬áthem all!

“pig baby congratulations cards” – first of all, pig babies are called piglets, and second, if you are referring to a human baby, please don’t tell the parents that you think it looks like a pig – it is guaranteed to upset!

“david tennant and condoms” – eeeewwww, what are you thinking? Does this LOOK like the sort of site which would cater to this search request?? Move along!

“branagh or tennant hamlet” – Tennant, every time, of course! He’s cuter, and does ‘mad’ better!

“doctor who obsessed” – no no no, that’s my son, not me. And he doesn’t have a blog (yet), although I will pass along all well-meaning comments!

“grapple jam recipe” – Yay! I may be on my way to getting my own word in general use! I made grapple jam a couple of years ago – a very flavourful mix of grape and apple, of course.

“crochet my hand writing” – I would if I could, but I can’t, sorry.

“buckingham palace plan” – floor plan? Plan of what? I hope this is not linked to anything unsavoury!

“words to express excitement” – Woohoo! Yeehah! Weyhey! and Yippedeedoodah! spring to mind!

However, my mother’s blog┬ároutinely gets visits from people following much stranger search engine requests, such as “hardest granny”, “granny sex”, “salsa dancing granny” and “two grannies off to europe on bicycles” – she gets all the best ones!

Don’t forget the giveaway…

Only a couple of days left to enter!

giveaway button

I’ve had lots and lots of comments this month, and can tell that I’m going to have lots of fun on Tuesday working out a way to pick the winner! But you still have a couple of days to load my site up with more comments and give me a little more work!! And remember, there’s also a decent sized bar of Dairy Milk chocolate as well as the things that you can see in the picture. Give it a go – what do you have to lose?!

Click here for a link to my original post about the giveaway, which has all the entry details in it. Good luck!

Giveaway!

It’s time! I’ve finally gathered the things and taken the pictures and here I am. Firstly, thank you to all of you who have helped me to get to 70,000 visits, and thus giving me the reason to celebrate something!

And now to let you know what is in my giveaway this time;

giveaway

Here it is! One lucky person will be receiving this little bundle of goodies. But lets go through it bit by bit.

lanyardFirst up is my lanyard. I made it because my white lanyard which holds my work pass is absolutely disgusting to look at now, having been worn for some months, and I’m not sure how washable it is. I also have a lanyard for home, on which I hang my house keys in case I go out and don’t want to carry a handbag. I find it really helpful to have when I run to school and back and don’t need a purse or phone, or when I dash out the back to hang out the washing. It saves me panicking about locking myself out! This lanyard is made from cotton which, I am informed, is washable to 60┬░, and also tumble-driable (although I’d remove the metal first!). It’s in red and green as they are the national colours of Wales, so I thought that a giveaway from the capital of Wales should really reflect that in some way! I’ve attached a keyring, and then a clip to the keyring which is holding a trolley token. I’m not sure if this would be any use outside of the UK, not knowing how big the coins are which are used in ‘foreign’ trolleys.

bookmark

Next up is this bookmark, made out of thread cotton in a variegated blue thread. I’ve lightly starched it so it should hold its shape, but it’s not so stiff that it would be awkward to place in a book. I’m enjoying my foray into lace crochet in between various other objects.

chocolate and postcards

Finally (and maybe most important!), the chocolate! I’m including a bar of my favourite chocolate, Green and Black’s fairtrade Maya Gold. Yum! Also in this picture you’ll see some postcards of landmarks of my home city. I love my photos (you may have guessed!) and wanted to send some pictures to show you what Cardiff looks like, but couldn’t choose and so decided to buy a couple of postcards instead.

So there you have it. And now to what you need to do. Leave a comment. That’s it! I’d like it if you’d tell me what your favourite chocolate (or other confectionary) is, but I won’t get narkey if you don’t! Extra credit will be given if you tweet about the giveaway (+2 entries) or blog about it (a massive +5), but please let me know that you have, with a link left in a comment. I feel obligated to point out that getting the extra entries really does pay off. Dancing on a Blade of Grass won my last giveaway, and she had blogged about it and received the corresponding extra entries! Oh, and also, I don’t know if you remember, but on 1st August I said that every comment left during August would be eligible for an entry. So comment on my other blogposts too! I’m writing a post every day for NaBloPoMo so there’ll be plenty of opportunity! And I’ll be willing to post internationally, so everyone’s welcome to the party.

The giveaway will be open until midnight BST (my local time) on 31st August, so until the very last minute of this month. I will then (hopefully!) draw a winner on 1st September and post about it shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

 

**EDITED ON 22ND AUGUST TO ADD:

I’ve added another prize to the giveaway. The lucky, lucky winner will also receive 230g of the best chocolate in the world;

230g

Yum! Good luck once again!

August giveaway

I will be holding a giveaway later in the month, when I reach my 70,000th visitor. More details will be published nearer the time; suffice it to say here that there will be opportunities to enter via blog comments and tweets. Also, EVERY COMMENT posted to this blog during the month of August (except for my own comments of course, duh!) will equal one entry to my giveaway.

Keep visiting, and hopefully we’ll get to 70,000 sooner rather than later. Then we can all see what I’ll be giving away. It’s a surprise for me too, as I’ve not thought about the prize yet! It’ll be good though, and may even involve more chocolate!

In the name of all that is good and pure in your lives…

…please, please, please ignore my last post! I don’t know what I was thinking! Who on earth writes about taps, and expects anyone in their right mind to read it, for goodness sake??

Those of you who try to maintain blogs will understand me when I say, I am going through a low patch when it comes to my writing. Call it mojo, inspiration, muse, imagination, lucid thought; whatever it is, mine is missing and has been for some time.

I’m not flattering myself. Mine was never the work of a modern day Pepys (he seemed to be something of a dirty old man for a start, but moving on…), but at least I used to write the occasional mildly interesting thing. But recently, nothing. Even my camera has hardly seen the light of day, poor thing.

I blame the weather. And cabin fever. There aren’t a lot of positive things to write when one has been stuck inside with two small children for the better part of two weeks. You can tell that by my positive rush to write about blackberry picking last night. Bless me.

I’m sure that things are happening around me which I could write about, but my little Jennieworld bubble in which I float from day to day seems to be blocking anything from staying in my mind for long enough to develop itself into a coherent article. So, for now at least, you’re stuck with taps, blackberries, episodes of harpy-like screaming at two small boys (not me, honestly, Mrs Social Worker) and accounts of rain, rain and more rain.

I’m so sorry. At least I have now become aware that my inspiration has done a runner, and so I can now start to search for it. Hopefully, once I’ve found it and beat it into submission, the blog will pick up again. I’m leaving the tap post to remind myself that I should attempt never to sink so low again (sink, geddit??). As the BBC went through it’s ‘Eldorado’ phase and came safely out of the other side, so I hope to return to blogging something worth reading, so bear with me.

I thank you for your patience!

New theme again!

I got bored with the theme for my blog (as predicted) as the Spring came in and the days got lighter and brighter. I decided that it was fitting to ditch the old, dark theme on the day that the clocks have gone forward and my evenings are correspondingly lighter.

So, what do you think? I chose the three column theme as I do seem to have rather a lot in my sidebars, and I can’t bring myself to get rid of any of it! Plus, I think that I may be adding more blogs to the blogroll soon, as I’ve been following a whole batch of new (to me) blogs over the last couple of months.

GG was in on my decision, and helped to narrow down the choices. My only absolute was that I wanted that customiseable header image at the top – I’m enjoying changing it every time I come across a new, suitable image!

New Spring Header

I’ve changed my header picture to reflect the season, but I’m not really very happy with it because the words are so hard to sort out. I love the picture, but the title’s all wrong. I think that tomorrow I’m going to have to look for a new theme again. I hate doing that. It always take hours and then I never think I’ve got it right. Still, maybe I’ll find a lovely pink or pale green theme which will match my current mood!