It’s Not All Mary Poppins


I have so much enjoyed writing this post, and seeing your responses to it. Thus, this post is for you, my readers. Those who comment regularly, those who email, those who just lurk and send my hit counter ticking steadily upward.

When I started blogging, I saw it as a private endeavour. Yes, I was fully aware that blogs are published in a public forum, but of the 5 billion blogs out there, I thought, who’d find mine? Just as you can be anonymous more easily in a crowded city than a small village, I had little expectations of bumping into anyone who’d take note of me personally in the immensity of the blogosphere.

I was wrong. What a happy mistake!

As a result of all you readers, and specifically those of you who comment, I have discovered what is to me the most satisfying part of blogging: interaction. Reading your comments, commenting back, seeing silly conversations burst out amongst commenters, and finding out that I’ve actually inspired or encouraged someone – it’s all been tremendously fun! Childcare (parenting!)can be an isolating profession. Blogging has given me a community that I can access any time at all from my dining room table. Surely that’s why there are so many “mommy blogs”! I am having so much fun!

And so, to those of you in my new-found, invisible community: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

October 10, 2005 - Posted by | random and odd


  1. I know exactly what you mean, Miss Mary P. Thanks for being here.

    Comment by Cheryl | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  2. You know we blove you.

    Now let’s all have a cocktail and celebrate!

    Comment by Susan | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  3. Cheryl: Thank you back!

    Susan: Aww, shucks. (“blove”? I think you’ve started those cocktails without me!)

    Comment by Mary P. | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  4. Never before blogging did I imagine I’d have blog buddies in another country! I enjoy your writing, your stories (particularly because of the children I keep) and your ability to keep your sanity so well! 🙂 Keep up the GREAT work and I’ll keep reading and posting!

    Comment by Jill | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  5. No, thank YOU! Even though I don’t have kids, I really enjoy your site. Your insight into what’s going on in their little minds, plus your ability to tell their stories (and give a little helpful advice along the way) keeps me coming back every day.

    Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

    Comment by Sharkey | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  6. Keep up the good work Mary!

    Now that you’ve hit 7000 visits, have you hit the 100 post mark yet?

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  7. Jill: One of the nice things about the internet is that it has no borders. In fact, of my regular commenters, only two are fellow Canadians (and one of them lives with me). I’m glad you like the site. It’s easy to come up with great stories: the children give me tonnes of material!

    Sharkey: You’re welcome. I’m not sure how much I can truly know what’s going on in those little minds, but it’s fun guessing – and my guesses are pretty educated, after all this time!

    Simon: In fact, I’m just shy of two hundred and fifty! Prolific, aren’t I?

    Comment by Mary P. | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  8. I’ve made good friends all over the world through blogging, and got lots of support from them in return

    I’m Out of Hospital btw back to full time blogging :o)

    Comment by Aginoth | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  9. I suppose I don’t really count, since I do know you outside the blogosphere, but you’re still entertaining to read! So thank you!

    ps: ‘blove’ is “blog-love”, silly Mum.

    Comment by Haley | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  10. Aginoth: Welcome back!! So glad you’re out. I do hope you can manage an extra day or three at home before heading into the office. Either way, though, glad you’re back in the stream.

    Haley: Ooohhh… You know, I never was one of the trendy, in-the-know types. I guess I’m still not! (Sorry, Susan, for the slur on your reputation!)

    Comment by Mary P. | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  11. Thank YOU, Mary! I’m so glad you’re here! I mean there…well, you know what I mean! ; )

    Comment by LoryKC | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  12. Well, now that I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy (but not in a kinky way), I should say, thank you, Mary, for writing, commenting, emailing, and just generally being you. Bloggie smooches. :>)

    Comment by MIM | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  13. 250 huh? Will you remember us unimportant little people when you’re famous? 😉

    Comment by Simon P. Chappell | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  14. Lory: Those boundaries get blurred in cyberspace, don’t they? You’re there, I’m here, but we’re both in the ether here together. Clear as mud!

    mim: “Just generally being me”. Good thing that’s a good thing, because it’s what I do best!

    Simon: Oh, yes. After all, I’ve made a career of being kind to little people. 🙂

    Comment by Mary P. | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  15. Mary,
    I’m glad you found my blog, so I could in turn be led to yours. It really is a neat way to meet folks, whether or not it’s ever done in person. I hope you keep on blogging, because you write some great stuff.

    Comment by aaron | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  16. Right back atcha, MP!

    Comment by misfit | October 11, 2005 | Reply

  17. Hey, were not invisible 🙂

    Glad to hear your having fun doing this, as it is a v.good blog

    Comment by Si | October 12, 2005 | Reply

  18. Just found your site recently and wanted to say I love it. Your love of kids is so self-evident and you have a great attitude. Plus, you’ve got experience (having survived the teenage years.) Keep up the great work! I’m glad to have found you!

    Comment by MetroDad | October 13, 2005 | Reply

  19. Belatedly replying to these last comments.

    Aaron: I didn’t expect to feel like I’d “met” anyone out here, but in fact I do. How about that?

    Misfit: 🙂

    Si: Course you’re not invisible! You, for example, have gray-ish hair, lovely dark eye, and rather long ears…

    Metrodad: Welcome! Glad you’re enjoying the blog. I haven’t quite survived the teen years yet, as my youngest is 12, but my oldest will be twenty in December, so I am certainly a veteran. She says, as she creaks off-stage…

    Comment by Mary P. | October 13, 2005 | Reply

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