First of all, let me say, if you searched for images of little boys and it landed you here – move on, you won’t find what you’re looking for here, and for the record, I’ve actually prayed that you would be smote. Really.
For everyone else who is completely clueless now, hang in there, I’ll get to my point.
I want to reach a large audience with my blog. I’ve talked about this before. I want to encourage people. Mamas who are much like me and doubt so much what they’re doing. Mamas who homeschool. Mamas who are at the beginning edge of a large family. Mamas who don’t have nearly enough money or time. Mamas who worry way too much.
I’ve been looking into growing my blog further. I had a friend talk about keywords the other day. And my stats. And learning from them.
At the same time, I just happened to run across 2 blogs (one a friend – hi Brenda! and the other a random Blogher writer) within a couple days of each other that got a kick out of looking at the keywords that people had searched to land those said people at their blogs. I thought, “Well, surely my little stat counter will tell me similar funny stories and provide me with what you people out there want to know.”
Yep. It did.
My Children’s Book Tuesday was a big one – wow, didn’t know y’all really enjoyed it, had dropped it consequently, and now know I will be back at it next week – sorry I disappointed you for 2 whole weeks – get those Christmas books ready!
Epidural pain at 6 weeks postpartum. Oh, darlin’. I’m sorry. Call that doctor. Been there. Hope you found encouragement here. You’re the sweet kinda mama I’m hopin’ to reach.
Recipes – I’ve mainly added these to my site for my quick find times when I don’t want to dig through my beloved cookbook. So glad to have helped you. I’ll continue to put my favorites in here, be sure to check back.
Kids’ loft. Wow. Over and over this was searched for. I should’ve known. We did a bunch of searching before we built ours. Hope you found inspiration and that your kids love theirs as much as ours do!
But then there were 3 different entries that made my heart simultaneously stop and pound out of my chest. They included words like “naked” and “boys” in the same search. With a little digging I saw where they had come from, which post they landed at, and that they had even searched using google images. They even used the word “potty” in the search. Now, maybe these searches were innocent (who’s bettin’ against this one with me?). But maybe not so much. And to you, not so much person, I want to cuss you. And cause you harm. Really. I wanted to pull my whole blog down. Take away all my kiddos’ pictures. I talked to my husband about it. We agonized together. I asked him if I should be done with this world. He reminded me what I already knew (I’m not completely naive) that when there are blogs about kids that are public there will be predators. I know. In theory. But I didn’t expect to see 3 different instances in one week where they searched and found my blog. My kids. Now, if you’re new here, you might not know that I never post unclad pictures of my kids. But even their sweet little faces looking at the camera became eerie through the lens that I was now peering. I hate our fallen world.
Will there be blogs when the world is set right? I don’t know. I think maybe. They bring joy and togetherness and information and encouragement.
And they bring pain in this current world. It will end someday. There will be only joy someday. That is where my hope is.
Do I keep doing this? Talking about my children in an open forum? For now, I think the answer is yes. Guardedly. Prayerfully. One day at a time. There may come a time when I get too spooked and call it off. But today… I’m still here. Still wanting to reach others for good.