Born To Blog

23 Jun

Post Colour-Coded For Ease Of Reference

As you know – and if you do know, why am I telling you that you know?  I really don’t know – I had an itch in my arm

This was when I had difficulty giving blood; nothing to do with RSI. I use it to illustrate what my mind feels like after a week of not blogging.

and, being a stayathomemum*, and therefore the nearest thing to a doctor without actually having a medical degree**, I diagnosed early onset Repetitive Strain Injury and opted to take some time away from blogging.

Sort of.

I didn’t write any posts but I visited many of you with my left hand, leaving a ‘like’ instead of a comment.  The result is that now I have RSI in my left shoulder as well as my right.

Stuff it. 

I need to write or I’ll burst.  And I’ve eaten a lot this week to fill the void that is not-blogging, so a bursting Tilly is not to be recommended.

*You have to rush it out as one word so people don’t hear properly enough to judge you for your anti-Cherie Blair choice.  Choice, incidentally, was what I always thought feminism was about but, hey-ho, what do I know?  I’m only a stay at home mum letting down the side by not going out to work and daring to allow myself to be supported by a man who might leave me, die, or get sick, which he did and at which point I did not leave but stayed to support him, instead (morally, not financially, but what do you expect from a stay at home mum who allowed herself to be supported by a man?)***

***Cherie Blair…I’m not a fan.  Mostly because I don’t agree that I was wrong to be ‘happy to put [my] children first before a satisfying and rewarding career.’  Read it here.  But I’ll admit to not being a yummy mummy; I’m more of a tummy mummy.

**You have a cold, a virus, or wind, as my son’s nearly burst appendix will refuse to attest.

My voluntary respite from blogging has been a week of torture, not being able to write or write or write, interspersed with chocolate, foot massages and poem trails.  I will tell you all about it over the next few days.  Not the chocolate, because there’s not a lot that hasn’t been said about chocolate in this blog, is there?  But definitely the foot massage and the poem trail.

As typing with my left hand isn’t working for me****,  I have to go back to being a normal person, which means using the hand my brain favours.  I will have to ease myself in so I may not comment on your posts just yet, or answer as many comments as I usually do on mine, but I will still visit, and I will continue to hit ‘like’ to let you know I’ve been: that’s why I have a small nose – perfect for hitting ‘like’ buttons.

**** if I had used only my left hand to type that last sentence, it would read, but. as tyopng weith my ledt ganf isn;’t working foitr mr

…I rest my casr/

Thank you all for staying with me through my horrendous, blog-deprived week, and for continuing to comment when I did not return the favour.  I will repay you the only way I know how: by taking it as a compliment.  You know how good I am at accepting those.

I won’t be replying to your week’s worth of comments because I don’t want to lose the use of my left and right feet as well, but I assure you I read them all, and laughed at many.  Now I need to get back to doing what Tilly do love best: spilling the secrets of her mind. 

Blogging: cheaper than psychiatry.

Come here, my pretty little German keyboard; I’ve missed you.   Let me throw in every trick I can think of to make this post attractive, and a visualisation of my mustblognow state of mind.

If someone starts a Bloggers Anonymous, I’ll be the first to sign up.

My name is Tilly, and I am a blogger.

75 Responses to “Born To Blog”

  1. viveka June 23, 2012 at 09:27 #

    Tilly, yes you’re a born a blogger … not an addict !!!! Big difference – so please don’t try to be cured from it. .


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 09:57 #

      I can faithfully promise I never will 😀


      • viveka June 23, 2012 at 09:57 #

        Tilly, that’s my girl .. *smile


  2. Gabrielle Bryden June 23, 2012 at 09:30 #

    ‘tummy mummy’ – hahahaha – that Cherie is a piece of work! Maybe you could try some voice activated writing things – I know a writer who has RSI and she had tried that sort of software – not quite sure how it works but you do speak into the computer and the words come up for you (if the computer can understand what you are saying – haha).


    • vivinfrance June 23, 2012 at 09:41 #

      If you like gobbledegook and nonsense, get some voice activated software. On second thoughts – what would change?


  3. vivinfrance June 23, 2012 at 09:42 #

    Bless you, Tilly, stay as sweet as you are. This was a post worth waiting for.


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 09:58 #

      I know it’s a little all over the place, but that’s what happens when an addict doesn’t get her fix 🙂


  4. Pseu June 23, 2012 at 09:53 #

    May i suggest that doctors visit, please? If you have developed similar symptoms you need to check there’s not an inflammatory process going on. Equally it may be nothing -or posture shift, or neck problem showing itself in your shoulders. Check it out 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 09:59 #

      Don’t worry, Pseu; I’m pretty sure its root cause is hyperbole 🙂

      But thanks for caring.


      • Pseu June 23, 2012 at 13:16 #

        well take care of yourself, please 🙂


  5. Jim June 23, 2012 at 11:22 #

    Hi T.Bud 🙂 ~~ I am with Pseu above, I believe you should see the doctor. There are shots that can help your RSI. You might be swinging your arms when you leave the office.

    OR … You could learn to type with four fingers and two thumbs. I taught typing for a year while I was in the Army and one of my students insisted that he could type over 45 WPM corrected with those six digits.

    At any rate, Get Well Soon!!!
    Jim’s Six Word Saturday


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 11:24 #

      Thanks Jim!

      I’m not too bad, just being cautious.

      I type with three fingers 😉


      • Jim June 23, 2012 at 11:26 #

        Maybe ‘Mom’ could run over and help you for a bit? 🙂


        • Jim June 23, 2012 at 11:33 #

          Did you know that I am Dr. Jim and that I like to get things and people fixed when there are troubles? Lots of advice:
          Digging to China:
          Ask Dr. Jim (blog)


    • Jim June 23, 2012 at 11:24 #

      I know it’s not funny but you are funny this way. Even so you can still be funny when you are back in commission.


  6. Ron. June 23, 2012 at 11:30 #

    Whaddya mean, you need a rest? You have all that time between keystrokes, don’tcha? Shut up & keep typing.


  7. bluebee June 23, 2012 at 12:08 #

    So you’ve finished reading the ’50 Shades of Gray” trilogy, then?


  8. sanstorm June 23, 2012 at 12:59 #

    Glad you’re back. I feel less alone as a blog addict.


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 13:34 #

      There are many of us out there, I’m sure 🙂


  9. Wayne June 23, 2012 at 13:40 #

    A cool and interesting post. You have a fascinating blog here.


  10. McGuffyAnn June 23, 2012 at 13:44 #

    Tilly, when you are not here, it is a lonely place. But please take care of yourself.
    I agree, you should probably see about treatment of some kind. That is an awful
    Kind of pain! I hope you get relief soon, you do not deserve this. ~gentle hug~


  11. rumpydog June 23, 2012 at 15:14 #

    Glad you’re doing better!!! Just don’t over-do it. If ya can’t use your arms, it’s gonna be hat to eat chocolate.


  12. terry1954 June 23, 2012 at 15:48 #

    hope you are continuing to heal my friend!


  13. laurieanichols June 23, 2012 at 16:34 #

    I’m so happy that you are back, I don’t know if I’m addicted but I think that if I couldn’t blog or write I would be very disagreeable. It’s a very good French word desagreable with an acute accent on the first e and perhaps the second as well, not sure. I used to be in therapy and my therapist broke up with me because since I started writing, I didn’t have anything to talk to her about, all my woes were exercised in my writing sessions. Writing is good for the soul even if it doesn’t bring you fame or fortune.


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 17:15 #


      But fame and fortune would be nice 🙂


  14. gigihawaii June 23, 2012 at 16:43 #

    I know what you mean. I loooove to blog — even during my travels and when friends or relatives visit me at home. I never understand people who take time off from blogging to entertain friends.


  15. Jess June 23, 2012 at 17:36 #

    Glad you are feeling better enough to blog again 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 17:38 #


      I couldn’t hold it in any longer.


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 17:40 #

      I can’t access your blog to return the visit, I’m afraid 😦


  16. SchmidleysScribbling June 23, 2012 at 17:45 #

    Of course you were born to blog and we were born to follow you. BTW this was my first Lady Gaga experience. Got to keep up with the people my grandchildren are following.

    I was a stay at home mom for a number of years. I didn’t hate it, just did not like the man who supported me. So I fired him and did the job myself. Never regretted it, but I did miss all those little homemaker activitites and am now taking some of them up agin…mercifully not child rearing. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud June 23, 2012 at 19:50 #

      I loved being at home with my children. It was better in some ways when we had money, of course, but I wouldn’t trade a day.


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 11:54 #

      The homemaker activities were the worst part for me. It was always about the kids 🙂 I feel useless now they are 16 and 22. Thank goodness for blogging!


  17. robincoyle June 23, 2012 at 18:08 #

    Woo Hoo! She’s back!


  18. restlessjo June 23, 2012 at 19:50 #

    Oh Tilly, how lovely to have you back! Take it S-L-O-W girl. Can’t imagine you doing that, but you just might.


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 11:55 #

      TBH, I have had the busiest week! But it’s given me lots of material for posts, so I’m not complaining.


  19. adinparadise June 23, 2012 at 21:05 #

    I can just imagine you hitting the like button with your nose. 😉 Take it easy. 😉


  20. kateshrewsday June 23, 2012 at 21:53 #

    A qualified huzzah: missed your posts loads, and jolly glad to see you back – but hope health remains intact. Have you tried voice recognition software? Might it be any use?


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 11:57 #

      Not my style at all. I like getting down and dirty with a keyboard 🙂


  21. slpmartin June 23, 2012 at 22:17 #

    As Ron said…you have plenty of time to rest between keystrokes…if you need to you can rest one finger at a time and type with just two alternating fingers. 🙂


  22. Food Stories June 23, 2012 at 23:56 #

    It’s better this way … We need you here 🙂


  23. Susie Clevenger (@wingsobutterfly) June 24, 2012 at 01:03 #

    This is my first time your attitude. I would have to go to blogger’s anonymous also. I have four blogs and on and on. Glad you are back to your addiction. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 11:58 #

      Four blogs! I have two, but only pay proper attention to this one. Wow 🙂


  24. Kay's Musings June 24, 2012 at 02:16 #

    I am a blogaholic, but I haven’t been able to visit in a while too. My life has been totally crazy since February. It’s only now calming down a bit until our next visitor arrives at the end of July.


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 12:00 #

      I settle for reading more blogs (like yours) than I comment on. There is o much that is interesting out there (like yours). Loved today’s about being old 🙂


  25. eof737 June 24, 2012 at 10:10 #

    You are a blogher blogger and I hope that arm recovers nicely. 🙂


  26. soulbrush June 24, 2012 at 12:16 #

    This is such a funny post- I know it’s not meant to be- but I am glad you are on the mend, keep up the chocs. Sending you cyber hugs and more chocs!


    • Tilly Bud June 24, 2012 at 12:20 #

      No, it is meant to be funny, I pomise! 🙂

      Thanks for the hugs. Wish the chocs were real 😉


  27. Al June 24, 2012 at 13:34 #

    Tilly Bud is back and God is in his heaven….all’s well with the world. This stream of consciousness blog was a great way to re-enter the blogosphere, Tilly, especially the video!!


  28. Tom (Aquatom1968) June 24, 2012 at 18:30 #

    Good to see you back, Tilly, but as I’m trying to catch up with my reading I didn’t notice that you were away… sorry about that!
    Hope your RSI miraculously heals, but you can’t use that as a reason for not blogging. Well, you can…
    If you think typing with your left hand is difficult, try typing a comment in tune with Lady Gaga singing in the background!


  29. ghostwritermummy June 24, 2012 at 20:28 #

    How have I only just found this blog?! Fantastic… thank you!!


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 20:29 #

      I thought you were spam there, for a minute 🙂 Thanks 😀


  30. Perfecting Motherhood June 25, 2012 at 21:04 #

    I have a pinched nerve in my neck and lots of tense muscles because of too much time spent at the computer, so I feel for you!


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:09 #

      Take time off! It will do you the world of good.


      • Perfecting Motherhood June 25, 2012 at 21:17 #

        We’re going on vacation soon so it will help to move around. But I still have some big work projects to finish before then and I have to take my computer with me to work there a little. That’s what happens when you work for yourself, but it’s still way better than working for someone else!


  31. vbr June 30, 2012 at 05:02 #

    I too do not apologize for being a real mommy type. It’s what I wanted to do, it’s what I did and it is what I am still doing.
    As alway, I enjoy coming to visit you and read about your adventures and about your day to day things too



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