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    Saturday, March 06, 2010


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    Happy Blogiversary, Norma, and I cannot tell you how much I hate that you had the need to write this post. Bloody Hell, people, get a clue!

    I love you and your posts. Don't change a thing!

    Marina McIntire

    Well, for crying out loud! I didn't really appreciate (i.e., understand) the joke last week. That's fine. The post about the south is one of my all-time faves. Truth. I just love it!
    As for the other idiots, well, you've said what you need to say. They're idiots. And for sure, people are weird.
    Hang in there!
    mm in Eugene, OR

    Melissa in El Cajon

    Happy Blogiversary, Norma. I went to bed, but couldn't sleep so I got up and wandered by some of my favorite blogs. Even angry you made me chuckle! F**k 'em if they can't take a joke!


    Happy fucking blogiversary, Norma. In the immortal words of some long-forgotten court reporter who hit the wrong key while transcribing a hearing: "Let's keep going, whore."


    What rock was I hiding under to have missed that post about the south? Brava, Norma, and happy blogiversary. Some folks won't ever get a clue.


    I didn't know it was possible but, I think I love you even more now*

    *By "Love" I mean worship all the woman-of-a-certain-age-snarkiness-that-I-wish-I-said-first that is NORMA!

    F Brettell

    Are asses the same as arses? Your blog is very funny and very humane. Some people are just arses, and nothing will change that. Some people are badly brought up and badly-educated, and maybe, if valiant souls keep talking/writing, something will get through to them one day. Happy blogiversary.


    I'm a lurker who loves reading your blog. It always makes me chuckle. I thought I'd come out of my hiding place today to wish you a happy blogiversary.


    Hi, I'm another long-time lurker(as in years). Your blog is one of the first blogs I read everyday. My mum is American who has lived in the UK for 37 years. You remind me alot of her, but you swear alot more! She reads your blog too. I wondered where last Saturday's blog went to. I thought it was funny. Happy Blogiversary.

    Kate Babbitt

    I'm another lurker who reads your blog first thing in the morning. First. Thing. In. The. Morning. Before the news, before the weather. Reading what you have to say validates me. And you make me laugh. I'm a cooped-up freelance editor, and laughing is sooo important to me! I'm sorry you've had these unpleasant experiences with some humorless sticks who think they are the thought police and who think that free speech is a mere paradiddle, but think of all the rest of us! We are your readers! We love your voice. And we think your blog is great. Keep it up, girlfriend! (X-Ref to the Boner post.)


    There's always stupid people who think that they can decide what other people should write/think/say/whatever, but they are just that, STUPID. Why do they think that they have to agree with every word and then think they have the right to be mean?
    Some people can get offended by anything... (I actually read in the paper today about someone making a snow "Venus de milo", and a neighbour got offended by its nudity. WTF?)


    Ok, I admit it - I've read your blog for the last two years and enjoyed it every time I've gotten to share your thoughts. I understand that some people may have been upset by the post - I wasn't. As people we are delightfully, completely human; we make missteps, we have personal victories and not so personal defeats and we are not perfect. I think the person who was upset has a right to their perspective but it's really time to get over it already. If they don't like your perspective and insights, then stop reading the f@*king blog.
    I think your blog is fabulous and I know I'm not alone in that perspective.


    Just the fact that you get out there and sayitforgodsakealready puts you in my list of favorite all-time bloggers. Don't change for the vocal minority. (From a reformed lurker who has made it her 2010 mission to encourage all her daily reads.)


    Ugh! I'm so sorry you had a crazy person (and there are many readers who are!). Good for you for telling 'em off. It is a pain in the ass that bloggers even have to deal with crazies out there. BTW - I laughed my head off with the RIP Boner post.

    Happy Blogiversary! Keep being who you are. That's why we love you.


    Hi Norma, Delurking here to wish you a happy blogiversary. I start my day with you and Margene and think you both are the best. Don't let the turkeys get you down. Hopefully, they will take your advice and GO AWAY.


    I knew something was up. Norma doesn't go a couple days without some kind of meaty post. Sorry you have to put up with other people's pain redirected at you. We who read you every day, who know about red scarves, hand jobs, Mr. J is a dog, rose petal jam, raised beds and the like - and love the entire packages - thorns and all- exist all over the blogosphere. I wish the long-timers who know all that stuff and whisk it away and are mean, would just breathe, take in Norma in her entirety, grant a little grace and either go away, or just fuggedaboudit. Really. Much love.


    Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your blog. I totally "get" your humor. You make me start my day with a laugh (and that is pretty amazing since I have to get two teenage daughters out the door to school everyday....Talk about humorless....) It never ceases to amaze me that people who don't like/appreciate/agree with something written in a blog feel the need to comment negatively. I have a better solution: unbookmark it and stop reading...Problem Solved!!

    All the best to you!!


    When I grow up I want to be like you, Norma. Thank you. Happy Blogiversary!


    Another de-lurker here. I subscribe to your blog. I like your blog. I enjoy reading about your gardening and knitting and share your sense of humor. I don't understand why some people feel that you (or anyone else) owes them any courtesy at all when they have essentially invited themselves into YOUR space. If you don't like what you read, you can click the button and make it go away. And please, don't come back. I wanted to add my voice to the support this time. I hope you'll continue to post.


    Now I feel bad that I'm an infrequent commenter, although I read your blog daily. It amazes me that people use the anonymity of the internet to spew their hateful thoughts. I figure, if I won't say it to your face, I shouldn't say it in a comment. But maybe they're hateful people that would say it to your face.

    I hope you keep sharing with us!

    Nancy H.

    You're fantastic, Norma, and it takes guts to write like you do. Thanks for keeping it up! I hope you're still enjoying the CanLit reading. I've been looking forward to your take on Beautiful Losers since I saw it in your book pile. Heh.


    Our friendship came directly from me reading your blog. If the blog had not existed I don't know if we would have met. That would be tragic.

    Happy Blogiversary!


    Shame on you, Norma, for writing a funny or touching or educational or Red Scarf boosting post every day and expecting random strangers *not* chew you out in your own "home." Happy Blog-I-versary!


    Congrats on a significant milestone. I love your blog, love your writing style,love your style. I don't comment often, mostly because I am afraid, yes, afraid, of others critiquing my writing (how self centered is that?) Keep up the good work, fight the good fight,craft the good knitwear, and for pete's sake, grow the good garden.


    Happy Blog Anniversary, Norma. 6 years, holy crap, that's quite an accomplishment. I'm glad you have been here that long, though. Yours was one of the first blogs I ever read and I still remember the day we met at NHS&W. I was so tongue tied and star struck back then. Now that I know you better, well, now I just love you in a whole better way.
    Anyway, I missed the post last Saturday because I was away at SPA so I don't know what the problem was but why can't people just shut their fucking mouths anyway?
    And the other post about how we in the North (and especially me in Massachusetts!) are the bomb? Well that is one fabulous piece.
    Kudos to you, Norma. Don't you dare ever change.


    I'm wondering if the humour gap you're describing has to do with IQ.

    I'm sorry I didn't comment on the RIP post last Saturday, because I got what was funny to you, but I am likewise too busy these days.

    Happy Blogiversary Norma. This one feels sort of bittersweet. Like turning sixty...


    Happy blogversary Norma. Hope I've commented enough for you to recognize my name. I feel like Carrie, under a rock, without a clue to all the blog drama. What a big heart you have to care so much about your readers, even the ones who are arses. Keep up the good work and I say blocking them is a great idea!


    Happy Blogiversary, Norma. I've never understood why people choose to get offended by other people's opinions. There are millions of blogs out there for people to choose from. Nobody is forcing anyone to read any particular blog. Occasionally I come across blogs that I read for a while, and then realize that I just don't get that person's perspective. So I unsubscribe. Easy peasy. And there are others that I like most of the time, but there's the odd post that I don't. If it starts to happen regularly, I choose whether or not to keep reading. That's my choice , not the blogger's.

    But you're one of my perennial favourites. I can't see myself ever choosing not to read your blog.

    That said , I'm pissed that there's no blogiversary giveaway :-)


    Oh, forfucksake. I was flat on my ass sick last Saturday so only saw the title of your Boner post in passing, yet I inferred immediately what must have happened. But then, my mind rarely crawls out of the gutter. Seriously, The Norma, I know you're pissed and frustrated, but just forget these whackos. We love you.



    Firstly, I can't believe there is such a thing as a "blogiversary", but since there is...

    Secondly, Happy Blogiversary!

    Thirdly, the only thing about your blog that has ever "upset" (I use that word loosely because it's hard to be upset by perfect strangers) me is some of your commenters.

    And fourthly, I hereby grant you permission to make deaf jokes. Of course, you don't need it, because it's YOUR blog! ;-)


    I wish these things didn't happen to good blogs. But it seems they always do eventually. If I don't like a blog I stop reading. Why don't others do this too? I won't stop reading yours. I love that it is waiting for me almost every morning. We need to understand that we are guests in your "home" and if we don't like something we can leave. Chin up! Happy blogiversary from a funny Canadian fan.


    Happy Blogiversary, Norma. And, Hello. I'm not sure I've commented before. I'm sorry for that. In real life, I'm trying to be the person who opens her mouth to say this was good more than I do to say this was bad.

    In virtual life, I rarely say anything to anybody. It's such a strange dynamic.

    Lisa H.

    Happy Blogisversary to you Norma!! I'd say somebody needs a hug, but I know that you don't like people, so just let me give you a high five! I thought your post was really funny because I didn't know that Boner was a character on that show, either. I read your blog daily and love variety of topics. How would I have ever learned that there is something called rose petal jam or ginger vodka if I hadn't started reading your blog? Have a great 6th!!

    Connie G.

    Happy Blogiversary, Norma. And I have to tell you that you are the first blog that I read in the morning and I enjoy reading it so very much. Thanks for being who you are and telling it like it is.
    Those who come out of the ether-net to criticize ought to stay in their own narrow world and read only what in their narrow little minds are "proper" blogs.
    Please keep this up as you have in the past.

    Deborah Bartlett

    Ooh I want to say so much, Norma, but will try to keep it brief. Firstly happy Blogiversary indeed and thank you for the daily happiness and humour you bring into my life. My life at the moment is crap (think I told you about this on Ravelry) and my main contact with people is attempting to deal with do-gooding fuckwits who leave me feeling so angry and pretty hopeless. Then I read your blog and remember that people with intelligence and amazing good humour still exist. Thank you also for all the knitting, gardening and, of course, terrier stuff. The piece about the South wasn't funny - it was hilarious!
    If a few brain-dead, humourless bitches have upset you then FUCK THEM ( and that sentiment comes all the way from merrie England).

    I consider you to be a friend, if only a cyber one, for the daily albeit usually one-sided contact I have with you. Please continue, in your own inimitable style, to bring so much pleasure to so many people.


    Happy Blogiversary Norma. Six years is amazing. I've enjoyed every minute of it.


    Those of us with a twisted, whack, and bizarre sense of humor salute you on your blogiversary! To those who don't appreciate humor - I say, bite me. Better yet, bite your tongue and either stop reading or keep your comments to yourself.

    Your blog provides a great service to those of us who need a bit of humor in our lives...esp. the "Norma" variety. On the other hand, if it weren't for your Red Scarf post, I never would have known about or contributed to the cause. So thanks for the humor and the reminder to serve.


    Happy Blogiversary Norma. I don't know why blogging seems to attract such mean-spirited comments on occasion. I'm sorry to hear you've had a run of those and hope it doesn't mean radio silence. I read every post and if I don't get it, I just move on, & read you the next day. Just can't see the need to throw brickbats at you or any other blogger I happen to be out of sync with on a particular day. I read you for your humor, your worldview, your knitting stories, Mr J stories and all the lovely tidbits that show up in your blog. Please know that you are appreciated, even on the rare occasions I may not get it (my problem surely!)


    Oh, Norma, I'm so fucking glad you are here.

    I'm with Ally: I've never been upset with anything you've written but I have once in a while been shocked at the tone of a comment. Don't ever edit yourself to appease those arseholes.


    Bravo! As always, you ROCK!


    I comment very rarely, but your blog is a daily part of my "waking up and getting ready to deal with the students" routine. I LOVE your blog. Plain and simple. Not once have I been offended. I cannot count the times I have learned something interesting, laughed out loud because of your wicked sense of humor, been led to another interesting blog, or felt a simple sense of kinship with you and your regular commenters. And yes, I have been moved to tears a few times, as well.
    I had the same initial reaction to the Boner post as you, and laughed at myself when I realized my error. Misinterpretation is the stuff of comedy.
    "Fuck the South" IS funny. Period.
    You're awesome. Period.
    In the words of one of my favorite Canadians, "Long may you run."


    I think you said it all and you said it well. Your fans don't need and explanation of anything. We get you! To hell with the rest of them. Happy blogiversary!

    Mary Fran

    I keep forgetting that some idiots are handcuffed to their computers and forced to read things they may not like. I love your sense of humor. I'm on of those "nice Midwestern girls" and people are always a little taken aback and pleasantly surprised by my inner-snark. Keep 'em coming. Oh, and on Facebook - my kids Godmother had already posted RIP Boner - so when I saw it here and your take on it. Tears. Of Laughter. Remind Ryan to remain "Master of his Domain".


    Happy blogiversary, Norma. I'm glad you're still writing here.


    After a couple of years of reading, I'm delurking to say your blog is the only one I read that makes me laugh when intended. I get you! One giggle or snort from here first thing on those mornings and I'm good to go. I truly marvel at your intelligence. (Most recently, the dog show post was brilliant!)

    So, Happy Blogiversary!! And I'm sorry you've had to make a post like this AGAIN!

    P.S. The knitting & gardening are a bonus.


    Really? That's what someone extrapolated from that post? Yikes. I really really wish you could watch Green Wing. It's just what you need right now. Happy Blogiversary and thank you for all the laughs (I'm pretty sure I'm getting ALL of them). BTW - When the Republicans came to Philly for their convention, the gay bars were FILLED with closeted aides scared to be found out. I could never puzzle that out except that the party attracts a ton of public/private personas. Weird. And that other post? (which I thought was hilarious) Can't believe I missed that one but thanks for the link.


    Love you and all you do - just saying-

    Seanna Lea

    Wow. I had never seen the fts site, but you are right. It is definitely the type of humor I appreciate.

    I remember posting something when I first started that was admittedly not the kindest thing I could have done to my cat. I posted about it. Someone commented about it in a way that was just incredibly rude. I don't think it ever occurred to me to remove the post, but I did turn off the comments. I just didn't want to hear that kind of vitriol. I can understand how a comment from a stranger, someone who has a relationship with your writing, but not with you, can be stupidly upsetting. It's like they don't care to be nice or even neutral with you, and just wait for the misstep and live for meanness. The good part of me thinks that is not how they really mean it to be, but I don't listen to that part very often.


    Happy Blogiversary Norma.

    I read this blog every day and look forward to it. Thanks for continuing on and not letting the few rotten apples spoil the fun for the rest of us.

    Echoing what those have said above, I wouldn't have known about the Red Scarf Project (and contributed) if it weren't for you!


    I love you. Please, please, please, may I stroke your ego? :D Please?!?! Love the Marilyn. After moving into the deep wilds of Texas... I love how they all say fuck you with a smile. :D

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