On finding out you think I’m Shouty Mummy

This post was meant to be about new year’s resolutions, which, briefly, for me are to:

– Get back to the gym, lose a stone, grow taller

– Feel less stressed by the noise/mess/chaos that emanates from the boys

– Blog less under the influence

– Make more – not fewer – honest Facebook updates such as, “My kids are bored. We’re climbing the walls here!” (why not tell everyone how it really is?)

– Eat more dark chocolate to give me the endorphin-high needed to keep up with my children

But then I got a rather spiffy email from WordPress.com this morning, with roaming spotlights, fireworks, a map and more.

My ‘2012 in Blogging’ annual report – I started scrolling, intrigued.

I have to admit I laughed out loud (while secretly being quite pleased) at the comparison to Jay-Z. Some 19,000 people packed out the new Barclays Center in New York to see the rapper perform recently. Circles in the Sand was viewed about 120,000 times in 2012. If the blog were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take six sold-out performances for that many people to see it [laughs in disbelief again].

I’m under no illusions – a large proportion of those hits were people running an image search on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which I wrote about in September 2011. For some reason, the search engines love this post, causing more than 68,000 people to crash-land, accidentally, on my ramblings.

But there are other posts, too, that have proven popular and are more relevant to the tired, expat mummies who relate to my life:

In order of the most-viewed posts in 2012:

Expat brats: The signs to look out for – (clearly a pressing concern in Dubai)

A sticky story about having a housemaid – (no prizes for linking this to the above)

On yelling at your kids – (oh Gawd, please don’t let this be what I’m remembered for)

I was also interested to learn what search words, other than the Burj Khalifa and yelling, had sent internet users my way: not sure what this says about my life, but the most-frequent search terms that led to my blog were hair salon, Kidzania and Duran Duran.

So there it was in black and white: readers of Circles in the Sand are under the impression I’m an all-singing, Shouty Mummy, cavorting round the house to the sound of Wild Boys and The Reflex – with nice hair.

Could be worse.


About Circles in the Sand

Sun worshiper, journalist, mother, pilot's wife and distracted housewife living in the land of glitz and sand
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11 Responses to On finding out you think I’m Shouty Mummy

  1. MsCaroline says:

    If lots of us are reading about shouting, I’m sure it’s because we’re all so relieved that we’re not the only ones doing it! Oh – and I *did* think your hair looked lovely in the Christmas photo…Happy New Year and may 2013 be the best one yet! x

  2. Inez Ruska says:

    i could not agree more, happy new year

  3. tracye1 says:

    This WP 2012 roundup was amusing on this end as well! Happiest of 2013 to you and keep on keepin’ it real!!

  4. Karen M says:

    Circles in the Sand is far more worthy of my time than JZ. Happy New Year!

  5. Dubai Mum says:

    Wow…120k views. Amazing! A fantastic achievement. Really enjoy your blog. Look forward to reading more in 2013! Happy new year!

    • Thank you! Wishing you a great new year too! I really enjoyed your gingerbread house post …I’ve tried making that twice now – last year, I had to use glue and sellotape to get the damn thing to stand up! This year, I made sure the icing was more cement-like, but still needed four hands! Lol!

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