To My Dear Dedicated Reader,

You’ve been with me for what seems like forever.

I remember way back in third grade, as a matter of fact, when we would walk home from school together. You would tell me jokes and I would laugh out loud all the way home.

As I grew older, you never left me. People would call me “Giggle Box”, but they could never fully understand our jokes. Even now, after 39 years, my kids will catch me laughing and ask me to explain what it’s all about.

Well, I have some bad news for you.

I’ve been notified by Google that I need to give up my space in the blogosphere.

“We don’t exactly consider 11 readers on a good day to be what we would classify as record-breaking page visits,” the site administrator said in a recent e-mail.

It looks like they are looking for an everydayMOM who is a little less everyday-ish. Maybe someone with a better story to tell, a good sense of humor or maybe just a cooler bio photo.

I’ve given it my best shot, you have to admit. I’ve tried to make my readers laugh. I’ve told them about my struggles. I’ve tried to encourage them. Heck, I’ve even revealed secret recipes, had a contest and posted photos of my kids. What more could I really do?

But still, many days, it’s just you and me.

Blogger did acknowledge that while my husband was overseas my page views went up significantly.

“It has come to our attention that your husband doesn’t know how to subscribe to an RSS feed,” they said in the e-mail. “While his repeated clicking on your blog did increase your stats, it still wasn’t enough for us to be able to extend your time here on blogger.”

Well, that’s OK, really. We can go back to the way it was before. Just the two of us. We can continue sharing our stories without posting them for the rest of the world to enjoy. And when someone asks me why I’m laughing, I’ll just say what I always have:

“I just crack myself up!”

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