I’ll get to the lying part in a second, in the meantime. Here’s what I got up to this week …
I considered running away from home
to make the most of my final years before hormones kick in with my eldest.
I admitted there are no secrets in suburbia
and reminisced about the time my muff was discussed on a girls’ night out.
But the major thing weighing on my mind was the subject of misleading headlines. Which brings me to what was happening …
Over at iVillage …
Now I will admit I’m quite the dab hand at “creative” headlines – it’s what comes of spending six years as a weekly magazine editor, but sometimes I feel that I am being pigeonholed unfairly, such as when I promoted a story last week about some girls at a pool party who were playing with fruit from a lime tree when the juice reacted with their skin and gave them serious burns.
The Facebook sell was: “Parent alert: how fruit juice put these five kids in hospital >>http://bit.ly/169EXf4
Now the first annoying thing that happened was that someone replied: “Thats why l never well hardly give my kids fruit juice. .only time they have it is at there’s nonna place. .even then at times lve said no…kids love water for they each have there own water bottles. .only time I give them a small glass of cordial is when they are sick and cant have milk ..l bought kids up on milk and water. .no soft drink but a sip of my coke once in a while even that is rare for them to have.”
I will NEVER understand why anyone would want to look foolish in front of thousands of people by commenting on an article without reading it first.
Fortunately I held my tongue and let someone else step in and say: “Fruit juice wasn’t given to them Rebecca. The girls picked a lime from an overhanging tree and squeezed the juice into cups and sipped it.”
Then someone else chipped in with: “It is annoying when people only read a headline and not the actual story.”
And someone else said: “Or when headlines are misleading like this?!” and got three likes
And I was like – what’s misleading about THAT? They got fruit juice on them and ended up in hospital …
Am I delusional?
Speaking of my misleading past, I was also caned for one of my Kathleen Folbigg blogs last week, though I didn’t quite agree with the logic.
Someone wrote: “I’m quite sure when a story has had a deadline you would allow the truth to be twisted and stretch out a little bit because its going to help sell the magazine for the week or you have someone to answer to if the story isn’t going to be printed the way it will sell because magazines papers tv they lie what ever helps make the story they will do. Law suits have proven that you have condoned it yourself working with womens day. So don’t sit there and say the stories are lies when you have helped in some way print lies at one time or another.”
Sorry but I WILL continue to say stories are lies when they are. I can’t change the past, it’s done. It’s here and now that concerns me. And I think it’s ridiculous to say I can’t defend someone because of my history.
Ironically, iVillage ran this – rather successful – meme last week.
But it wasn’t quite as popular as this one.
>> Speaking of popular – one of our biggest stories of the week was from Kate Hunter Online
, who wrote: “Healthy children cannot starve in 6 hours. So why are we always plying them with food?” >>http://bit.ly/18tiX4o
>> The reason this baby elephant is crying will break your heart (and it has nothing to do with humans) >>http://bit.ly/16bIU2J
>> I’m a loving mum who used baby formula and was shamed for it. So I’m hoping THIS finally ends the breastfeeding wars: http://bit.ly/1dtVeRc
>> This man’s wife was dying – so he made his own miracle happen >> http://bit.ly/1aXwWS6
>> Aussie writer Robert Hoge featured on Australian Story last week. Here, he gives his advice on teaching kids it’s okay to be different >> http://bit.ly/14UMJ1l
>> My biggest fear about having a baby at 46 >>http://bit.ly/1eSN2xR
>> Her son came out on Facebook, so she wrote him this letter…http://bit.ly/157mUWz
>> Not even a visit to the hospital can separate a kid from their favourite soft toy – click here to see what one amazing doctor did for a sick little boy and his “injured” friend… http://bit.ly/1aPiIPx
>> Get out of town! One of this couple’s twins was IVF, the other was conceived naturally. Click here for the amazing details >>http://bit.ly/151eiWF
>> Mia Freedman online revealed: The biggest lie back-to-work mums tell >> http://bit.ly/1blYYWL
>> What this boy did for his sick mother is amazing >>http://bit.ly/14cfWSP
>> This mum has been slammed on social media for “encouraging people to be fat”, but we think she should be celebrated. How about you? >> http://bit.ly/1eTaMzt
PS I accidentally ran the above post with me as the author, which confused a hell of a lot of people …
>> Meet the mum of four who discovered she’d conceived quintuplets… naturally! >> http://bit.ly/1gqUXhm
>> A man has attempted to make the dream of long-distance helium balloon flight possible – only his attempt at ‘Up’ went a little, well, ‘down’. Click here to find out what happened >>http://bit.ly/19fZOPS
>> They fall asleep in random places… and 10 other reasons toddlers are just like drunk adults. Click here for the hilarious gallery: http://bit.ly/16ax08n
>> Is this the most embarrassing dad ever? Here’s why we love him for it >> http://bit.ly/195AoEx
Drool time …
>> 6 chicken casserole recipes your family will love – try one this weekend >> http://bit.ly/1eu1g7o
>> This is what I’ll be feeding my fussy kids this week – what’s on the menu at your place? – Jo >> http://bit.ly/1478Rmk
How was your week?