You’ve all clammed up! Am I blogging to an empty room? A void? A mirror? Are the hundred plus daily visits due to nothing more than a pack of hungry spam bots descending on my blog? Hmm. Well, spammers need to learn Spanish, too, I guess. I know, you’re all scrambling for Valentine’s dates. No? OK, it’s just me, then. Well, whatever the mysterious reasons are, you’re all completely entitled to them, of course.
I can’t believe that, given the green light to share about encouraging feedback you’ve gotten on your Spanish, only one person jumped at the chance. It wasn’t about gloating; it was about congratulating ourselves on our hard work and the progress we’ve made. If I were to blog about every time I feel discouraged, annoyed with myself, disheartened, embarrassed, like a failure, as if all were hopeless–! I’d have to write something like twenty posts a day. Instead, I filter out all that negative self-talk, forget the embarrassing episodes, remember the positive feedback, and think of everything I can say and do. And I trudge forward. If I’ve made so much progress in three and a half years and I’ve barely been trying, just imagine where I could be in three more years if I were to ponerme las pilas!
And the last post? Who knows, maybe it just wasn’t your cup of tea. Or maybe you were rendered commentless. I know the feeling; I must read fifty or so blogs via Google Reader and yet only comment on around four. Even my favorite blog whose posts I practically live for and of which I devour every word and then lick the plate clean over and over– I only comment there once in a very blue moon. I can’t very well ask you to comment more and lurk less when I myself am the queen of lurking. I know we all mean well. And sometimes you just need a comment vacation. Silence is golden, eh?
Maybe things have gotten too heady? Well, let’s lighten the mood. How could we have a little fun around here? Hey, I know–a cat video! America’s number one pastime: watching funny cat videos on Youtube! Wait, wait. Cats on a bat site? That won’t do. Wait a minute, wait a minute; what is this I see on the Colombian station Caracol today? A bat video? Unbelievable! Another day in the sun for us chimbilás!
So, I edited the video so you’re only seeing this segment (which was sandwiched between some other news stories) and put it on Youtube. It’s about . . . wait for it . . . a BAT ORPHANAGE in Australia. (Bat World Sanctuary) Pero, ¡qué pecaooo! I absolutely promise you, you have never seen bats looking so adorable. (Not even this one) They’re bundled up in little blankets, drinking milk from bottles, squeaking, crawling, and everything. Plus, you can listen to a Colombian accent. What’s not to love?
If this doesn’t warm your hearts, I don’t know what would. I could also create some Lolbats images (I can has inzects?), but I don’t want to try too hard to appeal to the lowest common denominator. Comments or no comments, you know I’ll keep blogging about Spanish and keep inviting you to enjoy along with me. Thanks for reading, friends.
Update: The video got blocked! (copyright infringement, whoops) Noooooo. Qué bruta. Come on, Caracol, not even for a language blog that only sings the praises of Colombian speech and culture? It’s not like I’m making any money here. Hmm. Well, I’ll work on it. This bat is nothing if not recursiva. No time to fix it now, though. Maybe in a few hours.