What the hell is a hash tag???


For Fecks sake (a Rita saying) what’s all this about. I just about understand a Tweet and then I get that people Retweet your Tweet but now my kids have told me that I need to start a trend with a hashtag #confused or what so I ask my sister in law Helen who is a tweeter for advice. She says that I have to start a trend with # too and then you add #tag words, good advice I think so as I have 140 characters in the tweet available I merrily #away. I’m just trying to get a trend going so I think I’m doing this right. Rebecca and Richard are in fits of laughter, snapchatting away and videoing my cries of “will you please explain this trending #thing to me”.

My phone rings, it’s Steve, whoops he is really not happy and asks me to delete all my tweets. I don’t know how to find them let alone delete them. I try the old trick of blaming Helen (sorry Helen) and the kids but I sense the stress levels and feel like a naughty schoolgirl. Rebecca helps and deletes all the tweets I have sent and now I feel really stupid. Rebecca also then posts on Facebook to add to my shame that I don’t know about hashtagging. Oh the social shame of the day πŸ™

I said yesterday that people have started following me and I did warn you all to please don’t do that as I really haven’t got a ‘Scooby Doo’ how to use the software and now I’m playing the price so social shame πŸ™

I like Facebook. I basically know what I’m doing, I like that there is a like button and although they keep updating and changes things I can pick it up quite quickly. It annoys me when programs get updated like iTunes, just when you know where all the playlists, songs, video etc are they change the view and you have to learn all over again, that progress for you I suppose.

I had a comment on the blog from Ruth who is living the dream in the Maldives. She was part of the BHS family and she laughs at my twitter ramblings. Oh Ruth it just got so much worse as I didn’t know you had to limit the hashtags in a tweet. ‘Oh my days’ I think I need a lie down in a dark room and someone should only wake me when the social networking shame is over.

Talking of the BHS family I have been again overwhelmed by the generosity of the wider BHS family that I am proud to be part of. However after today any twitter users will probably be denying all knowledge of knowing me.Β  We are now up to Β£1784 wow amazing. I set the Β£1 donation level on the video as I don’t expect people to dig so deep into their pockets. We are all constantly asked to support charities and we all do our bit at BHS for the companies nominated charities as well as our own special ones. Yvonne who is part of the BHS Kingston family has two boys and one of her son’s sent me Β£10, I was just so touched by this as he is only young and that’s a lot of money then you aren’t earning lots or you don’t have a lot of spare cash. Thank you all again, to everyone who has supported the charity so far as I know that they appreciate it.

Beating Bowel Cancer won Fundraising Charity of the Year at the National Fundraising Awards this year and I can understand why as the whole team there are really lovely. I have been in contact with them twice today. They are so pleased with the funds we have raised and the video. I have of course asked them for some help with social media (I think I need all the help I can get) not LOL πŸ™ as still feeling down about the whole thing.

I had another comment on my blog from someone I went to school with. She lost her first husband to bowel cancer at an early age as he wouldn’t go to the doctors for help and her mom has it too but is terminal. So sad that people won’t get help for whatever reason it is that stops them from talking about bowels, poo or just the word cancer as it can strike fear into all of us.

Whilst on the Beating Bowel Cancer website earlier I copied this image as I think it’s so powerful and should make us all stop and think about possible symptoms and the benefit of early diagnosis. 9 out of 10 people survive if it’s caught early.


Today I felt the best I have felt for over a week, well that was until my tweeting disaster. If anyone even thinks of buying me one of those books ‘Twitter for dummies’ I will not be happy. Think I may just stick to Facebook LOL. I have been able to focus on work, I’m walking better and I haven’t needed painkillers all day πŸ™‚ Not bad on just 2 1/2 hours sleep. I can just never sleep, I can doze in the day I get tired but not at night.

It’s my beautiful goddaughters birthday today, so Happy Birthday Beth. She is in the video with Nicky, the shot with the ice cream and her Dad, my old dear friend Keith is in the shot of ‘the old bugger in the cancers survivors’ bar’ Looking forward to spending precious moments with them next week on our 5 day break, picking daisies πŸ™‚

Steve returns home with that very stressed look about him, oh dear πŸ™ but it’s all okay cos after I gave him two coffee’s, he smoked at least 3 fags plus I gave him a neck andΒ  back massage to release the tension in his neck he is a happy chappy again πŸ™‚ so we are off to walk the dog before tea. All is well with the world again and I think I’ll leave the hashtag conversation until later hey #justsaying lol.

Eureka – Craig just snap chatted Richard with a message for me to explain a hash tag and apparently it’s like a hash brown but smaller, so that’s all good cos I can eat it, cheers Craig , problem solved.


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Married to Steve, I have two children - Rebecca and Richard. Steve has two children, Lauren and Chris. Rebecca lives with us (nurse Rebecca) and my mom Judy also has become nurse and housekeeper but lives in the West Midlands. My son is in the Army and comes home when he can. I am 47, born in 1967 and I was told I had bowel cancer on 22nd Feb 2015 and this blog is my journey through it. I hope it helps you as you were the reason I started it.

17 thoughts on “What the hell is a hash tag???”

  1. Haha you, don’t give up on Twitter stick with it, I’m not great but I sort of understand the # basically use it before a word or phrase as in your song #cancerfree or #iwanabcancerfree get your followers to do same they get their followers to do same eventually you are an Internet sensation and everyone’s saying ‘ere did u see that Wend’s bum naked on her bike’ and puts Β£1 towards beating bowel cancer, face books for friends twitters for celebs it’s like reading hello magazine everyday and if you’re sad like me you get excited when a celeb says hi lol xx love you xx juddy hugs xx next message tweet blog share will be from Miami woohoo enjoy the Daisy’s next week xxxx

    1. I like that way of explaining it, thanks you so much and Miami here you come hey, have a fab time and hope to see you all soon xx

  2. Also new to twitter and my daughter is in Ibiza so I’m screwed but I did a bit of stalking and got the sports lady off sky to retweet πŸ˜‰ I’m still working on Eamon Holmes but will put some time into this as soon as I get the basics right πŸ™‚

    @t_dal: Friend with stage 4 cancer hoping to raise awareness and cash for research πŸ˜‰ please retweet @SkyJacquie @EamonnHolmes

    Jacquie Beltrao
    retweeted your Tweet.


    Tony Dalloway @t_dal

    Friend with stage 4 cancer hoping to raise awareness and cash for research πŸ˜‰ please retweet @SkyJacquie @EamonnHolmes

  3. Well that’s it , I’m totally fecking confused, and I am going to stay well clear of this nonsense until some one explains it to me πŸ™ confused.com or just plain thick tee hee

    But what the heck you’ve had a good day hooray πŸ™‚ so pleased you’ve not been in pain xxx
    That’s a fantastic statement for a Monday xxx

    Well I hope Steve is now chilled πŸ™‚ to be fair he has got you to content with lol, and you’ve been a good we wife and soothed his hour of discontent with coffee, fags and a message !!!! He can’t moan at that hey πŸ™‚ bless his wee heart <3 <3 <3

    Your all doing an amazing job with the donations total , keep going my lovelies it's a credit to you all x

    Hope you an enjoyable walk & an even better evening with Curfew coming up xxxx

    Love & Hugs Always xxxxxxx

    1. Steve is chilled now bless his heart, curfew time will be in part twitter training OMG then if I understand it I’ll explain it to you but it’s so confusing xxx

  4. At least you know the jargon , I haven’t a clue what you were on about, so I think I’m worse than you,
    Glad to hear you’re feeling a little better, think of you always, xxxxx

    1. it’s so confusing be I’m going to try to understand it, it’s just all the jargon and the kids just laugh at me lol xx

  5. Not a clue on twitter either. Surprise!!!!! Lol!!!! Glad you’re feeling better and no painkillers. That’s great news. Getting ready for next week. Love you loads! X

    1. we can do a twitter training session next week, I’ve done twitting for beginners tonight Lesson 1 complete – open twitter feed lol xx

  6. Oh Wendy, you crease me! I’m like you with Twitter. The good thing is that I don’t think tweets have any calories so you can eat them with as many hash tags as you like . Sorry, that should have been #NoCaloriesInTweets. Your fund raising is amazing, you’re at nearly double your goal. #loveToYouAll and #TryToKeepSmiling. Xxxxx. Sorry #Xxxxxx!

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