I must admit I am in a rather awkward position when it comes to new people showing up on my blog and deciding to stick around. I sometimes feel like I planned a small dinner party for eight people and then over a thousand people unexpectedly dropped by.
But that isn’t the part that makes it awkward for me… it isn’t like I have to cook dinner for all of you… do I??? I mean, because I will if I have to…
The weird part for me is trying to figure out what catches your eye in the first place, and more importantly, what makes you decide to linger and spend some of your valuable time reading my weirdness. The really strange thing is when people seem to be attracted to one particular thing that I do. Then I wonder if I need to do more of that just to keep the new people happy. Because I do want you all to be happy.
Take for example a post I did not too long ago about an exercise class I took at the gym. I got two new followers from that one post. But the thing is… oh cursed thing… that both those new followers were exercise/fitness devotees. I know this from reading their little bio things in the Gravatar boxes. Now I had never done an exercise post before, and I had no plans to do another one… ha… like I plan any of this… So here is my dilemma.
When people follow me based on something that I rarely do and might not do again, do I owe it to them to warn them that they might be here under false pretenses? Because that is what I did in both those instances. I know… I am just that thoughtful, right?
So every once in a while I do one of these posts.
In these posts, I tell you straight out that you can never know what to expect on this blog. Heck, I don’t even know what to expect on this blog.
I can promise that you will often be surprised. And sometimes you will be amused.
My best advice is that if you are new here, there are two things you can do to get a feel for what happens here:
#1. Scroll down my old posts. Don’t stop to read anything unless it catches your eye… just glimpse at the titles and glance at the funny pictures. I have the ‘infinite scroll’ set, so you can go all the way to the bottom if you want. This will give you an idea as to what to expect in the future.
#2. Find a post that has lots of comments on it, click on it, and read through all the comments on that one post. That will give you an idea of the awesome followers I have, and the kind of conversations that open up as a result of some of my crazy ideas. Because I have the best commenters in all of Blogland.
And speaking of comments, please make some. I like to have my ‘like’ button tickled as much as the next person. But what I really want is to hear from you. Your opinion matters to me. And I do think of this blog as an interactive experience. If you see something you like, tell me, and I might just do more of it. And you can get to know some of the weird people who hang around here.
One more word of warning.
If you are going to explore, please don’t wander around down there in the dark swamp of my brain without a map… and some food, water, a rope, flashlight, maybe a gun… because this blog is my whole life… and there are things down there…