Hello new followers…

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…

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65 Responses to Hello new followers…

  1. benzeknees says:

    Don’t change things to suit new followers, you might tick off us “old” followers! These new people were obviously attracted to your blog the way it is or they wouldn’t have subscribed.

  2. djmatticus says:

    Wait… you want us to say things too? What kind of entertainer are you? I did pay for dinner and a show just to get pulled onto stage too?
    Hmm, if that happens, does the person get refunded part of the ticket price… because, I mean, they are working the event then as well, aren’t they? I doubt it, but that’s the way it should be.
    Sorry, got on a tangent, I do that… sometimes it’s sine and cosine…
    Oh dear, I did it again.

  3. joehoover says:

    It’s nice your blog comes with a set of instructions, maybe a warning is needed too for people who suffer epilepsy too.

  4. thehobbler says:

    What happened to demanding everyone read your whole blog in order? I guess some of us are just the special ones.

  5. Brenda says:

    I’m here for the jokes, I’ll just half close my eyes through the rest, including any fitness posts. Quirky just feels like home to me.

  6. LMAO, sincerely, I think I knew what I was getting myself into right from the outset. I think I was attracted more to how your mind worked, not what it worked on/with.
    I have to say blog followership is another (business) side of the art of writing entirely.
    Pardon my absence. My hands have been full, and I can’t afford me the time of doing justice to all your posts I may have missed.

  7. Well… can I say it’s like a box of chocolates? Oh… been used before? Well… Something.like that…

  8. El Guapo says:

    If only I’d read this before I first stopped by.

    Oh well, too late now. 😉

  9. I would say just be you, do this blog for you, can’t please everyone, and you can’t control who comes and stays. 🙂

  10. Jean says:

    I’m not sure if I’ve just been insulted or complimented. Weird, eh? And I always arrive with food, water (or something stronger) and fully armed.

  11. You’ve tickled my whiskers! =^.^=

  12. I, too, am perplexed by new followers. A lot of times they follow and don’t return. It’s hard to keep up. I like what you said here about your followers being the most awesome in blogland. That makes all the difference, doesn’t it? That said, I plan to come by more often!

  13. Alastair says:

    There are things there that I have seen, and I will never be the same again. I had to have counselling for 11 years. Oh .. wait .. was that too far>


    There are things there that I have seen and I will never be the same again. I had to have counselling for ..how long? .. oh yeah … three weeks.

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