Well, last Thursday I had an older post get Freshly Pressed, which was, of course, fantastic. I highly recommend it. For some of you reading today, the post – a parody of a letter to someone who “unfollows” me – that was your first visit here, others not. Regardless, though, I wanted to take a moment and say hello, express gratitude, et cetera. In particular, I thought it’d be a good chance to respond to the comments I didn’t have time for.
If you’re a new subscriber, hi, come on in; get comfortable. Look around. There are a lot of interesting people who stop by, so I highly recommend checking them out. Thanks for subscribing, or at least stopping by again to see if that post was a fluke. Not to worry – It totally was. Normally? Yawnsville.
There were a number of comments that came up again and again, but may not have gotten answered. So:
To the people who wondered if it really bothered me that much that someone un-followed me.
Short answer: No. Other short answer: Yeah, totally. Duh. Long answer: One morning I got 2 new subscribers, and lost 1, and my thoughts immediately went to the person who’d un-followed, and I thought that was funny, how we do that. I made a commercial recently, and when the people buying it watched it 16 of them really like it, 1 hated it. All I could fixate on was “What’s 17’s problem? He thinks this is easy?” Is that neurotic? I don’t know. Maybe. But can something that common be an aberrant trait?
To the people who wondered if I was really going to read every comment:
Well, of course. Even if I didn’t want to I’d think I should at least read something someone took the time to write. But, also, am I really going to take the time to read a whole bunch of people saying nice things about me? Why yes, yes I think I can squeeze that in. That being said…
To the handful of people who thought I was pompous and pretentious and might not lose followers if I wasn’t so hoity-toity.
Okay. Fine. Thanks for saying so. I do have to wonder… maybe in your hurry to comment you stopped reading after the first paragraph? Missed the part where it’s parody? Because the first paragraph is what’s known in the biz as a “set up” for the rest of the piece. Maybe not! Maybe you found the part where I contemplate trying to trick FBI agents by wearing a “world’s greatest FBI agent” t-shirt too stuffy. That’s cool. I appreciate the feedback.
To the handful of people who told me they loved me.
I love you, too. No, not the other people who said it. Just you.
Lastly, a couple things:
I was surprised how little spam comments I got. I was kind of looking forward to the sentence mutilations that only a top-notch Spambot can achieve.
I love me some irony, as you’ll find out if you stick around. So I loved, loved, loved, that I got a substantial number of new followers from a post about losing one. Nice irony. It also means you can look forward to my upcoming posts entitled “Letter to the $20 Bill I Lost,” “Letter To The Person Who Didn’t Take Me Out To Dinner,” and “Letter To The Person Who Doesn’t Say Nice Things About Me.”
So, anyway, thanks for subscribing, and I look forward to getting to know you. I promise to try and come visit your site, too. And to people who’ve been subscribing for a while, I – of course – always appreciate you, and what you make this blog. And I’m also sorry I haven’t commented on your sites in a week or so. I think I’m about caught up.
Oh, and to the people at WordPress Headquarters? I’m totally sending you a muffin basket. What a great start to the summer.