In a strange coincidence, this past August two different people told me that I should write a book; another person told me I should write a blog. The latter option seemed easier so I thought, "What the hell-- I'll give it a try." I started writing this blog as a way to share my funny and strange experiences without having to send out mass email blasts to my long-suffering friends and family. I also thought it would be a good way to document my son's life so that someday he can see what he was like as a little boy. I figured if only friends and family showed up to read my words then that was cool. But then something unexpected happened: people from all over the world started visiting my little blog. Since the start date of September 4, 2014 I've had visitors from 55 countries stop by. Of course the majority of readers come from the United States. Here's a map from Google Analytics that shows my visitors in blue:
I may be turning into a megalomaniac. Now I want the entire map to be blue! My thought process has gone from "It would be nice if people I know come read my words" to "I want EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE, to come!" Any time I get a nice comment or compliment, it totally makes my day. It turns out that I crave validation from strangers. This may mean I'm a shallow person; insecure in any case. Just call me Sally Field: "You like me, you really like me!"
A few days ago I was contacted by a man who does a morning radio show in Minneapolis. He had found my blog because of my post on the headless Santa at Target (http://www.endearinglywacko.com/blog/nothing-says-christmas-like-headless-santa). I didn't know I would be mentioned on his show yesterday, but when I suddenly got a ton of web traffic from Minnesota, I quickly figured it out. Go to the 6 minute, 18 second mark in the link below. Actual quote that should someday go in my obituary: "That woman's hilarious". I got validation from a complete stranger! Life is good! At the 7:39 point he says in a joking way regarding my blog, "If it's filled with anti-Semitic remarks it's not an endorsement of our show." I had a moment of like, "Hey asshole-- I would never do that!", but I knew the remark was meant to be funny. And he's not an asshole. Probably. Oh hell, we're all assholes sometimes. Anyway here's the link:
I played the clip for my son and husband. My seven-year old asked,"Are you super famous now?" Sorry to disappoint you but no. "Did you win a prize from the radio station?" I wanted to say, "Yeah-- I won two tickets to the Loverboy concert!" but I knew he wouldn't get the reference to a lame band from the 80's. Dammit! My best material is being wasted on a child.
As much as I like writing the words for my blog, I hate the actual mechanics of getting things posted. Even though the website I use, Weebly, is supposed to be for novices like me, I still manage to screw things up. I didn't notice a typo on the very first line of the blog for the longest time because on MY page I had fixed it and it looked fine. However, I didn't PUBLISH the changes so to the outside world it was incorrect. Awesome. Also, I somehow deleted the word "Wacko" from the main title last week, I had noticed the missing word one day when I had pulled up my webpage on my phone but I thought because of the small screen I just wasn't able to see the full title. I promptly forgot about this until a day or two ago. So for days my website was named simply "Endearingly". Which is nice I guess, but not an apt description of me without the "Wacko". Then there was the time I did this back in October:
I accidentally deleted the photo of me with my sister and this default photo from Weebly was included instead. Yes, come to my website to learn about Aerobics AND my weird interactions with men at the grocery store. I wish I could blame these things on hackers but nope, it's all me.
One of the best things that has happened since I started this blog is meeting a bunch of cool and funny people. I've actually become friends with a couple of them-- awesome ladies that I would have never met otherwise. This summer I hope to visit in person with Alanna of "White Girls Be Like" ( http://whitegirlsbelike.wordpress.com ) if she ends up taking a road trip that brings her to my state. Anyway, if you'll click on Alanna's site you'll see a promo for another installment of "Funny Blog Friday" for this Friday, January 2nd. She'll be giving away a gift card to Amazon. I haven't yet decided if I'll participate this time. These particular blog posts are supposed to especially funny so it depends on if I can come up with something good in the next few days.The pressure! Suddenly I'm like Bert from Sesame Street: "Hey--oatmeal and pigeons. Those things are funny right?" Ugh. You'll just have to stop back again on Friday to see if I've posted anything new. Note-- this is also a super sneaky way to increase web traffic. I'm shameless, I admit it. Oh, and start telling your friends in Africa and South America about my website. I want, (OK, need) to see more blue on my map. Thank you kind strangers!
I'm the worst kind of asshole-- I think I'm funny.
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