In both cases, we’re talking about a personal milestone; although in this case I didn’t have a talk from my Dad the next morning about my reproductive system. No, this milestone is particularly important because it has come as a result of sharing it with you — which was another talk my Dad had with me, but again doesn’t apply here.
Last night, blogger Jim O’Sullivan at GingerFightBack, which is an extremely important blog dedicated to the plight of redheads, i.e. “gingers,” officially became my 1,000th follower. This, as you can imagine, comes with many fringe benefits, such as entry into the WordPress executive lounge at any Greyhound bus station, membership in the Prolific Speller Club, and a free iTunes download of the John Denver classic “Follow Me.”
I started this blog on my birthday almost a year ago, thinking it would be good motivation for me to explore social media, offer some laughs and, just as importantly, validate my feelings to my wife for wanting an iPad. All of those things proved true. What I didn’t anticipate was how interactive blogging would be, and how many incredibly interesting, funny, insightful, supportive and talented people I would meet. As a syndicated columnist, I get letters and emails from people, but it’s a very limited kind of interaction.
They are my readers, and I truly appreciate them.
You folks here at WordPress are more like family, offering acceptance, encouragement and — from some of you when I need it most — a wedgie.
My most sincere, heartfelt thanks to each of you for being a part of my blogging family. But the next time something exciting happens to me in the middle of the night, I promise I’ll keep it to myself.