But seriously, folks…Thank you

image Some time between Friday night and Saturday morning, it happened. And let me just say the last time something this exciting happened while I was asleep, I was 11 years old.

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.

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

78 thoughts on “But seriously, folks…Thank you”

  1. yay, ned – congrats to you!
    i suspect 2,000 is right around the corner – keep your eyes peeled (funny expression,”keep your eyes peeled, isn’t it?)

      1. It makes me think of Bugs Bunny using laundry clips to keep his eyes open. Or was that me watching Twilight with my daughter? It’s all a blur…

    1. Lol! Actually, when you think about it, nothing gives an added thrust to a good nasal projectile than starting with a well-timed wedgie anyway 😉

      1. awesome.. i am so happy to be followed… do these shorts make my ass look big? cause i have a big ass…

    1. Hahaha! Thanks. And sorry, but It’s too late. You’d have to bump off a few folks now. But if I ever close in on 1,999, I’ll be counting on you 🙂

    1. Lisa, you’re more like a kick in the pants. But not the kind that leaves me doubled over, except if I’m laughing. And you’re welcome. You’re very welcome 😉

        1. Should’ve known you would go there Ned. Even 1,000 followers can’t lift your mind out of the gutter!! bwahaha. . . .don’t feel bad, I’m right there with you!!

  2. Thank you so much Ned! …you WERE talking about me weren’t you?!

    Please don’t stop sharing your midnight musings! Amazing news – very well done and well deserved.

    Z x

    1. Lol! What happens in nocturnal dreams stay in my nocturnal dreams, unless I start talking in my sleep…

      Many thanks for being part of my WordPress family, Z 😉

  3. Congrats and happy to be a part of your eccentric, dysfunctional, yet loving family ) ps – shall I expect a gift on my birthday ?

  4. “eccentric, dysfunctional, yet loving …” Ksbeth nailed it. Lucky you, Ned! It’s wonderful to know that so many people are discovering the joys afforded by your blog — it’s all far too good to keep to just us kids. Write on, I’m standing by for the giggles.

      1. Fortunately, we’ve all had time to get used to Uncle Horace and his idiosyncrasies … and other parts … and sometimes he gives us fair warning by crashing into the shrubbery on his way in.

  5. Can I be an embarrassing auntie in your WordPress family please? One of those who insists on kissing you inappropriately and starts singing and stripping off when they’ve had too many egg nogs.

    I’m working on my presentation right now and have just taken off one of my fluffy slippers … oooo, sexy!

    P.S Congrats on your 1000th … and I sincerely mean that despite being eaten alive by jealousy.

    1. LOL! Nice touch with the slipper, leaving something to the imagination like that. I see you’ve done this before. Or maybe you just don’t remember after the egg nog 😉

      And btw — Thanks, Angela 🙂

  6. That is jaw slapping awesome!!! Congratulations Sir! You are an amazing writer and I am glad you get to stretch your creativity and humor here with us at wordpress 🙂 Mazel Tov! ( I’m not Jewish, but I love how much more sincere it sounds in Yiddish/Hebrew 😉 )

    1. I have a delivery boy who I keep on retainer for such occasions. I had him deliver a Mexican mocha to all my readers when I hit my 100th post several months ago. He left yesterday morning with a Dos Eques for you. I can’t guarantee it will still be cold when you get it. But the mocha will be…

  7. Soon, you shall have enough followers to raise a small army. What you will do with the army, I don’t know. But I’m assuming it will involve Justin Beiber. 😉

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