476 days ago, two days after I started my new hobby, Diary of an Internet Nobody, I found that I had gained my very first follower.
I was extremely flattered of course.
I had only written a few rambling paragraphs by that point (the first post of which has since been accidentally deleted somehow) and all I knew about blogging had been learned online from a friend I had, at that point, still yet to meet in person.
But the passage of time has not made me blasé about the number of people who have chosen to continue reading my themeless musings, and each time I receive an email notification of a new follower I get the same buzz as I did the first time.
Now I have reached the extraordinary position of having 200 PEOPLE following the blog and I would like to say a heartfelt and sincere Yay for me!….. um, I mean a sincere and genuine thank you to each and every one of you.
There are too many to thank you all individually (200 in fact. Did I mention that?) but I would like to give a few honourable mentions:
To all my old friends from Sussex, some of whom were asked to give their opinions on early drafts of the blog – Simon, Suzanne, Dan, Ali, occasional contributer and Weird Weekender, Zippy and of course, Ho, whose artistic services were recently engaged to illustrate the odd post. Thank you all for your support.
I’ve also picked up a lot of followers via Facebook, including several of my American friends and I’d especially like to thank Rhonda for her dedicated campaign of sharing, giving me feedback on previews of posts and generally saying nice things.
And then there are the other bloggers.
Where do I start?
Well, Darmon Richter obviously.
If you haven’t checked out The Bohemian Blog yet, then go find it.
I was so impressed, I started blogging.
Not forgetting…..Ron, Lanthie, Matt, Tony, Sud, Kris, RPD, NP, Big D, Starr, Adam, Helena, Scorp sting, Ian, and all the other wonderful people in the blogosphere who’ve given advice, support and encouragement.
And how could I not mention Elaine, who has had to put up with me hassling her to look at stuff on my phone, proofread posts for me and hang around while I take dozens of photos whenever we go out anywhere. Thank you dear, for your patience.
That’s all I wanted to say really, just that I’m grateful to everyone who has read, shared, commented on, or liked any of the 150 (make that 151) posts that I’ve committed to the ether over the last year and a quarter.
Now, if you could all get one of your friends to start reading…