Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday is the new Tuesday

Oops! A thousand pardons! I got so carried away with posting about Freckles the Cow that I forgot to post any Tuesday ramblings this week. And it’s Thursday already. So these “Thoughts on Thursday” will have to serve, belatedly, as my “Tuesday ramblings #4” in disguise.

Here are two series of numbers. Can you guess what they represent?

A. 3,3,2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,4,0

B. 8,6,2,1,7,5,7,3,2,3,5,8,2,4,6,4,2,5,7,2,4,4,3,5

I thought not. Well, don’t burst a capillary; I’ll tell you. Series A is the number of readers’ comments received on this blog on each of its first 24 posts. Series B is the number of readers’ comments received on this blog on the most recent 24 posts. Since the blog has been in existence for almost 11 months, I have calculated that at this rate my readership will equal that of the The New York Times in the year 802,701 A.D., which just happens to be when the Time Traveller from H. G. Wells’s 1895 novella, The Time Machine, will be discovering those nice Eloi and those nasty Morlocks. It is also when there will be absolutely nothing left that’s fit for The New York Times to print. If you’re not familiar with The Time Machine, here’s a link to the appropriate Wikipedia article, which includes a fascinating summary of the plot. If you’ve never read the book and you never intend to and if you did you would want to read it without being told the plot in advance, please refrain from clicking on the link to the Wikipedia article!

And now we go from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Mrs. Rhymeswithplague’s favorite blog, The Pioneer Woman, is written by a woman in Oklahoma who regularly channels (her word) both Lucille Ball and Ethel Merman. It is divided into sections called “Confessions,” “Cooking,” “Photography,” and “Home/Garden,” and the author commonly receives such staggering readers’ comment figures as 287, 418, and the like. On each post. It’s enough to make me want to (pick one):

(a) cry,
(b) give up altogether,
(c) puke,
(d) try even harder,
(e) all of the above.

The correct answer, class, is (e), although I hasten to add that my choices don’t suggest themselves all at the same time. Usually. So if you just have to go see what The Pioneer Woman's blog is like, I have conveniently hidden, I mean included, a link to it somewhere earlier in this paragraph, and I will try to understand.

I would also like to tell you that I intend to keep plugging away, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after...well, you get the picture, until I’m old and gray. That’s what I would like to tell you, but unfortunately I’m already old and gray.

As they say, it’s the thought that counts.


  1. Well I do read the Pioneer Woman but I rarely comment because face it, she probably can't keep up with all those comments she does get. So I will be your first commenter today. I love your writing and hope to see you continue with this for a very long time. You are a hoot!

  2. Well, I'll stick with you Bob. I don't really go in for funny homemaker blogs. And even if I did, I'd still need your humor and historical references.

  3. Good evening to you, RWP. I *always* read your blog posts before I read Pioneer Woman. Does that make you feel better? No? I thought not. :)

    Your informational and entertaining blog (which I am thankful to have found through our friend Jeannelle) serves a noble purpose, even if currently only to an elite group of discerning blog readers. For example, where in the whole wide world could anyone read about the "accesses of insanity" but here? (June, 2008)

    As you recently and so nicely advised another blogger -- "keep on keeping on."

    BTW - thanks for visiting my Sky Watch post. I appreciate it.

  4. Well, thanks, Pat and Ruth for your encouraging words. You two are among my most faithful readers and I do appreciate your support. And your blogs aren't exactly chopped liver!

    And welcome to my blog, egghead! I just checked out your blog and it is very, very nice. Who woulda ever thunk there are so many blogs worth reading out there in the Great Big World of Blogging? Yours is definitely one.

  5. I'd never heard of Pioneer Woman, and now I wish I still hadn't. Five hundred and forty five comments!!! And there was me thinking I was doing quite well with twenty or so...

    She has some gorgeous photos in that post you linked to, and she clearly puts a lot of effort into her blog, but you know what? I prefer yours!

  6. Thanks, Jay! My synapses are still sufficiently connected, or firing, or whatever they do, to identify you as Jay of England, Andy of England's wife, right? Yellow Swordfish and The Depp Effect, walking hand in hand into the sunset. It brings a tear to the eye and a lump to the throat!

    Thank you for your comment; I truly appreciate it. I also just realized that every time I respond to a comment it inflates the post's comment count. Maybe I should stop acknowledging comments in the interest of blog-comment integrity, but Mama spent all that time teaching me to be polite, and it shouldn't go to waste.

    Peerio, chip chip, and other English expressions.

  7. Well, first of all comments don't mean readership. I get upwards of 70-100 visits a day,but sometimes just a few comments. Lots of readers don't comment. So pay more attention to visits I would say. There are millions of blogs so the fact that you are being read is huge! Least that's what I keep telling myself. I enjoy coming and reading all your posts btw. I can't do Pioneer woman because with Dial up I can't wait for all those pics. When she gives something away, she has often 6 thousand or more entries. lol. I doubt I will ever hit that mark!

  8. I prefer to read blogs that not everyone reads, so there. And I'm enjoying yours.

  9. Bob - yes indeed, I am Jay of England, wife of Andy of England! Well spotted! As to walking off into the sunset, we prefer to collapse gently into armchairs at around that time, these days.

    Don't stop answering comments! The conversations in the comments string can be hugely entertaining and make a blog stand out above other similar ones!

  10. Bob, in re: my post on stained glass window -- I have corrected my post to correctly read "Sacramental Rites" and have left you a message in the comments section of that post. Thanks.