Monday, July 5, 2010

Blogger Heaven

Hello to my few but faithful readers! This is just going to be brief: I read a short article about the new "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" ride at Universal Studios because it was a headline on the Yahoo! homepage, which I still use as my homepage for various reasons.

The headline caught my attention (as good headlines are designed to do) because it indicated that the ride was unsuitable for overweight riders, and implied a "fight" was at hand. Instead, the article mentioned the story of a young guy named Banks Lee, apparently a devoted Harry Potter fan whose obesity prevented him from experiencing the new ride. Instead of pouting and crying "foul," Banks has made it his goal to loose enough weight to ride the ride. Banks has decided to blog about his journey here on blogspot at his blog entitled "Banks Lee & The Three Clicks" (the restraint system on the ride has to click three times for a person to be allowed on.) 

Why do I bring this up?  I am not suggesting you go read about the guy's weight loss, or that his is an especially interesting or well-written blog.  Here's why:  out of curiosity, I took a brief look at his blog at the office and then got back to work, unintentionaly leaving the page open on my computer.  Less than two hours later, I returned to the computer and he had gone from about a hundred "followers" to having 169!  Within the next several hours, the number doubled!!  Now, as I check back to Banks' blog to link the page here, he has 525 followers, and he's going to be a guest on Fox TV.  Amazing.  I was thrilled when I got each and every one of my 14 followers.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have your numbers increase exponentially like that?  Wow.  A special piece of heaven for the blogger who wants to be read.

I've always said I never wanted to be famous, and to a certain extent I guess that's still true, but writing in a public space like this is putting yourself out there to the world, for whatever underlying purpose.  I like to write, I like to put my ideas "out there"....I like the idea that some people care enough to read them, and I especially like when you guys take the time to comment.  I guess that's enjoying fame to some degree, isn't it?  Have to admit, I'd be in heaven if I had 525 followers!!


  1. Keep at it! You will get there someday. I didn't realize I'm not following you! (completely unintentional). Adding you in one second. Also, I do like the new layout :)

  2. Interesting story, thanks for sharing. I'm also interested to learn what converts a "reader" to a "follower." I have many people tell me they read my blog everyday but I have not noticed them signed up as followers.

    All I can say is keep up the good work and your followers will multiply. Your Lee Bank's post has inspired Sobrina and I to sign up, perhaps other readers will convert to followers soon as well.


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