Yep, this is lame. And super-selfish. And completely not meaning a doggone thing. Oh, and did I use the adjective shallow yet? No? Well, it's that, too.
By way of a little background history, I started this blog with a whopping single reader. My mom. And she wasn't a "follower," either. Just a reader. Then, little by little, people not in my family actually started reading, although I'm not too sure why, since those posts in the first couple of years were beyond yawn-worthy, like the kind of things foreign interrogators will subject spies to when trying torture intelligence out of them. I think they may have had a similar effect to waterboarding. On second thought, perhaps those early readers were foreign interrogators...it's possible, right? The photos were bad, the writing fairly attrocious (that's not to say it's not attrocious now, but eh, I'm glad you're here anyway!).
I then started to get followers. I didn't really even know what followers were, but it sounded good to have them, and I was happy. I remember the number stagnating at around 86 followers. Like, it just sat there for days, then weeks, then months. I would focus my persuasive mental powers on it, willing it to change, and that's when it would usually drop a few digits. Like really, why would someone stop following? It felt like a bit of a kick in the teeth, but I know in reality, people stop blogging. Or they reach their limit for the number of blogs that they follow (seriously, I just found out that that's even a possibility! I hit the 300 mark, and got an error message from Blogger, who I suspect are just trying to get some money out of me. Who will probably be getting some money out of me in the next week or two...). Or they die. Or they just plain don't like me.
Then the number would rise, not just by one, but by 2, or 3 all of a sudden, like they were making up for the ones that died. And so on and so forth, until I found myself in my current predicament (see, you knew I'd get to the point, eventually, right?).
One hundred and ninety eight.
A frustrating place to be. Not budging. So close to such a beautific round number. Oh, how fun it would be to hear, "Two Hundred." Such a regal number.
So, if you happen to not actually follow me, but read my blog in some other way, feel free to click that little button on the right side!
I'd appreciate it immensely.
Of course now, just to spite me, some of you will probably unfollow. Just because you can, and because you now know the pain it'll cause me (*ahem*).
But I'm sure I'll be okay. And I'll forgive you for your transgressions. And the blog will go on.
Because I'm actually kinda nice. :-)
(Update: I wrote this whole post out and now, a couple of hours later, still a full 14 hours before I'm about to publish it, I need to actually change the title to "One to Go..." Figures. Now I look like a big fat liar. Gah.)
(Update to update: You guys are awesome!!!)