It always surprises me what appeals to ‘my’readership. You guys are nothing if not diverse and eclectic in your interests. The post in which ‘We Have to Talk About Kevin’ (a reference to a popular book title)was the most popular post this past year for two straight days. 200 readers each time! By comparison, the ‘I Hate Trump and Trudeau’ post received 150 for one day and is not likely to repeat that number on this, the second day.
Maybe I should write pieces on other ‘personally known’ readers…?
OH, do not worry, Scott, Sid, Derek. You guys certainly qualify (we’re friends) but I am mostly only teasing. Kev is further ‘out there’ anyway. NOT more entertaining in his eccentricity than you guys but different. AND it turns out that Kev is a hick magnet! Who knew?
I also have three ‘newish’ readers whose interests are not so much in me and my writing but rather because they are currently planning/dreaming/moving OTG. They will read ANYTHING that has the word OTG in it. There are, it seems, at least three entities ‘making moves’ to relocate OTG that pop in here (blog) now and then. From what they tell me, all three will set their feet on the forest floor within two years….maybe…..each of them swaddles that commitment in caveats, maybes and ‘what-ifs’. And so they should. Life throws us curve balls. But my odds are two will actually do it.
They are NOT the first of my readers to make moves in this direction. In fact, they are #4, #5 and #6 that I am personally aware of. Numbers 1, 2 and three have been up here (in the vicinity) for a few years now and all are doing very, very well.
Each of those arrivals, however, were couples. That is a huge difference in the do-abilty factor. There have been more than a few single males that have also emigrated out here but, by the nature of the beast, they are more alone and isolated. They may be happy and fulfilled but there simply isn’t as much ‘community’ evidence of that. Why? Because it is usually the women who join book-club, go to yoga or chat incessantly in the parking lot. Women are a more cohesive group (the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)and they kinda pull the reluctant males along into the community. Couples fare better or, at least, APPEAR to fare better.
And none of the singles were directly influenced by anything I wrote. The couples, on the other hand, read everything they could find and I was scooped up as part of that exercise – mostly for comic relief as I understand it. No one comes to me for expert advice. In other words, I had a bit of an entree to meeting the couples….Sally AND the book. Lone wolves and I circle one another for a long time before actually talking…..and then….NOT all that much.
I also have a contingent of arm-chair OTG’ers. They have the interest, but not the means or the commitment. They find the whole thing different and probably exciting but, well, you know…kids, mortgages, one spouse opposed, any number of valid reasons NOT to go beyond this blog.
I am particularly fond of my armchair-readers in the city. Firstly, they are obviously easily impressed and that is the kind of fan I need. Secondly, all of them are totally willing to help out from the city if I need anything. That is fabulous support because sometimes I do. And DC is in a field littered with raw materials and stuff-of-building. THAT is a huge thing.
Oddly, I actually have a few single women readers. Sally thinks that is peculiar because, in her words, “You really write like a male, you know that? I mean, it is NOT macho or sexy or even very interesting but six pages into anything you’ve written and your gender is revealed in your words! I am surprised women who do not live out here would go past those six pages. I find it very difficult myself most of them time!”
So, EB, ML, TrRUMind, B, SK, MP are exceptions to the rule and all the more appreciated for it. Mind you, they do seem to speak up more when I write about ravens and Sal’s heroics.
I clearly have some right-wing oriented folks but I think they are just right-wingers-by-self-description rather than by current values and thoughts. I have one close friend who is very much self-defined as a conservative, right-wing, exploit-the-environment, make-a-buck, free-enterpriser who regularly gives all his time and some of his money to widows and orphans, the poor, the indigenous and the immigrants. He is generous to a fault and loves the forest and the ocean. But he claims a neo-con outlook. Go figure.
I also have a lot of Asian readers. That is not a surprise, really, as I have a lot of Asian friends. And many people might be surprised to learn that appreciation for nature runs deep in that culture. Especially if they can eat it! MY Asian friends are deeply immersed in urban life and business-business-business but, at the same time, love the great outdoors much like the Hong Kong students we used to host. They love it but are not likely to ever go much further than Stanley Park. Too busy.
If I delve deeper into my WORDPRESS stats, I find a few Europeans, too. Likely German, Dutch and English. But I have friends and some family there. We’ve had Woofers from there. So, that makes sense.
There is much, much more to the profiles of the group, of course. And much, much, much more to every single one of them. But that is the picture I have from the site stats and those I know. You are a great bunch, a lovely bunch o’ coconuts.