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Today this blog went a little more, um, public. And yaknow, blogs ARE usually public, as this one certainly is. I make no secret of my scheming to build a readership THEN approach a publisher. But I suppose I had a certain idea of who that readership is. Specifically, a few friends and my family and all of y'all. 'All of y'all' being the people I've met through this blog, of course. Today a couple things happened that made me realize that I don't have any idea who actually reads this. And that's ok, really - but it did surprise me.

It started with an email from someone I went through elementary and high school with - but never really spoke to. She was a very pretty, perfect-y sort, in my opinion. I was... not. She emailed and asked if I was that particular Kelsey. I shot off a quick email, not thinking it through very well, asking how she figured that out. She politely and tactfully said something like, "Um. The picture looked like you...?"
Right. Duh. 

(Turns out she's lovely, and probably always was, although I was too intimidated by her back then to notice. Nice surprise!)

But that's not all.

Dum de dum...

The other day I was having lunch with Mike and a friend/colleague of Mike's and the friend/colleague says something like, "Hey, my wife likes your site..." 

Huh. I wondered how that happened, but forgot about it until today when i remembered to ask Mike.

"So, um, how did Friend/Colleague's wife hear about my blog?"
Mike's eyes get shifty and he says, "Oh. It's a blog. So... people read it... and tell people... that's how those things work... right?"
I raise my eyebrows.
He gets the point.
Smart man.
Smart Man says, "I'm proud of you! I support you! ...I might have sent out a mass email announcing it..."
(I should point out that there is a faint swooshing sound in my head after he says those words 'mass email,' and I wonder if it is the sound of blood or adrenaline rushing around in there)
"YOU WHAAAAAT? And didn't TELL ME?!"
He gets weird and defensive and says, "It's not like I'm going to... to...  hide it under a bushel."
"HIDE IT UNDER A BUSHEL? You're not supposed to hide the Good News of JESUS CHRIST under a BUSHEL! THat's not the same as your wife's blog! I talk about BOOBS, MIKE! Boobs! And... and BUTTS. A lot of BOOBS AND BUTTS!"
"And I"m proud of you."
Oh, he's so sweet. And he clearly doesn't read it, or he NEVER would have done that.
"So... who'd you send this email to?"
"Everyone but my parents."
As HolySister later said, "Thank God for small blessings."

Oh he's so infuriatingly sweet and wonderful and totally clueless sometimes. My TMJ started acting up moments after this conversation. (Yeah, Mom. Wearing my 'nightguard.' Thanks.)

Hello to our accountant. Hi to all of Mike's business associates and CLIENTS, for pete's sake. Hi to our friend and attorney. And hi to anyone who might be out there who I might have unfairly judged and been intimadated by when I was fifteen. You're all quite welcome to stay if you'd like. (And if you've only stayed because you thought you SHOULD after receiving a mass email from Mike, you are hereby released from any further obligatory boob/butt or other such blog posts. But stop reading now...!)

On the subject of boobs...? WAY TO GO, Y'ALL! We reached 31 self exams this month! And PLEASE pray for a reader who has an appointmen to check on a lump. (I've been there, and that's a hard waiting game.) It is SO important to do these self exams, so good for all of you who did!

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Theresa Said:

LOL! I just found out J-Lo has been reading mine! Yeah, he slipped the other night stating that he liked the new names I gave the girls "Sissy & Sugar". Of course he only would have known this if he read my blog! (which I didn't know he was doing - so busted!)

Little Lurker!!

Now if a mass email goes out...we'll need to have a chat too! Men?!

on Aug 21, 2006 11:55:41 PM
Kristina Said:

That makes me laugh. My hubby doesn't read mine...so when I post it emails him...and he still doesn't read it......

on Aug 22, 2006 12:03:36 AM
jeana Said:

Owh, looks like you've got a spammer there.

Oh, that's the funniest post I've read in a while. Good for him, being proud of you! But really I shouldn't comment because I'm totally biased. I think everyone should read Holymama.

on Aug 22, 2006 5:42:20 AM
Geekwif Said:

"I talk about BOOBS, MIKE! Boobs! And... and BUTTS. A lot of BOOBS AND BUTTS!"

You are too funny!!! I would be mortified, but really, it is sweet of him to say he's proud of you. So congratulations on your new-found readership!! (???)

on Aug 22, 2006 7:37:59 AM
corinabowen Said:

Try finding out that your pastor reads your blog......... and how I found out? One of the inserts to our Sunday programs had a print out from it! And the website on the bottom! JUST what I wanted everyone I go to church with knowing my measurements (boobs and butt included!)~ Let alone my weight!! And here I thought I was foolin someone with control top panty hose... now the real secret is out! :-(

on Aug 22, 2006 7:48:59 AM
Tess Said:

well, here's to hoping they get their own blogs and then you can delightfully stalk them :)

on Aug 22, 2006 8:33:14 AM

Don't you have a statcounter or something? Then you can see how many lurkers you have! Apparently statcounters are addicting...but I never check mine. I've played with it a little. I just like to see how many hits I've had, and that's right on my blog. You should look into something like that.

on Aug 22, 2006 9:15:03 AM

Uh, yeah....what's with spammer Jatin up there? How they slip that in?

on Aug 22, 2006 9:16:35 AM
Diane Said:

I'm not sure I want to share you.....with the general public! But, how sweet that Mike is so proud of you! Blogging is so much more than journaling--ie--there would be NO reason for your accountant to look at your blog for tax purposes????!!!! Unless, of course, you are publishing your blog--E-book--in your future?

But it is a really cool way to meet people you would other-wise-not-meet...and by your testimony--meet up with childhood friends! Way cool! I'm going to check my emails...maybe Jerry Clemmons has written....he and I were in first grade together--we were the ONLY two first graders in our country school. I learned to count to 100 before him...or at least that's what I tell people who ask!!!!! I'm sure he'd like to clear up that dilusion! (And yes, I know---I know---preschoolers these days are counting to 100......!)


on Aug 22, 2006 9:24:57 AM
lrlwreath Said:

You are too funny, and you have a wonderful, proud husband =))

on Aug 22, 2006 9:34:58 AM
PatrickB Said:

I guess I should probably fess up and admit that I did a bit of advertizing myself. I have a friend who has a bo monthly newsletter that goes out to a couple thousand readers. I got him to add your blog a few months back to the sites to watch section.

on Aug 22, 2006 9:35:15 AM
Heather Said:

yep, I'm there with ya. I forget who's reading my blog because I never have a male to comment. But yesterday, someone commented and said my husband was a "gorgeous hunk of a man" (after I posted a picture of us.)

Within a few minutes of posting, my husband got an IM from his brother to "gorgeous hunk of a man." Now it's become a family joke. But he was struttin' a bit when he walked in the door last night! :)

on Aug 22, 2006 10:31:33 AM
Megan Said:

Heather, that is hilarious!

And Kelsey, my DH sent his dad an e-mail, who then sent out a HUMONGOUS MASS E-MAIL to every senior citizen friend he knows in Canada about my blog. When we went up to our family reunion and my in-laws' 50th anniversary, I had all of these people I didn't know telling me how much they enjoyed reading.....and I'm thinking, about brestfeeding and homeschooling and toddler toilet practices???????

Too funny.

on Aug 22, 2006 12:21:07 PM
Heather Said:

Several people have surprised me when they told me they were reading my blog. Like you, I haven't tried to hide it from anyone, it just makes you think back and try to remember, "Did I say anything about..."
Just another reminder to watch our words! LOL!

on Aug 22, 2006 12:48:45 PM
Elena Said:

So funny.

I just found out that some of my inlaws have heard about my blog through the grape-vine... but won't look at it without an official invitation.

Invitations officially issued. =)

on Aug 22, 2006 3:09:21 PM
oshee Said:

That is too funny. I've told people I blog and for the most part the comment gets met with open stares. HUH? So, love that he is proud, and remember those who understand and love blogs will welcome whatever you have to say.

on Aug 22, 2006 7:26:23 PM
Shalee Said:

Three cheers for Mike! At least he's proud of your boobs and butt, which means, when I reread that, he basically is asking others to look at your boobs and butt. Not many husbands are that brave out there. But I applaud his efforts none the less.

on Aug 23, 2006 1:38:12 PM
Carol Said:

Next think you know, there'll be a comment here by someone semi-famous. Like Ashton Kucher or something.

on Aug 23, 2006 11:03:29 PM
mamak Said:

That is just so cool! Lucky you!
I want to say more ... but I'll stick with that.

on Aug 24, 2006 12:26:47 AM

...and it's posts like this that are the reason we all keep coming back!

on Aug 24, 2006 8:18:50 AM
Alena Said:

I will continue to visit enjoyed the reading thanks

on Sep 15, 2006 1:17:29 PM