Here's a funny moment my blogging buddies will appreciate.
Several weeks ago I did my "100th Post Giveaway." When I had a winner, I packaged up the goodies and took everything to the UPS Store to have it boxed up and shipped.
I was waited on by a young-working-his-way-through-college clerk. I gave him the individual packages to box up and a little note to lay on the top that had the sentence in it: Thanks for being a sweet reader.
I saw him read the little note. And then his eyes widened, and he stood a little taller and asked with admiration, "Are you an author?"
I paused a moment. A nice long moment. A nice long moment in which I savored the words "you" and "author" being used within the same sentence. I smiled indulgently.
And then I shook myself and said, "Oh, no, no. I just have a little blog and I did a little giveaway."
"Wow, must be a pretty big blog to be able to do a giveaway!!!"
Well, uh, no, you dear young thing. Giveaways pretty much pop up like wildflowers in an open field here in Blogland.
"What do you blog about?"
Oh, my. I dove right in. "Well, just, uh stuff like, uh, being a mom and home and, uh, stuff like that," my excellent verbal skills proving my true claim to the title of "author."
Ahem. What was he to do with this information?
"Well, uh, I guess at least there wouldn't be many people who would blog on that topic." ::nervous giggle:: "So, at least, uh, you'd have a corner on that market."
Oh, my, you dear naive boy. You dear-naive-working-your-way-through-college-at-the-UPS-store-totally-outside-my-realm-my-world-my-sphere-boy.
Yes, there are 3 of us that blog about home and life.
3 million* that is. At least that's what it was when I went to bed last night. By this morning it was 3.4 million of us domestic/creative/bloggy type people out there.
The UPS clerk quickly boxed up the goods and avoided any more converations that would involve blogs, writing or domesticity . . . clearly three subjects far outside his comfort zone.
Then he returned to reading Hot Rod Magazine and drinking his Jolt Power Cola.
And I drove home to blog about painting my deck with my boys and making tabbouleh and knitting eco-friendly cotton market bags.
*Note: I have NO idea how many crafty/domestic/creative bloggers there are. Don't look to me for a source of statistics!! I just randomly pulled this fact out of the air : )