Unlike virtually everyone else who has been in the blogging racket for any length of time, I have never used any kind of sitemeter. Nor have I asked readers to give me a shout out on Lurker Day. I have never had any idea how many people have read this blog at any particular point in its peculiar history, nor have I ever particularly wanted to know.
Why not? A big difference between most other bloggers and me is that other bloggers write their posts for the whole world to read. Not me. I'm different. Every post I write, I write only for you. I don't mean the general, universal "you." I mean you, specifically. Yes, you. Whoever else reads this is unimportant. You are my priority, my muse, the wind beneath my jfwings. All this text, all this time, has been just for you. You!
And I don't even care that it's unrequited. That's how special you are!
So, given that I've gone to all this fuss for you, could you take like ten seconds and put a thumbtack in the Official JFW Map*? Put yourself down as being from wherever. Sure, it would be interesting if some other people put tacks in my map as well. But, seriously, all that really matters to me, the real hope that is buoying this post, is that you will do it. You! As hard as it is to type with my fingers crossed, that's what I'm doing, wishing upon all my lucky stars for a pushpinny shout-out from you.
* This being not the first idea I've expropriated from Eszter. You can put a tack in Eszter's map too if you want. But, remember: she blogs for everyone. I'm blogging for you.