…wherever you are.
I always liked that line. It’s an old radio sign-off from Jimmy Durante, an address to his deceased wife, Jeanne. It’s a wonderfully warm idea that, even when communicating via mass media, that you can personalise the experience, to let someone know you were thinking of them when you started writing, singing, recording, speaking, or drawing something you wanted to share with the world, but especially with them.
I have a small and relatively quiet readership, of which I personally know maybe a half dozen, tops. I’m actually gathering more readers every day, which is nice. But not knowing most of you makes it difficult to personalise the messages I share here. I’m not sure I’d be any good at addressing every single one of you, but there was an interesting practice, back when I first started out blogging for a wider readership in my LiveJournal days, of posting a list of responses or comments to the readers you knew of.
It would be difficult for me to do that here, because WordPress, though a community of sorts, isn’t as close-knit, and it’s not always feasible for me to spend the afternoon reading everyone’s blogs the way I used to. I’m not rich or famous and I’m pretty seriously underemployed at the moment, but I do have a lot of projects that demand a fair bit of my time, so I don’t get to be as sociable as I used to be on LiveJournal. Comes to that, I wasn’t the most outgoing guy back then, either, unless I was on one of my manic sprees. However, I did post a lot more back then, and I enjoyed chatting with friends, some of whom I’ve lost touch with.
SO HERE’S TODAY’S CHALLENGE: If you’ve read this far, INTRODUCE YOURSELF. I don’t care if your English isn’t great, or if you’re not the sort who normally likes to talk about themselves. You don’t have to tell me your life story, unless you really, really want to. Just say Hi, and maybe tell me a few things about yourself. Do you have a blog? Can I read it? Are you a singleton, or are you married? Got any kids yet? Plans to have kids? Are you a writer, artist or musician? Businessperson? Certified Public Accountant? What do you do to pay the bills? What do you wish you could do instead?
Don’t worry, I won’t pass judgement. I’m in no position to throw stones. I’d just like to get to know who some of you people are. Then maybe one day I’ll be able to dedicate one of these posts to you.
Wherever you are.