blogging geek

How did you find me?

I just noticed this under “Recommended Reading” on the WordPress Reader– categorized under Staff Picks.  Yay!

wordpress says to read me so read me

Thanks, Staff.  I’d pick you, too.

Interestingly enough, that snippet of text was taken from my first rendition of my about page  (Awww) so maybe I’ve been listed for awhile.  The amount of space for text under the above image is actually quite generous by website standards, and it fits right in with how I’ve been thinking about whittling down my “elevator pitch” for Rarasaur into 80 characters or less for web optimization.

Can you describe what you do in 80 characters or less?

I’ve also been trying to determine the best ways, using different metrics, to bring readers to your blog.  I’ve discussed before how having 5000 visitors in a day doesn’t necessary generate a single Great Reader.

Great Readers are worth their weight in gold and my quest has always been to find them, not fame.  To that end, I’d like to hear from you– since I think you’re a pretty Great Reader:

how did you find me?

Because I’m a math geek, I ask that you use the poll box– or, in your comments where you say whatever you want to say (even if it’s just rara-rara-bo-bara-me-mi-mo-mara-rara) , tell me that you did or didn’t use the poll box so that I don’t double count you.

(This poll could be just as easily named, “Should I bother with Facebook?”)

The results will be a secret for now because I want to shock and awe you with the results which will be posted in a week, for those curious about what sort of page views and readers have been returned from my various blogging endeavors.

I’m so excited for an excuse to make a chart!  Who doesn’t love a chart?!

121 comments

  1. I don’t remember how I found you, but I do enjoy coming here now and then. And this is a great topic. “Can you describe what you do in 80 characters or less?” it’s relevant and always comes up in life, how do you represent yourself effectively when you meet someone for the first time, in a job interview or first date, etc, etc.

    Not that I think we will be featured anywhere anytime soon lol,but I thought about this and updated my About page – Apartment dogs. Mongrel Awareness. Smartphone photography. Life in General.

    Not particularly compelling as a hook, but point form… is to the point 😛

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    1. It absolutely always comes up in life! You need elevator pitches for projects, companies, to answer the basic questions like “what do you do?”, or to explain how you know someone. So important!

      I love your elevator pitch– it has a lot of great keywords/buzzwords that could bring in search traffic as well as people with specific interests. Well done! A suggestion for the search engines is to find a way to put all those concepts into a sentence or two. 😀

      Thanks for your thoughts!

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  2. Ooh, so exciting that you’re featured in Staff Picks! Tbh I didn’t even check out the Recommended Blogs section before, but now found a few that I will check out.
    Hope you’re doing well, sorry for visiting rarely lately!

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    1. Thank you!! I used the Recommended Reading section when I got started with blogging, but they don’t change all that often so after a month or so I stopped checking. There’s a lot of sections. 🙂 I don’t think I had ever looked at Staff Picks before, though. I just thought to myself, “Hmmm, I wonder what sort of blogs end up in there?”, click, and poof, there I was, haha. 🙂

      I’m doing really well! Had a busy weekend, but otherwise, fabulous! How are you??

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    1. Awww, I’m so glad they sent you my way. I owe more thanks than I knew to the Staff that put me in their pick list. 🙂 Did you happen to do the poll? (No worries if not, I just wanna keep track…)

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  3. you’d written a short story for a daily post prompt I think. It was about a dystopian world where showers are not accessible. I happened to stumble upon that post and that was what introduced me to your website!

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    1. Yes! That was Freshly Pressed a little after I posted it– I remember when you first popped by. 🙂 I think I’m due for another short story, maybe I’ll get lucky and pick up another Nandini-like Great Reader. 😀 (Did you happen to do the poll? (No worries if not, I just wanna keep track…))

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        1. Awww, thank you! 🙂 I like knowing how people came my way and the poll is pretty impersonal, but it makes it easy to keep count, haha, so there’s that. 😀 I’m so honored to have been on the list of things that inspire you! 🙂 You are a great mind!

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          1. yeah I get that. It’s important market research. And the findings are fascinating on their own (I actually did work in market research for a few months right after college and learned loads!)

            And gosh thank you for that! 😀

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  4. You have been on the recommended blogs for a while…but I was following you WAY before that 🙂 I agree with you that good readers are those that stick with you, give feedback and encourage you stick with the blogging no matter what but hey enjoy your fame too 🙂

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    1. Haha, thanks, Lakshmi! (Did I ever mention that my sister has the same name, though she spells it differently?) Yes, great readers are what makes it all worth it… and they’re what I miss when I’m away from blogging. 🙂

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  5. I have no idea how I found you…this blogging stuff sometimes evades scientific analysis…There are blogs you want to visit and there are blogs you don’t and if you can make your blog that first kind (as you have brilliantly done!) then you can get really happy when you look at all the number crunching things that wordpress has to offer!

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    1. I’m sorta a math geek so there’s never really enough number crunching for me. Combine it with my love of web interface, and it was like the whole concept of SEO was invented to tickle my brain. 😀 I’ve been fascinated since I started blogging with exactly what you said– how blogging can so often evade scientific analysis. Still, math will always find a way and I enjoy searching for patterns. 😀 Also, I’m honored that you consider my blog one of the ones to visit, yay! 😀

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  6. I’m pretty sure I stumbled upon you over on the matticus kingdom. Either commenting on something or being nominated for an award or something? I don’t exactly remember. But I’m super glad I did. I love your blog.

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    1. It was definitely from the Kingdom, I just don’t remember when either, haha! I love your blog, too, Steph, and having you around here– two points to the Kingdom! 😀

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  7. You’ve been in the recommended list for months. I probably saw you there last year some time. But I remember coming to your site via another site that had re-blogged you. Can’t remember whose site that was though. Anyways I’m very happy to have found you as I’ve learned so much about blogging from you. I just don’t understand how you come up with so many ideas to write about though.

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      1. You are awesome, Sreejit, thank you for voting and explaining! 🙂 I had no idea I was in there, but I do get to see when someone re-blogs me and it’s always been done by thoughtful/awesome bloggers. Thank you for following the cookie trail to me, I’ve enjoyed having you here! 🙂

        As for ideas, I do a lot of prompts– and even if I don’t write the prompt for that day/week/month– I let it sit in my head and stew a bit. It might be months before there’s an answer to that prompt in my mind. Other than that, I just write thoughts that I’d like access to again sometime. I figure if I enjoy it, someone else might too! 😀

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        1. As I was reading your reply I realized what article brought me to your site. It was May Your Blood be Delicious, about readers and writers. That was a great article. I was hooked after that.

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  8. Rawr there, I found you through the “You might like”-section of WordPress and I am happy I found you. I used the poll box. I’m really excited about finding out about the results of the poll next week! 🙂

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  9. I found you on the recommended list! I must admit it was your blog name that made me click through – my nickname was “Rissasaurus” for a very brief time in highschool and I’ve got a major soft spot for dinosaur related names! Your post made me think about what impression people have when they see my blog name, and how I might define it in under 80 words. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (blog by its title?) but it would be interesting to know what effect the name has on people checking it out! Love your blog by the way – always entertaining! (And I did not use the poll).

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    1. Wow! That’s good to know. 😀 Also, Rissasaurus is amazing, haah! 🙂 I’m sure names + taglines have a huge effect on readership– I know it does for me. So does theme. But then, I judge books by covers, too. 😉

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  10. I didn’t know there was a recommended reading list, huh. Did they send you an email letting you know about it or did you stumble upon it? Congrats, anyway, I would recommend you too. I’m pretty sure I came here from another blog, but who knows what one?

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    1. I just stumbled upon it while looking for some new blogs outside the circles where I normally roam. 😀 I’d recommend you, too! I’m glad I’m not “Staff”, I don’t know how I’d make a choice. Maybe they don’t tell people so they can change their mind with their mood… like “This is a good summer blog, I think.” and stick it in there. 🙂

      Some blogs have been listed in there since I started, though… pretty cool!

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    1. Same, Don– I don’t quite remember, but I’m very happy to have met you! I think I might have followed you, or vice versa, based on comments on other blogs… we do tend to run the same bloggy circles! 😀

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  11. I would so love to vote but, for the life of me, I simply cannot remember how I found your site. Glad I did though. Congrats on the staff pick. That’s incredibly wonderful. I would have thought they would have notified sites that make the list.

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    1. I would have thought so, too, but maybe they don’t make a fuss so they can add and remove at will. I’m sure it makes it easier on the pickers. I’m glad we found our way to each other, too!!

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  12. You had a Freshley Pressed piece that had a reference to video games, so I was hooked. I did vote above too.

    I like having a FB page (only a few weeks old right now) to see the feeds for other pages since it seems that the WP Reader is on permaglitch for me. I haven’t seen a post or update from you in over a week in my list, and I don’t follow so many active blogs that you got “lost”.

    Sure, I can just go directly to your site, but what fun is that?

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    1. Haha, that seems reasonable. That’s partly why I set up the FB page, but it’s kinda boring– just a bunch of posts feeding into it. I’m just not sure how much time/energy to put into it.

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  13. I think I got here because of your gravatar. I started seeing it in the Like section of a bunch of blogs, and it is a pretty great gravatar, so I followed you here 🙂
    P.S. I LOVE charts!

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      1. I would love to response to every prompt but sometimes find myself very inadequate but love to read yours and other bloggers post. So please go on giveng us prompts. God bless you.

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  14. It was a dark and stormy night.
    My car had broken down a short ways from the old Johnson place, you know, the video arcade that burned down in the troubles of ’26.
    So there I was, rain pouring down me as I bent over my gas can while I looke-

    No, wait, I’m confusing you with someone else.
    It was after the blog set up to keep people company over the holidays. Then I saw your name in comments of other blogs I followed and finally I wandered over…

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      1. Haha! I was totally engaged in the story.

        Awww, Company4Christmas was fun! We should do something like that again. We need more parties in the blogosphere. 🙂 Where’s a grumpy panda when you need one? 🙂

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      1. Yay! Thank you, Amy! I’m so glad I left that comment for whoever I left the comment for, haha! I’m ridiculously excited about the charts too– don’t know if I want to doodle them or computerize them or infographic them! I love it when my hobbies (math, blogging, graphics) meet in the middle! 😀

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    1. I may have followed you first. On account of the Trooper. I don’t remember specifically and I tried to go back through our comments to find the starting place, but it’s like we just started talking the way we do now. Hmmm. I bet we “met” on the comments of someone elses’ blog entirely!

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  15. I’m one of the few that falls under the “Other” category. I found you because you found me & left me a lovely comment. I came by to visit & immediately fell in love with your blog. 🙂

    I’m proud to say I’ve enjoyed you & all you share ever since!

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  16. You commented on one of my earliest posts, and I’ve been a loyal follower of yours ever since. I like your style of writing and always look out for your new posts. I voted for the Comment option in your poll.

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    1. I don’t know this popped in my mind while I was reading your comment, but I remembered a post on Scotch Pancakes you did once and I suddenly felt the need to find it… which I finally did, haha, yay! I remember reading it on a phone and thinking how it wouldn’t let me “like” it and that I’d come back later, which of course I never did… but I did now! 😀

      I love your posts, so gentle and warm. I’m glad we met each other here! 🙂

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      1. Ahh thank you! Am feeling all warm and fuzzy now! I made those Scotch pancakes again this evening as the Painter was holding an etching demo down in the gallery and we needed something sustaining because we would be eating so late. I’m very pleased to have met you too.

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  17. You deserveall the best — your really do — but I’m starting to feel a the kid who never gets picked for the team, like there’s a big club and everyone is in it except me. Oh well. It must be me. Congratulations, again. Well-deserved.

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    1. Haha, awww… well, I’d pick you. In fact, I did, though I’ve been too busy to put the finishing touches on the page for it. I’ve been separating sites with a reference to an arbitrary single post into a sort of blogroll that’d look like my “Faves” page above. You’re in the top 30 blogs I’d most recommend. There’s no order amongst the top 30, but I had to put a limit on myself. I follow over 2000 blogs now, you know! *hugs* I appreciate the congrats!

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    1. Right? I saw FishOfGold had gone that way, and I did recently set up a collaborative FB for my husband, Queen Creative, and myself… but it’s really just a feed. I’m not sure if I should posting actual content there, too. 😀

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      1. Really it’s all self centered of me. I don’t do FB at all and it gets frustrating when so many people/business/everything refer you to their FB page. So I’m all for supporting other non-FB types! 🙂

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        1. I took down my personal FB page at the end of last year and haven’t really looked back. It freed up a lot of time! Still, I don’t want to miss out on secret blogger conversations if they’re happening, 😉

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  18. I did the pole so this is just by way of explication. I found you because we hung in a lot of the same circles–can’t recall if it was RoS/Panda or Kozo or someone else entirely, but I clicked through from a comment on someone’s blog.

    I don’t do Facebook.

    I LOVE CHARTS!

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    1. I found you! Through the Daily Prompts. Your blog was my blog’s inspiration to put it’s big girl pants on and post new stuff, not just old writings and other peoples’ work. Whenever anyone asks me how I “get all my ideas”, I think… I still haven’t caught up to the never-ending-thought-train that my favorite Goldfish. 😀

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  19. I found you through someone else’s blog. I don’t remember who it was though. I’m so glad I did find you my little dinasaur! Thump thump thumppp!! haha. Oh I did use the poll too!

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  20. I found you through the incorrigible Panda, who appears to have disappeared (although I can’t really talk on that one) ….I voted… congrats on being a pick…well deserved. 🙂

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    1. Ace, it’s always so lovely to see you peeking out from your gravatar at me! 😀 I miss the daily thinkings of you and that grumpy panda, but I shall wait patiently for y’all to return to full force! 🙂

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      1. Alas, I fear full force may be beyond me these days…but I shall never disappear forever…I’ll be peeking when you least expect it! And you my dear, are a WordPress phenomenon and rightly so! 🙂

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  21. I don’t remember how but I remember the first two post I read. One was about a robot dinosaur that you made and the other one about a diabetes project.

    To think.. I thought you were a 45 year old woman with 3 kids and all..;)

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  22. You are such a press darling of WordPress, Rara. I remember I sent them a tweet to FP “Rainbow Luck” and they responded, “We love her work but she was just FP’d a few months ago.” Everybody loves Rara.
    Can’t wait to see the chart. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

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    1. Haha, awww, I’m glad to share in the love. Maybe it’s an affirmative action thing because they weren’t meeting their dinosaur quotas before I came along, haha! 😀 *hugs*

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  23. Also, I am keyed in to comments. If I like someone’s post I always read the comments on said post. If there is a comment that strikes me as funny or insightful then I go ahead and check out the commenter’s blog (if the links work and are set up right… there are so many blogs that if it is hard to get their I move on pretty quickly).

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    1. I am, too! I’m always more interested in mindset and writing style than topic. I follow travel blogs and fashion blogs, foodie blogs and haiku blogs… but they all have a very similar flair to them. 🙂 The comments those bloggers leave behind (and how the blogger who is receiving the comment reacts to it) are really great ways to see their personality.

      (And yes! Why don’t people fix their gravatar links? It makes me itch to take out my giant red pen…)

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  24. I think I found your place first via Freshly Pressed, but I seem to recall seeing your precious li’l avatar pop up on other blogs before that.

    Funny thing about this post: I was just toying with the idea of doing a readers’ poll myself. If I end up doing that tonight, please rest assured I’m not trying to steal your idea. Honest!

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    1. Great minds thinks alike! That must mean we have great minds! Yay us!

      I have a policy somewhere around here that says “Steal away!”, haha, even if you end up doing a copy and paste I wouldn’t mind. I love polls. And results of polls.

      Hurrah for FP sending good friends my way!

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  25. I can’t remember, really. I think I literally stumbled upon you via someone else’s website and liked what I saw. 🙂 Still do, even if I don’t have a chance to visit as often as I like. Hugs, Rawr.

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    1. Ah, that’s alright, I appreciate every visit and I know you’re busy which makes me appreciate them all the more! 😀 Hugs right back, lovely!

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  26. I think you “liked” one of my blog posts and I saw your cute little picture of the green dinosaur and checked your blog out…and liked it a lot.

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    1. Another point for the adorable dino illustration the hubby made for me! 😀 I should have included that as a poll option, haha! So glad to have you around, Juliette!!

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  27. I can’t remember how I found you, but am really, really happy that I did! Congrats to the staff pick, it shows they know what they are doing. And no, didn’t use the poll, prefered some words here.

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  28. I’m so far behind I couldn’t get counted in the poll, so I just wanted to tell you I found you commenting on another person’s website & liked your response so much I went to your blog & read some of your posts. I got so engrossed, I pushed the Follow button so I could continue to follow your wonderful journey!

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    1. I actually haven’t tallied the poll yet, but I’ll count your vote! 🙂 Thank you… now I wonder what post it was I commented on, haha! 😀 *hugs*

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    1. I remember your poem! Ben Browder is awesome! I just recently stumbled upon a post where they did nothing but (in my opinion) make fun of Farscape starting with “I just don’t get sci-fi”… pah. Anyway, I thought of you and us Browder fans! 🙂 I’m glad you came by, it’s been lovely having you here!

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  29. I’ve never seen the recommended reading section on WordPress. I can’t remember if you visited my blog, or if I ‘met’ you through a Trifecta challenge. Both happened, but I can’t remember which happened first. I think this is a sign of aging…or having children…or both. Anyway, I enjoy reading your posts, even though I don’t have enough time to comment on all of them.

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  30. I didn’t use the poll box.
    And I didn’t find you – you found me. I had vaguely noticed the cute little dinosaur liking several blogs I was reading, but as you say, you’re often a ‘quiet reader’ so that was as far as it went. When you followed my blog, I’m not sure that I followed back straight away (I’m always trying not to follow too many blogs, as I get this ‘to-do-list obligation’ mentality about having to read every post of every blog in chronological order – terrible when I’ve just come back from holiday!) BUT – I loved the fact that you had eleventy-million followers yet didn’t seem to be participating in the numbers/popularity game, or being too cool to read little blogs – instead just reading whatever took your fancy. So I think that prompted me to start reading your blog and then of course I had to join up!

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    1. Well-done me! I’m glad I found you. 😀 Haha, I don’t have quite eleventy-million followers, though even if I did, I can’t believe it would ever turn me into a non-reader! I have too many interests to not seek them out.

      Although yesterday I received an irate email from someone who I unfollowed (which doesn’t happen too often since I only follow if I’m interested, but occasionally I catch someone on an odd day, think they’re awesome, and then uh oh, turns out that it’s… well. Not a match.) Anyway, I unfollowed and the email accused me of doing so because I had gotten too big for my britches, and snotty… I was gobsmacked (I love that word)… since … what? Why would anyone unfollow someone just because they picked up a few extra followers? Plus, it’s like they had no idea of who I am… and yet at the same time, knew every little thing that’s happened with my blog since day 1. Sort of weird! Anyway, I think I just needed to rant that out, haha, because I feel better even though I went off on a total tangent! 😀 😀

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      1. Brr, that’s the sort of thing which makes me nervous about the internet!
        I hope you’re made of tougher stuff and were able to raise one dinosaur eyebrow while saying ‘well, if I needed any more evidence that unfollowing was the right decision…’ 🙂

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        1. I just didn’t respond, haha, I wasn’t sure how to tactfully say that I didn’t want to read the words of someone so consumed by racism. It wasn’t close to the biggest deal of the day, though, so even though I still feel a little annoyed, it didn’t break through my dino skin! 😀

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  31. I’m not sure how I found you (I think you found me) but I do remember the first post of yours I read.

    The prick, bleed, test post. I’ve read so many more… you inspire, you provoke thought, you agitate, you sooth… you entertain. I often feel blessed after reading one of your posts!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, thanks for sharing so much with the blogging community!

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