No one was visiting her blog

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The title here is the caption on a birthday card my daughter sent to me in November. She found it in a New York bookshop and had to buy it for me, she wrote. ‘Though it doesn’t look like you’, she has the dark look I imagine you have when people don’t visit your blog- ha ha!’

Seasons greetings to everyone.

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29 Comments on No one was visiting her blog

  1. Ms. Moon
    December 26, 2010 at 3:09 am (7 years ago)

    Well. I am reading your blog.
    Merry Christmas to you and I hope it has been a very, very sweet one.

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  2. Anthony Duce
    December 26, 2010 at 3:16 am (7 years ago)

    I guess she doesn’t realize how well visited you are.. Hope you are enjoying the holidays, and enjoy the New Year

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  3. Life 101
    December 26, 2010 at 4:19 am (7 years ago)

    I figure that's what I look like when folks don't visit my blog. 🙂 Merry Christmas

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  4. Windsmoke.
    December 26, 2010 at 4:32 am (7 years ago)

    I'd look dark to if nobody was visiting my blog and i'd be wondering why to. I know it's a bit late but Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  5. Elizabeth
    December 26, 2010 at 5:42 am (7 years ago)

    I'm visiting — all the time! And I wish you wrote more because whenever I do visit, I am intrigued, riveted, even, by your writing.

    Merry Christmas, Elisabeth!

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  6. Glenn Ingersoll
    December 26, 2010 at 6:14 am (7 years ago)

    No more dark looks, now.

    Happy Christmas!

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  7. annalyn
    December 26, 2010 at 6:28 am (7 years ago)

    lol! that is perfect for me 🙂 well, I visit you. I hope that image will turn to a happy face now 🙂

    have a merry christmas!

    got your link from Elisabelle.

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  8. Jim Murdoch
    December 26, 2010 at 8:29 am (7 years ago)

    I can't imagine you looking like that too often. I can actually imagine the very opposite. It's a good card though.

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  9. Eryl
    December 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Not a problem you seem to have. Hope you had a great Christmas.

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  10. steven
    December 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm (7 years ago)

    elisabeth i like when our children toy with the vulnerabilities and fragilities almost like they take on the role of court fool! here mum dad look in the mirror of your own creation!! steven

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  11. Two Tigers
    December 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm (7 years ago)

    On the contrary, Elisabeth, you have achieved what to me is the Blogger ideal – a good solid following, and good solid writing to keep us all thinking and feeling deeply, in a medium that often discourages these effortful yet essential activities! It is meaningless and useless to boast 500 followers and post little nothings every few hours, eliciting one line comments from the masses and calling that being socially "connected." Keep up the good work! Best wishes to you for the New Year!

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  12. Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow
    December 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm (7 years ago)

    Given your supportive, kind and warm personality on your blog and your many thoughtful comments, I have a hard time imagining you with a "dark look" and an even harder time believing your wonderful blog could would ever be unvisited. Wishing you the very best this holiday season and for the new year, Elisabeth.

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  13. PhilipH
    December 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm (7 years ago)

    A lovely thoughtful daughter, and no mistake! Happy New Year!

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  14. Elisabelle
    December 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm (7 years ago)

    🙂
    Happy Holidays Dear Elisabeth!!

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  15. Gwilym Williams
    December 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm (7 years ago)

    For your daughter ;),

    "It's only a few, but then it's the few that matter"

    (Dylan Thomas – on trying to start a poetry magazine in Swansea – perhaps in an early letter to Pamela Hansford Johnson)

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  16. Elisabeth
    December 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks one and all – Ms Moon, Anthony, Life101, Windsmoke, Laoch, Elizabeth, Glenn, Annalyn, Jim, Eryl, Steven, Two Tigers, Lorenzo, Philip, Elisabelle and Gwilym – thanks heartily for your reassurances.

    Like most jokes, there's truth and exaggeration in this image and the accompanying words. There's also a certain universality that applies and at the same time I would like to disavow the sentiments.

    Oh no, not me, not me, ever. I'm not that desperate for followers. Are you?

    I suspect that every writer needs an audience, not desperately but as Gwilym quotes from Dylan Thomas 'on trying to start a poetry magazine in Swansea…"It's only a few, but then it's the few that matter"

    Thanks for being among my 'few'. We all matter, both ways.

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  17. Margaret Bednar
    December 27, 2010 at 6:39 am (7 years ago)

    Obviously your granddaughter has quite a sense of humor. Merry Christmas.

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  18. River
    December 27, 2010 at 10:59 am (7 years ago)

    I find it hard to believe there are blogs out there that people don't follow.
    Heck, people even follow my humble offerings.
    Merry Christmas.

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  19. Dave King
    December 27, 2010 at 11:05 am (7 years ago)

    Good for a giggle, but couldn't be further from the truth.

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  20. Woman in a Window
    December 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm (7 years ago)

    It's strange to me, that there are now greeting cards about this, reflecting the pervasivenss of blogging, and the need we have of being witnessed by one another. It is funny and unsettling in a way. I wonder what it is that we are doing to the world, to society? Or even scarier, what effect we're not having?

    xo
    erin

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  21. just jane
    December 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm (7 years ago)

    I just discovered your record of personal experiences and thoughts. I am grateful that I happened upon it. Have a happy holiday season.

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  22. Art Durkee
    December 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm (7 years ago)

    The cartoon made me think of the "Daria" animated series they showed on MTV here for awhile; you can probably track it on YouTube.

    I feel that way sometimes. Like no one reads, or stops by, or cares enough about what I'm writing that day to leave a response.

    Mostly I feel that way when I've written something I think is terrific, much better than my usual; but it sinks like a stone, unregarded. Then something I just tossed off, which I don't feel any attachment to, is treated like the best thing since sliced bread. LOL It just goes to show that you can't always tell what's going to catch attention, and what's not. Which is one good reason to keep writing for its owns sake, not for plaudits.

    Of course, that's not true. Plenty of folks stop by, and a few regulars do engage in dialogue. Which I always enjoy. I like dialogue.

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  23. Robert the Skeptic
    December 28, 2010 at 12:53 am (7 years ago)

    Ah but you will never receive a card like that. And besides, most of us don't blog for visitors anyway, do we.

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  24. Kass
    December 28, 2010 at 5:14 pm (7 years ago)

    It's kind of sad when our children think we're preoccupied with blogging.

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  25. Jo
    December 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm (7 years ago)

    I have only just found your blog, and I'm so happy I did…! I will definitely be reading your blog.

    I see in your profile that you love biographies. Me too. I just received two wonderful biographies for Christmas — one about Margaret Trudeau, and the other about Keith Richards. I am going to be very happy for a while. 🙂

    (May I ask — why do you have comment moderation?)

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  26. Elisabeth
    December 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks again all. thanks to Margaret, River, Dave, Erin, Enchanted Oak, Jane, Art, Robert, Kass and Jo.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the joke.

    I suspect I use comment moderation out of a type of paranoia, Jo, as if thereby I can protect my blog from spammers and slammers, but also because in the first instance one of my daughters who helped me set up my blog advised me to.

    From what I've seen in the blogosphere, it's not a mistake. There are some horrible virus type goblins – trolls, I think they're called – that enter the system, uninvited and I prefer to keep them out.

    I enjoy conversation but I do not welcome 'gatecrashers', the ones who come bearing malice or to spoil, not that I object to thoughtful criticism. That I welcome, as long as we can talk about it in a meaningful way.

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  27. Kirk Jusko
    December 29, 2010 at 12:40 am (7 years ago)

    Judging by the number of your comments, you've got at least 28 people visiting your blog.

    oops–Make that 29

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