There aren’t many of you, I know. I’d like to thank you, and especially the people who have “liked” some of my posts. WordPress gives me some statistics on my readership—what pages people look at, what country they’re in, what link, if any, they clicked to get here, that sort of thing—but it doesn’t really tell me who you are. The only way I know that (or anything approaching that) is if you click the “Like” button, or leave a comment, or sign up as a follower.
Of course I’m most grateful to my old friend, Ted Ficklen, whom I’ve known since first grade, and who seems to read every one of these entries as soon as I post it, even though he is now far away, across the wide Missouri. (Well, just this side of it.) He is the only person so far (besides me) who posts comments. (I think I got one comment from somebody else, early on, but I don’t think he’s been back.) I could almost address “Dear Teddy”, instead of “Dear Reader”, only I know that once in a while somebody else reads this blog.
For instance, I appear to have a regular reader from South Korea who visits every week or so. Of course, she or he never clicks a link or goes past the front page, so maybe he or she is the spambot that gives me so many fake followers with @outlook.com addresses. But I refuse to think ill of anybody without evidence! Dear Korean Reader, you are welcome here, and I am grateful for your visits.
At any rate, I enjoy writing this blog, and I enjoy even more knowing that somebody is reading it. Thanks, Teddy, and thank you, Dear Reader!