--Futurama, "Raging Bender" (2/27/00)
So a little over a year ago, a friend of mine decided that she wanted to start a blog. She'd been following mine for awhile, so she asked me for a little advice. We chatted about a number of items such as the focus of the blog, what sort of "atmosphere" it should have, hosting, and a few other things. With some of them she took my advice, other things she ignored. I have no problem with this either way; everyone has their own way of doing things.
Having said that, I do get to take credit for the blog's title: Boyfriend, Please! She wanted to write about the trials and tribulations of being a single mom on the Baltimore dating scene, and I figured that it worked in two ways: Either she's asking for a boyfriend, or she's taking a boyfriend to task, depending on how you stress the syllables. (Beats the hell out of "Baltimore Diary," doesn't it.) I also get credit for at least one of the aliases she gives to the guys she's dated.
So she did her thing, and she's got her following, and at this point our hit counts are similar without too much viewer overlap, and that's all groovy.
A few weeks ago she told me that, as a result of her blog's subject matter, she's being interviewed by a local magazine for an article on the whole single-parent lifestyle. She has no idea how much of her interview will be used, but the word is that her blog will get a mention by name in the magazine, which should do some very nice things to her hit count. And, with any luck, it will also have a positive effect on the blogs in her list of links, which includes mine.
I guess this means that I should start to get into the habit of writing a little more often than two or three times per week. I may also have to work on improving my overall writing quality, but after five years there's pretty much nowhere to go but up.
I can only hope that she remembers the little people who helped her on her way to Internet Stardom. You know how fame changes people and all that.