When I ask “who are y’all”, it is YOU I am asking. Not some other person who might be reading this a city or state or even country away from you..and not even that visiting neighbor who is reading this over your shoulder, but YOU!
You see…I kinda know who you are in a general sort of way. The software I use to maintain my websites tells me little about my readers. For example, I know that 86% of my readers use the Firefox browser. I know that my “average” reader is a 34 year old stay
at home mom, and from that I would guess that a lot of you are conservative middle America types. I know that about 68% of my readers are from the United States, 25% are from Canada, and the rest are mostly from the UK. I know that of the 2% that are from somewhere else there are two regular visitors from Russia and one…an American embassy worker’s wife, visits JuicyMaters from her current home in Saudi Arabia.
I would tell you that I even know what you are wearing and if you have combed your hair when visiting JuicyMaters, but first, that would be a lie, and second, it might run some of you off, or at least make you go get dressed…LOL.
So you see, I do know a little about you, but I don’t actually KNOW YOU…and I want to, I really, really do.
Why? For a couple of reasons.
First of all, I like to think of y’all as friends, or as close to friends as possible between a blogger and his readers. I like writing stuff that friends will want to read. I’d actually be a horrible novelist as any publisher would want tens or hundreds of thousands of copies of a book to be sold while I’d be happy if just my friends read it.
Second, besides being (hopefully) entertaining, I want JuicyMaters to be informative and useful, and for that to happen I have to know the folks who read this stuff so I can give them useful information they can use.
Knowing that most of you use the Firefox browser is cool…I use it most of the time myself and really like it…doesn’t help me know if you want me to slow down on my fattening recipes and publish more that are “healthy eating” oriented. Knowing you are a stay-at-home mom is nice…and I admire you…but it doesn’t tell me that you are interested in yurt living and want more information on whether you can REALLY erect a yurt kit with a couple of inexperienced friends in a long weekend. Knowing that more of you visit between 10pm and 11pm than any other hour of the day tells me that anything I plan to add to JuicyMaters needs to be posted before 10pm…but it doesn’t tell me if you homesteader types are more interested in garden information or how to milk a dairy goat.
So…here’s the deal. See that box at the bottom of this post?See it? The box labeled “Comments”? Please use it…please? Use it today to tell me who you are…who you really are. Are you an older fart like me who lives to make your Christmas presents in the kitchen, rather than fighting the WalMart crowd? Are you that “typical” JuicyMaters reader that Google Analytics says is the 34 year old stay-at-home mom…and you homeschool too? Are you an overwhelmed new homesteader wanting to know what to do first..and how?
And tell me what I’m doing right…that you like and want to see more of…and tell me what I’m doing wrong and want me to change.
My goal is for JuicyMaters to be entertaining…I like it when I make y’all laugh (especially when you tel me so in the comments), and I want JuicyMaters to be informative…showing you a great recipe or a neat tip on yurt erection that will save you time and effort that the yurt companies don’t have in their instruction books.
The only way this happens…keeping JuicyMaters funny, entertaining, and informative…is with your input, telling me who you are and what I can do to give you more of what you want, SO…use that comment box, on this visit to JuicyMaters and on your later visits too. Keep me straight, writing a great blog. Oh…and it’s not great because I’m an incarnation of Ernest Hemmingway…it’s great because of you folks…my friends.
PS: For long time regulars who miss the political section of JuicyMaters and who missed the announcement a few months ago…I split it off to it’s own blog so the folks who don’t always want politics in their face won’t see politics here. Go check it out at Common Sense Conversation.
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