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Birch Bay Public Market

Friday, May 10 through the end of summer, Cathy and I will be selling her hand-made soaps, lotions, and toiletries, along with my photography, note cards, calenders, books, etc.

Come see us!

Across the street from the C Shop

4825 Alderson Road, Birch Bay, Washington 98230


I had an automated blogroll here, powered by Google Reader, but Google, in its near-infinite lack of wisdom, killed Google Reader. Prior to this murder, all I had to do to put a blog on my blogroll (or to take it off) was to place it in a Reader folder called, appropriately enough, "blogroll" (or, of course, to remove it). I use The Old Reader now for following blogs, but it seems to have no way to something similar regarding the blogroll. If you know of a way to do this, please let me know.

So Here I Go Again, Blogging About Twitter

This is supposed to be a WRITING blog!

But with all the follow/unfollow angst on Twitter (still), I thought I’d throw this out there.

Why I follow you on Twitter:

  1. You interest me.
  2. You educate me.

That’s it. That’s all. That’s all it takes, and those are the only reasons that matter. Follow you as a tit for your tat? You followed me, so now I have to follow you? No. You followed me because I interest you, because I educate you, or because you misunderstood the function of Twitter. And in none of those cases do I really give a flying fig whether you follow me or not.

If you want me to follow you, see the list above.

Why I don’t follow you:

See the list above? Yeah, it’s the inverse of that. It’s a binary choice. You’re either in the bucket or out of it.

Why I blocked you when you tried to follow me:

I really don’t care how boring someone is, or whether I can see any reason at all for their tweets, or if they only seem to be flapping their gums about what they had for breakfast, they can follow me if they want to. I don’t have to see their boring tweets, after all, because I’m not following them. But…

  1. If you have thousands of followers and/or are following thousands, but you’ve only updated a few times, chances are pretty good you don’t live in this world anyway. You live on a silicon chip somewhere, and you won’t care if I block you. Go choke on your own spam, and leave me and my network alone.
  2. If you use any part of your body that you can’t show on the street as either your avatar or your user name, I’ll block you. Go figure.
  3. If your sole interest in Twitter is selling something, I’ll block you. You can try to sell your goods, sure, everybody does that, including me. But if that’s all you do, well, it ain’t very nice. Grow up.
  4. If you have your updates protected, and you want to follow me, then interact first through a series of @ replies, so that I can tell whether or not you fit into either of the above categories. If I can’t go read your timeline, then I can’t decide, and to be safe, you’re blocked.

Attention humans: Pay attention to number three above. There are a lot of good reasons to protect your updates, and the fact that you have done so probably should indicate that you’re not a spambot. But I’m a cranky old man, and I’ll block you anyway, and I’m probably not the only one, so by all means, if you’ve protected your updates, then try a few replies before you try to follow someone.

Several lifetimes back, I was a long-haul truck driver. Just in case you didn’t know this, when you come up behind me in the middle of the night, and then you slow down to my speed, thinking “Oh, good, here’s a fast one. I’ll let him shake the trees for me,” meaning trigger any speed traps so you can sail on by, I’m going to assume you’re a cop back there, and I’m going to drop to a legal speed and very assiduously maintain it until you go past me. So if you want to do that, go on by, and then back off and get behind me. If you really have to.

Same thing here. If you want to follow me, and you’ve protected your updates, let me see that you’re not a spambot first. So much easier that way.

After all that, if you want to follow me on Twitter, click here.


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