Monday, February 23, 2009

I Lost Some People. I'm So Sorry!

I know that I don't have as many "followers" as other blogs (they write more often than I do, they write a whole lot better than I do, and they truly deserve the numbers of people who publicly follow them), but I do look at the followers section from time to time, and I am always happy to see the number of people who actually follow the blog go up when it does. Yesterday, I had 41 followers, and I thank each and every one of you for even thinking that my blog is worthy of following/keeping up with/reading.

This morning, however, I noticed that I have 39 followers. Which means that two people left. Needless to say, I was mortified.

This situation reminded me of that old United Airlines commercial, where the boss is telling his office staff that after 30 years, their oldest customer fired them. And he knew the problem. It's because of a lack of personal communication. Business used to be done with a handshake. Now it's done with a phone call, and a fax. To remedy this problem, the boss gave each employee airline tickets to go meet their customers in person. One of the employees asked, "So Ben, what are you going to do now?" Ben responded, "I'm going to see that old customer who fired us this morning."

After figuring out who did, I wonder if I've lost a step. I wonder if I have not lived up to their expectations. I wonder if I have not kept my promises (actually, I KNOW I haven't kept some promises on this humble little blog). But does that mean that I've no longer become good enough to a couple of people?

I promised last year that I'd review the All-Star teams I created in my younger days. I never got around to it because I had to find my notebook and other loose papers. I've found them all. They will be announced one year at a time (we're talking about 1988-2008 people...). There will be columns on the blog (which when I tried it last year, there was a huge gap that I couldn't figure out how to shrink...), with names. Lots of names. Players whom you may not have thought about. There are Hall of Famers on many of these teams. And there are guys who you'll wonder what possessed me to put them on an All-Star team. But I promise, I'll do better.

There will be more cards pictured. There will be more "What??!" of the week articles, and I hope to find more variation cards for the "If This is His Topps Card..." segment, as well as more "Light of Day" stories. The point is, I've got to start becoming more relevant.

All this will be done on this humble little blog...after I send e-mails to the people who stopped following the blog, apologizing for my inconsistencies.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

9 comments:

FanOfReds said...

I lost three followers this weekend. ...and I only had 22 to begin with... I don't know why either, but I think it's safe to say that I don't update nearly enough either...something I hope to resolve by next week!

Captain Canuck said...

I lost one today too... maybe it's a blogger purge of inactive accounts.... maybe it's because we all suck... I dunno.
I feel really bad that I don't know who it was.

night owl said...

You're not the only one. Look at a bunch of the best blogs around. They all lost followers over the weekend. I did, too.

I'm not sure if it was an independent decision by some bloggers, or if there's something wacky blogger thing going on.

night owl said...

Captain Canuck, you're one of the followers I lost on my blog. I also know who the other two are that I lost and there's not reason for them to be removing themselves, as far as I know. So this might be some blogger issue.

MMayes said...

I don't have one of the best blogs around and I lost 9% of my followers. OK, so I went from 11 to 10. I wonder if General Juma from Sangala is responsible for this (you'd have to watch "24" to get this)?

Steve said...

I also lost a follower . . . hope to gain them back as well as find new ones . . .

Captain Canuck said...

well, that's dumb... now I have to check all the blogs I follow to see if I still am following. That makes my head hurt...

dayf said...

I lost 4 too, so either some accounts got purged or Google goofed. Probably not a big deal.

steveisjewish said...

I too lost someone.