Do you ever feel you are being bitten in the butt by your own advice? Well, that’s how I’m feeling right now. And it is, well, it’s a bit odd. Because as I’m sure you’ve noticed, my advice is usually something you can depend on. Live by. Hang your hat on.
You see, a while back, my blogging buddy TwinDaddy of StuphBlog wrote a post about how uncomfortable he is getting compliments.
Naturally, being the good friend/know-it-all that I am, I gave him a piece of advice:
“[G]et used to it, TwinDaddy,” I said in the comments. “We folks who hang out here think you’re swell. Now say thanks and smile.”
And isn’t that the proper way to respond to a compliment? No hemming and hawing, no self-deprecating remarks, no false modesty. Just a simple thank you and a smile.
But tonight I find myself in a bit of a dilemma. A quandary. A pickle. And well, I’m not sure if my own advice isn’t coming back to bite me. Because I’ve gotten a compliment and I don’t really know how to respond.
I feel like hemming and hawing.
I feel like making a self-depreciating remark.
I feel like being unusually/unnaturally modest.
You see, the last week was a fantastic one here at FiftyFourAndAHalf. Out of the STAT-is-sphere, if you know what I mean. And it follows closely on my tour of the ‘sphere, with Peg and Darla and Michelle. March has been a blast.
And it is ending just as well as it began! But it is a bit confusing. Because this past week, I’ve gotten more followers than I got in the entire rest of my nearly two years of blogging.
Cool, you say. Congratulations! I want to puncture her ego (oh, wait, you wouldn’t say that to me, would you — you’re my friend!) But the thing is, I don’t know how to accept this ummm, compliment. Why not? Why not just smile and say thank you?
Because in the last week, I haven’t written a word. Nope. Not one.
So I’m trying to figure out if the secret to getting more followers is to, ummm, not write anything.
To my new bloggin’ buddies – welcome. I’m in the process of checking out your blogs. Thanks for stopping by here and letting me razz you a bit. Thank you for following me. I’m smiling.