I don’t really consider myself much of a fanboy. I don’t get all wrapped up in sports stats, who gets traded to whom. Musicians as a whole leave me pretty, “Meh.” I love to listen to their music, but the thought of meeting one of them doesn’t really fill me with stars-in-the-eyes superstar giggles.
Bloggers, now? Yeah. THAT gets me moist.
I don’t know why it is, but I have “followed” or read some of the more prolific bloggers for about as long as we’ve had blogs. Yes, you obstreperous young pups, there was a time before blogs when all we had were newsgroups and BBS’s. Shut up.
I’ve had a lot of my favorite writers/bloggers move on to other things, perhaps something as simple as realizing that blogging conflicted with things like job and family, and so they rather irrationally opted to pursue the latter at the expense of their little slice of bloggery fame. Go figure.
Anyway, so when I go over to Rachel Lucas’ blog, and leave a comment, and then she actually responds to me, specifically, in person, THEN, oh yes, I get all stupid giggly like a tweener at a Bieber concert, and OHMAGOSHOHMAGOSHOHMAGOSH did you see?! He looked right at ME! And He smiled! OMG I think I just DIED!1!!1!!!111!
Yeah. It’s kinda like that.
Don’t know why. Rachel seems like just a generally awesome chic, real, down-to-earth, and her simple, honest, engaging style is what makes me love to read her stuff. I’ve read her site since way back, back when she was the “old” Rachel, who then took some crazy haitus, and came back as the new-n-improved Rachel, only to sort of bail again after the whole leaving-the-dogs-and-moving-to-Europe, but then she was BACK, and, ah, life was just a little sweeter again.
Yeah, no, really, nothing creepy here folks, at ALL. Move along, move along.
But, she HAS rather sort of carved out a little niche of her own bloggery fame, and so I guess the thought of someone so well established and well respected in Blogdom to take notice of little ol’ me, well, I guess it does make me a little fanboyish.
Strange as it may seem, my favorite bloggers are my “superstars.” Some people get all bent and slippery about someday meeting their favorite athletes, rock stars, politicians or nuclear physicists, but I guess my heroes are bloggers.
Well, okay, I would probably stand in line, in the rain, for three days to meet Amanda Tapping (LtCol Samantha Carter) from Stargate, but other than that, really, nothing. Okay, maybe I lied a little there. Richard Castle. I’d gleefully knife a guy in the kidney to get behind the rope and shake hands with Nathan Fillion, on whom I’ve had a bit of a completely hetro man-crush since first mainlining Firefly directly into my carotid artery several years ago.
But, as bloggers go, I’d probably stutter and stammer like a school girl meeting Brad Pitt if I ever got to meet Ms. Lucas.
I’m thinking Jeff Goldstein of Protein Wisdom would be cool to meet as well. And LeAnn is slowly moving up my list of stalker favorites. I guess after you spend so much time reading and “spending time” with these people, you start to feel like you actually know them. It’s a wierd sort of vicarious relationship. I remember very clearly two different times when one of my favorite, long-term bloggers died. I’d go to their site, and someone from their family or a friend had logged on and posted the news that they’d passed on. Both times it was like a punch in the gut, because it really felt like I’d lost a friend. Sure, they didn’t know me from Adam, but I knew THEM, and that’s why it hurt.
So I guess maybe that’s why sometimes I feel like the nerdy kid at school whose biggest achievement is to be noticed by one of the “popular” kids, who, much to your surprise, turns out to be just a normal joe instead of jerky jock, and shazam, you actually get to know them as a person, and wow, it’s kinda cool to hang out with him (or her) and sort of soak up a little bit of their social status for a while.
And yes, maybe, despite your best efforts at self control, you let out a little, high-pitched “SQUUEEEE” of delight.
Not that I, of course, would ever do anything like that. Much. Very often.
AND…AND…AND….Frothing Mouse linked me! In the Blogroll!
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