Things that make me say…Oh, Ah…and Wow

Oh…I’m so glad to see you. I truly am. Now where was I?

OH…

Listen…Oh, my new followers….oh, oh, oh…I’m really excited you decided to follow me. Whatever WordPress, Automattic folks, whatever it is you’re doing, because I didn’t get the press about this. It feels like a long, drawn-out version of being Freshly Pressed. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s fun. So, if you’ve followed me due to the little feature that’s currently on display (do you know what I’m talking about?)….Well, welcome! I hope you come back. Please say hello. I won’t bite!

New friends, you must have seen something enticing here in The Bumble Files, and whatever it is I will not be questioning it. I, for one, have followed a few blogs myself. It kind of feels like Christmas. I’ve even been invited to join blogs I already follow. A glitch? Perhaps. This begs the question, is Automattic just trying to pull the wool over our eyes? I’ve heard some people inadvertently, mistakenly, by some freak of nature have un-followed their blogging friends…and this, this could be a slick way for people to become re-aquainted with their friends. See, some of us are paying attention here. Uh huh.

For those of you who have re-found me or are following me for the first time, this is not The Boob Files if this is what, in fact, brought you here. It’s no joke. This is one of my most popular searches and…oh…I’ve considered renaming my blog to The Boob Files. Of course, this would imply that this is a girlie girl, chick blog where I talk about matters that concern women. I could do this. Or, I could become something else entirely. I found Ashley’s blog over at Zebra Garden so delightful, I wanted to be Amy’s Garden. Hmm. See, I’ve really been experiencing some inner turmoil….

But AH…

I was at the Senior Clubhouse and I heard Wham’s! “Careless Whisper” in Muzak, easy-listening style. It took me a few seconds…

and then I said…Ah.

Certainly you know the tune. Here’s a refresher:

I’m never gonna dance again
guilty feet have got no rhythm
Though it’s easy to pretend
I know you’re not a fool.

This isn’t quite it, but it’s close enough:

Actually, it made me think of the long summer dresses, you know, the Maxi Dress. Ahhhhh, the Maxi Dress. Truthfully, it seems like a ton of fabric because it’s loooonnnnggg. And it’s hot, I would imagine. I can just feel the sweat dripping.

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Of course, take this outfit to the beach, and it’s perfect. There, barefoot, you feel the sand through your toes. A little necklace as an accent will dress it right up. Now, it’s a dinner dress. (Have I lost my male readership?)

Maxi Dress on the Beach

It’s also the kind of dress that you can get away with.wearing nothing underneath…have you come back? That was easy….

WOW…

I’ve saved the best for last. First, let me say I am spellbound. Truth. The other day, I wrote a Friday Fictioneer flash entitled, Book Club Stalker, with two main characters named Simon and Ian.

Lo and behold, t, a fellow Fictioneer, (his blog, as long as I’m singing), comments that he has two sons named Simon and Ian. So, not only did I include the name of one of his sons, but both! Not only that, if that weren’t enough, but t tells me that my characters even embody the personalities of his two sons. Strange, yes? What are the chances? Incredible.

Not to mention that my story is about a stalker (t must think I’m stalking him). No, t, there’s no chance. But can you even believe that my story is about a stalker? I am mystified.

Is it the collective consciousness at work? Perhaps, t and I have met in a former life. There’s no other explanation. Do you have a better one?

What about you? Has anything blown your mind lately?

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68 thoughts on “Things that make me say…Oh, Ah…and Wow

  1. I’m not sure what’s going on with new follows lately. I believe we’re all getting a dozen or more new follows a day, and not the kind we want. It takes time to sort through the legit from the non-legit. I hope I don’t fail to acknowledge a true new follower by mistake.

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    1. I’m not sure what to make of it. I have new followers who never come back and I can’t go meet them all since there’s only so much time in a day. But I see I’ve had a few return with this post. So, we’ll see!

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  2. I can’t keep up with all the new follows I’ve gotten lately! Some of them are definitely fake accounts, but some of them have ended up being real bloggers. It’s nice to pump up the numbers, but it’s nicer to have only a few people I regularly interact with.

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    1. Oh, it’s good to have a discussion about this, Jen. I’ve been secretly wondering. Honestly, I can barely keep up with the blogs I already follow. Right? There’s a limit for anyone, unless you have the power to stop time. Yes, there’s been a few interesting ones, and many I haven’t looked at. Numbers are good, but what’s that all about anyway when you don’t know them. It’s not as much fun.

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      1. Totally agreed! I also have a hard time keeping up, and I have a list of people I check on intermittently just to make sure they didn’t get lost in my feed. That’s why I’ll comment on things days old sometimes!

        And I think if it’s our time to spend, we should spend it how we want. It’s hard not to feel obligated to read everyone who follows us, but it isn’t realistic.

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      2. In the beginning, I followed everyone who followed me. How many can you truly follow. I want to see the stats on this. Even if you could do it 24/7. Not that anyone possibly can. You would go insane! It’s curious thing, and while I like seeing the follow button lit up and it doesn’t mean as much if I never know them.

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      3. It’s literally impossible. It wasn’t until I found all of these great writers on WordPress that I understand how book agents must feel. So much talent, not enough time.

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  3. It is weird. I thought one follower was fake and it turned out he was real. It’s like band names. You think, that’s not a real name, but yes, Wham! was the name of a real band. Now I’m thinking about guilty feet again. I want to click on the followers to see their blogs, but I’m afraid of potential blog cooties with all the fakes out there. Speaker showed several on her blog – most enlightening if you, say, want chicken recipes.

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    1. Chicken recipes?! I guess you can’t have too many of those? Interesting. If Wham is the name of a band, who knows what blog band names are out there. Bands? This is all very strange, Alice. I think we feel down the rabbit hole. I’ll go check out Speakers post. I feel like I should invest a little time myself, and just haven’t been able to yet!

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  4. I’m glad you brought this up. I’ve been scratching my head as well. I was wondering if it had anything to do with the massive botnet attack. I’ve gotten some business followers. But there is that new feature in my reader: recommended blogs. I think that might have something too. But I’m quite miffed at WP kicking blogs out of reader. What the heck!! Boob files haaa and thanks for getting that doing stuck in my head.

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    1. A botnet attack? Oh, I hadn’t heard, Audra. Business followers, huh? This is all very peculiar. It’s just weird to get followers who never return. I’m just trying to open the door here. Yes, I think the recommended blog feature has much to do with it. My reader has never worked that well. I’m sure I miss many blogs that way. I probably have too many in there. Secretly, I will be the Boob Files! Our secret.

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  5. You said, “I’ve even been invited to join blogs I already follow.” Every time I get a “like” I’m told they thought it was awesome! I should head over to their blog and check it out. If they thought it was awesome, wouldn’t they have said it in a comment? And I ALREADY FOLLOW THEM! WP sucks. But your blog is awesome! Even if it ain’t “The Booby Files”.

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    1. He Who, thank you so much! I need to head over to you blog straight away. I will be over. Many of these followers have not “liked” anything. They have simply followed me. I don’t even really know if they’ve read anything. Hmm….
      Thank you for the kind words, He Who. I appreciate that.

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  6. Do you have your own Maxi Dress? Oh, they’re quite comfortable, aren’t they? Like pajamas! Actually, I don’t own one. Not yet! This summer I will get one, for some unknown reason.
    Robert, there is a limit. I question what these numbers mean, the importance of them, etc. How many blogs can you follow anyway. I agree I finally just stopped following because I’m overwhelmed already. My eyes already gloss over! Help me. Your blog is always a pleasure though. 🙂

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  7. Having so many new followers has made me think I’m doing something right. In fact, I’m doing nothing. So this proves to me that most of the followers are just bots. It has taken away some of the magic of blogging given that when I worked at it and slaved away I got a few followers. Now that I am blogging at least 50% less, my numbers sky rocket every day.
    Maybe we are all “boob files.”

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    1. That’s so funny, Tania. Since I have been getting more followers, I’ve been doing less as well. So, that isn’t it! I was a little hesitant to write about this, but I’m so glad I did. People have all kinds of stories and experiences with this. I feel like we’re all undergoing one big experiment. Maybe we are all boob files! Ha ha. It does make me realize how much I appreciate my little community! So, thanks for coming by.

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      1. I’m glad you wrote about this as well. I know others have been inundated with followers and it makes things feel diluted. I like our little community and I am always glad when a post pops into my inbox from someone I know and respect. Not from pursesandjackets2020 — not that I subscribe to them, but you know what I mean…

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      2. Diluted is a perfect way to describe it, Tania. Also, what’s the point of a number if it doesn’t mean anything, right? Ha ha…purseandjackets2020…I’ve noticed many with numbers as well. Just an observation! I do know what you mean!

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    1. Oh, gosh! The cat is OUT of the bag now!! Damn…T, I mean Troy…see I didn’t even know t stood for Troy! So nice to meet you. I think you sent this information out into the collective consciousness…yep, that’s what happened.

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      1. You mean I can do that? Pretty awesome, this “collective consciousness” thing!

        I wonder, do you think that if I started sending out mental vibes for brownies (the chewy kind vs, the cakey of course) that a whole bunch would start arriving at my door as well?

        Got’s to try me that one day…

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  8. Second blog I’ve seen in recent days commenting on getting all sorts of new followers. I’m not. Wonder what’s going on. Maybe it’s a geometrical progression kind of thing? The Simon and Ian thing is definitely interesting.

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    1. It’s all a big mystery. I didn’t know that WordPress was hit by a botnet either. I’m not sure any of this is a good thing…I, too, wonder what is going on.

      The Simon and Ian thing is fantastical. I feel lucky or something. Or maybe I’m psychic after all!

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  9. Amy,
    Susie Lindau brought it up the other day. She thinks it’s the recommended blogs on the WP reader. I’m not sure, but I, too, have been getting lots of new followers. Some actually “like” and post a comment, but many just “follow” and I never hear from them again. It looks interesting on the stats page, but I don’t know who these people are! Thanks for bringing this up.
    Cathy

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    1. Your situation sounds similar, Cathy. That’s why I decided to mention it in this post. A lot of these new followers never return, and there have been certainly more than I’m used to getting. I haven’t had time to investigate very thoroughly. So, I just put the welcome mat out there to see if anyone is listening. It makes me appreciate my blogging friends. Thanks for coming back to my blog!

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  10. Yes, I’ve been getting a steady stream of new followers, and I reckon you’re right, it must be that new feature. I don’t check out any of the new ones though, like you say, not enough time, only if they start commenting do I check them out. I don’t want to be in the position (which I already am sometimes) where I can’t always read and comment on some of my favourite blogs because of following too many. If it becomes an obligation to reciprocate here, then we lose the fun, and we’ll just burn out – I’m sure that’s why some people just suddenly stop.

    Sometimes the new followers make me laugh when you get the bit in the email that says – Great posts worth seeing from X: and then the posts have names like like ‘lkjdsfj&&&%$$$lllll’@%’ oh yes, sounds unmissable!

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    1. You too, huh? I assumed I was not alone in this. Some don’t seem legitimate and others are brand new blogs, which I think is great, only I never see them again. I thought maybe if they were new, they were shy or something. It’s always fun to get new followers, isn’t it? It does make me appreciate my little community who come back and comment and see me! It made me realize how special and important that is to me. So, thank you, Vanessa for returning to my blog! Yeah, there’s only so much time and it is good to step back and breathe a bit. I agree some have been strange.

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  11. I know how you feel but it’s fun and I am sure no-one really expects everyone to ready the blogs of each of their followers. I read all the blogs that first got my attention which I guess raises the question, am I your groupie? 🙂 and then a selection of the newer ones. I have to say every week or two a new blog appears that I find really eye-catching.

    Whenever I read the title of your blog I always have the music of The Rockford Files going round in me head…. and I never even watched that show that was really before my time. I guess that makes me the TV equivalent of people who don’t read everyones blogs. I take the catchy TV theme music and run 🙂

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    1. Ha ha. Stephen, you flatter me! I don’t think of you as a groupie, but if he want to be….:) I appreciate you following my blog. There’s just strange stuff happening on the blogosphere lately around here. It makes me really appreciate my blogging friends. I agree it’s impossible to read all your follows, humanly impossible. Now, if I were a machine, maybe I could make it happen!
      I didn’t watch the Rockford Files either, but I did watch the X Files. Watch that one?

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      1. I have noticed that the number of my followers is growing almost exponentially. I did watch X-Files and can imagine Mulder and Scully arguing over why anyone would be bothered about their blogs getting so popular even if for no good reason 🙂

        I think blogging is like a lot of things, you can have a large number of acquaintances and here, in real life or on Facebook but the number of friends you can depend on is as few as in the virtual world as in real-life. ofcourse some online friends and bloggers can be more important when the crunch comes than some real-life friends, something I have learned in the last month. I’d definitely count you as a real blogging friend and should ever visit the U.K. or I, the U.S then I am sure we would bash out the best blogpost ever over a cup of tea/coffe 🙂

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      2. Awesome, Stephen! Honestly, who doesn’t want to see their numbers grow? It does make me feel special for no good reason. Hey, I’ll take it! Right?!
        That’s a good point about crunch time and your blogging friends. More than anything this experience has given me a different perspective on numbers, followers…they don’t mean much if there’s no connection happening from them. They really are just stats and numbers. And, thanks. I count you as my blogging friend. I would love to bash out a post over coffee or tea. I can drink either 🙂

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  12. Thanks for blogging about this. I’ve been absolutely perplexed about this phenomenon for a while now.

    I did Google “WordPress botnet attack” as unfetteredbs recommended upthread, and came up with this article from nbcnews.com http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/wordpress-accounts-are-under-botnet-attack-1C9342312 but not sure if it explains the new follows.

    Of course, I may just be too stupid to understand the article, and I’m hoping someone chimes in to explain. 😉

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    1. Karen, I’ve been wondering about this for weeks myself. I see I’m not alone. I didn’t know anything about the botnet issue, and like you, don’t know if it really has anything to do with the following. I have been investigating a little and have come across some great blogs, too. It seems like the netbot issue has passed? Who could know for sure. It makes me think I need to store my posts somewhere else…Right quick.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I think some of them are “real.” Honestly, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to investigate, do you know what I mean? So, I thought I would bring out the welcome mat, and see if anyone returns. It’s good to know I’m not alone!

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    1. Denise, now that you mention it, your followers sound very similar. It’s a curious thing. Still, I know there are some good, quality blogs in there somewhere. I’m not surprised that you have some strange experiences, miss. I bet you have stories!

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  13. I’m not sure what your player is but it wasn’t available for “my area”. This happens more and more now. I am feeling like the powers that be are trying very hard to keep American Bloggers and Canadian bloggers separated. Were we naughty? Are we being punished? No matter I found a version on Youtube and remember it well.
    I love those long summer dresses. They hide a multitude of sins and are very comfortable.

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    1. Michelle,
      I’m so sorry. That blasted player!! We will not be separated by technology. I found out there are many many versions of “Careless Whisper.” My favorite was a solo acoustic guitar version. Unfortunately, I could not figure out how to add it here. The Muzak version was a little silly!

      I actually don’t have a Maxi Dress exactly. I think I will get one for the reasons you mention. Perfect!

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  14. Every time I hear a “popular” song turned into Muzak, a little part of me dies. I have never worn a maxi dress. In fact, the last time I wore a dress was at my wedding, 7 years ago. I don’t foresee wearing another dress anytime soon. And I’m looking forward to more about Simon and Ian (the characters in your story, not t’s sons).

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    1. Weebs, I’m so dreadfully sorry a part of you dies with the Muzak. This post must have been hard to read. I know how you feel. It just all seems so wrong, like they absolutely butcher the song. I can say that this “Careless Whispers” song musically is quite pretty. You might try the solo acoustic guitar version.
      I’ve considered getting a Maxi Dress, although it gets hot hot here! I don’t wear dresses much either, although I might consider it during the summer. I bet you looked pretty at your wedding, Weebs. I want to see pictures!
      Do you think I should continue writing about Simon and Ian? I need to delve further into the collective consciousness. Perhaps, I will.

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  15. The collective consciousness–I think you’ve got something going on there. I’ve had those weird moments where almost similar/closely related things happen to me and lots of random people I know who don’t even contact each other. Or maybe its just me wanting everything to have this sense of connected-ness, haha!

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    1. Jenny, thanks for the visit. I’m starting to think there is a lot to this collective consciousness thing, more than we know maybe. I’m going to put vibes out and see if anything comes back. You never know, right?

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  16. I’m really perplexed by all these new followers and am getting a dozen a day who never come by or comment. What the story? I like “the boob files”! Classic 😉

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    1. I’m glad I’m not alone, Dianne. I don’t think that helps our situation much, does it?! I don’t know what the story is either. I have the same situation…a follow and then nothing. The Classic Boob Files. I love it. It gets better and better!

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  17. The new followers have not hit me as much as you guys, but I have had some weird names and now that someone mentions it, several have been fashion sites. Maybe “follow 20 new blogs” was an assignment in a foreign fashion college?????
    I do feel close to lots of my blogging friends. Haven’t written much lately–maybe it’s that time of year–to sit back and contemplate. (How’s that to cover up lazy.)
    Someone mentioned the Reader. There have been some changes. When I click on “blogs I follow”, they are all out of order, even when the top category says “date followed”. Have also noticed that some that I follow are missing from that list. What’s up WordPress??

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    1. Hi Ly,
      It’s good to see you. I haven’t written so much either. I have about three posts floating around in my head, but I just haven’t had the time to make them happen. I understand. Contemplating is a good thing. Yes.
      I’m not going to try to make sense of any of this. It looks like this is a mystery. I just thought I would extend a welcome mat to see if anyone will come back. Maybe a few have!
      I’ve noticed that the comments have changed. They’re more like Facebook with time. I’ve also heard people losing people that they’ve followed. It’s a good thing it’s not too difficult to reunite. I have relied more on my email subscriptions than my Reader. That seems to work well.

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  18. Hey Amy! I really love your stream of funny consciousness writing …a lot. Oh so I realized you have wordpress.com and I have .org. There’s a thing that happens here that doesn’t happen out there. Although I chose dot org to have ads and to own my own content, you have community built in. Boob files very funny. Whenever I feed Fiona I say, “ready, set, booby!” I was having users sign up that had ‘.pl’ at the end. They were from Poland. ?? No to the maxi dress on short body. And I subscribe, even though I set up Feedly, because I want one stop shopping. PS. hate google anything too. Plus,Mail, Calender, Reader all bad. Like search and map only. Thanks for being the ever constant reader for me. I do not take it lightly.
    Love to you and yours,
    Shalagh
    PS (Did you comment subscribe me?)

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    1. Hey girl! I appreciate you coming back to me too. I never take anything for granted, miss! I enjoy your blog and your writing.
      I am in the mood for a dress, but it may or may not be a Maxi Dress. It’s already in the 90s here, I think ten degrees above normal. I bet it will be a hot summer. I don’t mind gmail so much, and I usually access blogs that way more often than not. I subscribed to your comments, but I don’t think I have received any. So, I will look at that again!
      Love to you, too! – Amy

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