Thursday, January 29, 2009

Slighted

I've complained before about my blog's position in the various nonexistent hierarchies that I make up and pretend are real and somehow important. But today my offense when no offense was intended reached a new level. I was reading Andrew McLean's blog, as I do every day, and even made a comment commending his good work and mentioning how I had recently purchased products from his sponsors, when I noticed the Wasatch Backcountry links section of his blog.

Guess who has a link in the Wasatch Backcountry section of Andrew's blog? No, not me, Dug. If you mouseover, it says "Specializing in the Southern Wasatch." Wanna know how many tours Dug's been on this year that I didn't go with him? Exactly 1, that's how many. And that's only because I had food poisoning. So instead of skiing, I was at home in the fetal position waiting for my innards to explode.

And you know who else has a link in the Wasatch Backcountry section? UTRider, that's who. UTRider just got a new pair of skis. You know who picked them out for him? Me. Except it wasn't just "you should get the Line Prophet 100 in a 186," it was more like he sent me at least 3,000 links to various pairs of skis for sale, and I kept telling him why the Lines were a better ski choice and why he should get the 186. Oh, and he doesn't ski in the backcountry, either (still working on that). Not that it matters, but I just thought I'd point that out since those links are in fact labeled "Wasatch Backcountry."

I'm really not sure how to deal with this. I mean, it could be that Andrew is just yet to discover my blog, and once he does, he'll be one of my most faithful readers, and I'll get a link and even invitations to ski with him. Or, it could be that my blog really does suck that bad and that my handful of readers are either reading and commenting because they're getting paid as part of some social experiment of which I'm unaware or because my mother asked them to so I'd feel more included or for some other reason along those lines.

I really shouldn't be offended that someone I don't know and have never met doesn't have a link to my blog. But here's the thing--blogger has this feature called "followers" where you can "follow" someone's blog. I used to have two followers, 331 Miles, and a friend whom I've known since the 6th grade. Except that the friend whom I've known since the 6th grade just dropped me as a follower, so I'm down to one again.

If you see me today, and my eyes are all red and misty, it's because of the allergies. Really it is. Even though nothing is in bloom and the smog is mostly cleared from the valley. It's just a reaction. I'm not hurt about any of this. At all.

20 comments:

  1. you've seen the Truman Show, right?

    is this the part where i offer you a beer and tell you how great life is?

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  2. I'm looking for the cameras as we speak. Still trying to figure out who in Boise was employed by the studio.

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  3. This is very serious indeed.

    My advice is to dump your friends and only hang with losers. Then, you can move up the hierachial chain of command.

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  4. Kim, I fear this is the approach my so-called friends have adopted with me.

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  5. Did I seriously just misspell hierarchical? I think we know which loser I am referring to...

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  6. It's just a misunderstanding. He'll discover your blog soon enough.

    (That'll be another $5, Rachel.)

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  7. I met UTRider once - thought he was a cool guy. Can't blame AM for linking to a cool guy.

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  8. Rob, I don't blame AM for linking to anyone--they all deserve. I just want in on that party.

    Unless of course you meant "UTRider is a cool guy. Can't blame AM for linking to a cool guy. [Ski Bike Junkie is NOT a cool guy. Can't blame AM for NOT linking to a NOT cool guy.]"

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  9. Didn't mean that.

    If I had a blog i'd link to you.

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  10. I've had a link to your blog for months. If I remember correctly you just linked to mine this week. Me, I'd be more upset that the guy you've skiied with all but 1 time this season still hasn't added a link to your blog...

    AM did, however, respond to your comment you left on his latest post. So in a weird, internet sort of way you can now say that the two of you have spoken.

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  11. UTRider, a significant portion of my non-RSS traffic comes from your blog, so thanks for the link. Sorry about the oversight. But then again, you don't need lowlife links like mine since you've got important internet friends like Andrew McLean and Belgium Knee Warmers.

    Weird, internet sort of friends seem to be all the rage these days, so I'll count the virtual conversation. Wonder if AM is on facebook?

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  12. I feel your pain. You are definitely mistreated.

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  13. Kris - thanks. I'll mail you a check today. What are we up to?

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  14. WOW! Holy smokes! I never thought you would even notice. As you can tell, I am still following.
    I just stopped following publicly and began following anonymously. I have now fixed my erroneous ways.

    "so called friends" is pretty harsh.

    I am still waiting to hear from you -(how long have you been back in Utah?)
    You know that call or email so that our families can get together -- when your busy schedule permits ;-)

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  15. Caprice--when you only have two followers, losing one is apparent. :)

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  16. Junkie: I don't know you, except as an internet friend, and I read your blog. And UTRider if you're listening, thanks for the link to this blog and all the gazillion others. If I want to see what all the cool people are up to (which is several times a day because I easily get bored/distracted) I go to UTRider's blog who has the most comprehenseive RSS feed for cool people. Dug can thank UTRider too since that's how I found his blog (although I would have found it anyway due to his recent prolific contributions on AM's site).

    Regarding your feeling of "slightment," I heard that if you publicly proclaim that you have a fat man crush on AM (I only do so in secret), he'll link you. No promises, I've just heard. . .

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  17. Rachel,

    Let's see, at $5 per comment that's $35, plus the $25 for moving services so the total is $50

    (I added wrong just to bug "spreadsheet wiz" Mark.)

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  18. Dug sent me a very nice note which was taped to a new pair of Dynafit ST Verticals with the name of his blog spelled out in large block letters. :)

    As a passing note, I took my worst fall of the season today. I was on an almost flat slope going about 5mph when I hit a pocket of crust, flipped forward and smacked into an aspen tree with the back of my thigh. I'm currently swimming in humiliation and pain.

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  19. Andrew,

    Thanks for the comment and the link. Glad to know that even steep skiing rock stars like you crash once in a while. Now please don't read the post I just wrote about being a complete and total ninny on Superior yesterday.

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