As I put more of myself out into the world, I began to wonder what others had to say about their worlds, too. I figured I might as well stick with the semi-familiar, so I searched out people from my own neck of the woods to see what they had put out there for all the world to see. It didn't take much searching to find Tony's Kansas City.
Tony was the first person to link to my blog, and I have to admit - I felt a little proud and excited the first time I saw my blog in that sidebar. I damn near choked on my coffee the first time he linked to an actual story of mine. On that day, I almost felt famous. Laugh if you want to, but that's a feeling I don't think I'll ever forget. It ranks right below being published in an obscure Victorian literary journal. Maybe it's tied.
Why am I writing about Tony? Because, for better or for worse, he's the first Kansas City blog I head to every morning. He's introduced me to almost every local blog that I read, and he's constantly steering me towards new ones or forgotten ones. He may joke about living in his mother's basement (which may or may not be an actual joke), but that living arrangement gives him plenty of time to scour the local blogosphere for items he sees as fitting pieces of minutiae for his blog. And while I may not agree with everything he says or how he says it, I won't ever fail to acknowledge the service he does for the blogging community in general by being the megaphone for the rest of us. For that, he gets a big "thank you."
When I wrote of my experience with Photographx Unlimited, I had a strong suspicion that Tony would link to it, which would give it way more exposure than my average post about shaving my cat or poetry. As I was writing, I had the thought in the back of my head that those poor saps at that store had no idea what they had unleashed, that hell hath no fury like a blogger scorned. My story wouldn't just reach me, it would reach the entire city, and they would lose way more than my business. And the cool thing is, Tony totally got it. Not only did he link to the post, he read between the lines and got exactly what I was trying to do, in his usual tongue-in-cheek fashion:
What Sitstay goes on to describe is a classic Kansas City instance of "screwing over the wrong person." And I've got to admit that I'll probably avoid the retailer she mentions.
And while bloggers have had virtually no impact on local politics, media or community organizing it's still nice that local business people might show a little bit more respect to clients with an ax to grind behind the safety of a computer screen...
Exactly. Ex-actly! For the record, I don't consider Tony's a "joke blog." I prefer. "blog with jokes."
I've had more comments on my post about Photographx Unlimited than on any other post in the almost-five-year history of my blog. It's both exciting and humbling to know people actually read this thing, and even more so to know that we have connections and that we can affect more than just Internet traffic. I'm both glad and sad to know others have had similiar experiences at that camera shop, or at other types of speciality retailers. My hope is that some of these offending mom-and-pop shops read the post and the comments and take a look at what it is they're doing that is potentially killing their business. I don't want local businesses to shut down. I like and prefer local businesses to big-box stores. But I also have a budget, and a low tolerance for being treated like I'm stupid.
So anyway, thanks to everyone who reads my blog. I love doing it, and I'll keep it up until I run out of things to say.