I had the oddest thing happen to me a couple of days ago. I was in a store looking at light bulbs and I saw a man rushing at me out of the corner of my eye.
When he got about four feet away he said "You're Karen Schindler! I love you!" which was kind of odd since I have a good memory for faces and I was sure that I'd never seen him before in my life.
He closed the distance between us and when he got right next to me he started telling me everything he loved about Miscellaneous Yammering.
I listened for a while and when he paused for breath I stuck out my hand and said
"Hi, I'm Karen and you are?"
The whole thing was surreal.
I felt like a rock star or something.
I didn't stop grinning for hours.
An interesting thing that came of the encounter [besides a gigantic boost to my ego] was a suggestion that the man made.
He asked me to put buttons on the blog that took people to my funny stuff, to my flash fiction and to his favorite piece … Tail lights and Testosterone.
So I did.
They're now at the top of the right hand column under Easy Navigation.
Now here's the part that boggles my mind.
I've had people from near and far contact me via email about things that I've written. People I know in real life read me and often talk to me about something I wrote that they particularly loved.
My regular readers make my day when they take the time to comment on something I've written and the readers and writers from the flash group from #fridayflash are pretty amazing at commenting too. And I do have a lot of Ohio readers, so Ohio knows who I am on the web.
But to have someone recognize me just when I was out and about and then to take the time to stand and tell me about looking forward to reading some new fiction that I've written, or about anticipating the next wacky thing that I'll talk about on the blog just blew me away.
I guess it was a good idea of Alan's to put my picture on the blog. [he's from Australia]
And I wouldn't have done it if Estrella hadn't made me into pop art. [she's from Romania]
And I wouldn't have started blogging in the first place if it wasn't for Sir. [he's from Virginia]
And if I hadn't started blogging I wouldn't have met all of you wondrous guys either. [you know where you're from]
But it's really cool to know that folks in my near neck of the woods appreciate me as well.
And I found that out because Dave took the time to rush up to me in a store and tell me he likes my work and that he thinks that I'm funny.
It was very cool to be recognized like that.
Surreal, but cool.
And so I just wanted to say thanks and that you made my day Dave. [he's from Ohio]