477 is the number of human beings that visited this very site on the inaugural Banana Peel Thursday. WOWZA! To me, this is unbelievable! It is also really thought provoking...
I am a terrible host. As soon as someone walks in my door, I don't know if I should give them a hug, hide a dirty sock I spy behind the couch or offer them somewhere to sit. Since I am so indecisive and awkward, I immediately start talking their ear off, to the point that in mid conversation, they feel parched and they have to ask me for a glass of water! Sheesh!
I have often thought how lucky I was to NOT be born in the twenties because I would have made an awful 50's housewife.
So what does this mean for someone who just started hosting guest authors on her blog? Is she doomed for the same crazed hostess fate? Well, I have learned a few things from this last week.
There are some definite perks of being a blog-host as opposed to an at-home-host. Let me share them with you. As a blog-host:
1. I don't have to clean my house
2. or do my hair
3. or find a shirt that doesn't make me look pregnant (my youngest is two, however, still packing)
4. WAIT TIME... there is wait time in between posts, between comments, etc., This allows me, as my blog-host-self, time to regain my rational thinking abilities so I don't sit there wondering what to say or do like my at-home-host-nincompoop-self would.
This week's experience also caused me to pause and reflect on how I could polish this series. I paused, I reflected, and then I pondered...
1(a). How much luck the universe will actually have to dish out to me in the up coming months in order to find enough children's authors to participate in Banana Peel Thursdays each week (yikes!)...for the next year!!! (Double yikes!)
2(a). If there was something I could give each literary guest in return for their participation. I am so appreciative! Thinking bronzed banana peel, whatcha think?
3(a). If there was something to give returning viewers in return for checking out these authors' posts. Again, so appreciative! =)
Then I realized how amazing it would be to create a badge to unite all of us who ADMIT to their banana peel slips and feel PRIDE in those slips (and any post-slip owies)!
So, in conclusion, I have two questions for YOU blogosphere...
1(b). For a future Banana Peel Thursdays (BPT) badge, I would love to create a silly slogan: I SLIP ON BANANA PEELS!*, for example...any ideas? Please shoot them my way!
*disclaimer: silly slogan example is not that silly
2(b). Is there any illustrator out there who would like to design a BPT badge just for kicks and a great, big bloggie hug? This badge would be made available for participating authors and/or readers to show on their blogs, who have no shame in admitting that they too fall on their tushies every once in a while!
Yes. Even her!