I don't know about the rest of the world, but the heat wave here in the UK has been declared a "level three", which apparently means it's a danger to the vulnerable (e.g. the elderly, the very young and yours truly).
To quote John Lydon, this is "no fun"!
So, except for necessary trips to the Post Office to mail out eBay sale items, I shall be staying indoors next to my collection of electric fans until this insanity has passed us by and we can all start moaning about how it's raining all the time again.
Had an email from Google HQ the other day pointing out that I was still using the "Followers" widget and that I should really switch over to the Google+ widget - I didn't think it was worth pointing out that I have that as well on HeroPress already.
The point about the two different widgets for me is that people who "sign up" by clicking on the "Follow Blog" widget have made a conscious choice to follow my blog and I therefore consider them "interested" in what I have to say. Not everything, of course, but generally I believe these are the people who are, at least, reading the headlines and are more likely to read on.
The Google+ widget casts a much wider (and less selective) net and the chances are three-quarters of the people in my Google+ circles probably don't even know I write a blog. They're just people with broadly similar interests (and a selection of spam bots).
Yes, they might find something of interest on HeroPress, but I'm not going to go round each and every one of them trying to hawk my wares and hope they'll then read my blog.
If they're on Google+ they probably get enough drivel cascading across their interface every minute anyway.
I hope this isn't a sign of the end times for the Followers widget as I use it as one gauge, along with comments, as to the relative success - or failure - of HeroPress at any particular juncture.
But enough waffle, we've got a new recruit for our big adventure. So we please join me in a boisterous rendition of that '70s classic Disco Inferno to welcome:
- Darrel Rossouw