31 March 2006

The Friendless Marching Band

Today I was featured on the "Friends of the Friendless Marching Band" blog. As far as I can tell, it's run by a nice woman named Carol who sends her bandmates out into the world -- okay, out into the internet -- looking for blogs that they like but that don't get enough comments.

This is what they said about me:

Today`s featured site is Excellent Walker. She is a single New Yorker who gathers observations as she walks the streets of her city. Why do I like this blog?

It`s definitely a slice of New York life.
She is a former journalist who also writes fiction.
She cares about the world and is grateful for what she has.

All of which is very sweet, and I am grateful for all the FFMB members who came by today to read and comment on my blog.

But I also feel a little pathetic now. Why am I so friendless? Is it so obvious?

Actually, what it is is this: I haven't been walking much for the last few months, mostly because of the winter weather, partly because of just general feeling down-ness (also related to the winter weather, I'm sure), so I haven't been able to write. There's a connection between writing and walking for me; or maybe it's a connection between feeling good and writing, and walking makes me feel good.

Whatever it is, now that it's warmer, I'll start walking again, and writing more posts, and then you'll all come back every day and love me, you'll really love me!


Blogger DwayneinBonanza said...

Hi Excellent Walker thought pop by and say Hi from the FFMB bunch. Hey I like to walk to but not so good lol I do walk two miles when I go which I do couple times a week. The weather is warm and I have got out more latly. God bless

6:20 PM  
Blogger Stuntmother said...

Hey, do you remember when they found me and I was all aerated about being described as friendless? It's interesting that they should land on both of us, huh?

I love you.

Oh -- here's my post on the subject. I did feel a little bad afterwards. http://stuntmother.blogspot.com/2005/10/i-have-no-friends-or-something-like.html

6:54 PM  
Blogger -R- said...

Hey, I'm here from the FFMB. I don't think being honored by the band means you have no friends; it just means you need more readers. =) At least that is what I tell myself since I was found by the FFMB as well.

8:17 PM  
Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Hi, just marching through with the band. Friendless is probably not the best word. Maybe overlooked would be better. What blogger doesn't like getting comments. I've made some good friends from these weekly visits and found some great sites that I probably wouldn't have found on my own.

My kids live in Tuckahoe, and Brooklyn. You have some fabulous places to walk.

9:07 PM  
Blogger TNChick said...

I personally don't like the name of our band because of what you said "is it obvious I'm friendless?" I also think the name is discouraging... but that doesn't stop me from vistin' all the great sites they feature! :)

I agree with -r- up there. No, you aren't friendless - just some folks won't comment on blogs and I'm not sure why... I'm a comment happy gal.

Don't think of us as the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band - think of us as the Friendly Friends Marching Band :)

9:11 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Hi everyone,
I am disappointed when people take this so seriously as to take it in the wrong spirit. I myself was friendless and am unashamed of that.
FFMB was inspired by the late great Lucille Ball and the FFMB that befriended her when they thought that she was friendless. Lucy friendless? Nope but that was the band thought. I am proud of the name.

Anyways, I am here to invite Excellent Walker to be a member of the band. We have excellent bloggers in the band and I'm sure that you would enjoy getting to know them and future friendless sites we will be visiting.

Hope you will join. See my blog for details.

Thanks for being a good sport!

10:42 PM  
Blogger zeb said...

I see friendless as more of a figure of speech. I think of us as soon to be recognized for our unique abilities. Look arround you and enjoy the expressionism of those who are not quite popular.
If you are the cheerleader or trackstar type maybe you would be happier somewhere else. I feel that this site caters to those who are not afraid to be different, artistic or creative. Those who just don't get it have to understand that the site is what it is and maybe it is not for you

12:02 AM  
Blogger sister celtic said...

right carol our conductor me too i was friendless too.. well i'm marching through i play cymbils and mainly the pots and pans.. great blog..ffmb

12:38 AM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Hi! I'm here from the FFMB. This is why I joined the march.

2:50 AM  
Blogger PG said...

Your wonderful NY infused blog is like a superb little restaurant which only a few people know about and like to keep secret...blimey, now the whole world is going to know and I'll have to book in advance! :)

4:11 AM  
Blogger Beckie said...

Hi. Well, despite the discouraging comment above, I just joined and I'm looking forward to it! Part of the fun of blogging is meeting new people. I like your blog and will be visiting again!

6:10 AM  
Blogger Imran said...

Interesting observations on NY, live from the city's streets. Must come back again often. Happy weekend from FFMB member.

12:29 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

even though it's a day late, welcome to the band!!

1:36 PM  
Blogger Artpuppy872 said...

I love your blog! I am a member of the FFMB. I hope you join! I used to be one of the friendless blogs, but Carol came to the rescue! Keep up the great work!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Hi Excellent Walker! Since you're a walker you won't have any trouble keeping up with the band.

8:17 PM  
Blogger mompoet said...

Hi Excellent Walker,
I'm a longtime "Friendly." I felt the same way when Carol first contacted me, but then I figured, "Lots of people read my blog, but just a few comment. It will be great to get more comments." I love all of my new friendlies who visit and comment regularly. Maybe the name is misleading but FBWBGRBNC (Friends of Bloggers Whose Blogs Get Read But Not Commented) is too much of a mouthful.
Welcome to the band. I love your reflections of home-getting and life in the big city.

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Pez said...

We already really love you!

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there,

We would like to be included in your march for friendliness. We are actually going a step further and marching to raise money for actual marching bands who are in need across the country. Your friendliness network is greatly appreciated to pass the word about this worthy event. March4Music.com

6:07 PM  

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