Probably not. I haven't been anywhere in the neighborhood of Open Salon in months. Years, really. And I'm sure by now the neighborhood has changed. New people have moved into some of my favorite cover spots. The Squirrels and Wonderhorses have been replaced by... well... I don't know. Other absurd animals, I guess. I'd probably know if I were still around here.
But the point is: you probably don't know who I am. Most of the folks who do are probably long gone. But I used to hang around this joint a lot. The editors seemed to like me, and were quite generous in promoting my tip-tap-typings. I got to be on the cover from time to time. But now, coming back to the old neighborhood, I'm a nobody. Just another face in the crowd.
And that's A-OK by me. The old have to die to make room for the new. That's the way it's always been and that's the way it always will be. Only fools try to fight it, and not the good kind of fool that does a lot of kissing and dancing and rushing in.
So that's why I thought it was odd to get two messages in my OS inbox about my hair in the past week. Two, in one week. I get a ton of spam in my OS inbox--I never even checked it when I blogged here regularly--but I recieved email alerts about these two messages, so I knew they were legit. And they were legit. They both referenced this old blog post from March of 2009. Twenty-eight months ago. My old blog posts are still getting traffic? I decided to check it out. And sure enough, my old blog posts are still getting traffic:
I can understand the Michael Jackson post getting 300 hits in the past month, since that post was built on a series of images comparing MJ to Elvis and always got a lot of traffic through Google image searches. But 200 hits this past month for a post about my outlandishly curly hair? Really? 140 hits for my open letter to the full frontal nudists at my gym? What are you people putting into your google searches?
So even though I'm gone, it looks like my old storefront on the corner is still here, waiting for me. Someone's been paying the utility bills. I few people are still trickling into my shop, and the AdSense pennies are still slowly piling up. But now I'm an antiques dealer. Can I interest you in a humorous Nancy Drew book review? It's vintage! Or how about a clever sonnet about malfunctioning technology? It's a classic, and if you like it, it's the first of a series! So step right up! Just leave your pennies on the counter.