There are quite a few sites in my reader thingy that I read whenever they write something.
Some of them write every day. Some write less frequently. Some don't write at all [but I leave them there for sentimental reasons]. Some write stuff that is occasionally interesting. Some write stuff that is always worth a read.
Recently I started noticing a badge appearing on some of my favourite sites – "A Martin Scriblerus Blog". What the fuck was that about? I followed the link.
Sure enough, there was a list of some of my respected sites, some that I had heard of and even some I had never heard of. I live a sheltered life. It looked interesting but membership was by invitation only – a closed club, a bit like the Masons.
I thought of writing to them asking for membership, but that would be groveling and I would never do that.
I thought of sending them a cheque in a brown envelope, but that would be bribery and I would never do that.
I got an email yesterday. Naturally I have to redact some of the contents as they are somewhat private.
We would like to invite you to join Martin Scriblerus, and enclose details and an image to display on your site.
We are inviting you on the one condition that you stop sending us those damned emails. 148 of them is a bit over the top!
The Scriblerus Team.
P.S. The cheque bounced.
I confess to being more than a little flattered. They have yet to send me the details of the secret handshakes, and baring my chest and all that shit and I admit I'm a little nervous about that.
I wonder if they realise that by adding my name they have lowered the standard of membership by 80%?
If not, then they soon will.