As of 9:43 pm, Friday, September 10 11:18am, 9.11.10 9.12.10 , one-hundred-seventy-six (176) 182 184 188 of you have introduced yourself to the rest of the Read-Along Gang (not to be confused with the Get-Along Gang–anyone remember them??).
And call me anal (although I prefer the term “selectively anal” since that’s closer to the truth), but I copied/pasted all of your names and locations and a short blurb from your intro into a Word document which I will soon print out and use to pray for you on a (hopefully) regular basis.
I even have you categorized by state (or country). I know! What do I (not) do all day that I have this kind of time on my hands, right?
I’m not printing it out quite yet, because we’ve got latecomers still introducing themselves, which is more than fine; it’s super actually. So if you’re joining the Read-Along (and want us to know who you are), just take a quick sec to say hi.
While my primary love affair is with words, not numbers, I still find numbers fascinating on occasion. And while the Read-Along Stats are not important, per se, they’re interesting, so I’ll share a few of them.
43 44 45 46 = the # of people joining us from my home state of Ohio.
33 34 = the # of those Radical Ohioans I know in real life. I’m delighted that so many of my friends from church and otherwise gave in to my persistent pestering. (The rest of them hide when they see me coming.)
26 27 28 29 = the # of Texans joining in the Read-Along. Texas and I have a thing for each other, and I’m delighted that so many of y’all are here.
8 = the # of Floridians joining the Read-Along. And all the rest of you are pretty well spread out all over the place.
32 33 34 = the # of states represented in the Read-Along (we’re just missing Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine).
8 9 = the # of countries repped. Australia, Canada, Haiti, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Tanzania, United States. (And Jen from Cambodia who has not officially introduced herself and is totally getting called out in front of the class.)
171 = the # of you who are nervous about reading this book.
173 = the # of you who are excited about reading the book.
(okay, so those final 2 statistics might be guesstimates)
Heads up for Monday: Gabe and I are going to give Mr. Linky (where you get to link to your own blog posts) a test run. So I’ll need a few people to help me out by picking one of their favorite blog posts from the past and posting a link to it on Monday. Thanks! (EDIT: to clarify, you will choose one of YOUR favorite posts from YOUR blog to link to, just to make sure we can easily get people to your blog)
And also: your Radical post for Tuesday can be about whatever your heart desires (preferably pertaining to the book in some way). I’ll ask a question or 2 on my blog post that you can answer in the comments if you’d like, but there’s no special format for your post (thank you to those of you who asked about this).
Have a great weekend!