...and it has nothing to do with inhalation.
A few months back, a loyal reader of mine, and fellow blogger was kind enough to nominate me for the 2007 Homeschool Blog Awards, in the Best Dad Blog category! I was touched by the honor.
Well, I didn't think much of it at the time, but a few days ago I thought to myself, "Isn't the voting happening about now? I wonder how my humble blog is doing?" So I went over to the host site, and looked up the votes to date....
It's pretty pathetic.
Ok, it's a field of 7. I'm not first. I'm not second...
I'm sixth. And the one guy I'm actually leading, has configured his site to block any browser that doesn't allow pop-up ads--meaning in practice that no one using Firefox or Mozilla can read his site--just MS Internet Explorer.
Let me reiterate: I'm losing to every guy except the one who's configured his site to lock out any browser that doesn't permit his pop-up ads.
As of this writing, there have been 432 votes cast with one day left in the voting, and I have all of 6% of the total. (They don't display the exact number at the site, but that works out to about 26 votes. I'm in Dennis Kucinich territory here, fercryingoutloud.)
Well, after doing a little investigating, it appears that most of the other Dads have been actively campaigning for this thing. Imagine! They're actively grubbing for votes! Can they do that?
I, of course, am too proud to pander to the unwashed masses. This is why I'll never be elected to anything. ;-)
We dads do tend to be a competitive lot, though. And if you aren't winning, one time-honored strategy is to change the rules.
So, notice the pitiful state of the guy who's in seventh place in the poll. Don't you feel sorry for him? I think, that to cheer him up, some nice people should go over to the site and give him some love. It should only take about 25 or so of you.
There's more than one way to end up at the extreme end of a ranking. ;-)