I may need higher stripper shoes

For the past almost 2 years, the Google ‘follow’ button has been my friend.
It has allowed me to click, and by doing so, let the blogger I was reading know that I appreciated what she/he had to say.
Honestly, if I didn’t like what I was reading, I’d hightail it out of the blog, probably never to return again.

However, I’ve said this before, as much as I love reading blogs, I don’t have a select few that I read religiously. Of course I have my favourites, and those are the ones I subscribe to. It’s convenient because they arrive in my email account, and it’s simply easier for me to read them from there.

For me, the ‘follow’ button has been beneficial in that it has shown me that people do reciprocate; people do like me enough to click that little icon; but mostly, the actual number has shown potential sponsors in the fitness industry that I have a following.

I will start competing in March, and hopefully, at that time, will catch the eye of a prospective sponsor of nutritional supplements or fitness wear (a girl can dream).
And for me, the number on Google Friend Connect is a way for these people to see that I have something to offer not only as far as a competitor, but also as a blogger.
I can offer the promise of adversing in my sidebar, shout-outs, even entire posts devoted to their product.
It’s the number of followers that can actually make the difference for a sponsor on choosing me as a representative because of what I can do for them, rather than what they can do for me.

Google Friend Connest was a numbers game.
It was as disheartening to see that someone had unfollowed me as it was exciting to see a new follower.
So I guess, in that respect, taking away this widget will alleviate that constant fixation on how many people have clicked the box.

But honestly, for me, taking away that widget can mean the difference between being sponsored by big name companies and being just another girl who prances around a stage with a fake tan and stripper heels.

…So all of this to say, Google Friend Connect, you will be missed…
…and, I need to learn to walk on those damn shoes.

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33 Responses to I may need higher stripper shoes
  1. Chantell
    January 2, 2012 | 1:41 am

    Good luck with finding sponsorship :o ) I’m sure you will do well…You have quite a following! Please excuse my ignorance, but will we still be able to follow you if you take away the Google friend connect widget? Otherwise, I will just subscribe via email or another way :o ) (Sorry if that’s a silly question ~ I am still a newbie to blogging really!)

  2. The Restaurant Manager
    January 2, 2012 | 1:58 am

    Those shoes are hot. In my professional Restaurant Manager opinion that is.

  3. Alison@Mama Wants This
    January 2, 2012 | 2:01 am

    Google is a bitch isn’t it? I think you’ll look hot in them stripper shoes.

  4. Symdaddy
    January 2, 2012 | 2:07 am

    Wearing those shoe would allow a short-arse like me to look up your skirt.

    Thinks: Hmmmm? Does she wear knicker’s, I wonder?

  5. middlechild
    January 2, 2012 | 2:33 am

    Just lookin’ at the shoes and I want to say, “Ouch!” on your behalf.

  6. Chris
    January 2, 2012 | 3:10 am

    GOD HELP ME!!!!!!

    My A.D.H.D is just fu*king CRIPPLING!!!

    I read the first part..realized I had never clicked it because your on my blogroll so I just check in when I see a new post….then after feeling proud and supportive….I realize your dropping the thing.

    I really gotta read posts,labels,instructions etc to the finish.
    F*ck me!

    Happy New Year BTW :)

  7. LL Cool Joe
    January 2, 2012 | 3:32 am

    And there was me thinking you were just another girl who prances around a stage with a fake tan and stripper heels…… ;)

    joking.

  8. Mayor Gia
    January 2, 2012 | 7:49 am

    This is news to me. NOT GOOD Google!

  9. Abby
    January 2, 2012 | 8:09 am

    Is it weird if I wear shoes like those around the house to do my cleaning? Please say “no.”

    Anyway, I’m ignorant when it comes to anything blog related in that I don’t have a Google reader or anything of the sort. I only subscribe to about five blogs, and only because those bloggers don’t have Facebook or Twitter to remind me to (maybe) read their posts. My social media ADD is a bitch, so I pick and choose.

    With that said, numbers are also a bitch and can screw with your head. I read your blog because I like you. As long as you stay on Twitter/FB, I will continue to like you ;)

  10. ms caboo
    January 2, 2012 | 9:03 am

    Hope you find so many sponsors you’ll be forced to compete endlessly. Of course this would mean you can’t eat all the crap I’m eating for you…is that good or bad?

    Happy New Year!

  11. Wombat Central
    January 2, 2012 | 9:18 am

    Those shoes are the high-heeled (read: stripper) version of a pair my grandmother used to have. I was always amazed she had completely clear shoes. So, what I think I’m saying is, grandma would have totally approved of your choice in stripper footwear. Go Sandra!

    Google Friend Connect is an asshole for leaving us. Can’t we strap on our stripper shoes and picket or something?

  12. Gigi
    January 2, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Isn’t there somewhere we can send in complaints? Stupid Google.

  13. Kristina P.
    January 2, 2012 | 9:56 am

    I hated that damn button and I didnt have it on my blog. Too many hurt felons by people seeing how awesome I am.

  14. Stephanie
    January 2, 2012 | 10:33 am

    I’ll sponsor you. Ummm…what do you want? How about dried beans? I went through a dried beans phase (ooh! Healthy! Save money!) until I realized that I’m much too lazy to soak and cook dried beans. So I’ve got a bunch of bags, somewhere between 1 and 3 years old. Consider yourself sponsored!

    (Or, if you insist on being a diva, you could hold out for someone better. Something amazing will certainly come to you!)

  15. Tracie
    January 2, 2012 | 10:52 am

    I really don’t understand why Google is dumping the GFC box. It makes no sense.

    Good luck with that sponsorship.

  16. bouncin' barb
    January 2, 2012 | 12:01 pm

    I really wish you so much success with your venture in competing etc. I think it’s fantastic that you have the drive and determination to follow through on a dream while living the life of a nurse/mom/wife. I’d follow that fake tan and sexy walk anywhere!! With or without Google Connect!

  17. A Daft Scots Lass
    January 2, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    As long as you stick to platforms, its easy to walk. March is around the corner!

  18. meleah rebeccah
    January 2, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    I don’t use Google + or Google Connect either.

  19. Ruth
    January 2, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    Wait, what?
    Are you going to stop using it or is it going away. I am confused.
    As long as you post your links or twitter or fb I will see them so that’s good. What about other blogs?
    I must research this.

  20. RoryBore
    January 2, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    I think only non-blogger hosted blogs are losing the GFC widget….perhaps a way to get people to who have left for WordPress to high-tail it back to Blogger? hhhhmmmmm..

    ..what the heck. let’s all wear the shoes anyway. who doesn’t want to prance around in some stripper heels! (and all the men say “Aye!”)

  21. Mrs. Tuna
    January 2, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    I too thought it was a wordpress thing. I’m stuck in the world of Google so I think I will be keeping my friends. Maybe…..

  22. Belle
    January 2, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    Maybe Mrs. Tuna is right. I hope so. Love the shoes.

  23. Coffeypot
    January 2, 2012 | 5:02 pm

    As long as you keep showing up on my site when you post, it is okay with me. If not, what do I have to do?

  24. According to Jewels
    January 2, 2012 | 7:14 pm

    I never got the whole google+ thing. I don’t get much into numbers or followers (much easier since switching to wordpress where you can’t tell how many you have) and took away the page hit counter for the same reason. I write because I love it…not for the numbers.

    That being said….your numbers are in no danger of falling though you may be! Damn those heels are no-shit high!

  25. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig
    January 2, 2012 | 8:42 pm

    Aww I was just about to join the Google Friend Connect but then realised you were getting rid of it (or Google is!). I follow you through my Google Reader so I hope that isn’t affected. I feel lucky that you follow my blog :D

  26. Snake
    January 2, 2012 | 10:32 pm

    Stop worrying . . . You’re exactly as you should be . . . You lose a few followers? Who cares . . . You don’t need to kiss anyone’s butt to keep followers . . . You kidding me? You’re in a competition where a person busts her ass to sculpt a body, then walks on stage to look like a stripper . . . Without the pole . . . lol Readers and sponsors and shoes and strippers and . . . It goes on and on . . . Take a deep breath my friend . . . Ciao baby!

  27. My Inner Chick
    January 3, 2012 | 12:29 am

    OOO, I so don’t want to be one of those Snooki chicks walking around like a dumb ass in Stipper Shoes…but quite seriously, the ‘best kick ass bloggers’ are those who don’t give a shit what others think about them…They just write their truth. That’s all.
    You keep doing that, Sandra, & you can’t go wrong.
    Kiss from MN. x

  28. ana patricia
    January 3, 2012 | 12:43 am

    Haha Love the post about Google Friend connect! And thank you for the follow! I’m sure you rock those heels ;)
    Cheers!

  29. Poppy
    January 3, 2012 | 1:02 am

    I just followed you on Google Friends Connect. Feel better?

  30. Lori Dyan
    January 3, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Honey. I didn’t even know what that Google button was until a few months ago and I’m still not sure what the hell it does. Regardless, I will read your blog regardless and if you stop by mine or not is fine with me (but come by! I’ll have wine! Or…whine…). If I win the lottery I’ll sponsor you myself – deal?

  31. Bridget
    January 3, 2012 | 11:20 am

    I never used Google Friend Connect…maybe if I would have I’d have made more than a dollar off my blog.

    On another note, I was sick and never answered the comments on my running post. I probably won’t, I’m way behind on life. Tell me more about your weight training. I won’t give up running, but maybe I’ll do both! I too have not lost an ounce running. Grr…

  32. allison
    January 3, 2012 | 7:55 pm

    I don’t get it. What happened to Google Friend Connect? Did it talk about you behind your back? I suck at technology. Also, if you have to be able to walk in heels to make money, I am SO screwed.

  33. Consciously Sedated
    January 8, 2012 | 9:07 pm

    I’m a google friend now. I have enjoyed what I’ve read so far.

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