This post is perhaps a little late in terms of accurate holiday timing for maximum Mariah Carey comedic effect, but I want to post it nonetheless.

I have a request for you, the readers. As I’m trying to figure out how best to implement the Something New that I talked about previously, would you do me a favor? If you read this blog at all — if you are reading these words right now — even if you’ve never left a comment on any blog ever before, even if you don’t know me, would you please leave one here right now? I’ll even sweeten the deal by promising a response directly to YOU!

Even if you’re not the sort of person that posts comments to blogs, or if this is your first time here but you like what you’re reading, I would ask you just to say a quick “Hey!”  If you’re clicking through this blog because you’re looking for witty titles for essays (this is the number one search engine phrase that brings people here), feel free to say “this isn’t what I was looking for!”  I won’t bite, I promise. I just want to know who’s reading this stuff before I kill it off completely.