<p>This week I received an email from a total <a href="http://www.joestump.net">stranger</a>, asking me if I&#8217;d help him test his Open Source Trackback module that he&#8217;s developing.  My first thought was, who is this?  Next I wondered, how does he know me?  Then I thought about lunch.  </p>

<p>A reply to him yielded the answer:  he reads my blog.  He reads my blog!  Here is a guy, a total stranger, whose <a href="http://www.writteninred.com/pages/news.php">girlfriend</a> found my website and was so entertained that she told her boyfriend about it and now he&#8217;s a reader!  To top it all off, he&#8217;s listed my site on his site in the traditional &#8220;sites I like&#8221; menu!  Admittedly, this is not a big deal if you are <a href="http://www.kottke.org">Jason Kottke</a>, <a href="http://www.whatdoiknow.org">Todd Dominey</a>, <a href="http://www.dooce.com">Dooce</a> or <a href="http://www.zeldman.com">Jeffrey Zeldman</a>, but for a blog hump like me, it was a significant moment.  It means I&#8217;m reaching people.  I like that.  </p>

<p>Thanks for the listing, Joe, and thanks for the endorsement, Lauren!</p>