Unwashed and somewhat slightly fazed.


In the last month, my WordPress subscriber list has gone WAY up. I get dozens of new sign-up notifications a day, and hundreds in a week. So…I have to ask…who are you? Are you bots? Are you real? Are you Realβ„’? Say hello in the comments below, and tell me who you are, and how you found this blog! Thank you. And hiyeeee πŸ™‚


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54 Comments on “Unwashed and somewhat slightly fazed.”

  1. John Middleton says:

    Hi Monica, found your WordPress from your Twitter feed. And I’m real, honestly, living in the North of England. Have a good day

  2. astrojak says:

    Hi! I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I enjoy it every time a notification lands in my inbox! You have some great insights about the world, and scholarly advice on becoming a writer.

  3. Fabulous results, more than 3,000 subscribers — have you done something different? Have you been in the public eye more somehow?

    I started subscribing long ago when someone on Twitter sent me to your wonderful spreadsheet of submissions and rejections — so I have no personal insights to offer here.

    But if you figure out what it is, let us know!

  4. Bhanu says:

    No, they aren’t bots n neither am I !

    It is just the reciprocation of your work and something that happens after you do some amazing work.

    So yes, I like your blog too and when your name flashes, I like to see what’s new!

    I found you here in WP reading list.

    See you around.

  5. mmerriam says:

    Hi, Monica! I found my way over here from Twitter. I saw someone retweeting you and I thought, “She seems really smart about art and interesting.” I’ve found I enjoyed your tweets, your stories, and your novels. Maybe someday I will see one of your plays on stage.

    As for me, I’m a writer, storyteller, actor, playwright, and spoken-word performer living in Minnesota. I’m blind, married, getting older, and have two cats who are probably more famous on the internet than I am, and that’s cool with me.

  6. jamjarhead says:

    I saw your abs on Instagram.

  7. sweetsound says:

    Been following for awhile so I can’t remember exactly but I think it was either WordPress freshly pressed or WordPress discover.

  8. bsdonovan says:

    I am a robot overlord
    Resistance is futile

  9. Jason Preater says:

    Hmm, can’t remember to be honest. I trawl for interesting writing and follow when something takes my fancy. Good that you are getting followers though. I hope it keeps going up and up.

  10. galenkreiser says:

    We went tubing together down the Quitty a few times.

  11. Joan says:

    Hi Monica- I’m a real human living in good ol durm. Found your blog from your Twitter feed. I am good friends with many in your theater community and love reading your stuff in any format! Huge fan (wannabe pal)! Most call me Joan’s- but my both name first is “Monica” too! 😜

    • Monica Byrne says:

      Oh excellent! And my wannabe Confirmation name was Joan for a long time–I called myself Monica Catherine Lucy Joan Byrne. Hahahaha.

      • Monica Bryant says:

        Tiny world in a big way! My Confirmation name was Clare!

        Seems like I replied twice here and you responded to the one that looks a wee bit illiterate! (damn spell check!) I have no idea what “both name first” means!

        Thanks a million for taking the time to comment! Happy Spring!

      • Monica Byrne says:

        WHAT. Clare is my sister’s name!!! Excellent. And oops, I thought they were both the same, so I deleted the other one, hahah…I didn’t even notice πŸ˜‰

  12. Straight, white, middle-aged man says:

    Melbourne Australia, here. It looks like I’ve been getting the blog feed since 2014. Must’ve been reading Girl in the Road. I read a *lot*… but you’re the only author I actually follow. (Cos you’re articulate, opinionated, informed and ‘alt’!)

  13. Hi dear Moniica, I found you in facebook looking for writers. I’m a writer, and Nurse too, from Argentina.
    A real one πŸ™‚
    Thank you for the good vives and for rise my mood w every post.

  14. Kyozo says:

    found you on the Word Press reading list!

  15. Jeremy says:

    You were suggest by WordPress so I checked you out and followed. @plowline

  16. I hope I’m a bot… πŸ˜€

  17. Hello! Not a bot and first learned about you in an article I read somewhere. It’s all a little foggy.

  18. Jason Scully-Clemmons says:

    Hi, Monica!

    I only stumbled in after seeing your tweet about new blog followers. (“WHAT?!? She has a blog that I haven’t been reading? Rectify now!”) So, there’s proof I’m not a robot; robots are *way* more observant.

    Ok,so, to sum up:
    I’m Jason.
    I’m not a bot.
    If I can manage to be brave, truthful, and unselfish, perhaps someday, I will be a real boy, or so the Blue Fairy says. That’s a daily challenge, and a decent goal, to be honest.
    Since my jokes are cheesy, I suppose I am already Realβ„’.


  19. nomadicmaguire says:

    Hi I found you in the Reader on WP! I’m new to WordPress and checking out what’s going on. Very real, no robot πŸ™‚

  20. smileyp123 says:

    Hi Monica,
    Im not a bot, WordPress recommended your site to me, I’m new to Blogging on this site, from one writer to another, hello and I look forward to reading your posts.

  21. Suddenly Jamie (@suddenlyjamie) says:

    Hello! Definitely not a bot. I loved Girl in the Road, but didn’t find your blog until (I think …) you were featured on the WordPress Discover page. I’ve just added you to my Feedly list & look forward to reading your blogs.
    In the meantime, here’s a link to my post where I shared your book with my blog readers: https://nhwn.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/weekend-edition-world-of-inspiration-plus-good-reads-and-writing-tips/

  22. Oh! Am I late? I discovered your blog today itself, thanks to WordPress suggestions. Kind of solved my problem because I have been looking for inspiration and well I have just read two posts so far. But I think it would be honest only part to say that I am hooked! So I look forward to reading more of your posts! πŸ˜€

    Have a nice day.

  23. peaceof8 says:

    Congrats on you success! I found you on WordPress Discover. I love your writing tips and HOW you write. Fun! Glad to be following you. And yes: another real (well most days) person likes what you are doing! πŸ‘

  24. mimispassion says:

    Hello, I’m real…. LolπŸ˜€πŸ˜€…. Found you via WordPress discover… I live in Ghana

  25. nicklewis says:

    I discovered you through WordPress.com discover. Looking for inspiration in the world of writing, blogging and so on πŸ˜€

  26. Hi I just found you on wordpress…great stuff…I am a new blogger myself and love your creativity…keep up the good work..

  27. luvsclassics says:

    Hi, I found you on WordPress.com / Discover; I’m receiving e-mails synopsis of blog writers. I’m new to your writing. Reading all the comments, I’ve learned that you’re also a playwright, where are your plays performed? In New York, I hope; reachable by train for us. Grace

  28. Hi Monica Audrey here new blogger and found your blog love reading them have a good day .

  29. Daal says:

    I found you thru Discover – great blog!

  30. CaraLee Cook says:

    Hi Monica,
    I found a WordPress entry when I Googled Belize one day.I can’t remember what I was looking for, but I recognized your picture as someone who sat on the porch of my husband and my restaurant on Burns Ave, in San Ignacio (Flayva’s). I served you more than a few drinks while you were in Belize, and now I love keeping up with your further adventures. Especially the comments on people making art in less than mainstream ways. Keep it up and thanks! CaraLee

  31. Jenn says:

    I’ve been following you for a while. I find you to be a very down to Earth alternative to the junk food of the internet.

  32. I’m a real person reading real words!

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