Clap if You Believe in Fairies

by Translation Guy on May 17, 2010

Once upon a time, it was another one of those interminable board meetings that the bigwigs like so much over here at 1-800-Translate. Typically, I was distracted, having rolled up the corporate minutes into a pretend spyglass so I could keep a better eye on my minions as they went on endlessly about profits and workflows and other mind-numbingly tedious matters.

Through the chaff of their interminable chatter, I heard my name mentioned. “And Ken is going to do a blog.”  I dropped my spyglass. Threw it down is more like it.

“Whoa, Nelly!  Uncle Kenny doesn’t do blogs, that’s the company policy.” I banged my shoe on the table for emphasis. “I’m much too busy bossing you guys around!”

Well, they didn’t buy that for a minute. So we compromised―that is, I agreed to write a blog. “Fine, one a week, 1000 words,” I said, hooking my thumbs underneath my suspenders and giving them a snap for emphasis. This is how to lead.

The Web guy―the one who always comes to the meetings wearing his Pagan colors―looked at me over his Ray-Bans and shook his head slowly. “No way, bro. It’s three times a week or bust, got it?” So we compromised again. Three posts a week.

Oh, those long lonely nights, with only the sound of my quill scratching the parchment.

For a long time, I was so very alone, my only friend the blank page moistened with my tears. But then you guys started showing up, posting smart remarks and edgy comments, and I started to like it a lot more. Now I can’t wait to share my stories with you all, and the measure of my success and satisfaction is the lines you guys toss me. It’s the pixie dust of community and recognition. It makes me feel alive. And yes, it makes me feel like Tinker Bell too.  Thanks to you.

But now these guys at Lexiophile with their 100 Best Blogs contest got their hooks in me, like Captain Hook when he poisoned Tinker Bell! If I don’t get voted on the list, I’ll just, well, I don’t know what I’ll do! Here I quote J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan:

“Every moment her light was growing fainter; and he knew that if it went out she would be no more…. Her voice was so low that at first he could not make out what she said. Then he made it out. She was saying that she thought she could get well again if children believed in fairies.

“Peter flung out his arms. There were no children there, and it was night time; but he addressed all who might be dreaming of the Neverland, and who were therefore nearer to him than you think: boys and girls in their nighties, and naked papooses in their baskets hung from trees. ‘If you believe,’ he shouted to them, ‘clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.'”

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to the readers of Translation Guy for all your patience and indulgence over the last year.

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  1. Voted for you Ken – thanks for the best language blog on the net!

  2. I’ve been super impressed with your content and the topics. I must say that you’re off to a great start for a blog that has only been around for such a short time :-)

  3. AmberAle says:

    Awesome blog. Live long and prosper!

  4. Love the WWF posts, keep up the good work. Voted for you as well!~

  5. Shannon says:

    You’ve got my vote 😉

  6. I voted for you and apparently, so did many other people, nice work Ken

  7. Courtney says:

    You have quite the lead, good work!

  8. Mark1944 says:

    There are some really good competitors on that lexiophiles list. I frequent many of them and I am surprised that you’re in the lead for such a young blog. But hey, look at the level of engagement you get here…so it makes sense after all

    • Ken says:

      Mark, I stand on the shoulder of giants… There are truly some awesome blogs on that list. One of the best things about doing this blog is that I have a good excuse to read what everyone else is writing instead of actually working. But the giantest shoulders of all are those of my readers and commentors. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement and support!

  9. Matthew says:

    Voted for you Ken – congrats on being nominated

  10. John H. says:

    You have the best blog on the list, bar none. Your friend John.

  11. Erin says:

    Good luck!

  12. Loved the post, I voted for you purely on the basis of this post

  13. Cheryl says:

    Fairies? What do fariies have to do with anything?

  14. Dawn Crowe says:

    Read the post…

  15. George says:

    Thanks Ken!

  16. Haley T. says:


  17. Edward_S says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts = thanks

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