Part of the joy of blogging is interacting with readers, sometimes in almost-real time.
If I want to address my readers directly in my posts, how do I address them?
We bloggers have a name. We are bloggers (blog being short for "web log"). But what should blog readers be called? "Bloreaders"? "Bleaders"? No, those terms don't work.
I have no formal training in writing. In fact, high school English was just about my most hated subject. I hated just about everything about it, while, at the same time, I loved to write. I hated tearing novels apart to analyze them. Boring! Writing also involves expressing yourself clearly, and grammar is a hated (to me) part of it.
So if there is a term I should use to address, I don't know about it.
One of my favorite authors, Isaac Asimov, used to address his readers as "Gentle Reader'. I know other authors do, too. But, readers can not be very gentle at all. I've been fortunate not to have been raked over the virtual coals by the Grammar Police (or the Cliché Police), or the "Can't you write better opening lines?" Police, but I know that day will come. And, there are reasons for embracing the "hostile reader". But first, I need to grow a thicker skin.
I could be like Lady Gaga, and call my readers "Little Monsters". However, there is only one Lady Gaga, and I am not her. (or is it "she"? I still hate grammar.)
There is a blogger I enjoy, who calls her readers "my babies". So that is taken, too. Plus, none of you are my babies. I'm not even this blogger's baby. I do look forward to being a grandmother, but not quite yet.
So, I am back to wondering what I should call you, my fans.