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The results are in after 48 hours re the frog on the blog balloting. An independent accounting firm was not necessary. I’ve got ample fingers to do the job:

9 votes were cast in favor of Gop being a frog of color:


5 voters, including 1 by my wife, pulled the lever for black and white Gop.



2 voters had other stuff to do and didn’t care. One of those was me.

I gotta tell you, I am pretty pleased with the turnout. Because, have you noticed, it all comes down to the numbers nowadays.

Did you know you can buy Twitter Followers for $12.00 per 1,000 followers and $64.00 per 10,000 Followers? I didn’t, until I Googled the subject yesterday.

Did you know you can buy Facebook LIKES? They say on their site it makes you look more professional. $47.00 per thousand or $217.00 for 5,000. Amazing social media.


Here’s some text from a Buy TWITTER FOLLOWERS SITE: Buying Twitter Followers is a shortcut. It’s a way to increase your Twitter Account’s social credibility and can give your business, career a great kick-start, or even an ego boost. While it’s not really socially acceptable, it’s well known that millions of people around the world have bought them.

Wow. I knew people bought Book Reviews. That was in the news awhile back when the New York Times wrote a good piece called, THE BEST BOOK REVIEWS MONEY CAN BUY  in August 2012.

So, I suppose I could have found a site that would have voted on my blog and charged me? But where is the fun in that?

The Gop Makeover post got five WordPress LIKES. Two of the people I actually know. Another is called Fiction Fan. Imagine the money FICTION FAN could make as an independent, freelance LIKER with a name like that? Fiction Fan, if you are ever in Bangkok stop in at the CheckInn99 on a Sunday and I’ll buy you a drink. Not because you left a LIKE. Just because, I like your name.

It seems to me that buying Facebook Likes and buying Twitter Followers doesn’t make you look professional; it makes you look like someone who buys Twitter Followers and Facebook LIKES.

Blogs and social media have their up-side and their down-side. What I think we have lost is, authenticity. On this blog I try and be authentic. I know I fail often but I’ll always strive to be authentic. Henry Miller, the American author whom inspired this blog, like him or not, was authentic. Malcolm Gault-Williams, the first author I ever interviewed at Thailand Footprint, whom has a lifelong project of penning the Legendary Surfer series, is authentic.

Malcolm with his three sons

Melissa Ray, the three time Muay Ying Champion, whom (not coincidentally) also holds the single day record of 240 views at Thailand Footprint and the all time views record of 500+ for her post A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE  is authentic. I’d bet the farm she doesn’t buy Followers. She has followers. She doesn’t buy LIKES, Champions are LIKED.

Professional Muay Ying, Melissa Ray in a 5 Round Match

Professional Muay Ying, Melissa Ray in a 5 Round Match

And Colin Cotterill the creative author of the Dr. Siri series and Jimm Juree Crime Reporter series and the cartoonist that drew, Gop the frog in the coconut shell, is authentic. Colin doesn’t even have a Facebook or Twitter account. He may not even have a phone. Well, he has a phone. He’s just smart enough not to give out his number to me.


Colin Cotterill, the author of AGING DISGRACEFULLY, among many others, must figure out alternative creative ways of looking professional and getting his ego boosts down in Maprao.

Aging Discracefully

But back to Gop and the polls. For the fourteen people (besides my wife and me) whom took the time to cast a vote. Thank-you. Especially my old artist friend, Doug, whom I may have asked to vote. He did. Hey, I’m not perfect. To the five people that left a WordPress LIKE on the blog, thanks also.

We’re going to put the colored Gop on the right sidebar and leave the black & white one in upper left corner. Everybody wins.

I’ll end this post with a quote by another authentic individual, before the days of blogging and social media. He was one of my favorite comedians when I was a kid and also a pretty good artist:

Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. – Red Skelton


5 Responses to “Tweet me … Like me … Make me write bad checks …”

  1. Christopher

    The high wave of marketing and ‘like’ has left a lot of debris across the literary beaches. Henry Miller would have rather been on the street and among people. I doubt whether he cared whether people liked him.

  2. Doug

    In a world of expression, I have to say I visit here without too much provocation. I like your ramblings, your honest self-deprication (my spell check is saying I spelled that wrong but I’m not going to try to look it up) and your flair for making us all feel we’re doing fine in our ill-fitting suits (age being the worst outfit). I can’t believe you and I would catch films together in high school and talk about them. DIdn’t we see ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They?’ together – prob the most depressing film I’ve ever seen! And yet here we are. As for Red, I adored him as a little guy. I’m glad to have known the days when my heroes were those who lifted up the notion of kind and honorable. Thanks for a great blog!

  3. FictionFan

    HahaHA! If I like this post too, can I have two drinks? Glad the frog with a tan won! Off now to see if I can drum up business for my ‘liking’ franchise…

    • Kevin Cummings

      I’d rather buy two drinks for FictionFan than buy 1,000 fictitious followers. InsaneOwl and CultureMonk are good real icon names too. Thanks, everyone for your comments.


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