Lazy Daisy here for the "The Blog Blabber" interviewing the conductor of the Friend of the Friendless Marching Band.
Carol, I've done some research on the band and discovered you started this concept in your blog "A Revision" August 17, 2005 . Can you tell us briefly how you came up with the idea of a virtual band and why the name of the band is significant?
Carol: My children and I enjoy watching " I Love Lucy "and had watched the "“Lucy's Last Birthday"” episode, which featured the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band. In this episode Lucy is upset because she thinks no one has remembered her birthday and goes off to the park crying. The band discovers Lucy sitting on a park bench and think she is a a friendless drunk because her eyes are red from crying and she has the hiccups from crying. The band misread the situation and offers her an opportunity to join the band.
I was smitten by the idea and decided to create an on-line version of the band.
Daisy: Carol, I've noticed that you are a natural encourager, was this one of the reasons you wanted to reach out to others?
Carol: I enjoy reading blogs and wanted to help unrecognized bloggers get noticed. I also read in a MacLean'’s magazine that most blogs receive less than 10 visitors a day!
Daisy:Has anyone ever been insulted to be called "friendless?"
Carol:Yes. Our intentions are good but some people do not want to hear that they are friendless but I think it is good for the soul to be able to admit to being friendless, at least once in a lifetime.
Then some blogs that appeared to be friendless, turned out to have lots of visitors like one I featured that actually was getting a 1000 visitors a day!
Joining the band is a fun way to to meet other blogs and make friends.
Daisy: What do you see as the future of the band?
Carol:I would like to see the FFMB a household word and friendless blogs lining up to be a part of the parade route. I would like to see a growing number of active members that enjoy creating and playing together. I see potential for great fun!
Daisy: Does the band have a theme song?
Carol:It was played on that 60th episode of I Love Lucy. To hear the audio version of our theme song, click here then scroll down until you get to the song "“Friends of the Friendless". ” (There is a song called "Friendship" right after it, so be careful to click on right song)
Daisy:If you could play for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Daisy: Thank you Carol for the inside information about the formation of this interesting encouraging group of commenters..... So watch out blogspheres, the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band may be coming to your site in the near future. You'll be able to recognize them by their uniforms and their unusual instruments.
Thank you Lazy Daisy for "conducting" this revealing interview.
Now, to go along with this interview, I want to feature this amazing blog called Everything Lucy"! I like (or should I say, love) this blog because:
Yes, there is only the one site today so enjoy a leisurely visit.
Oh, I have other good news for the band! The FFMB has a directory listing in High Class Blogs.
For those wondering how the band works:
To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of more so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which I list. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at yahoo.ca. I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.
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