Thursday Thirteen #48 — Returns on Investments


I love seeing all you guys stop in on Thursdays to visit. I do. Ask my family; they’ll tell you. But… some of you only stop in on Thursdays. Why is that? Don’t you know what fun you’re missing? Many of the links will show you, but if you’re still not convinced, here’s proof:

Thirteen Reasons to stop in during the week

1. Roadie Poet. He only appears for Rhian‘s Poetry Train.

2. Outtakes. If you think Thirteens are fun, you should see what happens when we throw some narration into the mix!

3. Awards. I get lots of them. I pass lots of them along.

4. Susan returns all visits. If you’re a regular, she may not comment each time you’re here. But if you’re not, dropping by to say hi is a good way to get a return visit. And we all know how stat counters like return visits!

5. Chelle LaFleur. She’ll appear whenever she’s got something to say; not even I know when that’ll be.

6. You get to meet groupies who are more die-hard than you are. Come on. Are you really going to let someone tell you they’re more die-hard than you are???

7. Trevor and more Trevor. (the second link will take you to one of Trevor’s first appearances on the blog)

8. Guest appearances by the Tour Manager.

9. You won’t feel lost during events like Green Hair Week, the Soy Sauce Story, or Deadly Metal Hatchet because the back story happened during the week.

10. You’ll get to know all these crazy folk who inhabit my fictional world. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked and sporting a cool “I’m a West of Mars Groupie” graphic of your own.

11. I know neat people. Hang here and you can meet them, too.

12. Because of the inspiration you guys give me, my fictional world keeps growing. You want to be part of that. You know you do.

13. Did I mention that Trevor Wolff dude?

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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!



  1. Special K ~Toni

    September 26, 2007 8:21 pm

    Ok- you twisted my arm- I added you to my bloglines!;) I will be here tomorrow so you can dazzle me!

  2. Thomma Lyn

    September 26, 2007 8:28 pm

    Am I first? Wowie! Hi, Susan! 🙂 BR/BR/That’s a great list — I can relate; I have some “only on Thirteen” stuff going on, too. Ah well! I don’t have Trevor Wolff, but perhaps I can post more pictures of my cats… ;-DBR/BR/You gave thirteen excellent reasons to visit West of Mars every day! But I’m Ialready/I a groupie, hee. :)BR/BR/Happy Thursday Thirteen, my friend!

  3. Malcolm:

    September 26, 2007 9:00 pm

    Over the past week or so, I have been making an effort to stop by your blog. Since I have come to the game so late, it is somewhat daunting catching up on all of the backstory. Is there something along the lines of “Cliff’s Notes” to get me up to speed or do I need to just start at the beginning?BR/BR/By the way, great idea for a TT.

  4. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 26, 2007 9:05 pm

    Just jump in, Malcolm. The posts aren’t in any chronology, and that’s so you CAN just jump on in.BR/BR/If you follow a character’s name back to my main site, you’ll find I’m starting to list links that come back here, to the blog, so you can explore the characters more in-depth. It’s a work in progress, though.BR/BR/And when in doubt, drop me an e-mail! I’ll help that way, too!

  5. Lori

    September 26, 2007 9:09 pm

    It sounds like one big happy family…nothing better than stopping by to see an old friend:) Happy TT.

  6. No Nonsense Girl

    September 26, 2007 9:20 pm

    You are right, it sucks that we visit only on thursdays. I’ll be back before then, I promise you. BR/BR/What a cool TT idea you had!!!BR/BR/Mine’s up, 13 things about my job interview tomorrow!

  7. WorksForMom

    September 26, 2007 9:49 pm

    Ok, I’ll be back to be entertained. Cute idea for a list!

  8. Sandee (Comedy +)

    September 26, 2007 9:58 pm

    That was very clever. I love it. Have a great TT. 🙂

  9. Joely Sue Burkhart

    September 26, 2007 10:20 pm

    Oh, man, the soy sauce story *still* kills me! Happy TT!

  10. The Gal Herself

    September 26, 2007 10:29 pm

    #4 intrigues me. How do you compose all those band adventures and still find time to visit all those blogs?

  11. Buck Naked Politics

    September 26, 2007 10:40 pm

    Those are good reasons. Engaging in link exchanges would make it easier for all TT-ers to remember to visit each others’ sites during non-Thursdays. Our blog, for example, blogrolls pretty much everyone who blogrolls us (child porn and spam sites excluded).

  12. bunnygirl

    September 26, 2007 10:42 pm

    You’ve been on my bloglines for quite some time. I have no clue any more how I managed before I had a blog reader!BR/BR/You and Thomma are such go-getters (posting your Thursday Thirteens on Wednesday and all) that how can I not drop by? 🙂

  13. pussreboots

    September 26, 2007 10:43 pm

    I do read you every day but I mostly lurk. Most of the time I don’t know what to say. BR/BR/Happy TT and thanks for stopping by. I only “hate” it when I’m hating a book when I’m reading it for guinaveve’s Keep The Moving Challenge at BookCrossing. Then I have to finish the book for it to qualify.

  14. Yen

    September 26, 2007 10:45 pm

    Adding you now in my bloglines:) Visit me once in a while too! lolBR/BR/Great lists!

  15. Camille Alexa

    September 26, 2007 11:07 pm

    plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/plugBR/BR/If I counted properly that was 13 plugs for your Thursday 13.

  16. Nicholas

    September 26, 2007 11:48 pm

    OK, I’ll be back during the week!

  17. grace

    September 27, 2007 12:27 am

    I don’t want to miss the fun! I will be back, and not just on Thursdays! sorry but it happens to me too…

  18. gabriella hewitt

    September 27, 2007 2:36 am

    You’re right. I admit to being guilty. It’s mostly I think that between trying to keep up with my own blog and then life in general it’s easy to fall behind. TT is an easy time to remember to go visit this friend’s blog or that one. But, you are right to call us out on it and to remind us to visit more often or on other days.BR/BR/I’ll do my best. 🙂

  19. Robin

    September 27, 2007 3:47 am

    Susan’s absolutely right – you’re missing out on all kinds of fun if you’re not around during the week.

  20. Xakara

    September 27, 2007 4:06 am

    I admit it, I mostly only come on Thursdays, but that’s not because you aren’t dazzling. 🙂 BR/BR/Thursday is my only blog hopping day during the week. I just don’t have time for it any other day. But once I settle into my new obligations, get going on my current projects and finish first run edits, I’ll see about at least one more day to add in non-LJ reads and you’ll be at the top of my list. *grin*BR/BR/~X

  21. Christine d'Abo

    September 27, 2007 7:25 am

    Susan, you’re right. I’m adding you to my links so I stop by more often. I love your blog. 🙂

  22. Christine d'Abo

    September 27, 2007 7:25 am

    Susan, you’re right. I’m adding you to my links so I stop by more often. I love your blog. 🙂

  23. Christine d'Abo

    September 27, 2007 7:25 am

    Susan, you’re right. I’m adding you to my links so I stop by more often. I love your blog. 🙂

  24. Darla

    September 27, 2007 7:47 am

    LOL! I know, I know. It’s just that I’m so busy the rest of the week, and Thursday is my day for blog-hopping. If it helps, I always end up reading everything you’ve posted since the previous Thursday. 🙂

  25. Leanne

    September 27, 2007 7:55 am

    I can attest to the benefits of adding you to my feedreader! I am glad you partake in the 13, and glad I found you and (blush) sorry I don’t comment more than I should!!

  26. samulli

    September 27, 2007 8:24 am

    You know what? You are totally right. (Ok, you knew that before.) But I agree with you completely. And I feel quite ashamed that I am usually only coming over on Thursdays (or, rather usually on Fridays, always being a bit late with my TT round). But, on the other hand, I usually try to read at least a couple of the older posts as well once I am here, so I figure I don’t miss too much (except when I just don’t have time, but then I wouldn’t have time to come over during the week either).BR/But I will finally add your feed to my reader, which I should’ve done weeks ago, really. 😉

  27. Emma

    September 27, 2007 8:32 am

    I am like the most inconsistent blogger in the history of bloggers. I lot of the time I do read someone’s blog but I rarely comment. But you’ve convinced me. I’ll try to stop by more often.BR/BR/Happy TT!

  28. Tempest Knight

    September 27, 2007 9:30 am

    Yep, yep, yep. All great reasons! *wg* Happy T13!

  29. Tilly Greene

    September 27, 2007 9:41 am

    In one day 4 sets of edits arrived on my desk, West of Mars is on my Bloglines and a fabulous diversion – love it all! Forgive me, I read, but may not always say something.

  30. Aline de Chevigny

    September 27, 2007 10:08 am

    LOL You are too funny. Loved the list.BR/BR/Aline

  31. LA Day

    September 27, 2007 10:14 am

    I’m bad. I tend to lurk.

  32. Nancy

    September 27, 2007 11:00 am

    I am lucky to stop by at all lately!BR/LOL!

  33. Lorelei

    September 27, 2007 11:50 am

    Feeling guilty…okay, okay, I’ll stop by more often!

  34. julia

    September 27, 2007 12:20 pm

    I’ve noticed that my personal blogosphere has different crowds that drop by on different days. And I tend to visit in waves, myself. On Mondays I’m busy visiting the poetry crowd. On Wednesdays I’m checking out all the Wordless Wednesday fun. And Thursdays, well, that’s the mostest fun of all day! Don’t know about you, but weekends get rather slow over my way. It’s like people have real world things to do on the weekend, or some such thing.

  35. Joyismygoal

    September 27, 2007 1:52 pm

    Ok i ‘ll stop at your if you stiop at Mine:

  36. L^2

    September 27, 2007 2:05 pm

    All great reasons to visit. I know I’ve been a bad groupie lately, but I’m getting back on track now I think. BR/BR/BTW I loved Monday’s Oreo outtake!

  37. Amy Ruttan

    September 27, 2007 4:12 pm

    I try to come everyday!! And you’re on my blog list.BR/BR/So yes, those that come once a week should come more often. Come, Come, Come!!!BR/BR/Happy TT you crazy gal you.

  38. Carrie Lofty

    September 27, 2007 5:00 pm

    I lurk everywhere I post. Bloglines is cool. Just don’t have time to comment all the time. Keep cool posts coming 🙂

  39. Kaige

    September 27, 2007 5:10 pm

    Great idea for a list! I added a bookmark to remind myself to drop by on a non-Thursday. Happy TT.

  40. Sandra Schwab

    September 27, 2007 5:57 pm

    Good idea for a TT13! :)BR/BR/Best wishes from Germany,BR/Sandra

  41. Samantha Lucas

    September 27, 2007 6:01 pm

    I’m convinced. 🙂

  42. Lisa Andel

    September 27, 2007 6:02 pm

    Hiya Susan. I drop in more than Mon. and Thurs. but I don’t always leave a comment.BR/BR/Everyone should (drop in daily that is) 😀

  43. Sophisticated Writer

    September 27, 2007 6:08 pm

    I’m bad, guilty as charged. Would it make me look any better to know that I’ve been away from the whole blogosphere for a while? It’s not just the thing with my back (read more on my blog) but I’ve been really busy.BR/BR/OK, I shall be here more often. Tell Trevor that 😉

  44. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    September 27, 2007 7:36 pm

    Ok, so it is only Thursdays right now, but I did get the link back up to Trevor and y’all… I oops and lost it with all that changing blogs templates around… Did I miss another Roadie poem — I have to go see now.

  45. Jenny McB

    September 27, 2007 8:06 pm

    Guilty, guilty, guilty- but then you are not the only one that I am not visiting regularly. Good list, lol. But the whole groupie thing, mmmm, just such an independent spirit here bound by kids, home, work and then blogging.

  46. lime

    September 27, 2007 9:48 pm

    hi there, my first visit here since i am returning your greetings at my place. glad you enjoyed a good guffaw. your 13 intrigued me and i read back a bit. your reflection on yom kippur and your daughter was really touching and beautiful. thanks so much for sharing.

  47. Elisa

    September 28, 2007 4:09 am

    Yay for outtakes, and happy TT!

  48. Rhian / Crowwoman

    September 28, 2007 7:42 am

    why do i come here all the time… actually not just for Trevor – i come here cuz i lurv you Susan!

  49. Susan Helene Gottfried

    September 28, 2007 7:47 am

    You love me only ’cause I control the Wolff man. BR/BR/Although if you think about it, anyone who can create someone like him has got to have a certain something of her own, huh?

  50. No Nonsense Girl

    September 28, 2007 5:40 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I did NOt forget my promise to tell you about my interview. I have a long weekend coming. I’ll write the story monday. :)BR/BR/Have a great weekend!!! 🙂

  51. Jill

    September 29, 2007 12:22 pm

    I feel like I should be concern about the “some of you only come visit on Thursday”…BR/I’ll come more often, but for some weird reason, it takes like 5 minutes for me to be able to get through your site!!BR/The roadie poet is my favorite of your 13!

  52. cajunvegan

    September 29, 2007 7:39 pm

    I promise to stop by more often. You do the same.

  53. Danika / OpenChannel

    September 30, 2007 2:13 am

    Awww. I come by as often as I can! Mostly on Mondays and Thursdays, for poetry and lists, although I do stick around and cruise for fun stuff.BR/BR/There are only a few blogs I really visit on a regular basis, and this is one of them. :-)BR/BR/I appreciate #4 about you – you always manage to return visits.

  54. Joy Renee

    October 1, 2007 4:17 pm

    re #4, i often wonder how you manage. i mean, i was the 50th entrant in the linkie here. since i tend to spend an average of 30 minutes on every blog i visit…BR/BR/thanx for visiting my verrrrry long TT.BR/BR/re #10, i copped a groupie graphic off here the week you posted it and forgot to post it!!! my bad

  55. Mama Pajama

    October 3, 2007 4:35 pm

    Great 13! I’m a bit late this week!

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