"If you are reading this, chances are ..."
... or is it just me?
It strikes me as complete nonsense. Of course I am reading the text! Perhaps people who use this phrase should include some words for those who are not reading their prose. Perhaps ...
If you are not reading this, chances are you haven't started reading yet. So go up to the top and find the drop cap. You know the big letter 'I' and start reading that first sentence. The one that starts, "If you are reading this".
Does text this irritate anyone else?
And, while we are on the subject, what other sentences are there in web copy that you dislike?