Sunday, April 30, 2006

Whoa, there

Um... perhaps I should reconsider.

My intent in whining (and yeah, I cop to it being very much a whine) was certainly not to piss off the folks who do particpate and contribute. I want to encourage more of that, not insult the few who have been doing it. I guess I was being kinda like the professors I had who bitched at the students who did show up to class about the ones who blew off attendance.

My line about blowing smoke up my ass was ill-considered. I use it in many contexts to describe compliments I receive. It was intended as self-deprecation, not as an insult to those who have taken the time to chip in.

My apologies to anyone who might have been offended.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps your readership is too homogeneous & we don't find much to disagree with. Try writing something like 'Dean sucks' or "I want to have Hillories baby' or "Com'on guys lets get behind the Prez. in Iraq' and see if that lights up the comment line a bit!

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you need a friend, John.

Best wishes,
That anonymous

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have several blogs and feel that comment starvation at times too. I was not aware that you needed so much feedback. You rarely respond to comments so it appears that you are indifferent to them unless they make you upset like Judy did. I have never had the feeling that you appreciate having me for a reader.

I read you because I think you and I have similar values and what you find noteworthy is usually the same stuff I think is currently interesting. Yours is the only blog that I make it a point to read every day. You have a wonderful sense of irony.

Ultimately I had to give up getting comments as the reinforcement for having my blog. My motivation now is that I keep my friends and family informed of what I am doing without having to actually talk to them.

Then I am always surprised when some stranger shows up out of the blue and says they are a fan of my blog. It's like being caught naked in a k-mart parking lot.

You have blog fans. Engage us in a constructive dialog and we will respond. It is so unbecoming when you whine.

5:23 PM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

I feel appreciated as a reader, and not just when you mention me by I feel appreciated when I cllick on the link on my Yahoo! start page and there's something new.

People read your stuff. And it makes a difference. If it weren't for blogs, there would be no pressure on the MSM to report on what they occasionally report on that matters, and W's approval ratings would be over 50%.

As for discussion - well, the Blogger format does not lend itself to ongoing conversations. DK's does. Blogging is an inherently one way medium with scant tools for feedback and discussion. Message boards are much better for that.

Quit beating yourself up about it, it's just not a good medium for discussion.

12:31 AM  

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