September 12, 2005

Dumbass Question

If I break my half-assed attempt at anonymity will I get more readers and linkage?

Most of you know who I am anyway. It seems I have blacklisted myself by quitting my other blog and going for anonymity. I deserve the cold shoulder, I admit it. People are hesitant to link to a new blog, especially this one because they are afraid I will quit again, or maybe it's just because I suck.

Sitemeter says I have had a total of 11 readers today! Wooohooo. It's a start. Anyway, I wanted your opinion, although I know what your answer will be.

I could keep blogging away under this quasi-anonymity act and keep on trackbacking and linking to other blogs and earn my way back, or I could suck it up and come on out of the closet (not THAT closet). I really don't think breaking my anonymity will cause my readership to increase though. And breaking my anonymity might make me go back to writing fluffy fake crap, not being able to be myself for fear of whatever.

Personally, I would like to tell you who I am and then be able to NOT give a damn what anyone thinks about me. That would be heaven. Maybe I can hide a link on here to a page that tells you who I am, hhmmmm.

But then again, I kind of like the small readership. What am I complaining about? It's safe.

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Blogger John said...

how about I just not care one way or the other?

anonymity ain't all it's cracked up to be.

ask Paris Hilton.

9/12/2005 02:50:00 PM

Blogger Tammy said...

I hadn't linked strictly because I thought you wanted the anonyminity. But Ben scrubbed my other computer yesterday, and now nothing is coming up when I type (I'm spoiled with FF filling in the blanks on stuff I go to all the time) you're linked. Wether you want to be or not, lol.

And you do KNOW that we all want you back, right? And that you've never written anything fluffy in your life....or not in the life I've known!

9/12/2005 03:04:00 PM

Blogger The Gray Tie said...

Yeah, that's what I thought too Mac, after I posted. No one gives a flyin' flip! LOL

Thanks Tammy. BUt I still feel like I have to "earn" my way back. Ya know?

9/12/2005 04:59:00 PM

Blogger Ranger Tom said...

Well, I'm basically open on my blog, because for me the 'hit rate' or amount of readers I have really doesn't matter to me. I have a small following, and thankfully you're a part of that...

But I really don't care about the hit rate. I write for me first, as I've always done. It's a therapy for me that started out of my marriage breaking up, then the love of my life leaving me a year ago. (No, I didn't meet her until my marriage was well and truely overwith... I wasn't the one cheating)

I copyright everything because I think that maybe some magazine will pick up on my bullshit someday and actually want to publish some of it, but that's not the reason I blog.

I like the readership, I like the comments, but it's not a priority with me.

That's my two-cents worth...

Some folks want a huge hit rate and shitloads of readers and I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just not my thing.

But, like I said I'm glad you read my drivel, and I really enjoy your writing too. Never stop!

9/12/2005 05:29:00 PM

Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

I haven't "known" you that long, but I do know that when you were gone from the blogsphere for awhile, I truly missed you. I love the way you write (you have a great way with words), I am challenged by what you write, and most of all, I am inspired by your courage. So, in my humble opinion, I think you'll know when the time is right for you to "reveal" yourself. And I agree with Tammy that you have never, ever written anything "fluffy" - you leave that to bloggers like myself who can't quite figure out how to say profound and meaningful things like you do! So, GT, trust your instincts - and come back when you are totally ready. We'll be here, waiting for your return - we're not going anywhere.

9/12/2005 05:50:00 PM

Blogger MerryMadMonk said...

Gray Tie -- A couple of considerations:

(not seeking answers.. just things to ask yourself)

1. What were the conditions that caused you to seek anonymity?

2. Are those conditions still present?

a. If so, what is the cost of shedding anonymity?

b. If not, what is the benefit of shedding anonymity?

3. If you wish to remain anonymous, but would like the regulars from your old blog to know about your new blog, is it possible to notify those regulars about your new blog via email -- with a note that you've moved/wanted a change of pace/wish to be lowkey about your identity/whatever -- without compromising your anonymity to others?

Again, not seeking answers here .. just throwing out some food for thought.

Hope this helps some.

-- Monk

9/12/2005 06:17:00 PM

Blogger hbl said...

Yeah, what rt said.

Be in it for yourself.

9/12/2005 06:21:00 PM

Blogger Stacy said...

It's too late, the problem returned. Anonymity, schanonymity, I liked the old blog with the old attitude. You still have it here, but I miss your personalness, is that a word?

9/12/2005 09:21:00 PM

Blogger hbl said...

stacy said: " that a word?"

Gonna be added to the Unabridged Oxford dictionary in a fortnight.

9/13/2005 06:49:00 PM

Blogger Maureen Martin said...

Actually, I am planning on linking to you, but I have to link by hand because I never figured blogroll out.

9/14/2005 02:18:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No reason to make yourself a target for the "tin foil" crowd by making it easy to find you. Safety first.

9/14/2005 08:34:00 PM


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