As I lay awake last night in bed (I’m an insomniac, as I think most of you already know), I came up with a really great blog topic. I wrote like a third of a clever post in my head, but, of course, I don’t remember it now. So here’s some random observations and thoughts and we’ll see what we can come up with, shall we?
First, since adding a hit counter back in August (it’s at the very bottom), this blog has had over 5,000 hits! Which may not be much, but I’m awfully proud. PLUS, even better, it looks like traffic to my website might cross over a thousand hits this month! It’s been hovering in the 7-800s for a few months now, but it’s already at almost 700 and we still have several days to go. So let’s keep our fingers crossed–and seriously, this isn’t some winking hint. Don’t go over there to up my hit count, please. I want to hit a real goal, not get my wonderful friends to inflate my numbers.
And speaking of the site…this blog is now officially part of it. The Deadjournal is no more. Nobody commented there, anyway, and I couldn’t post pictures there, so…it’s still there, it just isn’t part of my site anymore. I really wish I could get this to look a little nicer (I hate those stupid corners) but I can’t seem to make it look right and the template selection stinks, so I’m stuck with it for the moment.
It’s gotten cold here now. Overnight the temp dropped from the 40s to freezing. My Princess has a cold, so luckily I don’t have to walk her to school, but she’s not gonna be out forever. Not looking forward to that.
Edits, edits, edits.
I was thinking about psuedonyms the other day, and pseudonymous vs. anonymous. I’ve never understood why it’s so important to know people’s real names. (I’m thinking of the Jennie Crusie/Miss Snark thing of a few months back.) We spend half our time warning each other that the internet isn’t as safe as it seems, that we must be careful not to post pictures of our kids (and although I have posted one or two, I agree this is good advice–notice the pictures are usually a little blurry, and I don’t give their names), not to give out our addresses or phone numbers, whatever. I managed to pick up a little internet stalker a few weeks back myself. The situation is now resolved, I believe (but hey, if you see somebody spreading crazy gossip about me out there, let me know, huh?) but imagine if DQ wasn’t a pseudonym. Imagine if this person was able to find my address or phone number, or where I went to high school or where my parents live or any number of things.
So I just find it interesting, when someone posts under a pseudonym or anonymously, the number of people who are absolutely outraged because they do. Isn’t the internet itself a sort of anonymity? There’s no real “Come and say that to my face” about the internet, is there? There’s still distance there. There’s still some small lack of accountability there, whether you use your name or a pretty made-up one or none at all. I guess it’s just a matter of opinion as to what that means.
Which probably doesn’t make much sense but you know, I’m tired. Three hours sleep and a day spent doing nothing but editing does muddle me a little, I’ll admit.
What are your thoughts? Are anonymous comments worth the internet space they take up? How do you feel about cold weather? And why can’t I ever sleep at night (I sleep just fine all morning)?