Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Odds Are...

when I write an especially half-assed post, IHE picks it up to link.

I used to think it was cool when IHE linked. But then I realized that almost no one who comes from there responds or comes back, so it's more sort of like having strangers come into the house, and you know you're both wondering why they're there.

I check the sitemeter sometimes. I used to be pretty obsessive, but I got a bit more over myself. But I still check, and that's how I realized the IHE link (because it's not like there are more comments or anything). And then I realized there's also a repeated source link that I didn't recognize. It's from what looks like a discussion board that puns on "crucial." From what I gather from my quick net exploration, it's a discussion board either for or about hipsters.

Okay, so I'm about as far from hip in any formulation you can think of.

The discussion link talks about what a whiny blogger I am. Which is a fair epithet sometimes, for sure.

But here's what I want to know: don't you lose all possibility of any association of being cool (yes, you can tell I grew up in the 60s) if you acknowledge that you've read an academic blog by a middle aged woman?

I'm getting on my bike now. There can be little less cool than riding your bike in the sunroom while watching Frontline. I have to accept that.


  1. I always enjoy reading your blog. And hey . . . if the incredibly hip, famous, and fabulous Dr. Rural says you're cool, you're cool.

    I'd write more, but I have to go lecture on that coolest of cool, hip, and happening topics -- the Whig party!!

  2. Anonymous6:11 AM

    RE: IHE, yes. exactly.

    RE: Random people who decide to complain about one's blog while linking to it... I do NOT understand that. It happened to me a few times in the earlier days of my blogging (Remember the bizarre vendetta RYS seemed to have against me?) and it may happen now except the last time I checked my stats was probably.... at least a year ago? In wordpress I can now easily see how many people are coming and stuff, but I never go deeper than that. But anyway, you are totally cool and people who complain about blogs that they are under no obligation to read really are the biggest losers ever. Just saying :)

  3. I agree with the above comments. WTF are blogs for, if not to allow occasional venting? And, for what it's worth, I enjoy and empathize with your whiny blog posts. ;)

    Naturally, my own most-read blog post thus far was my screed about how to re-establish access to JSTOR, which got picked up on a librarian blog...and was promptly superficially read and misunderstood by about a zillion librarians. I started following the links connecting to that post, and found that librarians all over the freaking universe were lamenting my greed and sense of entitlement, which was really not at all what I had been talking about in the first place. It shook my faith in the idea that librarians are generally smart people, until I remembered that most people who bash others that much on the internet are idiots no matter what occupation they might hold.

    BTW, to follow up on Dr. Rural's point: Ain't no party like a Whig Party 'cause the Whig Party don't stop.

    Ugh, I'm overwhelmed by my own dorkiness.