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I'm going to steal an idea from the online journaling community. I'd like to know who reads this site. I'd also like to know how you found this site, what you like about it, and (this will probably be frightening easy) what you dislike about this journal. Frankly, I want to hear from all the people who read this journal, but have never or only occasionally left a post in a comment.

Why do I care?
Well, every so often, I get an interesting and unexpected comment. For example, I received a comment from allensbp, an Enoch Allen, whom I surmise is an aspiring writer who suggested I post more about animation. He did this on my Rosa Parks post, but that was the latest post by when he commented on the eleventh of November. I do like to talk about art and cartoons and animation and to watch the industry from my position as an outsider from roughly 5,000 miles away from its center at Hollywood, but at the time of the post I haven't posted anything about animation in months.

Curiosities like that lead me to wonder how people find this journal. Except for occasionally posting to journals I read and comment in, I don't self promote this page. I'd suppose I get most of my readers from people searching Google, however I doubt I update frequently enough to be very high in the Google spidering queue. Infrequent posting (and negligible linkback) also hurts me with blog search engines like Technorati and IceRocket. Such sites are pretty lousy when it comes to any blog outside of the top 10% of popularity or posting frequency. (I appear on Technorati less than half of the time I link to an article they track. I don't think I ever appear on IceRocket, despite its claim that I am in the system.)

Continuing on, I probably wouldn't be worrying about these things if it wasn't for the limitations of LiveJournal. LiveJournal does not offer many -- no... LiveJournal doesn't offer any tools to gague readership for its journals. For those of you who are running websites, or journals over on services like WordPress or TypePad, you can get statistics about how people find your site -- whether it be from a Google search, or from a link from another site -- or how many people read your site over a period of time (how many hits it receives. Elsewhere, on Google's Blogger, you can use Javascript to set up some sort of tracker. That's disallowed on LJ for concern of LJ password theft. That said, SixApart's sister service TypePad allows for such script on its sites, even allowing for people to make money through advertising via Google's AdSense. Note, SixApart's TypePad also has a authentication based commenting system, TypeKey, which appears to remain persistent across sites. It's one of the few things I wish from LJ since its purchase by the Trotts.

Back to the idea of the delurker post, or as I prefer to call it, the reader introduction post. I know the online journal community would like to attribute it to someone posting back on September 21st, but I've seen other sites do such a thing even earlier, so I'll just say it's prior art. Leave a comment, tell me how you got here, what you like or don't like about this journal (for example, you can accost me for promising to post about something, but never actually following through on my promise). If you don't have an LJ journal, and have no clue what an OpenID is (don't worry, I don't either), feel free to post using the Anonymous option. If you have a website somewhere, feel free to link to it here. As long as it isn't spam, I'll check it out.

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mrknowitall
Jan. 3rd, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be first. Of course I know you from the 3FMB and SDMB. I do read your posts and enjoy the content. You write about big issues more than you do about personal matters, which I find refreshing. If I don't comment often, it's not personal. I don't comment often with any of my LJ friends. Just ask them.

Which I'm sure is why I don't get many comments either. :shrug:
incendiarymind
Jan. 4th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC)
I don't even remember where I ended up friending you. I think you friended me and I found you interesting and friended you back because you like the politics.

An idea is to echo your LJ over on blogspot or something. Two different groups of readers.
hamadryad
Jan. 4th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
I started reading your LJ when we both still spent a lot of time on IRC. You've posted less and less frequently, but I still enjoy every time you do.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 4th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
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CAbbey here, no blog/LJ/website of my own to link to other than my smugmug gallery (http://cabbey.smugmug.com/). I think I found you via drunken batman (http://www.drunkenblog.com/) at some point... if not then maybe it was rentz's red shed blog (http://rentzsch.com/). I ended up subscribed to your RSS mostly because I like your writing style, and many of your posts reminded me of things I'd post, if I had a blog going. I'm sure there were things you've written that I didn't care for, there are with any journal... areas where the readers' and writer's interests do or don't overlap pretty much always gaurantee that. Nothing that sets my teeth on edge enough to unsubscribe from the rss link... heck, I don't think even anything that's too much bugged me, as evidenced by the fact that your LJ is #4 on my list of blogs to scan.

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 6th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
I found this post because I was in Site Meter checking where my Blogger readers came from. One had come from a search that brought up both my post and yours.

I don't know if you can try Site Meter on LiveJournal, but it was free and easy to add to my own blog. You can see how it works by going to http://calypsospots.blogspot.com/ and going way to the bottom of the page and clicking the Site Meter icon. Once there, you have numerous ways of viewing my stats. (They're only exciting to me, but they do show how it works.)
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