The Argh Poll: Not What I Was Expecting

So thank you all very much for participating in the Argh poll I put up a couple of weeks ago. I was interested in knowing what worked and what didn’t, not so much for deleting anything as to see what the shape of this blog should be because any good blog is shaped by its readers, I think. My theory is that there are two kinds of blogs: the kind that are for entertainment/information and whose writers think a lot about audience, and the kind that are mostly journals, here’s-what-I’m-thinking-today stuff, that’s mostly for the person writing it. Argh is both because I am both concerned about pleasing an audience and egocentric to the point of solipsism. (I was just looking through old speeches because Gaffney was harassing me and found one that began, “Thank you all for coming. But enough about you.”) I have accepted the fact that I’m arrogant–if I wasn’t, I’d never survive publishing–but that doesn’t mean I want it to be obvious on the blog. So I figured the rants and the Random Sundays and the Twelve Days of Cleaning My Office would be the ones that people would go “Eh” about, and the stuff like turning points would be voted most useful. As usual, I was completely wrong. Continue reading