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February 15th, 2006

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09:32 am - Audience
Hello, out there. If you're reading this, I've been thinking of you lately. Well, maybe not specifically you, but the general you. That is to say, I've been thinking about audience. I've been at this LiveJournal thing (maybe you might even call it a "blog") for almost two years now. At times, it seems like a distraction from other things I could be doing; at times it has seemed like a useful outlet; at times, my posts here have actually led to things, connections being made, communication happening. I know people out there read what I write here and I know some of you by name. Some of you are regular commenters, but I suspect there are people out there who read this site, or stumble upon it who I don't know personally. In fact, I'll admit to those of you for whom this is the case that I hide some of my posts behind a "friends-only" wall -- if only because I talk about things where a certain confidence seems appropriate. And I've wondered, at times, whether I should attempt to get more readers on this blog, or keep it relatively familial. I'm not sure, really.

But I thought I'd write a post asking any of you, if you drop by, to post a comment and say hi. I'd like to get to know you better. Or, if you'd rather not do that through a comment, you can e-mail me at sachem_head (at) livejournal (dot) com. Also, if you like what you read here, please consider joining LiveJournal -- free accounts are available and give you most of the site's functionality. I've been hesitant in the past to add friends who I do not personally know, but it's not a hard and fast rule.

Most of all, I'd like to say thanks for reading.

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Update 4/6: I should note that I currently have this blog set so that non-LJ members can comment, but anonymous comments are screened before they become public. An advantage to becoming an LJ member is that you can post without being screened. I'm not sure I entirely understand it, but LJ does also allow Open ID commenting.

Update 4/10: For more on my Blogroll, click here. 4/12: For more on the title of this blog and its history, click here.

Update 4/12: This blog is fully syndicated with RSS and Atom. Here are the URLs:

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Date:February 15th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)

A familial lurker says "Hi" right back at 'ya!

Hesitant would probably be accurate in describing my posting.

It is appropriate to ponder your audience.
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Date:February 15th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)

I know I have at least one outside reader

She will send me an email every once in awhile and ask why I have not written. I found that very interesting. It will be interesting to see if you get any responses.
Date:February 20th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
I read and you know me

I think we have had a beer together recently
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Date:February 20th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Indeed we did! At the Lady Killegrew! That was quite enjoyable. We should do that again some time.
Date:April 10th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)


hey sachem_head
how come i'm not listed as one of your friends on your lj page?

i liked the post about jonathan kozol. i like this lj thing in general and getting to peek in once a week or once every couple of weeks and get a sense of what you've been reading, listening to; what life up in the hill towns is like. so different than here...but perhaps that is what keeps me interested. i don't have the relationship to the area I live in as you do...

anyway, keep me writing; it's great.
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Date:April 10th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
Hey, laranaeast, I answered that very question here: "I only linked to my LJ Friends who post semi-regularly. So, laranaeast, idolstar, and gonico: if I read some more posts, I'll put you up."
Date:April 10th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)


no that's the wrong word...so I have to post more regularly in order to be considered a real friend??? ok, maybe i'll take that as incentive.
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Date:April 10th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Did you know that the word "blackmail" is of Scottish origin?

I guess I hadn't thought of the blogroll as being about who is and who is not a "real friend." I was thinking about it from a pragmatic perspective. If a visitor were to click this link, would it take them somewhere interesting? And so, I thought that a proper cut-off point was whether LJ friends were actually keeping up regular posting on their journals. idolstar, for instance, is a good friend, but he doesn't post on his LJ page. So a visitor wouldn't learn much from going there.
Date:June 27th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)

I don't always agree with you, but I've been reading your blog since you posted a while back on the gubernatorial forum in Agawam, which is my turf to cover as a reporter in Springfield. I've also been blogging for a while on UMass for MassLive (http://www.masslive.com/news/umass/weblog/).

That's all, I suppose. Just had to share.

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Date:June 27th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
Dan, I remember you. And I'm pleased that you're reading. Perhaps I'll see you at the conference this week?
Audience - flash & yearn

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