The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 September 2003

Faint light, heavy bushel

For about twelve hours this year, I had an extra sidebar item called "Testimonials", which included quotes from actual readers of this site, most of them at least somewhat favorable. During the brief period "Testimonials" was active, the comments posted to the blog by other actual readers underwent a sea change: somehow the Surly knob got turned up to 11. Wondering if the brief braggadocio had somehow contributed to the attitude shift, I pulled it off the site, and sure enough, things calmed down.

Now I'm wondering if maybe I should put it back, just to see what happens.

Posted at 6:25 AM to Blogorrhea

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Tracked: September 22, 2003 01:59 PM

Interesting experiment. Do you need 'informed consent' to publish in a blog? ;)

Posted by: punctilious at 8:00 AM on 19 September 2003

How about this blurb: "Dustbury doesn't suck."

Nah...something a bit more *positive* might be better. Not to worry, Charles - if you decide to reinstate Testimonials, I will attempt to write a fitting one, full of flowery praise for your insight, intelligence, wit, and sometimes Sahara-dry humor.

Posted by: David at 9:41 AM on 19 September 2003

That's me: arid, extra-dry.

Actually, I have your earlier effusion recorded, and will probably incorporate it into the sidebar should I choose to bring back the, um, feature.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:56 PM on 19 September 2003

"Of all the weblogs I read, this one is most assuredly a weblog."

Posted by: McGehee at 11:40 AM on 20 September 2003

Here's one you can use or not, as you please:

"Even after hundreds of visits, I always misread it as 'Dustbunny'."

That's true, by the way.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil at 4:18 PM on 21 September 2003

I've been to Interesting place, though not what anyone would call a blog.

Posted by: CGHill at 11:26 AM on 22 September 2003

You can use this:

Charles is so informed and entertaining that he really deserves a talk show. Just not mine, please.

Posted by: Cam at 10:21 PM on 22 September 2003

Well, obviously I've put the section back, but I'm not actually soliciting these things. Really.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:39 AM on 23 September 2003