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
» My Self-Esteem Is Damaged from blogoSFERICS
Apparently my testimonial wasn't good enough. Wahhhh!......[read more]
Interesting experiment. Do you need 'informed consent' to publish in a blog? ;)
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.
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.
"Of all the weblogs I read, this one is most assuredly a weblog."
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.
I've been to dustbunny.com. Interesting place, though not what anyone would call a blog.
You can use this:
Charles is so informed and entertaining that he really deserves a talk show. Just not mine, please.
Well, obviously I've put the section back, but I'm not actually soliciting these things. Really.