Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To Foxessa

The work you do in nonfiction -- or the real world, as we might call it -- is wonderful and valuable. And if you find an alternative to Blogger, please tell me about it. This format is going to make me crazy. They now tell you who has read your blog. No one read this today. There are some things we are not meant to know.


Blogger Liberty said...

Dear Eleanor... what they don't tell you (as far as I know) is how many people have read by RSS!
That's how I read your blog so I wanted to pop by to let you know... you likely have more readers than you know :-)

6:05 PM  
Blogger Liberty said...

p.s. I really, really dislike the new Blogger.

6:05 PM  
Blogger confluence said...

I second the RSS comment! I read pretty much all blog posts in my reader, and only click through to the site if I want to comment or read other people's comments.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Foxessa said...

They are absolutely incorrect -- because I check your blog every day, unless I'm sick or too occupied, as I've kind of been lately as the end of semester accelerates.

It tells me there are hundreds of eyeballs on my blog -- but nobody comments, so that can't be true. Unless it's spambots that blogger throws into spamprison!

That I had to download chrome in order to post on my own blog really infuriated me. Then it mean google tried to turn everything into public whatever, so I had to spend such a long time searching through all the cleverly hidden option doohickeys to NOT activate google+, give my hard drive photo library to picasa, and all that. It also keeps trying to force me to give them my farkin' cell phone number! NO WAY.

I don't care if I'm entirely invisible on the internets if I am forced to share everything with a billion strangers. So I don't do any of those social sites.

I still think for privacy LiveJournals and Dreamwidth are the best -- they even have the option to make your journal fairly non-googleable, i.e. opt out of the spider aggregation, which I've done.

It's utterly opposite of what we're supposed to want, but more than anything these sites are journals for me, and also drafting tools for my non-fiction. That in some cases I can kind of keep up with people I like, who are interesting and whose work I care about is a big plus, but to gather eyes is not what I'm about.

That would be a professional blog and a lot of people do that -- it's basically a website of their fiction and career and awards and announcements of their tours and new publications and where to buy them. I haven't done that. I dunno. I just ... I don't know, I just can't find any enthusiasm for it.

But then we have that totally ancient thing, a private e-mail list serve that does that to the 3 thousand or so people who may be interested in such things.

Love, C.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Foxessa said...

You might like Dreamwidth, EA. It's so different from FB. It's real journal capacity. But when it comes to sf/f more fan writers hang out there and interact passionately than do writers, as all the writers are on FB, and only post on LJ and DW now as an afterthought -- with some exceptions, of course! :)

Love, C.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Foxessa said...

P.S. I did see your comment at Fox Home, and replied there too.

Love, C.

10:01 AM  

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