Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Request For My Readers

About 15 months ago, when I started this blog, I was sure I'd never tell a soul in real life about it. I was the girl who'd blog under the thick, dark veil of anonymity. "That way," I reasoned, "I can write whatever I feel like."

As time went on, I started to realize that my shield of anonymity had two large cracks. The first was the other bloggers. At the beginning of this blog, it hadn't actually occured to me that I'd become friends with the other bloggers. About fifteen bloggers later, and I see how wrong I was. In fact, I LIKE the other bloggers.

The other crack in my shield is a lot harder to gauge. As hard as I may try to conceal my identity, I write about my life on this blog; people are bound to read it. There is a part of me that still doesn't believe there are more people reading this than just the active commenters. But there's also the realistic side of me, the side that sees the sitemeter and analytics stats, the side that knows that hundreds of people visit this blog daily.

But both sides of me are in agreement to go into denial about the possibility of my aquaintances being among the many thousands of people who've read my blog since the day it began. But denial only takes you so far. At some point, the denial gets pushed to the side as I am forced to realize that of people I know are reading my blog, I need to know about it.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad you read it; please come back often. But if you know about me, it's only fair that I know about you, right? If you are reading this post, and you know me in real life, please consider this the cyber version of knee begging. Chose your method of disclosure. You can send an email to my real life address, to my blog address (justablobatgmaildotcom), send me a text, or even post a comment with a request not to publish it.

If you are reading this and thinking "I think I know who it is, but I'm not sure," trust me: you don't know who it is. Vehameivin yavin.

Oh, and once I'm begging, one last thing. I'm just dead curious about who is visiting my blog. Even if you don't generally comment, please just stop in and say hi, I won't publish your comment if you don't want me too.

Looming forward to hearing from you!

45 comments:

Sefardi Gal said...

Hi Blob,
IDK you (or at least I don't think I do), but I read your blog and enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

Stopping in to say Hi.
I read your blog every so often and you sound like a fascinating person!

Signed,
an occasional reader.

Anonymous said...

Well seems like I'm first to comment! I've stopped blogging about a year ago, I now only occasionally read blogs/forums. Nope, I don't know you in real life. Just stopping in to say hello & that you've got a great blog here! Hatzlacha with the success of your blog.
I actually just found your blog last week.

-First Commenter

Anonymous said...

Hiya! I'm a fan and a lurker. No worries- I don't know you in real life :)

G6 said...

"In fact, I LIKE the other bloggers."

Yaaay! She likes me :D

As you well know, I read and enjoy your blog.

I'm curious to know if any of your friends come forward as a result of this post. My blog is not anonymous, yet I know some of my friends and readers are hesitant to admit to reading it, though I very much enjoy when they do admit it.

SternGrad said...

I found your blog recently, and I read it sometimes. Thought I'd say hi too.

SternGrad said...

I found your blog recently, and I read it sometimes. Thought I'd say hi.

Data said...

You make a very reasonable request.

Hello.

NYC Girl said...

I've been enjoying your blog for the past few weeks, but regretfully I don't know you in real life! You sound more interesting than most people I know :-)

Jughead's Hat said...

I read it, too. I have nothing more intelligent to say. Not in general, just here. In this comment. Ok, maybe in general.

Anonymous said...

Found your blog two years ago while at work and have practically been reading you every day since i feel obligated to say something. i dont know you in real life but i really enjoy your perspectives on issues, and just want to says thanks!

BigChamor21 said...

I don't think it's right to ask site lurkers who might know you to reveal themselves...they are not outing themselves for a reason, and since you are posting onto a site without an exclusive access code they have all the right to be here and read whatever you decide to write. I understand why you would want them to disclose their identity, but it just comes with the territory.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog and occasionally comment anonymously...
I enjoy it very much, but I don't have a clue who you are IRL.

Anonymous said...

I do NOT know you, I'm from Israel, and I'm a lot older than you. Your blog is one of the ones I read when I should be doing other things on the computer (such as writing papers, preparing lessons - I'm both a student and a teacher).

You are a very good writer!

grinfish said...

i found your blog recently. you're very funny and have great insight. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog occasionally- I'm one of tesyaa's daughters. if you remember/knew her from before she closed her blog. I don't read your blog often, but once in a while when I'm bored I do. I love your sense of humor.

tembow said...

1- I read your blog.
2- We're now friends!

Any of that news to you?

Oh, I guess you wanted the unknown readers to let you know who they are.. but wtvr, I figured I'd say hi too. :)

Anonymous said...

Lol, I like the way you think, interesting question indeed. I discovered your blog few weeks ago and really enjoy reading it. I dont know you in real life :)

FrumJewInYU said...

Enjoying the blog, don't know you.

Auror said...

Wow looks like your plea was a success! I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader but since I'm usually in a rush when I scroll through, I have little time to comment :/ Don't think I know you in real life but thought "The Jewish Side of Babysitter" did, so I was hoping to see you or any other bloggers by her wedding... guess not. Or if you did come, your identity was well protected from me lol ;)

Thanks for the great posts! The phenomena you blog about are all too familiar so I get a good laugh.

Anonymous said...

i enjoy your blog and met you at an ice cream meet, but I don't have an online name

frum single female said...

i highly doubt we have ever met.im a bit older than you. i enjoy reading your thoughts. i agree with you that its hard to totally hide your blogger anonymity. its not a bad thing. i think it can keep pple honest.
i have a blog that i know you have visited at least once, so if you read my blog you know a little bit about me too. keep on writing, we are reading even if we dont comment often.

Freeda said...

same as tembow....

tembow said...

Auror-
I was there! but didnt see you :)
(but then again, i don't know you)

Anonymous said...

Hi!
i read your blog a lot... im just guilty of never commenting. I really like what you write :)
- ME

badforshidduchim said...

I've eaten your cookies. 'Nuff said.

JAR said...

Know you IRL :-). Hi!

frumcollegegirl said...

found your blog before i figured out your identity...

you know the rest of the story

and like Bad4 said, i've eaten your cookies

Anonymous said...

Hey, i was actually wondering the same thing about my blog but I dont get nearly as much as traffic on mine, mainly cuz i dont think that people dont know that mine exists..so thanx for the entertainment..have a good one

Anonymous said...

hi, you have a great blog! love reading it. Don't know you irl

Anonymous said...

I don't know you but I like the way you write.

Dude with hat (aka BTS) said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hi as you ask :))

Keep writing!

Freeda said...

hey- I never got cookies! - but that lunch was good as well as the gum you so generously shared

Anonymous said...

hi!! i think your blog is really cute, gives me a good chuckle sometimes!!:-)

MY Design said...

Hmmmm.... somehow i feel like i had a part in this one!!

Found your blog off a friends. Found it funny and inspiring.. passed it on.... and on.. and on...

I find it so amazing to see how random people out there connect!!

Nice response!
Mission accomplished??

wideyedgirl said...

Hi!

corner point said...

Remember how we met? All anonymous, spilling our secrets, talking in gchat for hours... Lol.

I don't comment much (girl, you put out posts at the speed of light!!) but I love your stuff. Yours are the posts that have me laughing out loud in my empty apartment.

Keep it up!!

And a question...what will you be doing now that you've realized you're more well-known IRL than you'd thought?

Little Miss Perfect said...

Hi There! I never got cookies either:( I just want you to know I still read your blog and I love it. Sorry for never commenting (even with my many IDs)

Rachelli Dreyfuss said...

Well, you know I read... you gave me MSS... but all is well :D
keep writing!

Anonymous said...

hey bosd,
i love your funny/realistic/informative posts. keep it up.
even though i never comment, i love to read your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi SD,
I love your blog a lot and I read it when I have some time off ... Unfortunately I don't know you in real life. I understand quite well your problem with staying anonymous, I thought about blogging myself a few times but I am too scared that people will guess who I am (a religious girl who's that crazy, everyone will know it's me).

harry-er than them all said...

been reading since you first started (don't know about you, but i read the blogs that started around same time as me regularly, some sort of kinship in my mind)

Enjoy your wit, perspective, and although you have gone away from writing about diabetes and being a frum girl on the verge of shidduchim, you still make me laugh smile, and sometimes just say oy!

Brochi said...

Hi SD,
I love your site (and you had proof of that...)!
I don't know you either but know your real name now ;)
BTW I think you're a great multi faceted person.

Shades of Grey said...

Found your blog from Bad4's blog a while ago and have been reading/following ever since. Keep up the good work!

SquarePeg613 said...

Cute blog! I'm in Israel, married with five kids.