Friday, May 11, 2007

Forgive me Father, for I have ...

For the many blogs that start with "Confessions of ...", it is just that. By the way, wouldn't it be nice someday to be able to say, "Forgive me Sister, for I have ... ".

I had an unfinished conversation with a reader because of her temperamental mailbox (unreliable). If I were to analyze myself, my blog could be many things from time to time but confession was how it started and it will always be. Unlike the real thing, when you are certain to find someone listening to your confession, bloggers have to be careful not to turn away all potential listeners.

For example, confession A put off half the readers and confession B put the remaining half to sleep. Even if I am not (and cannot) be sensitive about counters and statistics, in this case I would rather start two blogs to avoid having zero counts.

Also, you can't please everybody, so it's good to maintain a healthy pool of "priests". Or, as in jury selection, some enjoy every minute of it even though they tried and couldn't get away at first. If the selection is totally voluntary, you may not get useful people at all. Forget about the logic, it doesn't have to make sense all the time.

As for the interaction, it doesn't really matter as in the real thing. Sometimes silence is gold. In all my past and present blogs, I had people reading everyday, and some coming back over a hundred times. If they don't want to say anything, they don't. I can imagine that they are my loyal fans, tongue frozen when they tried to talk to me during an autograph. Or, they despise me, but it's good to find somebody to look down upon, laugh at, swear at the computer. It doesn't really matter, welcome all the same.

4 comments:

The English Courtesan said...

I might not qualify for the 'pool of priests' but might I apply to be in the pool of nuns, as it were? ;-)

Livvy xxx

LA Player said...

I imagine you would be too gorgeous, too sexy and too intellectual for the job. Too intimidating to get confessions out of me. How about lowering the intimidation by wrapping up yourself in a nun costume first?

The English Courtesan said...

LA Player, your wish is my command! I am putting on my habit and wimple and kneeling before you as I type... ;-)

Livvy xxx

LA Player said...

I hope they are the real thing, not PVC but highly absorbent quality cotton. It's going to be a big mess...