My post about gay marriage went viral (sort of) on Tumblr yesterday, which is interesting since it was originally posted back in 2006. Traffic to this site was just shy of the record set on January 5th, 2010, when I had 11,539 views.
I have often considered “coming out of the closet” on this blog by revealing my identity (full name, location, etc.) Some of my regular visitors might know some of those details, but most of the people who visit this site by way of a search engine do not.
I received the following comment on my post about marriage equality this morning:
Spare me the touchy feely political correctness. I think all gays should be shot. And I’m NOT being sarcastic. Sinners.
Although it doesn’t contain a direct threat, it is downright vile, and it reaffirms my intentions to remain as anonymous as possible.
Since this website was in real danger of becoming a Michael Jackson fan site (ha!), I started a separate blog for MJ-related items on Tumblr and moved most of the photos over there. I will continue to use this site for everything else. You can check it out here: mkljxn.com
I saw someone comment on television today about the rapid growth of Pinterest. They opined how people have gone from writing blog posts to posting short updates on Twitter and Facebook to simply posting pictures on Pinterest. It seems that our attentions spans have gotten so short that we would rather just see an image than actually take the time to read anything.
It’s pretty interesting how little it takes to engage people these days. Is this the end of the line, or can we reduce dialogue even more?
I just went through my blogroll and discovered most of the blogs listed on there haven’t been updated in months. One didn’t even exist anymore. After editing out the defunct blogs, my list of links is quite short.
I don’t have any concrete evidence to back it up, but I am pretty sure blogging died sometime around the rise of social networks like Facebook and micro-blogging platforms like Tumblr. Perhaps our attention spans are too short these days to read more than a couple of lines of text.
Even though blogging might no longer be hip, I enjoy having a place to dump my feelings where they don’t get immediately lost amidst several hundred other status updates in someone’s Google Plus or Facebook stream. I might not get the feedback here that one expects to receive on a social network, but that’s beside the point. At the risk of sounding selfish, I do this for me.
Even though I don’t write as much as I used to, I won’t give up on this little project until they pry it from my cold, gay hands! I will continue to post the trivial, mundane, and often insignificant details of my life, and when I don’t have anything worth writing about I will fill my home page with photos of things I find interesting. Hopefully you will see something that strikes your fancy from time to time, too.
If you have a blogroll or links page that is still directed to my old blog name and domain name, please take a moment to update them. It will help improve my search results. Thanks!
See that? Up there in the address bar of your browser. Yeah. I scored a fantastic, shiny new domain name for this blog. Anotherpartofme.com should be easy enough to remember, too.
I hope you like it and I hope you will update your bookmarks and links. =)