The Total Drek Reader "Appreciation" Day!
Every now and then, however, my blogroll sparks a new question in my mind: who the hell is bored enough to be reading me? This spark may sometimes fall into fertile tinder in my mind and grow into a raging inferno of curiosity that can only be doused by the cool water of a web search, or an indulgence in shitty metaphors. Such attempts at discovery, which usually involve googling myself, traditionally involve a mixture of the amusing, and the bizarre.
Oh for the love of- are you still laughing at that "googling myself," line? Christ, you're a bunch of children.
This last time, however, my search skipped amusing and bizarre and just went right into confusing. I seem to have accumulated readers from places I can't imagine, and many of them seem to have no obvious connections to each other.
There is, for example, the blog A Stop at Willoughby, which is written by a novelist named Patrick living in Virginia. I seem to be the only blog from the greater Sociology-blogging world included in Patrick's blogroll, so that isn't an obvious connection. Seeing as how I am not, myself, a novelist, or a resident of Virginia, I'm not sure what to say.
Then there's the Chris Bauer Media Project, which has the unfortunate distinction of sounding like either a social studies assignment, or a Coldplay album. All joking aside, however, I know that Chris found me via our mutual interest in sociology, and I have been meaning to add him to my blogroll for some time. So, I'm not so much curious about how he found me, as mentioning him here to make up for my long silence about his existence. Hey, look on the bright side Chris: it might take me a while to get you on the blogroll, but at least I mention it when I do.
This brings us to the enigmatic Observador Sociologico. I've actually known about the link from the O.S. for a while now, but haven't known what to say about it since I can't understand a damned thing on the blog. I've attempted to translate it using a number of online tools but... well... we all know what that's like. I am, of course, aware that this just points to the deficiencies in my American, mono-lingual, education, but I guess that's just tough. I mean, hell, given what my blog is like, I imagine being mono-lingual is the least of my educational deficiencies. In any case, I frankly wonder what a foreign-language sociology blog is doing linking to me. Providing a cautionary tale about Americans, perhaps?
I could discuss Semiquark, but that would require having a goddamn clue what to say. As it stands now, given the length of the blogroll in question, I'm guessing I was included more or less accidentally in much the same way that a blue whale may inadvertently swallow a few fish while straining the ocean for nourishing krill.
I've apparently made the more restricted reading list of Gaderian, who may have heard of me via my associates in the Wisconsin Blogging Circle, but who can say? In any case I'm flattered to be included in such a short list on such a nicely designed blog- even if I have only the vaguest idea why.
Finally, weighing in with possible connections via Wisconsin and Sociology we find Sarah Elizabeth of Stories from LA. As I said, I think we are probably connected via Wisconsin, but perhaps rather than an additional tie through sociology, we are actually linked via the esteemed Tom Bozzo who hails from our sister discipline of Economics. Who can know?
So, what does all this mean? Eh. Nothing really. Some of you will find yourselves entering my own blogroll. Others... perhaps not. We'll see. Hell, it'll largely depend on whether I can remember my blogroll password. What can I say? I forget things.
In the meantime, I'd like to bid all of you welcome. I don't know where the hell y'all came from, or why, but there's one thing I do know.
You're here now. Thanks for reading.