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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).

Thursday, January 11, 2007

All you lurkers ...

According to various sources, this is National Delurking Week. I assume that the "national" here refers to the United States, but the internet knows no national borders, so we'll ignore that bit.

I have no idea how many people ever actually read this blog, but I'm sure some of you are out there somewhere. Feel free - and encouraged - to put up your hand and say "hello" if you seldom or never post, and you're actually reading this. (I sure hope someone will respond, or I'll be feeling very lonely.)


drjon said...


Heya! I actually read you through your RSS, at the synfeed at http://www.livejournal.com/users/rblackford_rss

I hope you and Jenny are well. I enjoy reading your thoughts: some of which I agree with, some of whch I disagree with, all of which are thought-provoking.

So, "hello". Don't feel lonely.


drjon said...

(Forgot to mention this: If you've not read it, Rebecca Borgstrom's "It Goes On Forever (A Variation)" at http://imago.hitherby.com/?p=979 is damned fine.)

Michael Anissimov said...

I just subscribed.

George said...


Blake Stacey said...

I'm not a lurker, having posted an awful lot of random things, but I figured I should say hello. Hello!

If you'd like to boost your readership numbers, well, I recall that Jason Rosenhouse and Mark Chu-Carroll both saw big spikes when they lucked upon a topic which had enough mass-net-appeal that they got Slashdotted or Digged (Dugg?). The story of the man who claimed he could divide by zero worked pretty well.

You could always try what David Brin tried and insult Star Wars or say that BASIC wasn't all bad.

Over in the physics blogosphere, you could get a sizable response by making any statement about string theory in a loud, clear voice. People might be getting burnt out by now, but if Clifford Johnson could get 326 comments in one thread alone, it may be worth a shot.

(Of course, I've already made my statement about the "String Wars": perhaps I've just read too much Pynchon, but I smell a conspiracy.)

There you go: another highly entropic, link-heavy comment. I must be in the middle of some serious procrastination. Best wishes!

Russell Blackford said...

Hey, people. I'm having a smile at Blake's suggestions, but I think I'll pass on those, especially the one about dividing by zero.

Anonymous said...

Hey Russell I am still travelling around Europe so I dont read this constantly, but usually find time to catch up with it once in a while. Am in Maastricht, Netherlands at the moment heading to Berlin tomorrow.