Dear constant reader

Last week I had two lunches with friends, one old, one new. What was remarkable about both meetings is how much each of them were up on what I was doing, because they read every post on Scripting News, apparently quite carefully. Which is great, of course — that’s why I write a blog, to share what I see with others. And if we become friends, even better. It can be a way for me to meet and “engage” with cool people.

But what a surprise! Because I never hear from either of these people. They don’t blog so much, and they don’t post comments. Not complaining, just searching for some kind of balance, a little reciprocity. Look at it from my point of view for a moment. It often feels like I’m casting these posts into a void, or worse — that only people who hate me are reading what I write. Both were kind of surprised at the rage that I encountered for writing one of the pieces I wrote on gender in August. How would they know? I don’t like to write about other people’s rage. That’s for them to do.

Anyway. First, if you’re what Stephen King calls a constant reader — thank you. I don’t want you feel guilty or any other negative emotion. But there is something you can do to help.

If you read a post here that you like or feel makes a strong point, even if you disagree, either “like” it on Facebook (I post links to most of my posts there these days) or retweet it on Twitter. With this gesture, not only will you help me influence more people (which is one of my goals) but you’ll also connect with me, in a not-so-small way. It’ll give me a chance to think of you, and how you might read the piece you just forwarded. I get a lot out of every one of these gestures. Even though it may seem small to you, it’s not small to me.

And thank you for reading. šŸ˜‰

Here’s a nice piece of cheesecake.


PS: A bonus, if you read this far. I have a linkblog a lot of people don’t know about. It has a feed, and it’s chock full of good stuff.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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