Is it reasonable to envy someone else's bloggosphere presence? I'm thinking in particular of a friend of mine whose site garners 20+ flattering comments per post. Or other LJers who have way more people on their f-list, and whose posts generate substantial discussions in their comments. It's not as if I have time to follow up on this kind of traffic if it were ever to transpire here, but once in a while I do feel a little lonely in my corner of cyberspace. (cue violins)
Gearing up for HP7: I received an email from amazon.com this morning informing me that the elves are working hard. We thought you would like to know that we are preparing your items for shipment. Via UPS at least so I don't have to wait for the mail carrier's leisurely arrival after 4pm. I wonder though if I'd gotten my strategy all wrong, and should've placed an order at a local bookstore so I could get it at 12:01am rather than waiting during Saturday daylight hours. On the other hand, at my advanced age an all-nighter reading HP7 after a full day at work probably isn't A Good Thing.
On July 19th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Mike ordered a copy of HP7 for an anniversary present and paid extra for delivery. When I asked if it would be delivered on the Saturday release date, he wasn't sure. Before we go on vacation, for sure though. AAAAAHHHHHHH! I may have to skulk around bookstores reading chapters until mine arrives.
On July 19th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
For at least the last two books, Amazon delivered it by 8 am the day of release. This time they've really been pushing the higher-cost guaranteed delivery, so I don't know if Super Saver shipping will get it to me on Saturday morning. I'll be sure to update you. ;)
On July 22nd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
It came with the regular mail delivery in the afternoon, but the carrier made sure to get my attention (I happened to be walking down the hall and she could see me through the window) so she could put it right into my hot little hands.
I was out all morning and early afternoon with errands, so the timing worked out just fine for me.
I like it better when it's less crowded. I suppose it depends on how seriously one takes this place. I have this account in a Turkish blog site and it is more popular than this one. 15-25 comments per entry. Usually it just means spending more time responding to comments. And I don't have to worry about who takes offense or whatever... Like, about 1,5 years ago I was pregnant and wrote something like "I weigh 80 kgs. Can't wait to be thin again" and some lady responded that she's 90 kgs and not pregnant (that happened in the Turkish blogsite). She wasn't rude or anything, but... well, I don't want to worry about what might offend which person.
Oh, and I already read DH. *points and laughs* I'm sorry I pirated it, I truly am. This is my second pirating ever. But amazon told me I would get it by August 2nd, and that just won't do. And it's not like pirating when you legally buy the book, right? I had pre-ordered it months ago.
The only thing I've learned is that it takes time - both commenting and I don't know, dreaming up controversial things to post? - to get attention. A lot of people read my blog but nobody outside LJ ever comments, and I think this is something odd about LJ, how introverted it is. There is a huge community here, but with other blog interfaces, somehow they cast the net wider, whereas LJers seem to stay here and others don't come in.
There are lots of theories on generating blog traffic, but worthless unless you are really interested. My LJ seems to go through phases. And I've added people to my flist or others have found me through communities. This is not advice, just observation. Some days it's nice, other days as safakus implied, it's just a chore.
When I look at my clustermap it seems like a lot of people in a lot of different places are reading my blog, but I don't know who they are...and you're right, it's kind of hard to keep up with LJ when you're not on LJ. I have accounts on blogspot and typepad in order to comment on friends' blogs there but I only know of a couple of people who do the reverse.
Clearly the Harry Potter solution is to order online, in hopes that you might get it early:
This isn't the first time this has happened, I believe it also happened with a Canadian company for HP4.
As for active, thriving LiveJournals, I'm always surprised (and usually pleased) when comments get over 20 to my stuff. I mean, I have about 200 LJ friends, all except one who I know in real life, and yet I still can't predict what does and does not garner comment/controversy. So I try not to worry too hard about it.
I've always found that the number of replies is always proportional to the universality of the post. If you say "Sex!" you're more likely to get more replies than if you say "Discombobulation", because people respond with their own versions of your main theme.
The more unique and interesting your post, therefore, the less the replies. Silence means thoughtful contemplation, not disinterest.
I guess that totally explains Larry Flint and Paris Hilton.