In response to a comment made by Claire in the Lab presentation last week, I’ve added a map to the sidebar to show where the visitors to this site are visiting from. This is a first step to paying more attention to my audience, something that I’ve been reticent to do in the past.
Shi also commented that this blog is really very closed off towards the visitor. I’m really using it to talk to myself, with a very controlling hand over the impression that I put across.
To be honest, I’ve never really been too interested in the visitor – I don’t really think I have anything interesting to say to people, it’s more the activity of saying something that’s important to me. I don’t really ask anything of the visitor except their time and patience, they can take or leave this blog as they wish. I’m mainly using it as an archive of data and events that are relevant to me.
However, in the presentation I was stressing the activity of presenting as an end in itself, either in person in front of a group, or on the blog (or elsewhere). Well, that’s all well and good for me, but why should anyone else care?