January 28, 2005

Roll call.

Will all members of my family who are reading this please stand up and identify themselves?

If anonymity on the internet is unattainable for me, the blogger, it seems only fair that it should be unattainable for you, the reader, as well. I don't particularly care if you Google my name, which is probably how you got here. You've no doubt discovered the entire assortment of results that come up, including this page, the UCB Out List (how damn old is that thing?), my thoughts on pie and porn on other blogs, and pictures from my vacations with my boyfriend. Cool. Enjoy yourself. Hi Mom. How's the semester going?

In exchange for access to this free and steady stream of absolutely everything that goes through my head, if indeed you want to read it, I ask the following: do not lurk. You know that I'm here. I'd like to know that you're here. I'd like to find out that you're here when you're here, as opposed to months later when someone else points out that they heard about my blog from other family members ages ago.

Guys. Really. I don't mind my blog being a point of contact with my family. Contact with my family is a pretty rare thing in my life these days, but it's not because I don't like you. So say something. I'll say something back. We can have a nice conversation. Tell me about the children you've had in the last two years whom I've never met, and where you're living and working now.

It'll make me a lot less inclined to shut this thing down to stop you all from lurking around it. Thanks.

Posted by dianna at January 28, 2005 11:30 AM

I think parents are going to start choosing names for their children based on Googlability.

Posted by: Andrew at January 28, 2005 12:47 PM

Maybe that's the reason for the incredible popularity of names that are spelled just a little differently than usual. I always thought it was just a trick to get out of buying those bicycle license plates with the kid's name on them. Stinkin' extra N.

Posted by: Dianna at January 28, 2005 12:57 PM

Just change your name to Diannna, that way you can leave Dianna's Google traces in the past. Clean slate!

Posted by: Andrew at January 28, 2005 02:32 PM

Wow, you Google pretty well.

Posted by: Chris at January 28, 2005 03:21 PM

Here's me.

Posted by: Chris at January 28, 2005 03:22 PM

Hey Dianna - this may be a little weird, but I happened to stumble upon your site tonight (okay, not stumble...I was bored and reading away messages...read Arianna's...you had posted a comment and I followed your comment to your journal...yahdah yahdah yahdah...). In the effort of not lurking, I thought I would say a quick "hi!" I don't think we've talked since high school - it'd be great to catch up! Feel free to email me at cmunson at bu dot edu. Until then, take care!

Posted by: Carly at January 28, 2005 10:16 PM

Wait Carly, I'm pretty sure that the last time I talked to you, you were at Riverside. I assume it was at one of Jonathan's various swing events. What on earth possessed you to move to that frozen winter hellscape (which is how I fondly refer to Boston)?!?

Posted by: Chris at January 29, 2005 10:52 AM

Hey Chris! I actually moved out here for law school a couple years ago. Frozen winter hellscape is a pretty accurate description right about now...we got up to 35 degrees today and it felt like heaven!! How are you? You were in Boston at one point, right? What are you up to now?

Posted by: Carly at January 29, 2005 03:41 PM

Dude, I'm just Reunion Central around here.

Hi Carly. Thanks for unlurking. I don't think I even knew you were in law school... sheesh! Sorry about the frozen winter hellscape. I say this as someone who wears a scarf when it's 50 degrees out: you poor thing.

Posted by: Dianna at January 29, 2005 05:55 PM

um, dude, you know i'm on here, but i'm officially checking in.

have also had all my own pretense to anonymity blown, and so forth, etc, as we've discussed. and yeah, you're pretty googlable. i'm not at all googlable at this point (alas, the page showing that i was shortlisted for the mellon fellowship has been taken down, as is the livejournal of one of my students who quoted at length from my comments on his papers about what a good writer he was) and i'm basically only locatable through you (which is fine, etc, who cares). so how's this for fearful symmetry? one of the false results for me is an honors society list on which appears a person with my same name in - ta da! - snoqualmie, WA. funny that.

Posted by: katie at January 29, 2005 09:57 PM