DrugMonkey’s Google calendar must have told him that it’s time for the meme in which bloggers ask their readers what they’re doing here, a meme whose originator is the esteemed Ed Yong.
Having played along myself in 2008 and 2009, I’m on-board to mount the 2010 version of this blog-reader census. Please respond to at least some of these questions in the comments so we can avoid the expense of sending people with clipboards to your front door:
Who are you? (Scientist, philosopher, other? Student, parent, working stiff, blissful retiree? Given that personal identity is a matter of deep philosophical import, I’m going to let you decide the right way to deal with this question.)
Have we met in real life? Before or after you first read the blog? (Are you now regretful of our real-life meeting?)
What brings you to this blog?
What’s likely to bring you back? What would be likely to drive you away? (Not that I want to drive any of you away!)
If you lurk rather than commenting, are you content with that? Are there conditions that you think might suck you into commenting?
What do you like reading around here? Which of my posts angry up the blood? (Are you one of those people who enjoys reading posts that angry up the blood?)
What topics would you like to see more of? (Are there or have there been raging blogospheric kerfuffles on which you have wanted me to weigh but which I have not?)
Is my current pace of a few posts a week adequate for your needs, or would you be happier if I delivered at least one new post every day?
Any ideas on how to fix California’s state budget?
Any suggestions for ways to deal with an excess of apricots?