Larry – Actually, since I very uncharacteristically wrote this post just before bed, I can tell you that the boundary between internet and subconscious was exceedingly thin. I fell asleep within five minutes after hitting “publish”!
patry – I’m sure this barely scratches the surface of desirable blogging apps, though, if we really put our minds to it. I figure I’m doing my part for Web 2.0 by at least putting these ideas out there.
Lorianne – Yeah, but remember, the “ouch” would be self-inflicted in many cases. They de-friend you, they get Xed! (And yes, “friend” and “de-friend” are now verbs, according to the college newspaper I referenced.)
Kerstin – Hi, thanks for visiting! I’m trying to remember: was it H. G. Well’s The Time Machine where the protagonist wakes up clutching some memento from his dream? Or maybe something by Borges…
Lori – I guess we tend to dream about whatever we do to excess, as an Amish acquaintance recently reminded me in reference to picking blueberries. What do those who do everything in moderation have to dream about, I wonder?
Zhoen – “Woe” is such a fun word. I’m strongly in favor of bringing it back into everyday speech. Like, woe, dude!
Fred – I’d like to see pictures of that ex-hog plant. Have you blogged it yet? Or maybe its picture made it onto this site?
I think one reason that dream-linking seemed so logical in my dream was that I’m used to using remote hosts like Flickr and Photobucket to store my images — and of course my blog itself is stored on a a machine 3,000 miles away.
robin andrea – I hate to break it to you, but in the blog community of the so-called real world, you’ve become something of a recluse, too. But we love you for it!
Of course, I’m one to talk. I haven’t kept site statistics since I moved to WordPress in April. Actually, site stats represent another possible source of meaningful ranking data. Instead of counting number of page views or unique visits, my hypothetical Better Ranking System would look at the average length of a visit, and the variety of posts that attract hits from search engines. Sites that draw small numbers of visitors to almost every post would be ranked higher than those that attract huge numbers to a very few popular posts.
Blogs should come outfitted not with hit counters but with actual counters, like diners, where the regulars could mingle and drink coffee with visitors from out of town.