I'm going to this blogger party tonight even though I'm not really sure if I'm a blogger anymore. I was invited because my original blog is on Karol's copious list of New York-based bloggers. To the extent that I'm known for anything within the world of blogging, it's that blog from late 2003 to early 2005, where I did what a million other people were doing: blogged about national politics and media criticism in a pro-Bush, death-to-the-MSM, blogs-are-mankind's-salvation Hugh Hewitt mode. Then I burned out. Fine. The problem was that even though I was completely burned out on blogging, instead of stepping away gracefully I kept on blogging and commenting, but I was so burned out on hearing the same arguments I'd made just a few months before repeated to me ad nauseum that my blogging and commenting took a dyspeptic, even nasty turn. Very lame. So, to the extent that anyone at the party knows me, they know me as either Eric, that serious political blogger/warblogger/whatever term you want to use, or Eric, that asshole. Both are personas I'd like to escape. Of course, the truth will be that as in virtually every situation where you worry about how you are perceived or what sort of reputation you have, most people won't even know me, which is probably for the best.
The big question at the blogger party, needless to say, is how do I get them to remember my URL? This little blog has a memorable title, but it's so new and unlinked (and unread) that it doesn't show up on Google. The old blog is snappier and is the first Google hit for the title phrase, but I'm kind of disavowing it. What to do? One of the major points of these things is blog promotion right? But do I even want to promote this litle blog? I'm not sure yet. Scratch that. I just saw in a comment thread here that it's all about the link love. I'm giving them the Young Curmudgeon and having them follow it here.
The curious thing about blogs. If you want people to keep coming you have to keep posting stuff. Damn greedy public!
Anyway, the party looks pretty cool. There's a real cross-section of bloggers coming; food bloggers (or "floggers" as they wackily insist on calling themselves), fun bloggers, and political bloggers. In fact, it's the largest gathering of New York area bloggers I've ever heard of, but what do I know. For me, it will be interesting to see how my pasty skin reacts to the being exposed to the outside of my house on Friday night. It's not for nothing that the Sci-Fi channel chose to make Friday night their big night of programming. They know that we geeks have nothing better to do usually If the Battlestar Galactica season finale were tonight instead of last week I probably wouldn't be going to the party. Now I just need someone to TiVo What not to Wear and Best Week Ever for me and all will be well.