Re: your exemplary post.
The idea of the maps seemed pretty simple to me. Traffic & link building.
It seemed stone-obvious, if you want a mention, do a trackbacked link. Nonetheless, I continue to get whiny comments and emails.
Your post was greatly appreciated, as are witty, bitchin-and-moanin posts that do the same thing. :)
Fair enough. Traffic is traffic. I remember how thrilled I was when I got my first really hostile comment. "Cool!" I exclaimed. "This is almost as good as hate mail!"
Same principle, on a different scale: attention (links even more than comments, of course) is the coin of the realm.
||Suggeston|| You need an "About Page"
And abstract on who the author of the page is, and what drives them. A quick 10-30 second read to satisfy what curiousity a lame-passer-by, such as myself, would have.
I like what I see; the graphics and color schemes are attractive; the words are pleasing to read, and down my socio-political realm. But I don't know *WHO* you are.
*Sticking your URL on my Newsreader, just in case*
I think Jeremy's prolly right. I have resisted writing an about-page for myself mostly because I can't write in the first person worth a damn. I used to rely on my work to stand on its own, but with archives going back to 2000 and over a thousand posts, there's just too much. Sooner or later I'll probably take the time to assemble a dossier on myself and link it from the front page. Not today, mind you. Prolly not tomorrow, either. But someday.
So yeah, Jeremy's probably onto something.
I'm looking into it. Maybe I'll write a post tonight that will serve as an intro.