Hermagorus Forgotten" article posted as a generous alternative to opening a private debate about its merits as an official submission for consideration as a co-editor of the website. It was received poorly because its dismissive attitude towards the subject it claimed to defend was too harsh and contemptuous for the current editors to stomach. In other words, it felt more like a slap-in-the-face than a high-five to them.
But I am not here to talk about what is happening (or not happening) with the staff of Bread n Circles. I am here to talk about all the stuff that has happened since then. You see, the popularity of my blog has been largely due to the inclusion of that very picture and not my writing style or choice of content; and a very small number of hits represent Actual Readers or even Returning Visitors.
So, the complete lack of interest has nothing to do with my willingness to discuss lofty notions such as the meaning of Truth, in a lengthy and witty article which was posted at Bread n Circles on Thanksgiving day and Christmas Day of 2009. I had entertained high hopes that the Truth article would be the thing that would save Bread n circles from the wistful wandering-apart which led its contributors to pursue other interests, that it would make Bread n Circles a popular search result in Google's database. But the simple reality was that all five of us needed to focus on other responsibilities and hobbies, such as parenting, law school, extended job descriptions, and struggling to maintain financial stability during a global meltdown. The final article posted at Bread n Circles was an advertisement (in a brief blurb) for my newly-published book, Mangled Doves.
Lulu.com in March 2010, so I signed up with the Amazon associates program, which allowed me to post links to products available at Amazon.com and would earn a little percentage from products purchased via links from my blog. As I continued to seek randomly unrelated subjects to blog about in a blogosphere widely dominated by heated rants about economics, politics, religious intolerance, and shaming patriotism, I began to write an unintentional review of the book Constructing Quarks by Andrew Pickering in a series of articles called "Appearing to Study Particle Physics." I had stumbled upon the title while reading Shrodinger's Kittens, by John Gribbin. I had liked Gribbin's book, but fought to appreciate Pickering's harsh historical portrayal of the development of Quark Chromodynamics. Although the first half of the book is entrancing, the accusatory tone began to be too pervasive to be trustworthy. So, I just returned the book to the library. After I wrote the closing article of the series, I re-arranged them and posted them as a page in my blog titled "De-Constructing Quarks." In re-reading the series of articles, I found that it was symbolically a very expressive and succinct review of the book it discussed. Hence, it stands as my final assessment of Pickering's book.
Dissing Economics at Snacktime," which began in late October and continued in November, but have interrupted the progress of those articles with compiled re-postings of old texts which I had written for Yahoo!Answers in 2008 and 2009. And now I will resume the series on Dissing Economics, occasionally checking my Hit-counter to see if the random visitors who visit my blog are beginning to find this article instead of "Delays, Delays, Delays" because that picture has been removed form that article and is now in this one. (Just in case, here is another picture!)
Postscript added October 23rd, 2011: That change has in fact occurred, as my Analytics reports now show that the greatest number of hits fall on this article than any other posting, and the "Delays, Delays, Delays" article does not even show up on the report. So, in a very real sense, nothing has changed.