Over the last couple of weeks I have been getting an unprecedented amount of anonymous comments. For me, anyway. And I came to realize that somewhere along the way I had developed an unofficial policy on them. Back when I set up the LJ, I chose the settings that screened all anonymous posting. At that point, I think I had in mind an attempt to avoid spam-related things, like those that frequently appear on my food blog. At present, though, it seems to have also brought me to another realization… If I’m interested in what you have to say, I’m perhaps also interested in who you are. I’ve been unscreening (and sometimes replying) to those who sign their names when commenting without an LJ ID. But if said commenter chooses to be truly anonymous I’m apparently far less likely to unscreen. Since it might not occur to some people to sign their names in those instances, I thought I’d just take a moment to clarify where I stood.
Oh, and as long as I’m at it, the standard disclaimer — the opinions expressed here are mine, and not those of my company. I am not writing this in any sort of official capacity. I’m doing it because I feel like it. This is a *personal* journal, mostly for *my* thoughts on the state of publishing and on my particular agenting angle thereto. It’s about my job and my feelings and thoughts about that job. It’s for saying things to my friends who also happen to have LJs, and for being part of the writing community that has arisen on LJ (which happens to include a number of friends). It may occasionally include things which are not publishing-related in any sense – such as items about ectophilic music or my other interests. Comments are welcome. Conversations via comments, too. Some of them I find quite fascinating and a useful insight into the creative minds that tend to populate my friends list. I may, if the mood strikes me, answer questions posed about agenting and/or publishing. I may, sometimes, not have the time or the inclination. In short, this journal is more about me, than you. Blunt, but to the point (which I’m often accused of). To those of you who have always respected that, my appreciation and thanks. To those of you where were unaware or really never gave it a second thought, now you know. To anyone who thought otherwise, my apologies for the inconvenience.
We now return you to your (ir)regularly scheduled virtual world.