I received an email via the Email Me link over there from a man I do not know. This happens from time to time. Sometimes they're of the ur pretty were do u live? variety. I do not respond to these. Occasionally, something I've written has struck a chord with someone and they write to me. These are wonderful to get, surpassed only by the ones asking me to write something for someone for money. I reply to both types enthusiastically.
This most recent email was a whole different sort. This man had taken the time out of his day to email me to explain why he would not be reading my blog. Let me interrupt myself here to say that there is no need to do this. Unless you're my mother, I don't assume that you read my blog. There is no need to actively opt out.
Back to my new non-reader though. The reason he will not be reading my blog is that my bio says I like big government. Based on that alone, he decided there was no point in reading my blog. Fair enough.
But wait! There's more! I may or may not have lost out on a valuable opportunity by losing this man's readership! His daughter is a fashion journalist living in London and my blog may have been worth passing on to her. Unfortunately, "we'll never know". I suppose I'll just have to live with the uncertainty.
Don't get me wrong, I'd have been happy to have her as a reader. But as I write about neither London nor fashion, I'm not sure apprising me of the loss of her potential readership required a whole email. Of course, her father had no way of knowing whether this blog might exist solely for the purpose of breaking me into the London fashion journalism world. He couldn't know, what with my bio having so thoroughly prevented him from being able to read any further.
I discovered that he found his way here through a website listing press about Boston Store that includes a link to an old post of mine. So maybe I do appear to be some sort of aspiring fashion journalist based on that, when all I really did is link to a pair of boots I bought there when I lived in Madison.
Yes, I'm the one who gave the internet at large the means to email me and I'm not complaining. I just don't understand. If I look at someone's blog and find that I'm uninterested in reading it for whatever reason, I just stop reading it.
Maybe the emailer meant to suggest that I change my bio to something less off-putting. I like to think though that we can disagree on the size and scope of government and still give one another the time of day. Raj is practically a libertarian and we get along alright. Also, I spent a good while working out the cadence of that sentence over there and I'll be damned if I'll put an hour into rewriting it.
Which is probably just the sort of liberal entitlement thinking my non-reader would abhor. Good thing he'll never see it.