I'll be honest. This blog doesn't get an eighth of the readers it did in its heyday. Though I am fine with this and think I write for different reasons now anyway, I would like to explore an element relating to my decreased patronage.
A major reason for a decrease in readers is that I went more than two years without significantly posting. Another is that I am obviously not as prolific entrywise in comparison to earlier times. I think the main reason is because of one missing link.
Shortly after I quit blogging, and shortly before I got married, I took down the Nicsperiment link on Facebook. At the time, Facebook was still accessible to college students and recent graduates only. Unless you had a college e-mail address, you could not create an account. Obviously this is not the case now. Four years ago, my classmates, friends, and relatives my age had easy access to the Nicsperiment because there was a link to and description of it at the top of my then often-used Facebook page. People I wanted to share my opinions with came from there in droves. I know this from their comments on this blog and their comments to me in the ever decreasing real-world. I also know this because Internet software told me so.
Anyway, four years later Facebook is not just for college students and recent graduates. It is for everyone. When I say everyone, I mean everyone. I am Facebook friends with my parents' friends. I certainly do not want my parents' friends to read this. I don't even want my own parents, God bless them, to read this. So I am certainly not linking back to Facebook.
Also, you are now googled when you apply for a job. Old friends used to find my blog all the time by googling me to see what I had been up to. Because of the first sentence in this paragraph, my name is most certainly not attached to this blog anymore.
All aspects of the Internet world are becoming less private, the sense of frontier and freedom it holds less existant.