I owe all of you quite a bit – you’re promoting this blog like crazy, and it is bringing in new readers. I can’t express how grateful I am.
I should say that I’m a bit confused as to what’s next. My feeling is that more traffic and publicity is not a bad thing, not at all. There’s a lot of substance in the Dickinson entries alone. I did promise a few people some entries on Nietzsche. Those will be coming soon, but not immediately. I have quite a bit to write right now outside of the blog.
I feel guilty having all this traffic and not more substance, which is a ridiculous feeling. I have a whole commentary on Plato’s “Crito” on this blog. I guess what I’m thinking is this: with this amount of traffic, being known in a big way is inevitable. I’m not saying I’ll have a multimillion dollar wedding and a divorce two months later. But I know people will be asking what they’re already asking in my e-mail, that much more – “tell me about grad school;” “explain Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus;” “here’s a conference on Dickinson you should attend,” etc. This might, on some small scale, be a form of celebrity. I’d like to be responsible.
When I think that, then I’m definitely sure getting the headier commentaries and poems from this blog to a wider audience is a good thing. There is good stuff on here. The way the humanities works is that we all read and work through texts together.