They don't get it

Writing for people who've never met me

If you know me, this website is not for you.

If you know me, you are in fact less likely to be able to appreciate any part of what I'm doing — and are almost completely precluded from understanding anything about the wider intentions of my project.

I don't mean that personally (as an offense to you, if you do know me.) It's just something that I've learned — a fact that I've discovered by experience and observation.

When a visitor comes from "somewhere" that is statistically likely to make that visitor a person who knows me — say, a link from Facebook in Kilkenny — that visitor shows a clear statistical tendency to not grasp the point of my work enough to show any interest in the work itself.

[Please understand — I'm not able to nor would I keep track of the identity of an individual visitor. I can view statistics, only.]

When I get a visitor who is statistically likely to be a person who knows me personally, that person consistently takes the time to look at, usually, one page. The truly curious will click on one link there, and visit a second page. But that's it — unless that second page contains a link that looks like it may be about somebody we know in common.

And there's a one key to the problem — people have a nearly-unavoidable obsession with material that may be about them or about somebody they know.

That means that there are two problems with showing my work to anybody who knows me. The first one is obvious, and general — the lack of objectivity.

The other is specific to writing. When asked to appreciate the written work of an acquaintance, people instinctively wonder "how might this affect/concern me?"