Let’s begin with a wee bit of reassurance, shall we?
There are a great many aspects of myself that I am probably stuck with. (I will refrain from enumerating them here.) Nobody’s perfect, and I have no illusions that I would have been able to fool anyone in that regard under the best of circumstances. But of all the things (good and bad) I am, I try like hell not to be tacky.
So if you are good enough to be reading this rebooted blog of ours, allow me to promise you I did not decide to resume work on it for the sole purpose of blathering on about my writing elsewhere. Insofar as I can think of some aspect of it that may seem interesting to the audience here, I’ll write about it. (“Why the pseudonym?” has come up often enough that I may as well write a post, if only to have something I can just link in the future if I get asked again.) But I’m not going to make Blinded Trials II: The Blindening some kind of humblebragging clearinghouse.
To that end, I’ve decided to put a question I’ve been pondering to you lot, and you can tell me what your collective preference is. It’s a question I alluded to in my re-introductory post, which I’ll just ask outright:
To what degree would you here like me to mention/otherwise promote my work on other sites?
(1) “That is the most revoltingly self-aggrandizing question I can imagine. I am embarrassed for everyone that you are even asking it. If I want to read your writing at some other site, I’ll look for it. Not only am I never coming back to this blog, I am going to fling my computer into the sea now.”
(2) “I am currently in intensive grief counseling as I deal with the heartbreak of knowing there’s writing of yours that I have been missing. (Yeah sure fine, there’s your archive. But like I have that kind of free time, and some of those pieces were timely for fifteen whole minutes tops.) It will ease my pain to know I will not sorrow like this in the future. Share wantonly.”
(3) “Play it by ear, and stop overthinking this. If there are pieces of yours you’re particularly proud of, or that maybe you hope reach a wider audience, mention them here. Relatively straightforward bits of reportage you can skip. Saunders completists can always avail themselves of Twitter.”
I await your thoughts.