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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Lurkers
I was at ConFusion's GOH dinner last night, and this guy across the room said something to me along the lines of, "I know all about you and your perfect eyes! That's what happens when you put things on the internet. I know what you've been up to for the past six months."

I furrowed my brow, staring puzzledly at him through my perfect eyes. I was scanning his face, trying to figure out if I knew him from somewhere. I was thinking through my friends list, wondering if he was on it. Finally I just demanded, more bluntly than is usual for me, "Who ARE you??"

"That's MF!" a nearby friend said to me, as though that answered everything. He wandered off, back to his own table, so I didn't pursue it.

I have always been aware that this is a public forum, and absolutely anybody could be out there reading my scribbles. Of course I'm aware: that's why I write here. I like knowing that it's being read! If I didn't want that, I'd still be hiding my journal in my underwear drawer like I did in high school.

But although I know that random people probably stumble through all the time, I've always assumed that I was basically aware of who reads this on a semi-regular basis. It's not like I'm Neil Gaiman (whose blog came up in conversation), with all kinds of strangers hanging onto his every word. I'm just this girl with flowers in her hair, babbling about random crap like how I had Lasik then was tortured by my new physical trainer (my arms are still incredibly sore, incidentally).

It's kinda neat, in a strange way, to discover somebody new who reads this stuff. So 'hi there!' to MF, if you happen to read this entry. And hello to any other lurkers out there. Feel free to drop me a note sometime if you'd like -- I'm mostly harmless.

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cjdoyle From: cjdoyle Date: January 21st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Back when Jen's journal was more public (and she was still camming) she'd get the occasional "I know you from on-line!" from strangers. It's kind of spooky.

Closest thing I've ever had, though, was more of a "they knew my work" than a "they knew me." I was on a web-comics panel at a convention, mostly because I knew the moderator and they were short of panelists. I was explaining that I didn't have a web comic per se, but I did have this widget called the "minimizer" when someone in the crowd exclaimed "Oh my god, that's YOU?"

cpip From: cpip Date: January 21st, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude! You're the Minimizer Dude?

I love that thing! Adore it!

Insert appropriate Michael Meyers protestations of "We're not Worthy!"
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: January 21st, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, there went 45 minutes of time playing with the damn thing. Of course, it's nice to be able to make a lego picture of myself wearing a kilt.
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: January 21st, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
"- I'm mostly harmless."

All I have to say is that the above comment solicited a big grin.

>;-D
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: January 21st, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked your response.
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: January 21st, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will do you the respect of not editing that to "Harmless" ;)
pi3832 From: pi3832 Date: January 21st, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

The World's Tallest Hobbit

I'm mostly harmless

God, I hope not.
funball From: funball Date: January 22nd, 2005 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I think there are too many people out there who have read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 24th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

There can never be too many!
danimatian From: danimatian Date: January 22nd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
judging by our crossover friends i'm guessing you're a former BBSer?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: January 24th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, just friends with a bunch of them. (:

Well, I use a couple BBSs erratically many years ago, but not enough to even be able to remember which ones I was on anymore....
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: January 24th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
That's one of the reasons I asked who was reading my journal without me knowing it. I'm curious who's out there.
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