Please send me no more e-mails. Although I am no longer homeless, I find them very offensive. I had no idea your organization was like this. The regular e-mails I was receiving from Real Change, I never had seen anything like this content in them. I am sorry, but I am no longer supporting this homeless venue, but will continue to support others. Thank you for removing me from this list.
I suspect it was The Air Force Years: Part One that sent her over the edge. Or maybe it was Lick My Decals Off Baby. Being a bit of a freak, it's hard for me to tell sometimes what others might find offensive.
Several weeks ago, I started sending out weekly emails inviting people in my address book to read my blog. Since we're talking about maybe 2,500 people here, many of whom have no interest in getting weekly emails about my musings on homeless advocacy, advanced post-industrial capitalism, my personal history, Captain Beefheart, my kids, or whatever the hell else I might choose to write about everyday, I always include some sort of a "please tell me to fuck off" statement in each email.
A number of people, but not so many as one might expect, have taken me up on the offer. And who could possibly blame them?
When I first started this blog, I found myself confronted with a number of decisions that I hadn't anticipated. There was the obvious "what do I write about," but there was also the thornier, "how do I present myself." I write differently in Real Change's Director's Corner, for instance, that I would here. When addressing large groups of people, I tone myself down a bit. I don't want to scare people.
Little did I realize that within just a few months, my blog would be addressing large groups of people. In the last few weeks, I've had about 1,500 unique visitors, and about 300 of them have been coming back. That's twice the readership I had just a few weeks before. Blog readership, if you're worth reading at all, seems to be sort of an exponential kind of thing.
So, here's the deal. I'll keep on being who I am, and if you're just not interested, or even offended, that would group you with at least 99.99999% of the universe. I won't be offended.