It’s rare that I’m actually interested in receiving advice in first person on my blog.
So for a change, something different, I won’t laugh at you for giving me advice in the first person, it’s welcomed on this post. Easy on the patronising though, could lead to the spam queue.
I received today in my comments – this :
Hi! Who are you?
I see a friendly angle, and a not so friendly angle. Depends on whether I’m being the sceptic or the optimist. I have to confess I don’t know the antonym for sceptic, should probably look it up, optimist’ll have to do for now !
Also not really enough context to answer the question properly. So then what’s my generic answer to the “Who are you?” question to a random anonymous person on the internet gonna be ? One that takes into account the fact I have a public about page which talks about “Who I am” and same on my homepage on this blog. Oh and lest we forget the 1500 posts I’ve published here. Lazy springs to mind.
What makes me chuckle is “this isn’t a game of ‘who the fuck are you?'” from Eddie Izzard’s “Death Star Canteen” sketch. It cracks me up every time, it’s one YouTube :
Perhaps I’ll just send that link !
Or could just be someone who’s not very good at answering the “Who are you?” question themselves, attempting to get it in first, before I detect that fact they don’t know who they are … or worse they’re looking to me to tell them who they are.
Facebook I’ve seen this far more than WordPress.com, it’s pretty weird here rather than the norm, in my experience. Most folks here would introduce themselves a little, and the “who are you” reveals itself naturally as part of a flowing conversation. So the question also feels a little contrived or forced. Also why would I invest my time in entertaining a random person who doesn’t seem to offer anything ?
So could be a new blogger, asking new blogger questions – probably that’s it …
What “softens” the question a little is the preceding “Hi!” … which leads me to err to the side of a genuine conversation leading to a friendly outcome … as opposed to a “give me reasons to like you (or not)” question.
There’s plenty of other angles, but I’m interested to know your take … and what you reckon “a good” reply is, in your opinion … for me and obviously those that follow via Google hits from searchers seeking answers to these age old conundrums like – “Why I am here?” or “What is the meaning of life?” or “Why don’t they sell pizza flavoured icecream ?” or “Is there a dog?” …
Over to you …
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