July 06, 2007


People have asked and e-mailed me about the name change to this blog and have seemed a bit unmoved by my explanation. I do apologize for those of you who thought the previous blog name was superior, and for what it's worth, I agree.

The fact is, though, the Internet has changed radically within the last couple years, and people new to it just don't seem psychologically equipped to handle it. I've perused Web site comment threads that read like a societal acid pit. Some people, honestly, approach blogging and blog commenting almost as if they're suffering obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). And, quite frankly, I'm not sure I liked what I was seeing.

Back in the Plain Layne days, commenters seemed so much more civil and humorous, or at least that was my perception. Oh, sure, you had your comment smackdowns (typically administered by Joshua), but for the most part comment threads were an awesome part of the whole blogging experience. Somewhere along the line, that's changed; in my opinion, for the worse.

I didn't like the threatening nature of many of the comments I was reading on other blogs that were far more popular than my own. So, I decided to make a play for a little bit more anonymity before my blog simply got out of control when it comes to daily traffic. I'm not sure I can really put the genie back in the bottle at this point, but I figured I'd at least give it a shot. Rest assured, it's still the same guy behind this little Web experiment. . . he's just a little more cautious.

Posted by Ryan at July 6, 2007 09:41 AM | TrackBack

Cathy Guisewite, is that you?

Posted by: David Grenier at July 6, 2007 10:02 AM

You had better not "come clean" that you're really a 20something lesbian wannabe with a predilection for driving too fast and saying the wrong thing while engaging in random, internet driven sex trysts.

But I do agree that a lot of the fun of blogging and commenting has gone out of it. The pit bull commenters and attackers and bullies just put an awfully big heaping spoonful of Suck into it.

PS. Your comment filter is whacked.

Posted by: Erik at July 6, 2007 09:32 PM

What the hell are you talking about.

Is that little fat pimply twit from Virginia stalking you again?

Posted by: LearnedFoot at July 9, 2007 09:04 AM

HA! No. Just taking very minor precautionary measures in case I find myself in a future job interview and I'm asked "So, what' up with this 'Rambling Rhodes' site?"

Posted by: Ryan at July 9, 2007 09:29 AM

Mmmm. Ego. Seuss' Dumberjournal would be a better name.

And yes, I am aware of the irony.

Posted by: simon at July 10, 2007 08:07 AM

The day you actually have a blog, Simon, is the day your stones will consist of any amount of heft that can bruise me.

Posted by: Ryan at July 10, 2007 08:15 AM

We forgive you.... so long as we can still find you by Googling "Ryan Rhodes' ass"

Posted by: Stephen Rider at July 10, 2007 08:52 AM
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