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I’m realizing that after 850 some odd (okay, mostly odd) posts, I am starting to run low on ideas. Not Picks of the Week, I will always have those, except on a bad comics week. And I have a number of selections for my Saturday Songs already lined up. But, that only takes care of two days out of the week, and I want to keep posting daily until I hit 1,000.
So, I have four choices.
- Turn to the audience for ideas. I mean, come on, you must have something out there.
- Post a Frequently asked questions post. This is a little difficult since the most common question I’m asked is, “Do you want to see my special webcam?”
- Post the secret post that I have in reserve, lest in reserve because the topic is that off-color.
- Start posting chapters of one of my NaNoWriMos. Since none of them have been edited, these posts would be very rough.
Thus, I turn to you, the audience, once more. What should I do? You can leave your comments/suggestions/questions in the comments section of this post.
I’m experimenting with a different way of presenting some of the categories on my blog. You can check it out my just clicking Posts on the menu, or follow this link.
Any feedback on it would be much appreciated.
One of the nice features of WordPress.com is that it tracks the search terms that have led people to your blog. It will do this for the day, the week, the month, the quarter, the year, and all time. Using that, you can discover what people are looking for when their search led them to your blog.
Which is how I have done my own blog a disservice.
For anyone who has looked through my blog, they will have figured out that it is… eclectic at best. With the exception of Thursdays when I post my comic picks of the week, and Saturdays when I post a song that I like, the rest is a mish mash of quotes, lists and personal musings on whatever I feel like talking about.
In one such personal musing, I talked about the five famous people who would get me on a roller coaster (the list has since been modified and expanded… which makes me think I should post that again). A few other posts have dealt with the Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance, which I had played for a while but stopped… even before I cut down my Facebook time.
Now, the Facebook game posts are not really an issue, or at least not as bad of an issue as other posts. But, even today, a great number of search terms on my all time list have led people to my blog.
The problem lies not with those posts. The problem lies with the one post about the five women who could get me to ride a roller coaster. The post itself was an innocuous list of five celebrities, along with pictures of each one. There was nothing all that scandalous about it… unless you count the fact that Paris Hilton was on the list because she could pay me enough to ride a roller coaster (I really don’t like roller coasters).
At least the original post was not meant to be all that scandalous. But, given the number of search terms that WordPress.com has said have led to my blog, you would think otherwise. It was something I had noticed before, but came to my attention when I saw the search terms for Monday. From an innocent post listing actress Elisha Cuthbert as someone who could get me on a roller coaster spawned the top search term for that Monday. At least, it spawned part of it.
Naturally, when you see a search term like “elisha cuthbert hot nude” on your list (first no less), you get curious as to what else may have led to your blog. I was no different. So I checked the seven-day. There is was in the third position. Really, it was tied with three other search terms.
On to the 30 day, where I found that same search again, this time eighth and tied with a whole slew more search terms. The quarterly was rather tame, but the year was a bit more shocking. Out of the top ten search terms, three featured either the word “naked” or “nude.” The all-time was the same. But reading through the list were more items, “kim bauer nude,” “paris hilton playboy,” even an “amy lee bikini.”
At this point, there is not much I can do to change this trend, except maybe take down the original post. But then, why should I? There was nothing really bad about the original post. And, let’s face it, it does not hurt to have the extra traffic on my blog.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.
Hopefully tomorrow will see a return of my usual posts
I’ve put Tumblr on probation after I noticed a couple of junk mail ads on my Facebook timeline supposedly coming from my Tumblr account. I have taken security measures, but if it happens again, I will be shutting down my Tumblr account.
As regular readers may know, I have a couple of other blogs sites adjoined to this one. One is storehouse of some of my half finished stories and such (which may or may not be merged into this site in some way, I have yet to decide). The other was an attempt to create a blog-based fiction story which I never really felt all that comfortable with. That probably has something to do with it being a zombie story, and it was devolving into everything I hate about zombie stories.
(Links to both sites are in my title bar under “MY OTHER BLOGS”)
That being said, I was considering the possibility of just trashing the zombie blog (merging it into the story storehouse) and recreating it as a shared world superhero blog, strictly for fun. The first elements of this blog will probably be the rewrite elements of one of my NaNoWriMo projects, the (obviously) superhero one I have written about here as well.
I’m wondering a few things about this. First, is there any real interest in such a site? Secondly, is there any real interest in anyone other than myself contributing to this site? If there is any interest, I can go over parameters of the “universe” this shared world would follow.
Please let me know if there is any interest, thank you.
I just found out that somehow, my blog’s connection with Facebook got disconnected. That could explain some things.