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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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5 Potential Monday Segments

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English: Wal calendar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once I hit the 1,000 entry, I started to think about my blog a bit more.  I already have a regular segment on Thursdays with my Picks of the Week where I discuss my favorite comic reads from that Wednesday.  I also have my Saturday Songs posts, giving readers a glimpse into the types of music I listen to.  And, occasionally, I even had my Friday Find, though I do have to admit that I really haven’t found much lately.

Which left Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Right now, there is no one idea that have for most of those days.  But, I do have some ideas for Monday

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1,000 Posts

A while ago, I mentioned I was not big on landmarks.  That was not exactly true.  There was one landmark that I was looking forward to, and this post represents that landmark.

With this, I now post my 1,000 blog entry.  This I feel is quite an achievement.

first blogThis post began in 2004.  While it was still called My Two Cents, it was a Blogspot blog.  I was new to the concept of blogging, and I thought I would give it a chance.  My first post was nothing short of… mundane.  Granted, it was not as mundane as some tweets that go out, but it was fairly ordinary.  That was posted in October.  The next post I would make would be in March of the next year, and that was mostly just an update on how things were in my life at that time.  Posts on the Blogspot version were sporadic, but still much in line with what the blog is now: a lot of pop culture.  The Blogspot version also marks the start of my involvement in the National Novel Writing Month with a simple posts announcing I would be posting less while I began NaNoWriMo.  That was October 31, 2007.  The only month in which I actually posted on every day of the month was October of 2009.  Every one of those posts was a random quote from various media sources that I thought was cool.  It really was the only time that the Quote of the Day was actually a Quote of the Day for the month.

first wordpressI switched over to WordPress between May and June of 2011, mostly because of an error which prevented me from posting on my original blog.  It was a temporary glitch, but it was enough to make me took to switch.  That switch became permanent because WordPress just felt so much easier to use.  The first post that can be traced to this site was also a simple one, just a test of the ability to post from my cell phone.  Posts on this blog became more frequent, eventually to the point where I was posting at least one post a day.  With the WordPress blog, I began to toy with running segments.  Friday Finds came and went (and maybe should come again… hmmm).  Picks of the Week started early in this version.

Eventually, I imported the Blogspot version into the WordPress version, making the two blogs into one.  Some of the non-duplicated Tumblr entries soon followed.  Thus, my 1,000 posts truly represents my blogging history across three platforms.  I toyed with other blogs along the way, but this one remained constant.

So, what’s in store for the next 1,000 posts?  I’ll still make my Picks of the Week, still posts Saturday Songs, and maybe look into revitalizing some of my older blog concepts.

 

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Led Back To My Blog, or How I Did My Blog A Disservice

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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).

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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.

 

2012 in review

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.

Click here to see the complete report.

Dec 21, 2012…

This pretty much tells it all.

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What could have happened…

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What people on the Internet said happened…

 

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What actually happened…

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Another Closed Down

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I closed my Google+ Profile today.  When asked why I was doing so, I submitted the following answer:

I rarely use Google+ for anything.  I know maybe three people on it, and they never use Google+.  It does not connect to things like WordPress for it to be any use as a promotional vehicle.  What little content that is on here is available through other sources (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.) that Google+ is redundant.

Contemplating a Shared World Project

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Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

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.

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