One of the things I really dislike about blogging is that every post is a potential “first-time” view of your blog (if your latest post is on your front page anyway). I am writing 100 posts in 100 days. 300-1000 words a day. Trying to increase views of spygarden to 100 views per day (I get about 30 now). This is news to new readers (hello!) and this is a broken record to the special few people who’ve been following and commenting on Spy Garden the past 50 posts (bear with me!). Here’s one of my favorite pictures ever in hopes that you’ll continue reading, despite my “Progress Reports” not always being the most terribly exciting of the 100 posts:
Every tenth posts I do a little progress report which is mostly an excuse not to have to think of a topic to write once every ten days. Most of these reflective posts with their repetitive introductions and explanations would go in the trash if this were real writing and not blog writing. But this is not a book. So these introductions and explanations seem obligatory in these 100 days. But really, spygarden just needs a more entertaining and informative “About” page. I’ll get right on that. In 50 days. For now, the daily 500 or so words will continue. I’m still averaging around 30 views a day. So I’ve decided to do something drastic. I’ve joined the dark side. I’m off the wagon. I’ve joined twitter. Da Da DUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH
PJ O’Rourke writes,
Blogging is an abomination. To paraphrase Emily Dickinson: “How public, like a frog/To tell one’s name the livelong day/on a self-admiring blog.” And I hold Twitter to be the lowest form of human communication, something between the front tooth thumb flick with which the Neapolitan tells you off and a Bedouin fart of satisfaction after a repast of lamb eyeballs. (source)
I fully agree with every word.
But he has a twitter account.
And with a few clicks Spy Garden has a Twitter account. And I thought it was done. But it forced me to follow five people. RIGHT OFF THE BAT! This seemed a little pushy and I do hate getting bossed around, but I thought surely I can think of five people. PJ O’Rourke (of course), Dave Barry, Carl Hiassen, Larry McMurtry and 23thorns.
Then, they asked me to pick five MORE people, and these people had to be “well-known”. This was a bit harder. Thin Lizzy may be half-dead but apparently they have a twitter. Then Journey. Then I couldn’t think of a single other person I cared to “follow” and really didn’t want to follow bands around in the first place. I’m just not the groupie type. I got annoyed and decided to delete the twitter account because I really don’t like being bossed around. Then I realized I just needed to confirm my account via email to have freedom not to follow anyone. So I unfollowed everyone. And I felt free. Like a bird. A twittering bird.
I’ve often said that my garden’s so big it got it’s own website. So it’s not my fault. It’s the garden’s fault. So I hereby absolve myself from any chirping that goes on @SpyGarden!
And now for some pictures of yore for your viewing pleasure: