50. Progress Report V

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:

I took this picture 365 days ago! Here's where.

I took this picture 365 days ago! Here’s where.

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:

October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

October 5, 2012 (the Spy's 7th birthday skull brownies)

October 5, 2012 (the Spy’s 7th birthday skull brownies)

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

Buy us a plant!

7 thoughts on “50. Progress Report V

  1. Eliza Waters

    You both are so entertaining! I agree with narf77 about like-minded followers being who we really want to engage with. I’m finding out that this is the creative joy of blogging. A virtual world filled with many humorous, thought-provoking, interesting and goodhearted folks. Blog on!

  2. narf77

    The best way to up your post hits is to check out Search Engine Optimisation online. Google spiders have extra twitchy feelers about what they will and won’t allow through to Search Engines and it might be a good idea to go check out how to Optimise your site for Search Engines rather than frying your brain (like Mr 23Thorns did) and forcing words to come. I didn’t know you were doing 100 posts in 100 days. I doubt I would have problems with doing that. I used to post every day when my mother was alive (or I would have had to send her an email a day… I SWEAR she was Jewish in a past life! ;) ) but cut it down to a single post a week after she died. I have trouble girding my belly at 3000 words…I must have mental diarrhea ;). Good luck with the posting but if you really want to increase your hits, just check out SEO. Apparently guest posting helps get back links. I could care less about how many hits a day I get. If people like the blog, good-O if they don’t, they can exit stage left. I write to stop the muses in my head from driving me insane ;)

    1. Spy Garden Post author

      You make some excellent points. I too am trying to release the muses in my head in the battle against insantity HhahHAha good one. The main point of the 100 was to force myself to write something because I found I was often just posting pictures and not really writing anything. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I love the style of writing of a select few authors and felt like “I can do (a version) of that sort of writing too!” I needed something to force myself to do it. I guess I made the 100 views a day goal pretty arbitrarily because, like you, I’m not shooting for fame here. I guess I felt it would be something to work for/add to the goal of writing for 100 days. The SEO stuff ughhh sounds like a lot of exciting info to read about and by “exciting” I mean torturously boring. And maybe I don’t want googles twitchy spiders in my garden after all. But thanks for the suggestion and maybe I’ll check it out. ;)

      1. narf77

        I only mentioned “the spiders” because misery loves company and I am being forced to engage the awful things in the Media course that Steve and I are studying at the moment. I wouldn’t have even known anything about SEO prior to being dragged backwards screaming through the last unit but it is important if you really want people to be able to find your blog because whatever the Search Engine giants decide is “quality stuff” is going to be right up at the top of those Search Engines which is where most people click…how many times do you go down more than a few searches? Me neither unless I am being particularly dogged or bolshie ;). I love the way that you write :)

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        I know a little bit about SEO as I worked in IT a few years ago. I just never wanted to engage in the “awful” stuff either haha. But if it would mean attracting more readers who would feed my ego with thoughtful comments and compliments hmmm….perhaps I should not be so SEO-averse!!

      3. narf77

        Or you can do what I do and find heaps of excellent blogs and comment voraciously. I get 99% of like minded blog followers (who I have already vetted as “worthy dear constant readers) that way ;)

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