#1060

Another message from your favorite vessel of the masculine life force is now on your way.  Please check your attitude and adjust your thought patterns for another riveting, thought provoking comment on life in general.

Hey … It beats watching the award winning RoboStir, the amazing pot stirring invention doing lazy circles in your bought on sale at Sears stainless steel pot on the back burner of your General Electric, we make life easier cook-top stove in the kitchen.

Riding up and down the Santa Fe Mainline in the early part of my life, I kept track of where I was by using a milepost.  Every mile on the railroad has a milepost, the Interstate Highways have mileposts, all of life, if you are paying attention, will have a milepost.  Today I find myself looking at another milepost in time and labor. That milepost is this post, it is #1060 and that has to be a marker in anyone’s book.  In the two and one-half years I have been contributing to this site (I took a little over a year to unwrap and relax a little, then came back) I have put out over one thousand and sixty of these.

Recently I read a Freshly Pressed site and they have only been in business three months, and just doesn’t make sense to me, but then again, “it is their sandbox.”  Believe it or not, I have seen Fast Rising Blogs that were only seven days old.  I see people go as long as five years and never get any kind of recognition and that is often kind of sad for me.  But then again, when you look at the statistical side of the coin here, the odds of achieving this lofty goal (much like winning the lottery) are simply astronomical.  Just to be recognized would be something.

Most people who visit this website do so deliberately, but others stumble across it while searching the Internet for esoteric topics. Noting from time to time, people are always looking for high numbers, how many hits, who is where and total residents on board.  It seems to me that the quality of the posts is what brings them in, not the population that resides, that kind of thing.  We have had a lot of traffic over the years, and most folks would just love to see what we see on a daily basis, but traffic is not where it is at.

If you can end a sentence like that?

Some bloggers or writers are looking for ways to attract more people to a site, when they ought to be cultivating interesting people who will “add to it” sort of like that Hollywood adage … “If you build it, they will come” idea. At least that is my take on some of this. At times we have had our fair share of interesting people to comment on the site and add to the mix.  Comments are the fuel for the fire for me, I love the comments, don’t know exactly how to cultivate them or make them better, but never the less, they are the meat left on the bone at the end of the day.

From a personal standpoint I feel that comments are great and most welcome, they are for the most part, what makes it interesting to me.  Unfortunately if you are a regular reader of this site, in my often off the wall style or loopy way, I can discourage comments. I will sit down and write that I believe my parrot is a direct descendant of Satan or an emissary from hell, and most people (in their right mind) wouldn’t dare to comment on something that bizarre.

So I understand.

Curiously I am finding after all this time that a certain percentage of people across the wide spectrum that is WordPress don’t even bother to answer comments (I am not talking about Freshly Pressed here, which sometimes generates hundreds of comments in one twenty-four hour period) and I find that somewhat of a let down personally.

Comments are the best part of all of it.

So it appears to me, that the game plan has shifted some and the WordPress experience or environment is changing.  A great many of the folks that were here when I started three years ago are now long gone, shut down or have closed up shop and moved on.  Perhaps this new influx of people (contributors and/or writers) just see it differently?  #1060 isn’t anything out of the ordinary, just another post in a long line of them, and I am sure there will be more in the future.  More than likely this site will never see WordPress.com up and coming fastest growing blog fame or be Freshly Pressed or any other prominent recognition and that is okay.

We like being #2 it often makes us try harder.

In the future Creative Endeavors will stay basically as it is. A fun place, warm and welcome, and we hope that you will tell others about it or comment from time to time.  Some people I suppose actually miss a site where everyone is flaming each other, where the flow of material is coarse, rude and full of hate speech. Swing a dead-cat in any direction on the net, and you can certainly find a lot of mean spirited sites these days.

Creative Endeavors will never be that way.

Be advised, this doesn’t mean we will allow you to come in here in the comment section and beat up on us or exhibit your particular brand of unsocial behavior.  This is simply not going to happen.  You will be sent to comment oblivion before you know what hit you.  Beats me why people seek out activity like that, it is a unsettling, sign of the times I suppose.

So if content is not an issue with you and you have a little time to spare, drop by and stay awhile.

Sift thru all of it, pick out what it is that you can use, and throw the rest of it away.  If you want to take some of it home with you that is okay too, we would however, appreciate a link back.  Seems only fair.

Stop by here tomorrow morning for #1061 which will be a generous dose of “Something Stinks.”  We will even open up the comments section, let Mr. scruffy out of his cage and make him available for petting.

Can’t get a better deal than that.

OOO

5 thoughts on “#1060

  1. I enjoy this blog for the interesting subject matter… giving me something to begin the day pondering. I read it with my first cup of coffee, and comment if time allows. Most of the time I get a good belly laugh, which I find essential for any day! I love your writing style… keep those great posts coming!
    ===========================================
    You are too kind, what about the occasional shot at Oklahoma? You alright with thet? (Okie talk) We try to make it a fun place or an interesting place, I am striving real hard to make it a social inter-action atmosphere (more comments) but that is either going to fly or not … it is not up to me. I usually sit down early in the morning, same drill as you, cup of freshly brewed Joe and then read a little, surf a little and then hit the keyboards.

    You on the other end get the benefit of that, and my medications, on your side.

    We are glad you stopped by.

    DS

    Like

  2. I enjoy your blog too! And very happy to discover you :) I find for me the best part of blogging is the connection you make with other individuals so I love comments and conversing with others.
    ======================================
    The absolute best part of bloggin is the comments, far and away, hands down. I have had some fun with a lot of people over the years, and for me, the comments are where it is.

    DS

    Like

  3. Agreed – meaning comments have you realise someone’s listening! I don’t very often visit a page without commenting, I like the person to know I came by & what I thought. I think you’re writing’s quirky! I’ve got a short attention span so maybe a bit long for me but you broke it down great with colours & headings. I’ll be back for sure.

    You’ve been doing this for YEARS??!! I wonder how long I will. I started only August this year, but I feel a real sense of community in it. I just recently discovered the MEME thing. It sounds great fun. You answer 20 questions, and all post them at the same time around the world. This blogging thing is really fun!
    ========================================
    There is a school of thought that suggests that to be successful at this, you should keep it under say 500 words. But I have never adhered to that reasoning, I do get a little long in the tooth at times I will admit. But that is just the way I am, and I don’t feel I need to change it, it has worked well for me in the past. I am glad that you enjoy the site and your well written comment just add’s to the mix, welcome aboard.

    DS

    Like

  4. I’m still in awe of #1060!! That’s fantastic. I haven’t been on this site very long, but I’m a little disappointed in the Freshly Pressed. They do seem to pick some great posts . . . but also a fair share of duds. If you’ve never been Freshly Pressed I can’t for the life of me figure out why not. Your blog is funny, entertaining and relatable. (is that a word?) I see you’ve had over a million hits since 2008!! In 3 years if I have a 10th of that I will be on cloud nine. And as if you haven’t guessed already – I LOVE your blog. Thanks for sticking with it for 1060 posts.
    ================================
    As I have said before, I don’t understand it at all. Up and coming blog and it is three days old, had two posts? Give me a break. I do it because I like to do it, and if it were to get freshly pressed, answering the comments would most likely be a nightmare. That happened here once before and I did not handle it well.

    DS

    Like

  5. I have to agree with “angrymiddleagewoman” on this one. 1.1 million visitor since 2008 is a pretty impressive indicator of success. I don’t know of too many blogs that have a readership of that magnitude. I can assure you that being “Freshly Pressed” is not going to get you that type of following. Getting “Pressed” is more likely to be the result of having a title that catches the WP bot’s eye or being lucky enough to have written a post on a subject they are looking for. All it gets you is 24 hours of people wandering in for a one-time visit, many of them with a personal agenda and/or the feeling that you owe them something.

    I think #2 is a harsh assessment of this blog. I’m sure this blog is part of the 1% based on all the things that matter.

    Just saying.
    ========================================
    Well I certainly appreciate your insight on the subject. In the beginning I gave Fresh Pressed a lot of stock and I freely admit to spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about it. But I no longer do that.

    Creative Endeavors is what it is, and if it gets 50K per year that is okay, a lot of people never see those kind of numbers in the entire time they are blogging. We average about 3k to 5K per month, depending on subject material. In our heyday we had daily readers of the size of a small town in Iowa, but not so these days. We do alright and that is good enough.

    Bikini’s and The Reason Men Are Pigs, seems to be our bread and butter as it consistently gets hits, over and over, daily and I cannot for the life of me figure it out. Since it was first posted it has had over 30,000 hits, our most popular day was the day Obama was elected, we had on that 24 hour period, 124,000 visits. That was for a music parody entitled Barak’s House, most likely 2/3rds of our hits came during this period of time, it has settled down to a comfortable daily rate since then.

    This post about the Marines was slated to go to blogging, you can see it tagged, but it never made it for some reason. So here is one, that won’t get the exposure or recognition. I hold very little hope for Fresh Pressed and frankly, could care less. So FP isn’t all it is trumped up to be.

    What we strive to do is put out the best possible product we are capable of, we run it up the flagpole and if we can find someone to salute it, then that is fine. If they do not like it, tomorrow is another day. Today I was working on tomorrow’s post, “She Was My Lady,” I made 28 revisions to the thing, it was a nightmare to hack out. Never having attempted something of this nature, I just chewed on it much like an old dog with a bone until I felt it was right. I want to hit a home run, whether or not that dog is gonna hunt, remains to be seen. But the important thing was this … I suited up for the game.

    On some days, that is all you can do.

    Thank you for your well written comment.

    DS

    Like

Comments are closed.