Draw Your Own Conclusions

stats 2013

On December 7th, I took steps to initiate the “Publicize Feature” on this website.  Here is a graph of what has transpired in the past two weeks as a direct result of this so-called feature.  Not much.  You can see by the stat’s that the traffic to the blog has virtually stayed at about the same steady daily pace and that only one or two days do you find any noticeable increase in traffic.

I do not see where it has produced any visible increase in traffic at all.  It all depends on the material (as it always has) and what it is that you put up on the page.  When I started this procedure they came in and virtually raped my address files and then generated a lot of spam to all of my friends and contacts to “join me” in this adventure.

Which I did not appreciate at all.

It would be my recommendation that if you are considering doing this, you might want to think it out first, before doing it firsthand.  The benefits are far less than promised and it is going to irritate your friends and contacts, as it did mine, so I cannot see where it is all that much of benefit versus a hassle.  As always, it is right there, you be the judge.

Here is today’s offering at Creative Endeavors, Stressful Issues.

OOO

A Typical Person

Not being all that comfortable with tooting my own whistle, I will make this short and sweet.  Just wanted to share it with all of you.  From time to time, we get lucky and something happens that is memorable, you write a piece that will strike a familiar chord with others, and it gets notice and is reviewed and I suppose passed around the net.

This happened this week on Creative Endeavors, well actually several things happened.

A Moment In Time proved to be really popular with folks this weekend, starting off with 200 hits on the first day.  The second day it was generating upwards of 800 views per day, which is good.  Right now as I write this, it is currently receiving about 300 hits per hour (about 600 today) and that is encouraging to say the least.  On a daily basis we usually see 100-150 new folks, this is having a profound impact on our daily visitor numbers.  It is has seemingly overnight become our #2 most popular post.

Having no idea how long this will last, we are now just sitting back resting a little and enjoying our moment in the sun.  For all of you who read it, then passed it on, thanks.

On the same day, Creative Endeavors was also highlighted on Blogs of Oklahoma, which was cool.

No joke, blogging on a daily basis can be tiring, frustrating, things often seem really tough and discouraging.  But you can do it, you can persevere and eventually something will come your way.  This week showed me that Fresh Pressed aint that big of a deal, that you can still get out there and make a difference and you don’t have to be Fresh Pressed to do it.  It also illustrates that WordPress.com is the perfect platform for a messenger to deliver the message to our world.  That friends is just fine with me … As my Daddy used to say … “Donnie … Even a blind hog can find an acorn every now and then.

Here is proof of it right here.  No cavalcades, no parade, no award, just a little pat on the back for a Typical Person * or your average guy.

So Hang in there … Keep choppin’ and watch where the chips fly … If we can do it, so can you.

(Thanks again for stoppin by our little old watering hole)

OOO

*The link Typical Person is really cool, check it out for sure.

Second Time Around

Everyone must be out of town, or something.  Visitors to the blog seem to be down and I don’t know why.  On some days, you step back take a long hard look at it and then you think. You know what … I really don’t care. I know in my heart and the core of my being that Creative Endeavors is working, it lifts a spirit every now and then.  Perhaps it helps in maybe the smallest of ways, it does something in this world that is positive and good, and that is fine with me. It is slowly and surely setting records, achieving the goals that I set in the beginning, so I like the time spent here, it seems to be productive and positive.  I shall continue and wait for the readers to come back.

I only have one shot at this, so I do my best to make it count.

Which often makes me wonder, ” In your or in my next life, what would we do differently, if we had it all to do over what would be different from what I have now.”  I don’t know. If we could change something what do you suppose it would be?  I hug the coffee cup in my hands, it warms my soul, and I consider my options.

Here are some of my conclusions.  In my next life … My legions of terror will have helmets with clear Plexiglas visors, not face-concealing ones. All the ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl thru. My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten dungeon somewhere on level seven.

I have determined in my next life, that just shooting my enemies is really too good for them. That the artifact that is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be instead kept where it is handy, easy to get to in times of crisis, a place like my savings deposit box.

I will not in my next life, gloat over my enemies’ predicament before killing them. When the rebel leader challenges me to fight one-on-one and asks, “Are you afraid without your armies to back you up?” My reply will be, “No — Thank you very much (always the gentleman, I will not be brave, just sensible)

And when I have successfully defeated and captured my adversary and he says to me, “Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?”

I’ll shoot him and then say, “No.”

In my next life, after I kidnap the beautiful princess, with a seductive smile and nice ta-tahs, we will be married immediately at a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.

In my next life I will also never order or include any kind of self-destruct mechanism unless it is absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labeled.— “Danger. Do Not Push.”

I will not order my lieutenants to kill the infant who is destined to overthrow me — I will do it myself. I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum — a small hotel well outside my borders will suffice just fine. I will be at all time secure in my identity and my superiority. Therefore, I will feel no need to prove it by leaving clues in the form of riddles or leaving my weaker enemies alive to show that they pose no threat to evil.

In my next life I will not waste time making my enemies death look like an accident. I am not accountable to anyone and my other enemies would not believe it anyway. I will make it clear that I do know the meaning of the word “mercy.” I simply will not choose to show it to any of them. In the interest of the public, all of my enemies will be cremated not left for dead at the bottom of the cliff. The announcement of their deaths, as well as any accompanying celebration, will be deferred until after the aforementioned disposal.

My undercover agents will not have tattoos identifying them as members of my organization. They will not be required to wear military boots or adhere to any other dress code, or don’t ask, don’t tell regime of thought.

The hero is not entitled to a “last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.”

We will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into action will be foiled. We will design all doomsday machines ourselves and if necessary we will hire a mad scientist to assist us, or at least consult with Al Gore beforehand.

These weapons will be known as “WMD” and will be mostly in the background or just plain made up and not real – the Rummsfield Rove Compact implied threat principle.

Much like the current administration in charge right now, I will never employ people as advisers, nor will I occasionally listen to their advice. I will not allow any one commercial by William Shatner or a re-run of the Survivor Series in my new life.  Most likely I will be voted off the island first.

And most importantly, in the future. In my next life … “I will try and finish High School so I can make my little blog even better in the future.” If by perhaps chance or circumstance “something worthwhile or important happens between now and then” I will try to make note of it and write it down.

OOO

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Internet Tips

mail-bag

This week I got an email from Eugene and he wanted to know “How is it that you attract so many people to your site?”  Which is not an easy question to answer, there are no specific or locked-down in place answers to a question framed like that.  It is apparently a mixture of hard work, perseverance, and to some extent, just dumb luck, from what I have been able to gather.

Generating traffic is not easy.  Having read just about everything that I can find on the subject, I have concluded that there are just no pat answers to increasing traffic to your site.  Trust me, there are plenty of Internet Guru’s out there, that claim they have the answers as to what works and what doesn’t.  And guess what?  “After trying just about every gambit in the book, it basically boils down to BS and nothing more.”

What works for me, might not work for you, and what you do and I do, have nothing to do with the end result on a lot of days.  I put up stuff all the time I figure will be an instant hit, and it just lays there.  I put up some innocuous piece of fluff and it blows the numbers sky high.

Go figure.

I have a friend who will always admonish me and say “slow and steady, keep on working at it, and it will grow.”  And I have to admit, he is right.  The race doesn’t always go to the swiftest runner, nor the battle to the strongest man, but that is the way to bet your money.

If you desire a successful blog then have something there for them (the readers) when they come to visit.  You don’t invite people to your house for dinner if you do not have something for them to eat, pretty simple really.  What makes this blog successful is the fact that “you never know what you are going to find here when you show up” that is what I have been told.

That breaks down to variety, choice, something out of the ordinary.  The recipe for Internet success.  There are pages and pages written on the net on this subject, by all these so-called “experts” which I have found to be mostly pure unadultrated crap.  This is what works. One person put it better than I possibly could, here it is:

  • Write.
  • Write.
  • Write often.
  • Write about anything.
  • Write about everything.
  • Write about what you see
  • Write about what you learn.
  • Write about what you think.
  • Write about what you read.
  • WRITE!

In the beginning I was shooting for 50,000 hits in one year, at the time, I figured that was just about impossible by any means or standard.  Low and behold, I was wrong as rain, anything is possible.  We have proved that without a shadow of a doubt.

Having a good attitude is a prime requirement, no one wants to read about your ingrown toenail or the loss of your favorite mailman to another route.  What you put out, is what shows, and if it is negative it is not going to grow.

You have to be able to say …. I will. ….. I can. … And then illustrate it.  Babysit it, nuture it, don’t let anyone come into your house and abuse it.  Keep it clean, be generous and your kind spirit should shine thru in your work.

Last.

You are as only as popular or as good as your last post, that is the bottom line.  You want high numbers?  Then tag it, write it, and put it out there, if it is good, it will make the cut, if it is not.

Well, you know the answer to that one dont’cha?

000