In the past couple weeks, a couple avs have told me that they read this blog, and I had no idea they even knew I had a blog. In fact, in the year and a half I’ve been blogging, about two dozen avs have told me they read the blog. This has triggered my curiositiy about You.
Yesterday, I set out to quantify how many of you readers there might be out there in the ether. I tried several “hit counters” that basically add one to the counter every time a blog page is viewed. This is obviously a flawed method of determining the number of readers, but I did find one counter that measured “unique” visitors (probably based on IP addresses). Unfortunately, it stopped working within a two hours, but before it stopped functioning it recorded 15 viewers. That was a very large number considering I hadn’t even posted a new blog entry in two days. And I’ve concluded that the high count must be the result of different feed and search engines hitting the site. I’ll be exploring the Google Adsense resources for better stats, but don’t like the idea of advertising to this blog.
So, I’m back to where I was, wondering who you are. I’m relatively sure there are more than the avies who’ve actually identified themselves. There are surfers who discover the blog through networks or other sources. For examples, one reader from Germany actually sought me out in-world based on the SLProfiles.com network, and he wasn’t a member of either the Bluesy or Japanese culture communities which I write about so often. You just never know.
Anyway, I know you are out there and appreciate your interest, and for that reason I’m re-examining the content of the blog again. One thing I’ve notice about the readers of this blog is that they don’t comment much, well, except for Leanna (hugzzz). And there hasn’t been any substantive feedback on what is of interest, although several people mentioned they enjoyed the “My Expeditions” series in the past. Another thing, I will continue to refrain from yammering about real life issues, and avoid the sordid details of my romantic entanglements and estrangements.
The one thing I try to stay focused on is, life within Second Life, life in-world, people in-world. And I’ve even taken down several old blog entries that I felt were irrelevant to the theme of this blog. That’s the main reason I joined the Second Life Bloggers because they focus on in-world issues and activities. I should also mention that the Second Hanamachi is focused on in-world activities. Going forward, I’ll probably post specific topics to the blogs on those networks.
The topics I’m comfortable with remain: friendship, romance, nightlife, concerts, charities (although the Blues for Autism blog is separate), gardening, building, exploring, and the range of subjects related to Japanese culture. I enjoy photography and feel photos and videos add to the content of my posts. Yes, I know let my emotions drip all over the pages sometimes but that can’t be helped. hehe. Believe it or not, I’ve actually worked to develop my style of writing (including my troublesome punctuations (I really need an editor) and frequent bad spelling (i know there’s spell checker, but I forget to push the button)).
The bottom line for folks who like bottom lines is, I like writing and expressing my observations. I’ve been writing since high school and it’s just something I gravitate toward. I’d be writing this blog even if you weren’t there, but I’m glad that you take the time to check on my adventures and misadventures. It’s like talking with friends.
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