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January 5, 2015
Fascinating to read the stats produced by the WordPress monkeys for views etc of my blogs in 2014. I had not realised just what an effect my bout of ill health had had, especially on my ‘hobby’ blog – that on classic cameras and photography and film. However, I was delighted to see that, for the most part, I had managed to maintain a reasonable presence on the blog/website I do for the village in which I live; as a service to the local community, albeit voluntary, I guess I unknowingly gave that a lot of priority.
Here are the main points:
menstonvillagewharfedale.com (An alternative Menston village website. Lovely place, lovely people, in Yorkshire of course)
38,000 views; 419 pictures published; busiest day, after I published a post about a local school concert dedicated to Nelson Mandella, had over 1,300 views. This was exceeded over a weekend when we had a classic car show in the village and had several dozen pictures from it on the blog. Almost 100% of the pictures on the blog over the year were taken specifically for and uniquely published on it.
grumpytyke.com (A view from Yorkshire, about anything)
3,300 views; 66 pictures published; busiest day was in November but surprisingly the post most viewed on that day was about teaching English in Romania, which had been published in February. This blog does not, of course, have a specific theme, and my impression had been that the most popular theme was food and cooking. I’m not going to change my approach: to write – on whatever takes my fancy on the day.
grumpytykepix.wordpress.com (An additional blog for my interest in film photography, ‘classic’ cameras and legacy lenses on digital)
Only 2,900 views; only 6 pictures published (this astounded me and made me realise just how much I had been ‘out of it’); the busiest day was in July with 64 views but what is surprising is that, again, the post most viewed was a much earlier one, from January 2013, though which of the two themes in the post – the Contax AX camera, or ‘forbidden photography’, was the attraction, I’ve no idea. These stats will definitely prompt me to make more of an effort to post regularly on this blog, which will be helped by the recent decision not to confine themes to classic cameras and film but to broaden the approach as summed up in the final phrase of the tag line. Nevertheless, I am going to try to develop more film (and prints) – though it’s scanning, which I find a real, boring pain, which is the main problem.
As the above may be of interest in the context of the stats for their own blogs, I’ll reblog this on grumpytyke pix before, very soon, getting the tanks out and looking out the as yet undeveloped films.
By the way, many thanks to the blogger ‘Aware of the Void‘ (great photo blog) whose publication of his stats prompted me to have a look at mine.
December 1, 2014
A recent post on a forum of UK freelancers to which I subscribe asked “Why do we write?”. Not surprisingly, given the context, most answered “To make money” but many answered with something like “To shout about something”.
I can associate with the latter response but not with the first, even though for much of my life my income has derived to a great extent from my ability to write, either as a journalist or on the other side of the fence in marketing communications. And now, having recently retired from my part time job, I am about to start up a business offering a writing service, for money (to be launched on ‘Small Business Saturday’, 6 December, with yet another WordPress website).
Nevertheless, although I may find myself writing blogs for pay (and did so, indirectly, in my previous employment) it is not why I post on the three WordPress personal blogs I run. Moreover, having been unable to post for a period and, even now, less frequently, for a variety of reasons including ill health, I feel guilty for the omission. Why is that?
This set me thinking again about the question “Why do we blog?”. Some do it for money but not, I think, the majority. What is more, it seems that for the majority it is the subject of the post which is of interest, rather than the writing itself. So it does not seem to be driven by the same urge as that for the so-called ‘creative writer’.
Some obvious examples can be seen in two categories of blog which I follow. First, photography blogs, which often (the most popular?) have very little text, if any, but when there is it is more often about the subject of the photo(s) or the technique of photography, rather than writing for its own sake. The second example is blogging about food and cooking.
Of course, as these are addressing two of my hobbies I enjoy following them but some, and many more texts in print, I read only because I enjoy the satisfaction I get from reading excellent writing. An obvious example here is a poetry blog but there are a few bloggers I follow who write about their everyday lives and the pleasure reading them derives not from what they write but from how they write it. The subject is irrelevant.
I can give an example of reading for the writing from my local daily paper, the Yorkshire Post. With the exception of my ‘classic’ vehicles and a few super cars, motor vehicles do not interest me at all, yet I look forward to reading the paper’s motoring feature writer, Fred Manby, because he writes well. He occasionally digresses into a restaurant review and I read it with pleasure for the same reason as I’ve little interest now in eating in restaurants.
Returning to my opening question, I have concluded that the majority of bloggers do not post because they enjoy writing for its own sake, but with some other motive.
So, why do you blog?
November 5, 2014
Grumpytyke is back, I hope fairly frequently, after a long absence, and I’m trying to decide whether to resume with the wide ranging subjects which I wrote about before – Romania, VW campers, classic minis, haiku, Yorkshire and food and cooking, and a few more as the mood takes me – or to limit myself to one or two themes. That might be difficult for me.
I just ploughed through emails going back to February this year – helluvalot of spam – and was glad to see a lot of ‘old friends’ still posting, though some seem to have disappeared in recent months. Apart from one short post in February ‘explaining’ my absence I haven’t really posted or looked at emails for about a year.
Much of my absence has been due to a major health problem. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, had my first ever stays in hospital and spent a while with tubes and bags limiting my movement. Hopefully it’s under control for the moment. I might have something to say about the wonderful overworked nursing staff in the NHS, but the often abysmal administration, management and systems, in a future post. (more…)
October 20, 2013
Winter songsters’ sanguine store
October 18, 2013
It’s a while since I managed to write a post here, and even longer (about a month) since I was able to pay close attention to the many excellent blogs I follow. The same has been true of my other (photo) blog, grumpytykepix. It’s been due to a combination of diversions:
July 19, 2013
This is one of the busiest times of the year for my work as the charity I work for takes part in numerous outside events and I usually have to set them up and take them down at the end of the day. Last Saturday I was at a local school which raises money for us, and Sunday I was at the Dragon Boat Challenge in York, where we had a fundraising stall. So I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging, or reading the many which I follow.
However, I said in my most recent post that Lofty, my VW camper, had not only insisted I reblogged a poem – Campervan – penned by Bradford’s blogger the Optimistic Pessimist, but that I printed it out and displayed it in his window. That I had not had time to do. (more…)