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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Active elements on this page: Occasionally I will publish a new blog post, but I write mostly at other sites.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Who's reading, and why?

My friends around BlogWorld talk about their concerns that blog readership seems to be a bit off. I have also had that concern. And recently I have attempted to post better material in a more timely manner. The result has been an increase in readers with unusual curiosities. Here are a few examples of searches (by non-regular readers): someone in India had "googled" this: "question about leadership quality." Someone in Austraila reached my blog by searching on "women traveling in the Middle East." A Californian "googled" for "political fact finders." A person in Indiana searched for "50 ways that the government affects my life." A United Kingdom reader was interested in finding our more about "female bloggers needed." Another Australian searched on "where is the hubble telescope right now 21/8/08." A Native American website in Washington went my post called, "Humor is hard to find these days." A Minnesota reader came to my blog via The Reaction, and spent 10 minutes reading three different posts. Another Californian searched and found a very old post of mine on "prof mary habeck yale." A Georgian (USA) searched on "jfk leadership qualities." And finally someone in Canada "googled," "should i work for nasa oig," and found this old post: Does the Inspector General System Work?"

Today I came across a great little reference for anyone wanting to improve there blogging and get more readers. It comes from a highly popular blog called 43 Folders. The author merlin Mann asks, "What makes for a Good Blog?" In a very helpful post (8/19/08) he lists these main idea headings. (Read the whole post; it is worth it.):

  1. Good blogs have a voice

  2. Good blogs reflect focused obsessions.

  3. Good blogs are the product of "Attention times Interest."

  4. Good blogs are made of paragraphs.

  5. Good "non-post" blogs have style and curation.

  6. Good blogs are weird.

  7. Good blogs make you want to start your own blog.

  8. Good blogs try.

  9. Good blogs know when to break their own rules.

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My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about politics.

1 comment:

betmo said...

hmmmm.... i guess that's why my readership is down to few good regulars :)


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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
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  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.