After ten days or so of, for Gary William Murning Online, at least, extremely high hit rates (close on 7,000 a day at its peak), everything seems to be finally calming down. The world didn’t end (it was never going to, even if there had been a problem with the experiment — which there isn’t — because it doesn’t really start doing proper science for a few weeks yet) and as the dust settles I’m left wondering what to do next by way of a stats encore… and just how many of the visitors I’ve seen over the past few days have decided to stick around and keep reading.
Whilst I work on the first question, maybe you can help with the second.
Are you a new reader who intends on returning? What aspect of this blog do you especially enjoy? The science-related posts? My writing-related work? Have you subscribed via a feedreader, some other service, or do you just pop along when it occurs to you? Is there anything else you would like to see here that I haven’t already thought of?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
In other news…
Was this reporter really serious when he asked in this interview, “What is the hardest thing about your job?”
© 2008 Gary William Murning
Encouraged by the interest being shown in my little (story of my life) idea for a blog ring/group, it occurred to me today that now might be a good time to come up with an explanation of how it will work.
I have to admit, it was a bit of a spur of the moment idea. “I’ll start a blog-ring!” I thought, the way one does. (You don’t? You do disappoint me.) I happened to mention it on the forum, testing the water, and I didn’t expect much of a reaction, to be honest, so the details… well, I wasn’t sure they would be a need for any.
So, applying myself to the task in between bouts of strenuous (but highly heroic) novel-writing, this is what I’ve come up with.
- I now have a name for the group. Idiosyncratica (inspired by something Archie said.) If you think it sucks like a Dyson, feel free to say.
- In order to foster a sense of unity, I’d like to propose that, say, once a month, we all write a post on the same subject. The subject will be suggested by one of the members the month before (we’ll take turns.) Links to other members’ posts will be included at the end of each post.
- Each member must also include links to all Idiosyncratica members in their sidebar. (See right.)
- Allegiance to the group must be… hmm? I’m getting a bit carried away? Oh, okay, we’ll leave it at that for now.
I haven’t got much further than this, I’m afraid — but, then, it isn’t just about what I want or think, is it? If you are an Idiosyncatica member, feel free to contribute your own thoughts/ideas.
I’m kind of counting on it. 😉
Okay, I did what I said I’d do and took off the whole weekend (thus far.) It’s true I did a little editing this morning, but that doesn’t count. (You really should stop pulling faces like that; the wind might change and then you’d have to stay that way. Forever.) It qualifies as a break for me, anyway, and, typically, I now feel as if I have a head chock-full of soggy cotton-wool.
Resting and I most certainly do not go together like ram-a-lam a-lamma-lamma ding-dong — and so I can’t wait for the new week to begin.
As some of you may already be aware, I’m considering starting a (for want of a better) “blog-ring” aimed at writers and readers of fiction. I haven’t really thought about the details much , yet, but the aims are, I suppose, mutual promotion, the building of a sense of community and… well, generally having a bit of a laugh. It’s a cold and lonely world for we literary types, and we really need to stick together 😉 (Not literally, of course; that would be a logistical nightmare.)
So, if you’re at all interested, please comment.
And finally, What can make Tabasco sauce taste like hot doughnut glaze?