Monday, May 7, 2012

A to Z Reflections

The hosts on the main A to Z page posted some questions for today's reflection on the Challenge.

How about commenting - did you stumble upon lots of sites still using word verification? Did this prevent you from leaving a comment? What worked for your blog?

You know, I don't mind word verification. It doesn't stop me from commenting. Then again, I don't post unless I have something to say -- I'm not the "Me Too!" kind.

I turned mine off before April, but I can't say it's made much difference in the comment rate.  I just don't get a lot of comments.

What pearls of wisdom do you want to share with the Co-Hosts of this event?

"Keep it short" is not the kind of advice that is going to keep me reading A to Z posts. Personally, I want blogs that I can sink my teeth into. That may well be just me, though. And I may have big teeth.

OTOH, I may have gone overboard with my own posts. Then again, that may be part of my personal brand: pretentious writer flailing in the deep end.

And here's another thing: I know that on the main A to Z board there was a wish expressed for all participants to break 100 followers... being on Blogger, for me that means the Google Friends Connect list in my sidebar.

Does everyone realize that Google has "discontinued" Friends Connect? I was never 100% clear on how to use it, and then at one point it began giving me trouble so I actually cleaned my whole Connect list out -- I read everybody's blogs through Google Reader now. Which, I suspect, does not show up on the Friends Connect following count.

I'm not even sure if my reading through Reader will register as a hit on your page, for that matter. Which makes me wonder how many ghosts in the machine there really are. TBH, I have no idea how many real people are reading my blog and how many of the hits Blogger records are just spiders or bots or whatever's crawling the web these days.

In general...

April was a challenge for me. I've been blogging for a bit more than a year now and the habit is fairly well ingrained in me, but the level of obsession that April brought was new. I'm not entirely sure it was a good thing. I'm not going to commit to doing this again next year, yet -- I'll have to see how things lie come January 2013.

Meanwhile, if you're a new follower pick a Comfy Chair, pour yourself a beverage and let's have a write-in. :)

6 comments:

Elizabeth Twist said...

I have no idea about the blog statistics issues you're talking about: does reading in a reader count as a page view on someone's blog stats? Inquiring minds want to know.

On the other hand, I adore pretentious writer deep end flailings, so I will return.

Elizabeth Twist: Writer, Plague Enthusiast

mooderino said...

Google hasn't discontinued Friend's Connect, they've just made it so you can't use it on non-Blogger blogs (i.e. Wordpress). They did it because people were switching to Wordpress and just transferring all their followers, made it very easy to leave Blogger. Now the idea that you would lose all your followers if you switched acts as a deterrent. But Bloggers can still use it as normal, and non Blogger can use it to follow Blogger sites, but can't be followed back.

Now, if that explanation wasn't an excellent demonstration of flailing in the deep end, I don't know what is.

mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

L. Blankenship said...

Especially since I can read the entire post via RSS unless part of it is behind a cut.

Which you do, I've noticed, so I have to click through to bask in your brilliance. :) Very clever of you.

L. Blankenship said...

aha, it becomes clear(er). Thank you.

Elizabeth Twist said...

Huh. Not on purpose, I think? And that might change because I was just now mucking around with my RSS settings.

EvalinaMaria said...

Congratulation on finishing the challenge. I didn't visit all blogs during the challenge but, cross my heart, I'm visiting every single one with reflection post! I am so glad my journey brought me here.

Evalina, This and that...

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