|Journal Entry 18||Part 2||17/12/21|
What’s New for the Blog?
So, if l am only producing 14 posts a month now instead of one per day and l have removed, archived, and ended various seasons and series, what is left? Throughout 2021 l have been involved in Series Squishing.
Over the last twelve months, l have finished off a total of 35 items as in features, prompts, games, entertainments, creative fiction, greetings and assorted series and seasons. I have tweaked, fiddled and fumbled and finally, now, at the end of the year, l can safely say l am much happier with the finished product. The Guy Blog is where l want it, but it has come at a cost.
The highest cost for me was the drop in traffic – l reduced my follower count by removing readers from my directory and removing myself from theirs.
Although there is an issue with the accuracy of the numbers within my directories which WordPress are looking into.
However, first, before l write about the series, in the last Journal episode, l noticed a few comments that l found interesting, and although l addressed them at the time, they will sit just as well in this post.
Sadje asked for clarification to my new posting schedule – is it 3 or 4 times weekly that l now post, and the easiest way to answer it – is ‘7’ posts every 14 days.
Additionally, my target for next year with regards to my writing schedule is to only publish 11 posts per 30 days [22 pcm] per blog which according to some is considered the sweet spot as far as averages go.
Grace mentioned missing my presence when l initially reduced my posting schedule a few months ago, and although she wasn’t that keen on reading about the worms, it was still a pleasant read with her morning coffee. My response was mainly about the arrival of some of the newer series, which l shall write about shortly and might make her morning coffee a little less wormy.
Ashley made a keen observation about me not being that visible, and the way to perhaps simplify my life was to de-follow readers as l had been doing and to reduce or not to use tags on my posts, making it harder for some people to see me.
I have a new ten-day ‘following policy’ as in if anyone new follows me – they have ten days to actually interact with me via comments, not LIKES but comments. If they don’t l de-follow, but l also instantly de-follow bloggers, l don’t want to follow me.
It might come across as harsh; l don’t think so – l see it purely as being honest. If l follow someone new, l will always endeavour to interact with them straight away, so it’s not difficult to implement if someone NEW follows me, but to make all this work, we need to know what we want from the blogs we read from and what we don’t. I don’t use as many tags as l once did, and l now remove tags after a month if they don’t have X number of uses next to them.
The most significant social angst problem l experience is social nonsense, and l am done with it. I read from who l wish to read from personally, and the number’s not high, but l am not following lots of new people either; l am now keeping my numbers very low and grounded indeed. I very much doubt l will ever have 100 faithful followers on my personal blog because l simply delete far more new followers now than ever before.
Angie asked if, with all my tinkering, would l ‘ever’ have the blog the way l liked it? The answer to Angie now is the same as a few days ago. Finally, l can say that l am delighted with my blog. 2022 will not be seeing that much tinkering at all; l made damn sure l tinkered till my brains fell out this year! To run two blogs successfully, l need to have a private, tiny social circle blog [GUY] and a busy traffic blog [Business]. I can’t have two really busy blogs; l will burn out!
As l also said to Grace, l see my personal blog as more of a coffee morning with close friends – real people – albeit perhaps virtual – over that of the business blog being more of a non social conference. I have discovered this year that l simply don’t need the gratification pretense and fakery of thousands of readers nor the supposed popularity some might think that awards. I don’t mind having a small and quality readership as a tradeoff. It’s now down to me to provide more quality in my writing to my readership circle.
Finally, Betty conceded that she missed some of the series that have now left the building, and l answered it with l wanted to dedicate more time in the Guy blog to writing more quality content, which wasn’t really a very direct answer. However, this post will address the new content adequately.
From next year the regular lineup on content will be as follows.
|Autism||Nature Diary||Social Gardener|
|Musings of a Grumpy Ol’ F|
Diary Like Feature
|A Slice of Life|
Diary Like Feature
|Haunting the Imagination|
[A new monthly Flash Fiction prompt]
24 hour blog Question Feature
|Down Memory Lane|
Entertainment feature – music/films
|The Social Gardener|
[Light feature concerning a general overview of life in the Willow courtyard – monthly gardening feature]
New poetry/Yesterday’s Poetical Reflections
Assorted content pieces Feature including posts on Autism
Walking series with photography – The replacement to Stepping Out.
Series covering my volunteer work at the Reserve
|Stories and Tales|
[Restarting the reality series up again]
|Tales of Passion|
[New stories concerning some of my ‘passions and special interests]
So you can see 13 main features, most of which you are familiar with or at least heard about recently, with a couple of new ones thrown in for fun.
Now something else that Betty said which was to do with the business blog – Earthly Comforts – “I don’t have any interest in your business blog, partly because of my age and partly because I’ve never been interested in business ventures.” I let her know that “The business blog is mostly about worm farming and composting, wildlife, nature, gardening and environmental concerns, so worry not, it’ll not be to everyone’s taste.” To which she answered with, “Oh if your business blog is about worm farming and gardening, I would find it interesting! I always enjoyed those posts in your Guy Blog.” So l thought l would also display below the series that will be present.
Yes, it will be a business blog, and yes, it will be styled to a very different approach, and yes, it WILL not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you are simply interested in the content’s … Gardening/composting/environmental side, you might still be interested.
Whilst Earthly Comforts will be a ‘business’, it’ll not be a hardcore business, to begin with, whilst it builds up its market.
So the series l will have content on will be…
|Shop Tales||xxx||Study Centre|
Features regarding worm farming’
The Adventures of our Brand Icon Worm – Earthen Wurmin
Features regarding The Life Beneath The Soils
|The Garden Restaurant|
Features regarding Birds
|Species Guide Directory|
Feature Directory regarding species in soils etc
|Tales from the Apothecary|
Features regarding herbs and the growing of
|Wild Walks Gallery|
|Natural Encounters Gallery|
Features regarding the designs l have for sale
There we have it, and as you can see above, the business blog is mostly a continuance from the series l used to write about here. It is literally a case of endeavouring to make my passion profitable.