This May or May Not Be My Survivor Post

Another week where I watch Survivor after work on Wednesday night and get to Friday morning without writing about it. No one cared about my thoughts on Survivor when I did it the next day. I’m sure they care even less two days later. I’m thinking that maybe it wasn’t really worth trying to do in the first place. No one who watched it needs a recap and without that there isn’t much to say. Maybe I should change it to a “this week in TV” post every Friday. Not sure what that would be, but anyone reading my posts must know I don’t really put a lot of thought in to them anyway.

So, Survivor thoughts:

I can’t believe Michaela did not see the secret advantage under her feet. She was so focused on complaining that she was not aware of her surroundings. Basically me on a normal day.

I can’t believe Sarah did see it from the water. That is impressive.

I didn’t think the Cirie thing was as powerful as Jeff made it out to be. So many people have gone on the show and overcome personal obstacles. Have we already forgotten Fishbach”s epic battle with a stick?

I was very happy to see Debbie gone. She is so annoying. I’m sure Malcolm and Hali were not happy to see her coming to Ponderosa.

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This Blog is Worthless

A few months ago I decided to upgrade to a paid WordPress account. I decided that it was worth it to have more options in the look and feel of something I intended to spend more time on. I opted for this instead of a self hosted option because I didn’t have the skills nor the time to deal with that. When I upgraded I turned on Word Ads in the hope of making back some of the money I paid. So far, I have made a grand total of 65 cents. This past week was one that made me wish once again to have a job where I didn’t have to ever talk to another human. This made me start thinking again that it would be nice to make some money from the blog. I even signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate(you can find a link to buy stuff on my About page and probably a link at the bottom of this post to buy the book I am currently reading) I realized as soon as I signed up that it was a waste of time, but I did it anyway. There are various reasons why I will never make a profit here. Here’s a short list:

1. I’m Not Any Good:  I enjoy writing my dumb little blog posts, but I know I’m really not that great at writing. I could probably be a little better if I sent more time on the posts, but I generally write when I have limited time before I have to go to work. Even if I had the time, I probably wouldn’t take the time because of reason 2

2. I’m a Lazy Writer: I like to post and go. I don’t have the patience to go back and re-read the posts to make sure they sound OK. I will do a spell check and try to catch typing mistakes, but it is always just a quick scan and I usually miss something. Sometimes I even forget to make sure I’ve added a title. Lazy writing is not good writing.

3. I Have No Audience: My typical post gets about 50 views. I feel like I’ve had a good month if I hit 300 view for the month. Other people get that many comments or likes on their posts. A lot of this stems from the first two points. My audience is low because of the quality of the posts. It also stems from the hodge podge nature of my posts. I don’t have a focus, so I don’t draw in an audience.

4. I’m Bad at Networking: I know that I could draw more people in if I sent more time reading and commenting on other blogs, but I’m also too lazy to do that. Lazy, but also not inclined. I don’t want to become the person who does that just to build an audience.  I will only read and comment if I like the blog and have something to say. I’m also not inclined to market myself. I post a couple of times on Facebook and Twitter and even then I feel like I’m being annoying.

5. I Won’t Push It: I will share my new blog post a couple of times, but not more. I don’t want to be the guy who’s entire social media is an advertisement for his blog. I also will never again mention the Amazon thing for the same reason. I’m blogging because I like to blog and don’t want to make it all about trying to make money.

So, the point of this post is to basically say that I will continue to do what I’ve been doing. It would be nice to make back the money I’ve spent on the upgrade, but I’m not going to let a desire to make money change what I’m doing. I know I will never have one of those blogs read by thousands so I should stop thinking about it.

Currently reading: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere

My Most Read Posts

I was looking at my stats on my blog recently and was curious about which posts have been viewed the most. There used to be a place in stats to look at all time stats, but I couldn’t find it so I went year to year and did some math.  Here are the top five posts:

Link or It Didn’t Happen This one is weird. A lot of hits from Google searches and for a while if I googled the phrase this post was a top option. Again, a lot of disappointed customers.

The Alan Meme  A lot of the hits for this one come from overseas. I think they were looking for something else. A lot of disappointed customers there.

Michael Vick This one was helped by a popular Twitter user retweeting it and it still only has 252 hits. That’s how small my audience is.

Facebook Again This one I can’t explain.Just an average run of the mill post about Facebook. I’m not sure why it was read more than the rest of my boring run of the mill posts.

No Time is a Good Time for Goodbye This is the one I wrote in the aftermath of the loss of my mom. No surprise why it was read so many times. It is still hard.

So, there you have it. My five most read blog posts since I’ve started this thing. I’ve written much better than most of these. Weird that these are the ones that people read.

 

Tater Tuesday

Another one of those mornings where I think “I should write something” so I get my laptop, sit on the couch and then stare at a blank screen with a blank mind rejecting ideas that pop in to my head. So, here are a few of my rejected ideas and why I rejected them.

The “War on Christmas” – I’ve written about how I feel about the fight over Happy Holidays vs Merry Christmas before. My thoughts haven’t changed. Wish me a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, whatever. I won’t be offended and my ability to celebrate the holiday of my choice will not be affected at all. I think it’s time we all grow up and stop fighting about stupid stuff.

The Electoral College – Yes, it would be nice not to have a President Trump but I was not expecting any other outcome. Yes, I will peak up over the next four years against policy and action that I feel is wrong, but right now I just want to focus on trying to get in to the Christmas spirit.As usual I am having trouble in that area.

Changes – I’ve bored everyone enough with how I’m struggling with the changes in my life. Nothing has changed to warrant a new blog post. I’m still adjusting to the new job. Next week will be hard being back home with my mom not there. I have been able to start focusing on reading again have a shot at reaching my goal of 100 books this year.

2016 – It’s still a little early for any sort of year in review post. I will do my year in reading post around January 1. I might do just a general year in review post around the same time. If I do it now I might miss posting about something exciting.

Current events in general – Too depressing at the moment. I need to start searching for funny news stories to share. The regular news is not fun.

I’m way too boring to do any sort of regular post about my days in general. A more talented writer could probably do something with that, but not me.

So, there you have it. My thought process while trying to decide what to write.

Tater’s Thursday Thoughts

Yesterday, I decided I was going to stop thinking about upgrading this blog and just upgrade to the premium version of wordpress.com. I know there are a lot of articles out there that say there are better options, but the one thing they said was good about what I did is that it is easy and doesn’t require much from the user. That was what I was looking for because I have no idea how to do most of the stuff that would come with migrating and this means I can just keep doing what I’ve been doing. Of course, now I feel pressured to post more. If I’m paying for it, I need to make it worthwhile. So be prepared to see more rambling posts for now.

As I type, it is pouring down rain again. It seems these days we either have drought or we have flood conditions. I really miss the days of a light, steady rain that gives the lawns and gardens the water they need. We really don’t need 3-6″ of rain every time it rains followed by weeks of drought. I also don’t like the days of cloudy, rainy weather because it does affect my mood and no one wants me crankier than I already am.

I have been posting about TV recently and have said a little bit about some of the new shows I have tried. Below is a list of what I’e watched and what I think:

Kevin Can Wait – typical laugh track heavy sitcom. Not horrible, but the laugh track is too much. Not bad as a time killer if nothing else is on.

Speechless – a really good, laugh track free comedy. We laugh a lot while watching this one.

Designated Survivor – I really like this one. A mix of mystery, political drama and family drama. Well done show.

Lethal Weapon – A lot better than I expected. Very funny and good action scenes.

Pitch – Also very good, but my wife thinks the premise will get old fast

Macgyver – mediocre at best. could improve, but not a good start.

This is Us – I watched because I was curious about the twist. It was very good, but I’m not sure it is a show for me.

The Good Place – another one that is pretty funny, but another with a premise that may not be sustainable.

I will be trying Timeless, Conviction and Frequency once they air and will report here.

Tater’s Sick Day Ramblings on the Debate, Sick Days and Blogging

Today is one of those rare days when I actually feel bad enough to stay home from work. This only happens once or twice a year. It’s hard for me to call in sick. There’s always a part of me that thinks I should just suck it up and go to work. I feel guilty about someone working extra desk shifts because I’m not there. I think about the stuff I was supposed to do and feel guilty about not doing it. I know it’s better for me and my coworkers for me to stay home, but I still feel like a slacker. Of course, being at home isn’t easier. I feel like I should do something productive instead of resting like I should. It will be hard for me to rest instead of cleaning bathrooms or doing laundry. I don’t know why I feel lazy when I  know I need the rest. I blame the Obama administration. Thanks, Obama.

I watched the debate last night. Maybe that’s what made me sick. I feel like there was a clear winner, but it seems the thought on that depends on who you supported going in. Trump people say Trump won(he didn’t). Clinton people say Clinton won(she did). I don’t think the debate changed anyone’s mind. I’m not sure the undecided voters will be swayed by the debate. If you are undecided at this point there is probably one candidate for which you refuse to vote. If you are an undecided Republican I assume you can’t stomach voting for Clinton, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Trump. You will either not vote, vote Johnson or vote Trump. If you are an undecided Democrat I assume you can’t stomach voting for Trump, but can’t decide if you can bring yourself to vote for Clinton. You will either not vote, vote Stein, write in Bernie or vote Clinton. I’m note sure the debate changed any of that.

I’ve been considering the possibility of paying to upgrade my blog. I would like to make it look better and have the option of making money off of it if I can grow my readership. I told my wife this and her response was “You have a blog?”I just looked and confirmed O started this blog in 2008. I did just start writing more regularly recently, but 8 years and you never noticed? Anyway, I made the mistake of reading articles about the pros and cons of a wordpress.com premium account and just confused myself. I really just want to write my blog, make it look professional and have the possibility of monetizing it. I think the wordpress.com one is good for that, but articles point you toward wordpress.org, but that seems much more involved than what I want. Maybe I should just ramble free for a while longer.

How/Why I Got Into Blogging

I was tagged in the latest blog meme going around by baldgeekinmd.  So, here goes:

How/why did you get into blogging:

Many moons ago a friend of mine started posting his book reviews and other musings on LiveJournal.  I was interested in what he had to say, so I started reading and then set up an account so I could comment.  I decided since I had an account I should start posting.  Most of my posts there were rants about my personal life and family issues in general.  After a while, I got tired of having a whiny online journal and stopped posting.  My next blog I did for work and the 23 Things training and only posted what I had to for homework.  It was a very boring blog and I stopped it as soon as I could.  I started writing here because I still feel like I occasionally have something to say and want to have somewhere to say it.  I also used to be a decent writer and have ignored writing for so long, that I seem to have lost the skill. I’m hoping writing here will help me redevelop my writing skills.

How Did I Gain an Audience?

I haven’t.  I have my blog set up with FriendFeed and Twitter to announce a new post and I registered at BlogCatalog.  Until recently my most read post was read 14 times.   I recently posted thoughts on an issue in the religious community and it has been read 50 times.  That and my TV reviews seem to be what people are interested in on my blog. Most of my hits on those came from tags.  So, based on my experience, I would say tagging your blog posts will increase your readership quite a bit. It also helps to be writing about a topic of interest to the people reading blogs.

What advice would you give to new bloggers who want to make a name for themselves in the biblioblogosphere?

Being a new blogger myself, I’m not sure I can answer this one.   I would say write what you know and within your interest areas.  Don’t be afraid to go days without blogging if you have nothing to say.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a wide readership right away.

I think anyone who will read this and blogs will have already been tagged, so I tag no one.