…Once Again the Stats Have Spoken, and So Have the Readers…
Hey, guys. It’s update time again, and there have been a few changes on the site. I’ve recently looked at the page-views for the following posts that I kept on-site but discontinued a while ago — Troythulu’s Nu’z (old and ‘more recent’ formats), Skeptefinitions, the various incarnations of the old Fluxus Quo series, and This Week in the Real Universe, a space sciences news post, 4:00 AM Quote series, and the old Astronomy Picture of the Day — and noticed that they were all ranked as the least popular posts on this blog.
First, it’s obvious that most of the material, often extremely sparse text with little if any information, or one or more links with brief text accompanying it, and these consisted of very little original material of my own.
NOT a good thing for an ‘experiment in free-form writing…’
In any event I was not convinced that these really deserved the status of individual posts, for with the news item posts the material was often extremely dated, not garnering much interest even when it was fresh news.
I have since deleted them and made a few other changes to this blog in the mean time. I’ve cleaned up my Tag files, trimmed the Categories a bit, and have deleted old video posts that are no longer watchable. I also wasn’t happy with my tone in some of my older posts from earlier in 2009, which were sometimes a bit too inflammatory even for me, not to mention unfair, and they too have gone the way of the Late Cretaceous Era. *Bamf!*
I’m going to be updating my Commenting Policy page (I think it’s too strict), the About page, my Contact page. I’m also working on ideas for a Mission Statement page, but all in good time. I still haven’t finished that draft for the Banned Commenters page, and I’m currently leaning toward dropping the idea and just deleting the draft. Okay, I’m eldritch and evil, but why overdo it?
Later this evening, the pages I’ll update will be taken offline and saved as drafts until I’m satisfied with the results.
I’m open to suggestions from WordPress savvy readers as to what would be a good theme for this blog, since I’m planning to update the site’s look as well.
Guys, you’ve been great these fantastic two years I’ve posted on this blog, and both critical and supportive (yes, you can be both, for valid criticism is supportive…and keeps you honest with yourself), I thank you for the rewarding experience and experiment you’ve made it.
Thanks to guys like Aliman, Terry, Skeptic Cat, Pumpkin, That Fellow In Yellow, Kriss and Kat for watching my back and your advice on straightening out my attitude and improving my writing and argumentation style.
Even a snarky Eldritch Horror from Beyond™ needs a clue sometimes…
Also, I’ve been spending less time on this site, generally posting only twice a day, three times at most exceptional days like today and some Wednesdays, because I’ve been catching up on my media exposure.
I’ve been lax in listening to my podcasts, watching those few television programs that are actually interesting, listening to worthwhile radio programming like NPR, and I really need to catch up with all of the sources of information that I’ve been missing out on…
I really love you people, and I appreciate the feedback you’ve provided. It’s what makes working on this site so rewarding. I want this to be the best blog I can, and I think I’ve actually made a lot of progress ever since late 2008, with the awesome people I’ve met and the things I’ve learned and implemented.
Here’s to making it even better.