We’re going to do it a little different tonight. Nothing drastic or all that interesting, probably, so it’s up to you if you hang around for the ride. We’re going to take advantage of a slow-ish News day to monkey with the format, maybe see if we change our way of doing. I should probably wait until diurnal landmark comes around, like first of the week or month, but that sort of planning never works out for me. So, damn the torpedoes.
In any event, we’re all still reeling from the coronavirus news and pretty much anything in the News is somehow or another connected to it or Trump’s goofy press conference yesterday. I think I did a pretty solid job explaining CORVID-19 Tuesday and cleaned up behind rather nicely yesterday. Furthermore, all discussion has devolved to the “the other side is screwing up/hoping things get screwed up while accusing this side of hoping things get screwed up/screwing up” and I just don’t have time for that. Unless something interesting happens between now and the end, we’ll just assume “things are a mess, they’re going to get worse, and we’re unprepared to handle it” and move on for the nonce.
So, anyhow, back to today’s experiment. Perhaps traveling well-trodden ground, but I have three different venues for my gibberish. I’ve got this WordPress site, which mirrors a similarly named Blogger site. I’ve also got a Tumblr site where I write about music (posting videos from YouTube), quotes from books, or other random ideas that are too long for Twitter. I sort of like the cleanness of a blog based on one thing and one thing alone, and those random links and digressions into why Doug Sahm’s awesome would clutter things up. Furthermore, it’s where I loosen my already light grip on journalist integrity and indulge in my affection for anarchism.
I’ve had the blog since I moved to New Orleans in 2010, though it was only sporadically update until I went on the Big Trip. This site began last March but saw little action until after I’d started the Work back last June. Maybe July, I don’t remember. I had planned on making a change at the first of the year, keeping this site for the Journalism and the Blogger site for the Exegesis (which is a fancy word for “gibberish” because I really like Philip K. Dick). For whatever reason, and it might just be laziness and indolence, as the first drew near I got less enthusiastic about the Project.
I decided a long, long time ago that I would no longer do things I absolutely did not want to do unless I was getting paid for it, with the odd caveat for loved ones. I didn’t want to make the change, so I didn’t. I still might, but that’s neither here nor there. One problem is I was going to do the News three times a week, a Monday-Wednesday-Friday sort of thing.
Frankly, I just don’t operate that way. Some days I want to do news and some days I just want to mess around. Either way, this is for fun more than anything else and until I start getting paid for it, fun’s the main goal. So I kept doing what I’d been doing since posting the same articles on the two sites.
Just out of habit more than anything else, I’d write the piece on Blogger and then cut-&-paste it over to here. Apart from wanting to get some use out of the site – plus the automatic linking deals were just easier – WordPress has a word count. I’m shooting for at least 500 words a piece (just passed 600, for what it’s worth), and Blogger doesn’t make the nut. I do have a writing app for taking notes, but the word count function costs money and, frankly, it ain’t worth it. Plus, WordPress is a bit more limber and adaptable.
I guess I could do all the writing and formatting on Google Documents, but that just seems like adding one more step when I’ve got too many steps already. Plus, I’m not exactly fond of it. It has it’s uses but comes in behind WordPress or Blogger. Anyway, after writing the thing out with the necessary editing and a bit of formatting on Blogger, then the C-&-P to here, I’d spend the rest of the evening post-publishing adding in more links or making slight changes to both sites. I’m weird like that.
However, as time wore on, I dropped messing with the Blogger site post-publish (with caveats) and concentrating on the WordPress site. Apart from laziness, which colors everything I do, this links to both my Tumblr feed and my Twitter feed. I’d have the Blogger site as a link in my Twitter bio but I’ve since changed that.
All considered, I’ve never quite grasped just how and why and from where my hits come from. I’m certain many are from webcrawlers, especially on the Blogger site, but WordPress is a little more precise in keeping track of such things. Regardless, I rarely get more than 10-15 a day on either.
Once in a while it’ll spike and I’ve never figured out what. Yesterday’s Blogger site saw 67 hits and I’ve gotten up to 129 in a single day. Small change, sure, but I felt like throwing a party. Oddly, the post that’s got the most hits is this little bit of absurdist cynicism I tossed off last April because I didn’t feel like catching the grief I’d get from Twitter. I’m still convinced of that, by the way, it’s just a little weird so many other people apparently agree with me.
Okay, bringing it all back home. What I’m going to do – maybe for now, maybe for good – is write the Daily Gibberish and post it on the WordPress. Leaving the Tumblr site as-is right now, I’ll post a link to both it and the Gibberish to the Blogger site, if just to see how the the hits wash out. Maybe I’ll do something special for the Blogger site if I can come up with something worth the effort. Maybe it’ll slide into an Exegesis like originally planned, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. I’m not in charge of this.
And so much for that. We’ve topped a 1,000 words, supper’s almost done and who knows what the rest of the evening will bring. I stayed up all night last night playing Two Worlds II, so maybe I’ll just call it an early night. Anyhow, thanks for indulging me, wash your hands, and don’t let the bastards grind you down.