With regards to yesterday’s post about the two versions of WordPress … I wanted to go on a little bit about that. Since nothing else is really pressing this morning and I have the free will to write about anything, I’ll do that 🙂
This Post A Day-challenge, that I’m taking part in, must be the most brilliant idea they’ve had [one of them at least]. Now that we’re up to fifty-some posts, it’s interesting to see how people really engage in this and take part in commenting in the main WP blog.
It’s brilliant in the way that you get in touch with the other bloggers. That’s often the downside, when you have an independent blog — it can be difficult to meet people, regardless of if you’re ‘aiming’ at a certain group or if you have a more generic, personal blog like I.
Like I said in an earlier post, I tried both Yahoo 360° and Multiply before and that was totally different — more like belonging to an online group or community. There were times when I blogged there and it felt more like writing a group email to the people on the list.
I guess there might be a sense of community in WordPress too, but that has eluded me until I found out about this daily challenge. When I started out in WP, it was a very lonely experience! Google’s Blogger has a somewhat different set-up … they have a system with ‘followers’, but then you’re sort of committed.
Already after these, two months, I’ve met a few people that I feel I connect with. That’s funny too … how you can — sometimes immediately — get a feeling that you connect with someone just by reading an online blog! Last night, just for fun, I took a look at the stats for this blog. I haven’t really done that before but they are there … right at the front page when I sign in to the dashboard.
Right now I have an average of 36 visitors per day. That’s amazing to me. Imagine if they all said something LOL! Many of them, I can see which country they’re coming from and it’s intriguing to see the remote parts of the world showing up. ‘What did they think when they looked around here?’, I wonder …
If you really want to attract visitors, I guess SEO (search engine optimization) is a really important part. I haven’t paid any attention to that, but I tag each post and I think I’ve heard that’s one part of it. Search engines, like Google, look for tags. Also the part where you fill in what your blog’s about. That’s the META tags placed in the underlying code of your page. So if someone was searching for duck photos, they’d be really attracted to this blog, one would think. That’s not the case though… but here are two from yesterday.
On WordPress.com’s front page you can see, under the headline «Freshly pressed» the numbers of blogs that are being published around the world all the time! There are hundreds and hundreds of them, and that’s just in WP! Imagine all the other blogging platforms … The ones chosen for «Freshly pressed» are what they consider ‘good quality blogs’ … the ones that are informative and so on, I guess … I’m not sure what the criteria are.
I’m not really interested in attracting thousands of visitors … I’m more into reaching out to the online community … other people who like to write about just anything … a little bit like a Seinfeld episode.