Number of months blogging: 8.
Number of posts: 65. Ones I particularly like: 21. Website tune-ups: 3. Improvements in the works: 3.
Posts pulled from an inventory of ideas: 15. Freshly conceived, more contemporaneously inspired posts: 50. Rate of new pieces generated as compared to inventory: 3:10.
Number of free photo sources: 3. Countries represented in my stable of photographers: dozens. Number of photographers I called upon repeatedly: 2.
Number of permissions sought: 11. Most required for a single piece: 7. I didn’t run it, even though it sported two from the CIA, one of them a spy, a famous cartoonist, an accomplished painter, the king of Bhutan, a parrot, and a man who knew how to cure prosciutto in the attic. . . .
Dumb decisions to which I nonetheless adhere: 1 (The issue: SEO versus what one would really like to say.)
Publication: twice weekly. Number of Tuesday pieces that spiked: a lot, randomly. Number of Friday pieces that spiked: same. Biggest spikes: unrelated to day of the week.
Most popular post: How is Information Acquired. (Note: Topic had sex appeal.) 22 others also particularly popular, including: What’s in a Name?, Three Writing Principles a Long Way Downstream, Trash and the Written Word, Flamingo A-go-go, Choosing to Write, Owning a Word, and The Clause for Immortality.
Number of planning hours per week: 2. Number of writing hours: never enough, and they fly by.
Number of pieces that just did not work: 7. Number of times I tend to go at a piece, over and over, until at last I come to my senses and trash it: 4.
Typical posting hour: 6:30 a. m. Latest posting hour: 3:30 p.m. Twice.
Number of languages in which spam arrives: 5. Most popular, of late: Russian. Rate of real comment (best as I can tell) to spam: 1:15.
Most fun in the working day: selecting the photography, which is refreshing after the labor of writing.
See you next week.
Photo credit: ralphsmyth.me.uk