Of the handful of goals I’ve set for myself in 2014, one of them was simply to blog more, be it for this blog or for boston ska (dot) net. I’m using skitch to easily cross off the days I blog because I need the gratification of checking something off. I hate to admit it, but I found myself motivated after reading about Seinfeld’s productivity secret on Lifehacker. I’m reluctant to admit it because I both dislike Seinfeld, and I’d sooner pretend I don’t read Lifehacker on a regular basis, yet, here we are. (more…)
In November of 2012 I quietly launched Boston Ska (dot) net with a handful of goals. The problem I wanted to solve in the first place was a Google problem. When searching for “boston ska,” you didn’t really find anything useful. The most useful site out there would have been the Boston Ska Facebook Group, but that doesn’t show in Google results. I thought I could tackle this problem with what little free time I had. Four months later, Google Analytics and (and Jetpack stats for that matter) have told me I’m getting there, and in only 23 posts and a fairly updated show calendar.
Google Analytics, Organic Search Traffic, 11/19/12 – 3/17/13
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog [their copy, not mine, but I don’t hate it]. And because I actually blogged this year, the report was actually fun to look at. I’m proud of myself. I wanted to blog and I did.
What’s not in this report?
- The countless posts I made for Hazon while I was Communications Manager there.
- I soft-launched boston ska (dot) net in November and have done 100% of the posting there. (And just added a shiny new show calendar).
- I also had a pretty good year on tumblr. Granted the posts are considerably less thoughtful, it was still posting and I was happy I kept it up.
Twitter. I have a hard time calling twitter “micro-blogging” anymore. It’s helpful to think about it that way when posting but I don’t think it’s something to be proud of (though my klout score went up this month, FWIW).
Here’s a cute graphic and the report:
Here’s an excerpt:
In 2012, there were 18 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 95 posts. There were 35 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11 MB. That’s about 3 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 47 views. The most popular post that day was November/December Ska Shows and News.
Follow this link for the complete report.
I’m looking forward to more thoughtful blogging, more comments and conversation, and generally just more in 2013.
Happy New Year’s, kids! Happy blogging.
I originally posted this on tumblr. And as I go to post this, I noticed that I have a handful of drafts of posts I started but never finished. The hell is wrong with me?
I have what I think are really cool ideas for stuff to blog about. Sometimes. Sometimes I think they’re such a good idea that I write them down. Most often I don’t. Most often I think “who really cares about this” or “2093432 other people are already writing about this.” But sometimes I think, so what, I care about me, so I should write about me, that’s what the internet is all about. Me.
I could review shows. I could talk about upcoming gigs I have. I should be writing about both my bands recording. I could write about what it’s been like to produce a record. How about the challenges of balancing adulthood with being a kid in a band. How about the overlap of between the type of stuff I do at work and the type of stuff I do for my bands. I could write about my cool new job and how it affects my my life. I could write about all the things that are wrong in the world that I think I have solutions for.
This blog is about blogging. I could write about the different ways in which people blog and publicly brainstorm solutions, figuring out ways in which I might blog more often. I could tell you all about how it’s important that I blog as my full time job may soon include more of it. Or how I want to inspire my bandmates to blog more often, so I should set an example.
We could even spend time talking about how I never write and now that I’m sitting down to write, I’m not actually writing about anything. Why not take this time to write about something meaningful.
I could. But likely won’t.