Yes, I am a blogger!

Hi, my name is Randy, and I am a blogger.  But I’m not an addict.  I don’t need to attend some “bloggers anonymous” meeting for excessive addiction.  Heck, there are a lot of people who didn’t even know I blog.  Part of the reason for that is because I don’t blog often enough.  And I don’t write on topics that go viral.  I don’t even get picked for the “Fresh Pressed” page on WordPress‘s home page because I don’t write on trending topics.

I don’t have many followers, and most of my reads come because I post on Facebook and Twitter where “friends” and “followers” sometimes give a cordial view.

But the thing that is most interesting about the whole blogging experience: I have three blogs.  Yep.  Three.  I have this blog, one about gardening and raising chickens, and one about being a Cub Scout den leader and the many experiences that we have each week.

And now I have had thoughts about starting a fourth blog.  But I’m not sure.  It isn’t that I am hoping to gain more readers with different blogs linking to each other.  I don’t do that now.  But it would give me a chance to diversify what I write about and keep the blog separated based on topics so that they are easier to find.  Is that a bad idea?

Maybe I will just end up getting myself in over my head.  Four blogs and not a lot of time to write.  Maybe one of my other blogs, possibly this one, will be a little more neglected if I spend time on another one.  It isn’t like I have more time available to write another one.  But you as a reader may enjoy it.  Maybe the blogosphere will be able to find me easier if I am more defined on my topics.  I don’t know…I’m not a blogging expert.  Maybe this is where I ask my fellow blogging group people to give me some pointers.

Regardless, I do enjoy this.  And I want to write more.  But I’m not addicted.  If anything, I am conflicted.

Just another view from a Palmtree.


Tag…you aren’t it.

I decided I had some time to write another blog posting but as I sat down to type it out, I just couldn’t really decide on a topic. There are a few things that have been on my mind, but if I were to try and write about them, I would either be writing a dozen or so blogs in one evening, or you would be reading something that just would not make sense. I would probably intermix the topics between sentences and come across as a babbling drunk.

You are probably thinking to yourself that I already come across like that with some of my postings so I shouldn’t hold back. Not a problem…on some days I would probably agree even though I don’t drink. So instead of coming across as a babbling drunk, it would probably be more accurate to call me a bumbling idiot. All in favor say “I” (or should it be “aye”?).

So here I am now on paragraph three and I haven’t told you what the topic is about. Yet you must have been curious by the title of this blog. So here it goes… Instead of using one of the topics swimming around in my brain, I decided to see what some of the trending topics were on WordPress tonight. None of them stood out more than the others so I looked at the Tags tab to see what tags are pulling the most use lately. Sadly, I didn’t see my name as one of the tags. The ego took a big hit. I thought I was popular.

The interesting thing about looking at the Tags tab, there wasn’t a single name of a person on the list. There were topics, but no names. You would think with the NBA All-Star Weekend going on there would be some names. The three-point shooting contest was earlier and the dunk contest ended not too long ago. Yet not a single name. I thought Blake Griffin would have been mentioned a lot because of his final dunk in the contest. Why not?

I didn’t even see it but I have read how awesome it was on Twitter from a lot of sports broadcasters I follow. Wouldn’t you think anyone jumping over a Kia Optima, receiving a pass from another player standing out the sunroof, and dunking it through the hoop is cool? Check out the headline photo on ESPN taken from an angle looking down from the ceiling on the basket. But he doesn’t show up as a popular tag tonight.

Not even Justin Bieber shows up on the common tag list. Doesn’t he get mentioned enough just for living to show up on a common tag list? And today he was named the MVP (most valuable pre-pubescent) for the celebrity game on the All-Star agenda. Still, he didn’t show up on the list. But he is a trending topic on Twitter, in case you didn’t know.

So what is it about tags that are so important? Obviously tags help your blog to be found in searches. Tags help common articles to be linked. Tags also tell you the prices of clothing. This lets you know whether you want to buy it or not. That is essentially the same effect of a tag on a blog. It lets you know if you want to read it or not.

Unfortunately tags can be misleading. Take this posting as an example. You might have been looking for articles that talked about Justin Bieber. You might have been looking for a posting about the NBA All-Star Weekend. Possibly about a Kia Optima, or possibly even Twitter? Maybe even Michael Jackson, Madonna, or Lady Gaga, just because I mentioned their names in this paragraph and tag their names just for the traffic results. Regardless, I really doubt you were looking for a blog about blog tags. And I wasn’t planning on writing a blog about blog tags. Yet here we are in the big internet cloud in the sky crossing paths because I tagged my writings with names and topics that don’t even relate. So while we are here together, let me say “hello, I am Randy, and I am glad you are here.” If you want to be my friend, come find me on Facebook or Twitter and tag me. As for right now…tag, you’re now it.

Just another view from a Palmtree.