Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blogs for Waianae

Blogs appear on the news pretty often these days. A reporter may be tipped off to a story by a blog, or a blog reports a different angle on a story. Blogs show up in magazines a lot, too.

"Life's challenges are not suppose to paralyze you.
They are supposed to help you discover who you are."

But there is a good chance that most of our fellow residents in Nanakuli Ridge area are not likely to be familiar with a blog (also known as a weblog) or experienced the blogosphere. What are blogs? This is a blog. There are now millions of them -- where did they all come from?

"It Came Upon The Midnight Clear"

One of the things that is so amazing about blogs is their simplicity. Think about a "normal Web site." It usually has a home page, with links to lots of sub-pages that have more detail. In Hawaii many have dozens of information pages all organized under a home page. The complexity is good but most do not have enough readers so they omit the counters that would enable them to find out what hits and what doesn't hit.

Our blog site is much simpler:
We normally have single page entries. There may be archives of older entries, but the "main page" of a blog is all anyone really cares about. Our blog is organized in reverse-chronological order, from most recent entry to least recent. So the first one is the most recent. If you wish to see older news, just keep on scrolling.

"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"

Our blog is for the whole world to see, although hits in this blog from the Philippines do not compute for me. The hits are important but one person can only go so far, unless they are very famous. So entries in a blog from other authors can significantly increase the readership.

Most entries in a blog are usually stream-of-consciousness. There is no particular order to them. For example, if I see a good link, I can throw it in my blog. The tools that most bloggers use make it incredibly easy to add entries to a blog any time they feel like it. Same with photos. Got one? Email it in and I'll post it.

"It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"

At the moment most of our blogs in the West are trying to get above 34 average hits per day which is equal to 1000 hits per month. Our main blog, Town Dancer (in town) gets over 200 average hits per day. Now that is blogging. I just have to go all out to get two more guest authors for it. Then I can make my plans for phasing myself out and leave it to them. They will run the hits up to 500 hits per day by themselves. I guarantee it.

Pub's Side Note: "Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm ... As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others."