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        Friday, April 11, 2008

    Fishing For Eyeballs...

    Personally, when I fish, it involves dynamite, or telephone crank generators. I have no patience with waiting for something I want to eat to decide to drop by.

    Now, blogging is somewhat different, and requires a more patient, rhythmic sort of fishing.
    Oh, to be sure, I am not above dropping a fused stick in the water, and enjoying the geyser, and watching the white bellies float up to the surface.

    But, if you want to fish for readers, you must have an understanding of the waters you're in, the time of day, the winds, and what kind of bait to use. And when you write multiple posts, just think of it as if you are one of those old men on the pier, with several baited hooks in the water, from separate poles. And keep an eye on your bobbers.

    I know I make this look easy. Simple. And it is, really. But it requires a concept of game theory, String Theory, and human psychology. As well as an understanding of the globe to whom you speak, and what they are doing at any given time.

    Certain types of fish bite best in the morning. Some bite during the lunch hour. Most love to lunge at the hook in the late afternoon and evening. And late at night, you go frog-gigging.

    Every post I've ever written has been written within 10-15 minutes, and posted immediately. I absolutely do not understand folks I hear talk about how they block posts out and rewrite and all that crap. I write it, post it, read it, and edit any spelling and egregious grammar at that point.

    To call yourself a blogger, I think you must post at least one thing a day. If I fail to post, I start getting bitchy emails. It is an odd mix of annoying and flattering for me.
    I have found five to six posts a day to be right for me. A mix of Bane, and photos, and links to things I genuinely give a shit about. It can vary, but for a relatively small-time blogger, I maintain respectable stats on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, days that 'popular thought' claims are bad, low-traffic days.

    Take it, or leave it.

    Come with me, and I will make you fishers of men...