Three years of prattling, and I still prattle on
I received a notice from WordPress that I have been blogging for three years now. Blogging itself is interesting, even if my posts aren’t. The stats say that I have published 489 posts in the three years, really? It doesn’t seem like I’ve posted more than 450, but who’s counting, besides WordPress?
According to the stats from WordPress, my blog has gotten 42,585 views in those three years. But, if I were going for stats, I would go back to blogging about places to kayak or hike, or add more quotes to my blog. Looking back through the stats, here’s the list of the most popular posts I’ve done.
Some favorite fishing quotes 2,306
A grand day kayaking the Grand River 1,158
Kayaking the middle leg of the Little Muskegon 725
The Mason Tract, some details 633
About Me 612
A future trip, the Les Cheneaux Islands 604
Rockport State Park, Michigan’s newest! 491
Aman Park 432
Michigan Kayaking trips 374
Confessions of a Fly Fishing Snob 370
The stats also tell me that I have 449 people following my blog, like I’m supposed to believe that. Most of those follows are from people who are trying to increase traffic for their own blog. Some of those people go to great lengths to track their followers, if I stop following their blog, they will begin liking and commenting on my blog again, when they haven’t since I started following theirs. A good portion of those “followers” are trying to sell me something, or to use my blog in their efforts to reach other potential customers. I don’t play that game, that’s spam as far as I’m concerned. But, I’m sure that any one reading this has the same problems, so there’s no need to prattle on any longer on that subject.
I am happy with the handful of people who really do follow and read my posts, and I follow and read a handful of blogs that interest me in one way or another.
I need to thank the people who do suffer through my ramblings and take the time to leave comments. There are several who contribute to my blog in several ways, by either identifying plants or animals that I see, or by “pushing” me to become a better photographer. I know, I should give a shout out to each one of you, but I think that you know who you are, and if I did do a list, I’m sure that I would leave a few people off the list only because my memory isn’t that great. But, to all of you who do read this, a big…
That reminds me, I need to go through the list of links to blogs that I follow. Many people start out blogging like a house afire, then their post taper off, to the point where they go months or years between posts. That’s a shame, some of those blogs were really good in their day. But, there’s no reason to continue linking to an inactive blog, and I have a few new links to add.
I know, to be a good blogger I should include a quote about the outdoors and nature in every post that I do, but I don’t. Instead, I collect them and dump them all into one post every now and then, but, I’ll throw one in here to show that I’m a real blogger.
“Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.
Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.
If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.”
― Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
Back to the subject of blogging, I’m surprised at the number of people who use their blog to beg for money. I guess that I shouldn’t be, maybe I should set up a Pay-pal account and begin soliciting donations myself. I could use a few extra bucks to purchase more photo gear, or to defray the cost of my travels. Heck, I could go a lot further from home if I had another source of income. 😉 Not to worry, that isn’t going to happen.
Since this is a celebration of the past, I’ll throw in some oldies but goodies from the past.
Maybe it’s time for another quote.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover …” -Mark Twain
I used to be fair at capturing birds in flight, here’s a few more blasts from the past.
Back when I started the My Photo Life List project, there were several more people who followed my blog and commented regularly. These were people whom I thought would be very supportive of my efforts, but instead, they stopped following my blog soon after I began those posts. I don’t know if it’s because I posted so often early on, or why they stopped following my blog, but I kind of miss them. I still follow their blogs and leave comments, as I still find their blogs worth the time it takes to read them. Oh well, no hard feelings.
I know that the posts that I do for that project bore some of the readers of my blog, sorry. I’m going to continue doing them anyway. I’m building something, and if you knew me in person, you’d know that I love to build things, anything. I’ve already posted 1/3 of the species on the list, and I have photos that will get me very close to half way through the project. I take great pride in that, and in the fact that I’m willing to take on that large of a challenge.
Looking back, it’s been quite a journey so far. This blog started as my journal of my fishing, hiking, kayaking, and camping trips. I started adding more photos as I went along, and since I bought my new camera and lenses this spring, the focus has been mostly on photography.
So where do I go from here? Good question, I think that I am getting a firm handle on using my new camera gear. I want to expand my horizons so to speak, by getting back into landscape photography, when I get a chance to. But, I think the emphasis will be moving away from photography, and back towards nature from now on.
I’m still planning my vacation for the first of October, and my plan is to visit the upper peninsula of Michigan when the fall foliage is at its peak for color. That’s the best time of the year to do landscape photography here in Michigan.
Other than that, this blog will continue to evolve over time, I’m sure of that. But, at its core, it will remain much the same, what I see and do while out and about in nature.
I’ve never been one to chase stats, and that’s more true now than ever. I’ll admit that when I first started this blog, it was nice to see that there were others who read it. But, over the last three years, that has passed. I would be sad if the people who do read this regularly were to stop, but that’s happened before. More than ever, this blog will be about what captures my interest.
I’ve been toying with the idea of changing themes for my blog, moving to one that will allow me to post slightly larger versions of my photos. I’m still undecided about that, I like this theme as far as the overall look.
I’ve also considered changing to a daily post for my walks, but I doubt if I will. I know that my weekly posts get too long, but that will change with the seasons. Come the dead of winter, those posts are likely to be very short.
I hope that the best is yet to come.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!