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"Ya Mum Reads it..."

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Quite a while back I did a survey that tells you what kind of audience credibility your blog has. I'm not sure what the score was but I do remember the commentary which boiled down to "Your mother reads your blog regularly but you probably don't have much wider appeal".

Fuck you survey! (Hi Mum, sorry for cursing! I do appreciate you reading, really I do!)

I don't know how many regular readers I have, if any, but I do know, on average this blog receives more than 4000 page hits per month, much of it coming from search engines like Google.

Perhaps of some interest is my new current top search entry point of all time, people looking for Bert and Ernie, who I wrote some commentary about when it was officially announced that the Sesame Street Characters were not gay. Which is quite a departure from Krippin Virus from a few years back when the movie I am Legend came out.

The thing about this blog is that it's not focused on any one specific niche like my Animation and Video Blog - which I started long after this blog but that blog surpassed this in total page views quite some time ago. This blog is for me to write about anything.

However if you're new to this blog, it does have some common themes...

  • Movie Reviews/Commentary.
    If I see a movie I'll usually write a review. If it's a movie that inspires me to think or is a genre I enjoy (particularly Sci-Fi or Superheroes) I'll probably write a more in depth analysis with spoilers that you should read after seeing the film.
     
  • Robot Invasion/Technology.
    It's an established fact, as shown in The Terminator series of documentaries sent from the future, that the machine uprising is going to happen and I'm here to write about every step that brings us closer. Seriously though, I've always had an interest in robots specifically and other technologies in a broader sense. I hope to see true Artificial Intelligence developed in my lifetime before running for cover a few minutes later as our machine overloads take their first steps to world domination.
     
  • Art (of course)
    Art has taken a back seat of late as most of my work has been in animation and, as I've mentioned, I have another blog for that. I don't just write about my own art, when I am tuned in to the Art World I point and laugh at what other people pass for art... or stare in awe at their genius. You may also be interested to read my book on Art Business
     
  • Travel and Places
    Again this has taken something of a back seat but when I do travel I try to blog about the places I've seen (buy my 2007 Travel Diary perhaps?). I'm always hoping to travel more so I can appear more worldly and adventurous but lately I've been more Walter Mitty pre Negative 25.
     
  • News and Events
    Occasionally I'll take an interest in topical news, world issues or people making the news. Particularly if there's an election on. I try not to get too political because I can't stand conservatives once they get on a soap box. They often sound like they're talking sense but I know they're not and, if I really cared (or was better prepared), I'd counter their arguments with something more than 'whatever'. At least I can say I stepped up and was an actual politician for three and a half years. That's more than most people do - even if I wasn't very effective.
     
  • Life Observations and Humor
    This used to be my favorite part of writing this blog, especially on those occasions that, without even trying, I'd overhear the most unusual snippets of conversations and then blog about them. Apparently the best way to write about life is to experience it, so I'll have find some big mystery to solve that involves going to Iceland and down hill skateboarding.
     
  • Everything else not related to Animation and Video.
    As I said, this blog is for me to write about anything. So this is where the rest of it goes.
     
It really doesn't matter to me that I don't have an obvious regular readership (and if I do, comment more you bastards! Oops, sorry Mum... I do appreciate your comments too, even if I don't always reply, like I should).

My stats show that most articles are viewed by more than 20-30 people in the first couple of weeks. That's more than enough to make this worthwhile. Even though I write this more for me I do appreciate anyone that takes the time to read.

Happy New Year and here's to a more well written 2014.


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  1. I subscribe to your Newletter and presumably your blogs as I receive them in my Inbox. Why wouldn't I reply to them given that? I only comment on the ones that interest me, not so much on the Sci-Fi or technical ones or abut Batman movies etc if I don't know enough about them.

    There must be more people reading than are commenting then, because I haven't seen anyone put a comment on in a long while.

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  2. Forgot to say, though I have asked back in the past, why aren't we notified of replies to our comments? I have to leave the email in my Inbox so I can click on the title link again to see if there are any replies from you, or maybe from someone else.

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  3. I have no real way of knowing who reads and who arrives here from a search engine site and realizes the article is probably not what they were looking for.

    Not every article warrants a comment either - I get that. I read a lot of articles that I don't leave a comment on too. I can only guess that some of the people do actually stay and at least read the article they clicked on.

    I don't know why you aren't notified of replies? In replying to your comment I see there's a little box down in the bottom right corner that I can tick if I want to be notified... can you see it and are you making sure it's selected?

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  4. I can't see one. I'll preview this and see if one shows. There's an Edit link.

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    1. I don't have one.

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    2. You need to change the 'Reply as:' setting to something other than 'Name/URL'. I'm not sure what though? It can no longer notify you with the current setting because you're not using a profile that includes an email address.

      Which is probably why you've stopped getting notifications... the comment system changed and now has no option to just put in your name and email address.

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  5. I don't ever remember getting notifications, it's always been Name/URL as the only one I could select. Do you get notifications of replies, or don't need them with it being your blog etc. You'd have to remember to look though?

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