Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

Eight Years . . . and Counting!

June 24, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Anniversary!  Eight years ago today I started blogging and began my journey with The Gun-Carryin’ Librarian.  This endeavor began as a learning opportunity when I undertook the Special Libraries Association’s “23 Things” self-paced course of study.  I had no idea what blogging was and was quite behind the curve on all things Web 2.0.  And, while I am still not an early adopter when it comes to new things/technology, I’m not completely afraid to try them either (thanks to SLA’s 23 Things).

Over the past eight years, I’ve managed . . .

  • more than 3,080 posts
  • more than 255,000 views
  • more than 39,100 visitors

My most popular date — June 14, 2012 (1,091 views).
My most popular day of the week — Thursdays (18% of views).
My most popular hour of the day — 5:00 PM (8% of views).

 

Three Thousand, and Counting!

March 29, 2016

My blog has reached a new milestone today . . . my 3,000 post!  A journey that began on June 24, 2008, as a learning opportunity in concert with the Special Libraries Association’s “23-Things” Web 2.o initiative.  A journey that has continued for just under eight years (and counting).

To date, my blog has had . . .

  • 3,000 posts
  • 37,688 visitors
  • 252,901 views
    • day with the most views: June 14, 2012 (1,091 views)
  • most popular day: Tuesday (17% of views)
  • most popular hour: 2:00 PM (7% of views)
  • visitors from 64 countries — the top ten countries by the number of visitors for 2016: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, India, Brazil, Netherlands, and Spain.

Historically, 2012 was by far the best year statistically with 371 posts published and 59,303 views . . . but the blog goes on.

Orangette!

October 22, 2014

This is the name of a blog that I recently discovered as a result of the book I’m currently reading (A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg).

This is one of the books selected for the “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” program (sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council) that our institution is participating in this fall.   I am having a delightful time reading through this book and drooling over the many recipes that Molly includes . . . Molly started her  blog back in 2004 and even has an index to all of her recipes which I am bookmarking for future reference.

Getting back to the blog, the officially translated definition of orangette (from the French) is:  bitter orange ; strip of orange and chocolate.   I will be visiting this site on a regular basis and if you are a food lover, I would highly recommend this site as well.  Bon appetit!

 

 

Grammar is Still Important!

October 20, 2014

Even with the explosion of social media and texting, using the right words is important (and spelling them out, no more shortcuts).  Don’t embarrass yourself by using any of the following goofs.    If you really don’t know the differences on when to use these variations, then take the time to look it up prior to using . . .  you will be glad you did.  This infographic should be a great help to get you started.

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http://dailyinfographic.com/15-grammar-mistakes-that-can-make-you-look-silly-infographic

Courtesy of copyblogger and BlueGlass.

Are You Mentally Strong?

May 5, 2014

Happy Monday!  Here is a list of twenty things that mentally strong people don’t do.  How many can you claim?  For the full motivational article by Paul Hudson, check out this link to his blog, Elite Daily.

1. Dwelling On The Past
2. Remaining In Their Comfort Zone
3. Not Listening To The Opinions Of Others
4. Avoiding Change
5. Keeping A Closed Mind
6. Letting Others Make Decisions For Them
7. Getting Jealous Over The Successes Of Others
8. Thinking About The High Possibility Of Failure
9. Feeling Sorry For Themselves
10. Focusing On Their Weaknesses
11. Trying To Please People
12. Blaming Themselves For Things Outside Their Control
13. Being Impatient
14. Being Misunderstood
15. Feeling Like You’re Owed
16. Repeating Mistakes
17. Giving Into Their Fears
18. Acting Without Calculating
19. Refusing Help From Others
20. Throwing In The Towel

Tips on Posting to Social Media!

March 27, 2014

Here is an infographic (courtesy of Steph Dowling, www.mycleveragency.com) that will have you creating perfect blog (and other social media) posts in no time at all.

How To Create Perfect Posts for Blog, YouTube, Tumblr, Vine, Google+, Facebook & Twitter: Version 4 [Infographic]

Check out the full article here.

Choose Your Words Carefully!

February 16, 2014

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get your blog posts, tweets, or facebook posts shared?  Check out this wonderful infographic (courtesy of SHORTSTACK) on the “power of words” as they explain the science behind what to say to get people to share your content.

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The Horrors Of It All!

February 1, 2014

When it comes to pleasure reading, my favorite genre would have to be either crime or mystery/detective.  But every now and then you just can’t beat a good horror story.  And, while I’ve read more than my share of Stephen King and Dean Koontz, I have not even scratched the surface of the many authors writing in this genre.  But allow me to give a shout out to Jeremy Price who has started a blog where he reviews horror fiction.  Check out his reviews and give some of these authors a read, you just never know what hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.

Your Digital Afterlife!

January 24, 2014

Not to be morbid, but here is some interesting food for thought.  Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to all of your many online profiles (your digital fingerprint, so to speak) after you die?  Will you “live on forever” via your social media accounts?  Here is an interesting infographic that shows you exactly what is required to deactivate many of the common social media accounts after someone has died.  Very interesting indeed.

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2013 in Review!

January 4, 2014

Allow me this opportunity to offer my most sincere thanks and appreciation to all of you who have followed my blog.  Here is an Annual Report of my blog’s activity for 2013 (prepared by The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys).  Enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.