Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

Ten Years and Counting!

June 23, 2018

Happy Saturday!  Today marks the last day of my tenth year of blogging!  Wow, who would have thought I’d still be blogging on a daily basis?  What started as a web 2.0 learning exercise has blossomed into a hobby that is both fun and stimulating (and sometimes challenging, especially when trying to ideate the content).

Here is a statistical glimpse of the ebb and flow of The Guncarryin’ Librarian over the last ten years (courtesy of WordPress).  As you can see, interest (views) peaked in the last half of 2009 through the first half of 2010 and then again in 2012 and early 2013; interest has been waning steadily ever since.   Alas.  At some point, I may have to evaluate whether or not to continue blogging, but for now . . . the blog goes on.



For a more in-depth look at the numbers . . . (courtesy of WordPress)


A First-Time for Everything!

June 24, 2017

In addition to this being one of my older brothers’ birthday (Happy Birthday Jim!), and some friends’ anniversary (Happy Anniversary Tanya and Bob), and, the ninth anniversary of the creation of my blog, today also represents the day that the first European (after the Vikings) to set foot on the North American continent (John Cabot, 1497).   Cabot embarked from Bristol, England, on May 24th and arrived on the coast of either Newfoundland or Maine on June 24th.

In addition, June 24th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • Christian religious service in English on the Pacific Coast  (San Francisco Bay, CA, 1579)
  • woman in America to appeal for the right to vote (Margaret Brent, 1647)
  • tethered balloon flight (Baltimore, MD, 1784)
  • Episcopal bishop who was African-American (Reverand Samuel David Ferguson, 1885)
  • Army officer killed in battle in the Spanish-American war (Captain Allan Kissam Capron, 1898)
  • land battle in the Spanish-American war (Las Guasimas, Cuba, 1898
  • federal law requiring radios on ships (Wireless Ship Act, 1910)
  • radar detection of airplanes (Dr. Alberte Hoyt Taylor and Leo C. Young [Naval Aircraft Radio Laboratory], 1930)
  • federal administrator who was an African-American woman (Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1936)
  • political convention to be televised (22nd Republican Convention, 1940)
  • Presidential candidate who was renominated after a defeat (Thomas Edmund Dewey, 1948)
  • picturephone commercial service (New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, 1964)
  • cabinet member to serve in four different capacities (Elliott Lee Richardson, 1976)
  • internet camera showing the site of a presidential assassination (Dallas, TX, 1999

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janel Podell.

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
    • 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.


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.


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, 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.


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.