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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Blog maintenance issues

This month the stats for this site showed that there have been over 10,000 views since its inception about 2 years ago. I was bragging about this to my 17 year old son, a computer whisperer, who has very little patience for my relative ignorance of the digital world. He gave me some advice, sort of the "queer eye for the straight guy" variety of advice. ( Reference: "Queer Eye" is a reality TV show where gay men give advice on fashion and lifestyle to clueless straight men.) Apparently it is amazing that anyone visits this site at all, for a number of reasons. The first is "TL;DR"--too long, didn't read. All anyone sees when they visit this site is a wall of words which is probably quite overwhelming unless the visitor is pretty darn determined.

The second is that there is hardly anything to grab the eye. I went with the packaged blogspot formatting and haven't changed it at all the whole time I've been writing. It is really quite attractive, I thought, but maybe the furniture needs rearranging.

And third, there are no photographs. I was thinking that most of what I write is kind of abstract and doesn't lend itself well to photos, and also before this minute I hadn't even checked to see how to put them in.

Thus the beautiful Haitian woman from the island of La Gonave carrying the aluminum bowl of laundry on her head. She has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but she did teach me how to upload photographs. Perhaps with future posts I can experiment with including random photographs of nature or something gorey from work. I could also just leave it like it is.

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