Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Google & Blogger Need Better PR and Advertsing Campaigns
After the first week of postings, my blog name and my proper name came up in many Google and Web searches. I had many friends, family, co-workers and neighbors complain that they might have returned, if they could still find my site. They might have returned to visit and click on an advertising link like AdSense or some the other advertisers who were willing to take a chance on my site. They might have returned to forward my site on the their friends and co-workers, in effect promoting the site and the advertisers.
As I said, in the beginning my blog was easy to find. Recently it has disappeared from just about all search engines. Something that I understand is very common with Google and the way they rank particular web pages and blog searches. The one place it does come up on, TECHNORATI, is useless. Not only is it useless dead end information, TECHNORATI doesn't answer e-mails to fix or resolve the problems.
My proper name comes up under carpenter, that's fine, but that's not the main interest of my blog. Art is. I did use carpentry as one of my many occupations but also included artist, stone mason and craftsman. My blog profile also lists many other highlighted interests and granted they may be vague or bland topics in the larger scheme of things but would it be that difficult to have a search result with my name, my blog name and a list of topics or interests that are included and that pertain to my blog. It seems pretty basic to me. Once it's created, it's always part of a complete search.
I will continue to create posts but probably only rely on the information as a central location or personal library of my work. As far as expecting the site to generate any ad revenue, currently and sadly I'm disappointed. Google, shape up and do a better job of expanding the very limited search realm you have and do a better job of promoting yourself, your loyal customers and in the end the advertisers who support you. I'm doing the best I can with what I know right now, you do your part and make it much easier for viewers and potential customers to find my blog.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Curiosity or Truly Sadness?
Curiosity or Truly Sadness?....I was on my way home from work the other day and as usual I'm in the habit of taking a less traveled route home if one is available. Living where there is still plenty of country back roads, it's not difficult to find a scenic or quiet road where nature is abundant and varied.
On this particular road there are swampy overgrown areas with cattails and wild flowers right up to the edge of the blacktop. Normally a perfect habitat for small birds and in particular yellow goldfinch. As I was driving very slow observing the landscape I noticed a small yellow bird in the middle of the road. He just stood there and I had to slow down to a crawl in order not to hit him. I assumed it would fly away as I got close. It was obvious he wasn't going to move. As I got even closer I noticed another object in the road. It was another goldfinch that had been run over. Sadly it was almost unrecognizable except for a few bright yellow feathers.
I was truly touched by what I witnessed and felt I needed to share the thought that although we as humans feel we are the only creatures who feel pain, I wonder if that is accurate. After this moment, I don't think so.
No matter what size
Left behind to ponder
A small yellow bird lonely by it's mate
On the road
Curiosity or broken heart?
It's small delicate head sideways
Glancing left and right
and pecking at the feathers to answer
Am I alone
I frightened it, but only briefly
Finding a branch to perch
A moving sound of loss
For fear of leaving would mean
Are we alone in our feelings of sadness at death?
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Time Is Running Out For Our Children
Hudson At Autumn's Dusk
Friday, July 21, 2006
I was having Blog withdrawals so I made a quick entry this morning to keep it fresh. I missed adding something new and I'm finding that blogging can get addictive....Especially when you enjoy talking to yourself :-) Hope you all enjoy the latest entry. I should be back shortly to expand on a few topics that interest me and may appeal to you, the viewer.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Pigs On A Park Bench
Looking For Some Help
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Inspired by the early morning walks along the banks of the old Mohawk River in Schenectady, New York. After a cool evening, especially during the autumn months, the steam rises off the river and covers the low lying valley with a monochrome mist or fog. It's very soothing and I hope to capture more of it's effects in future works.