Tags and Categories

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One of the important chores in producing a blog has to do with search labels, otherwise known as Tags and Categories. A new blog is not a problem because you can quickly scroll through the contents to find what you are looking for.  As a blog grows the data or subject matter becomes a problem. Who wants to scroll through a hundred blogs looking for a topic that has your interest.

When you label a post with a category you narrow down the subject matter for example, to things like photography, genealogy, or birding. If you are searching with a specific topic such as “tattered curtains”, “fog”, (such as the photo I have added above) the chore is greatly reduced.

In addition, it is required that you give the current location of the topic or photograph, again to assist in locating it. As the contents of a blog grow and expand, a search becomes more manageable if the blogger has added lots of tags and categories. This blog has a search engine awaiting your interests, but needs time to grow.

I’m Curious?

Twenty-four hours ago I posted Tattered Curtains – Family History and yet I have not had a single visitor.

What is strange is that the first posting on this topic had over 77 visitors. The follow-up blog answered many questions as to the owners of this old abandoned house and I expected many readers would have been anxious for more information.

Any comments or suggestions as to the fate of this particular blog would be appreciated.

The Fog is starting to lift.

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The fog is lifting on my blog and I am starting to gather some statistics. Even the best blog in the world is a waste of time if no one reads it. I am not trying to be famous, I simply wish to share my blog and photos with people who have similar interests.

This blog was a bust until I posted it on my Face Book page. Until this  morning I had zero visitors and zero page views. Once on Facebook the visitors started to roll in and I am very pleased to report that as of 8 pm I have had seventy-seven visitors who have reviewed 103 pages! I even had one comment, but no “Likes”.

While all of this activity is appreciated it does not make what I would call a successful blog. That would require steady traffic over a period of some time.  Success will require good photos and interesting topics and that will be my responsibility. Hopefully I will keep the blog interesting and earn some likes.

What’s in a Blog?

This is my third post in my new blog and I have been giving consideration as to what it is I intend to write about.  I think I need to have a theme. When I recently reviewed a number of new blogs that  appeared in WordPress.com I found only a couple that caught my attention. The variety of the subject matter was vast.  People were writing about topics I would never have thought of and some of the entries were quite long.

I did realize that my blog was not going to be about one subject or topic. I want to have the freedom to write about anything that is of interest to me and hopefully future readers. Because I am in my twilight years I have a vast source of experience to fall back on.  That of course assumes that I have experienced  interesting times and events.

Perhaps my theme should deal with my experiences both past and present and naturally have emphasis with the past since it far exceeds my current years. I have always considered myself an observant person. I have always been very aware of my surroundings and had a sense of history. Maybe I should have called my blog – A lifetime of observations.

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I live in a rural setting of ten acres which is part of 140 acres of woods. The photo was taken in the early morning hours and the evergreen trees are just a few of the dozens I planted over thirty years ago. It is a very peaceful setting populated by less than one person per square mile, in the whole county.


Twilight73 – my new blog

This is my first blog.  I called it Twilight because I am in the twilight years of my life.

The numbers 7 + 3 represent July 3rd, my birth date.

Why do I need to start a blog?  Because I enjoy writing and sharing the knowledge and experiences I have gained in my life.

I have enjoyed photography since I obtained my first camera in my early teens so photos will accompany most of my blogs and stories.

I have kept a personal hard copy blog the latter 35 years of my life so I have some experience in regularly putting “pen to paper” and recording the ups and downs that we all experience.

Since I enjoy correspondence,  I hope for comments and feedback on my topics and look forward to connecting with those that share my interests.