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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Some Meta Blog Stuff

I have a confession to make: I don't write this blog.

It writes itself.

By that, I mean that I experience what I experience, and then I start typing. I have a vague notion of what I want to say, where I want to go, but as often as not, something I write surprises me. "I didn't know I was going to write THAT; hmm, that's interesting."

But lately, there have been a half dozen different topics that have just refused to write themselves. I shan't name them, lest they develop a sense of self-importance: "Ha, we've shown him!" Eventually, they'll see the light of day. Or not.

Meanwhile, Vincent Wright of notes that:

"We all use search engines.

"Most of us use Google most.

"However, suppose you got search results but, didn't know whether the BEST results for you came from Google, Yahoo, or Bing? does that for us."

He typed in his Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook ID, got the results, and was "surprised that the results I preferred were NOT from Google!"

I used my name in various combinations (RogerGreen, RogerOwenGreen, with and without spaces), and the results I preferred were in fact from Google. However, when I used one of my pseudonymous tags, as I do writing LOCs on some blogs such as Salon, the Yahoo! results are more to my liking.

The obvious point is that I ought to be using a consistent name across the Intersnet. Will I go make the change to do that? Maybe. Possibly? Eh, who am I kidding? Probably not. For while I often read those Search Engine Optimization articles, and I think many of them make perfect sense, there's only so many hours in the day. I can write or I can optimize; writing is usually fun, the above notwithstanding. SEO is work, and given the limited time resource between fun and work, I choose fun.

Now if I develop swine flu and am confined to my house, then maybe.
If I were writing this blog, I might note the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and desribe her as essentially the creator of the Special Olympics. But since it's writing itself, it wants you to know that Ms. Shriver's efforts inspired a series of great Christmas music. I bought the first album back in 1987 because I was a sucker for a good cause. But I listened to it every season because it's good. The 1992 follow-up (the green cover) is pretty fine as well. Subsequent collections fall short but include some gems as well.


1 comment:

Rebecca Hickman said...

I like that album, too.