Headlines are funny things, aren’t they? Sometimes trying to come up with a title for a blog post is a challenge, although for me it’s easy most of the time. The consequences of some of the titles I’ve thought up are another matter. But more on that later.
Since I’ve been dealing with a writer’s block the size of Mount Rushmore, I wanted to use Mount Rushmore in the title. Something like “Mount Rushmore Around Every Corner,” or “Mount Rushmore in My Rearview Mirror.” The second implies I’m over the writer’s block, which may be a little premature. “Being Stalked by Mount Rushmore” is just dumb. Besides being a little creepy.
On the other hand, the image of dragging around a mountain with heads carved in it is not the least bit creepy. No. Not at all. It clearly conveys the idea that I’ve had a little difficulty lately when it comes to blogging.
By contrast, I’ve had no difficulty what so ever at thinking about blogging, or getting ideas for blogging, or even reading other people’s blogs. I just haven’t been able to make myself sit down and get the ideas from my head onto the screen. What I need is a direct conduit from the blogging center in my brain to my computer. Think it = Write it. If only.
I’ve been visiting my blog during this prolonged drought. Some days I think I’m my only visitor. I come around to clean out the spam comment folder from time to time. I sure get a lot of those comments. I even sometimes get an email that asks me to “please moderate” a comment that made it past the spam filter and is waiting for me to approve it. The sad fact is that these have all been spam comments, too.
Apparently the doctrine that says to be successful as a blogger one must comment on n blogs every day has produced some canned comment generators. The problem is that they generate the most nonsensical, grammar-free drivel I’ve ever seen. Clearly no human eyes ever come in contact with this stuff until it shows up in a comment queue. Even the somewhat sensible comments show up attached to posts that the commenter could not possibly have read. Seriously. No relationship between content and comment.
It’s also interesting to see what posts are getting the most comment traffic in a given week. For a long time, my post about one of the local natural science / history collections attracted the most attention. Trying to figure out why, I carefully re-read the piece. It’s about long-dead field mice, for crying out loud.
I included the word “sexy.” Twice. Not to attract search engine attention. I don’t think about search engine optimizing (SEO) my blog as I work on it. Any time it has worked has been an accident.
Like the time I titled a post “Springbok” because I was trying to see how many posts I could write with titles that started with the word “spring” while I was dithering around over spring break a few years ago. Apparently there is an athletic team of some sort with that name. I was actually talking about the African antelope, having worked with those at the Fort Worth Zoo. I had a lot more readers that week than at any time prior or since. Who knew?
And who knows what kind of traffic today’s title will attract? Folks looking for travel advice? I have to apologize in advance to them. Yes, I have been to Mount Rushmore. It is an awe-inspiring sight and I highly recommend a visit, but I was there in 1973. My knowledge of the area is sadly out of date.
Speaking of Mount Rushmore, I can’t say that it won’t continue to get in my way — metaphorically, anyway — but I have things I need to share. Chaos may ensue, but I will try to organize. After all, if someone could figure out how to carve faces into a mountain, I should be able to figure out how to keep writing.