S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Five Ws and South by Southwest

This chart depicts WHERE the people who came by to read this blog today reside. The big majority, 88%, are from the U.S. A year ago this chart looked very different because only 57% of my readers were from the United States.

WHY the change? The difference can only be attributed to my more U.S.-centric posts. I feel somewhat sorry that I have become more obsessed with United States politics. There, no doubt, have been great stories from other nations that I neglected to write about. And because these other countries' names did not come up in any of my tags, foreign readers' interest diminished.

WHO still comes by? I continue to get a few readers from the racy Miss Welby site in Italy, and I have a regular loyal reader from Ireland. But the others get to South by Southwest via a hit/reference that was returned by a search engine, mainly Google.

WHEN does South by Southwest celebrate? Even though I still qualify as a "little blogger," like many other bloggers with egos, I mark a variety of Blogiversaries. Bobby F. was my 9000th visitor 13 months ago on 1/24/07. Today the 17,000th visit to this website was recorded by my SiteMeter. See the report:

Continent : Europe
Country : United Kingdom (Facts)
State/Region : Bristol, City of
City : Bristol
Distance : 4,688 miles
Language English

Time of Visit Feb 22 2008 12:28:05 pm

Referring URL http://blogsearch.go...F-8&um=1&sa=N&tab=wb
Search Engine
Search Words obama clinton ticket

Visit Entry Page http://carol-sandy1....-to-dems-debate.html
Visit Exit Page http://carol-sandy1....-to-dems-debate.html

Visit Number 17,000

WHAT else is there to celebrate? Another thing I celebrate is that my a number of my favorite writers and bloggers are still posting away and making me smile. I am also continually amazed at the way search engines, big sources of my readers, work well for me. I am pleased to be relatively "optimized" as a source of information. And the following posts continue to return as hits in web searches over the years, or as posts featured by another site. I will call them The South by Southwest "All Stars."

So, today I have written my story, using the Five Ws, just as we learned in high school English. That takes me back to 1953. My, oh my!

View my current slide show about the Bush years, "Millennium," at the bottom of this column.

My “creativity and dreaming” post today is at Making Good Mondays.

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The Future Was Yesterday said...

My 1st commandment of blogging - Quality will get read! Stupid will too, occasionally, as I have proven on mine.

Shame on all those readers that helped give you such good numbers, for not commenting! Naughty,naughty!:)

So, today I have written my story, using the Five Ws, just as we learned in high school English. That takes me back to 1953. My, oh my!

I was a year away from Kindergarten that year.:) 5 W's:

"Who, What, Where, When," and "Why"?:) I thought those had vanished from the face of the earth!

Carol Gee said...

Future - What a great cheer leader you are. Thanks for your kind and supportive words, my friend.
You are about the age of my "baby sister."
BTW I have done my share of "stupid," too.

Kitchen Window Woman said...

Who, What, When, Where, Why, and ....How! They gave us some good writing tips back then.

You and I have both been involved in American politics because these last seven Bush years have been so critical and dangerous. On the other hand, when readers come in from the global blogosphere to read us, they will see that not all Americans are not militaristic imperialists. We are ambassadors.

I just passed my three year blogging anniversary on Jan. 26th and soon I will write and post my 200th. I will include a statement of celebration on that one.

I've done some silly that's for sure. I did one comparing Karl Rove to Baby Huey cuz that is who he reminded me of.

Carol Gee said...

KWW (Wow, two more Ws)
I do take that "ambassador" role seriously, though I still try not to edit myself too much. I think that, over time, you and I are rather steady in how we hew to our own voices. Our voices speak out rather differently, but from the same kind of hearts.
One of the reasons I read both you and "Future" is that both of you are so fierce. You say things in ways that give me courage to be less polite. And that is a real compliment, my friends.
I look forward to your 200th post, KWW.