Northernheckler's Blog

A Yorkshireman's adventures in the big Smoke

Who reads my blog anyway ?

Yesterday I downloaded a new app for my iPhone, and had a really good time messing about with it. It was “BlogPress” – which allows you to update a blog straight from your phone – and here’s the bit – upload pictures straight to your blog from the camera on the phone.

Lovely, Triffic, Great !

In the midst of my experimentation I blogged a few spurious bits and pieces of nothing much – some of which can still be seen, and checked to see if they’d uploaded. They had. I was about to delete some of the dross when I was called away, and in the intervening 3 hours or so I demonstrated the power of BlogPress to my wife – taking her pic with my phone, and uploading it. Fully clothed mind, looking bored as she tried to change the TV channel with the remote.

Less than two hours later I looked at my blog and there she was. Everything was just as it should be – except my viewer counter had jumped by about 20 odd since I last looked.

Now 20’s not a large number in internet terms, but bearing in mind that the number you see to the right of this post is, as I write, in the low 80s – and represents the total number of visitors to this site ever – then it makes you wonder.

This is a new blog – I don’t have much of an audience for it, and am not quickly drumming up viewers – my previous peak came for obvious reasons when I cross posted a blog entry on Labour List.

But yesterday – I did nothing – no links no tweets no references on Facebook – just 20 viewers in two hours to look at a picture of my wife, that nobody other then me and her, knew was there.

There must be a lesson to be learned here but I’m sure I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it is that the numbers of readers I’ve had so far have been so low as to be indistinguishable from random chance.

Time will tell. Keep reading !

(I’ve deleted the picture by the way)

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A first for me – mobile blogging !

This blog is posted from Euston Station on my iPhone. Because I can.

— Post From My iPhone

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

“Summer in the City”, or “Why I can’t think of anything to blog about !”

Well here I am with a Saturday night with everyone else watching Saturday night clap trap or in bed already. Perfect blogging environment right ? Except I can’t think of anything to blog about.

Is it because it’s High Summer ? I experienced the sheer joy last night of a couple of drinks in a pub in central London on a hot Summer’s early evening, and can honestly say that it’s a city that compares favourably with the coolest and most fashionable places on the planet.

Coming back home and reading a few political blogs, I honestly can’t believe how some of the trolls on some of the websites can be bothered getting so angry – what miserable lives some of them must have.

And I certainly can’t be bothered getting angry. I tried drafting something on the pros and cons of moderating comments on political websites – but then thought – “Oh what the hell, it’s nice weather – let them moan a bit”, and stopped.

A couple of days ago I got a bit worked up about the new Education white paper, but then I thought – it’s just the usual headline grabbing stuff – the reality will be much more workable and sensible – and stopped my blog.

So I guess that’s bloggers block – or maybe just that sometimes nice weather makes people feel happy enough not to have blog about things.

That’s me done then. Off to get a cold Diet Coke from the fridge.

I’ll be back to sort out the evils of the world next week (if it rains)

July 4, 2009 Posted by | politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment


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