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Reviewing the Review

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2011 by davegerry

The good people at WordPress just sent me a year-end synopsis of how this blog did in 2010. You’ll find it below..exactly as it appeared in my email..without benefit (or blemish) of revision. I don’t know if they’re trying to flatter me but ,apparently, I got a ‘ Wow ‘ on the traffic meter…even though, at 25,000 views, this is a but a drop in the blogosphere bucket for some sites. Perhaps, it ain’t bad, though, for a grizzled scribe in a bathrobe.

I’d like to thank the other sites that helped steer people my way. They’re listed below too. And it looks like I need to kiss the hands of at least three women whose profiles also helped channel people (much like a flume in a fish ladder) toward my writing. A lot of people viewed my missive on the marvellous Tracey Bell..or maybe it was just dozens and dozens of the gifted Vancouver mimic’s alter egos who logged on. Who knows? Many people wanted to know about Calgary television News anchor Jocelyn Laidlaw’s new baby and somehow their search brought them here. Still others wanted information on another broadcast buddy of mine, Simi Sara. I now don’t need to ask either of these women if something has happened in their lives because if it has…I see a bump on my blog. You know there was a time when I would have jumped all over that last line.

Thanks for reading. Dave


The 100 Posts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by davegerry

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One of the more interesting things about writing a blog like this is that you get a fairly detailed statistical breakdown of what people read. I am closing in on the 100th post since I started Manic Tapas last September. I think that’s a healthy number given the fact that I can often be the human equivalent of a three-toed sloth. A few of you may have read every single one of those 100 posts. God bless your little pea-pickin’ hearts! I wish I could give you a cookie or something. Even my wife isn’t that loyal.

Do you know which of those 100 topics has been read most frequently? Of course you don’t, but I do. Of all the scintillating titles I’ve put up here it’s Nylon, Pantyhose and Horses that has had the most views. Nylon, Pantyhose and Horses is my account of an 85 mile cattle-drive that took me from Ashcroft to Kamloops, British Columbia way back in 1992. It remains the single most painful and rewarding documentary experience in my close to 35 years of producing television.

Why is this my most popular read? Part of the hook, of course, is in the title. People who are looking for information on the subjects of nylon, pantyhose and horses all got here from different routes. They probably Googled each of those terms and it led them here. Some simply stayed and read what I wrote. Others must have been terribly disappointed. There really isn’t much info on horses. There’s even less on the development of nylon.  And if you got here by exploring the topic of pantyhose…well, let’s just say, you could have had any number of motives.

What is clear is that there is a tremendous interest in the wild west lifestyle. I know that because WordPress also tells me which other search engine terms have landed people on this blog. A very high number of those searches involved cowboys and cowgirls, boots , mules , John Wayne…you name it.

So, apparently, if you want to start writing and have people pay attention to what you write you can do a lot worse than focusing on the subject of saddles. Just remember to throw some pantyhose in there, once in a while,  for good measure.

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