February 14, 2011
February 14, 2011
While in Greensboro North Carolina this past week, I heard AMiA plenary speaker Dr Leonard Sweet say that if you were born after 1973, you are the TGIF generation (not ‘Thank God it’s Friday, but Twitter, Google, IPhone, Facebook ). Those of us born before 1973 are immigrants to the TGIF world who face the challenge of learning a new language and a new culture. Are we willing to for the sake of the Good News? My father, who recently joined Facebook, is a shining example to me of someone who is not afraid to keep up technologically and to enter new worlds. When my dad became an electrical engineer in 1950, they were still using test-tubes for radio communication. Over sixty years later, my dad is still growing and learning. And so can you. It is never too late to innovate until they bury you in the ground.
One of the great features of the completely free http://wordpress.com is the finely tuned ‘site statistics’ counter. It measures daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly number of people visiting. You can easily see how many view each particular article. I discovered today that almost 20,000 people (the most yet in the first 1 & 1/2 years) visited http://edhird.wordpress.com in the month of January 2011. It has gradually built up from just 1,000 visiting in the month of August 2009. As well, last week when I was away at the AMiA Greensboro NC Winter Conference, almost 6,000 people visited my blog (the most in any week so far).
One of the reasons why my blog is getting so much traffic is that I have posted 285 articles that were previously written over the past 23 years for the Deep Cove Crier and the North Shore News. With each article, I add ‘tags’ which Google reads to help direct people to my site. I have added around 5,000 tags for the 285 articles, a simple feature with http://wordpress.com where you just add a word or phrase and click.
If you don’t have a http://wordpress.com blog yet, I encourage you to consider starting one today. You don’t need to be a techie. They have made blogging so simple that anyone can do it these days. See you online.