Why are you still writing your blog?
Sheer stubbornness, best I can tell. I get about 200 clicks per day these days, down considerably from LAF’s head-cracking heyday of about 600-800 clicks per day. Back then, I tended to write daily posts. Now I only post weekly. Added up, I figure each post gets about a thousand eyeballs. That, and I get just enough positive feedback on the street — from people who recognize me as a blogger primarily, and only secondarily as a TV reporter — that I feel some loyalty to those folks who have hung in there with LAF. And by the way, thank you.
Why so few comments on your posts?
This distresses me a bit. In 2013, I’ve written a few posts that ought to have buzzed with reader commentary, but got almost nothing. I attribute it to comment exhaustion. Specifically, I blame Facebook, a wildly popular site in which “friends” comment on each other’s witticisms 24/7. Readers who ought to be commenting on LAF are all commented-out.
Which is too bad. I’ve had some damn good commenters on this site. On the occasions I stray into controversial territory, some commenters will pipe back up. But that’s only because I’ve given them something to talk about that they aren’t seeing on Facebook.
Why isn’t your blog more interesting?
I have a strong self-preservation instinct. The math is easy here: Job > blog.
What happened to your blogroll?
The blogroll is the list of blogs on the right side of this page. Under “Atlanta TV Blogs,” I had a big ol’ list of blogs written by Atlanta TV folk. A few weeks ago, I actually clicked on those sites, and most of them went to a “404” page, meaning the site no longer existed. Oddly enough, one of the most interesting sites is a leftover from an Atlanta reporter who has left town.
Writing a blog eats up valuable time. Even this guy has stopped posting stuff daily, which I hope means he’s writing a book.
On the other hand, newbies emerge periodically. They too will get fatigued, and question their devotion to writing for free on the internet.
Anything interesting in your blog analytics?
WordPress gives me a stat called “search terms,” in which words typed into a search engine result in clicks on my blog. Over the last year, the most searched term (excluding “live apartment fire” and “liveapartmentfire”) is “warren savage” the former WSB morning anchor. Go figure.
After that is “dolly hearn crime scene photos,” which is fucked up. I wrote about her in a first amendment context. I guess weirdos are searching in the same spirit.
After that is “wendy saltzman,” “joanne feldman,” “suchita vadlamani” and “bruce erion.” Saltzman is probably getting a lot of traffic from her new fans in Philadelphia. Feldman does fine work as a WAGA meteorologist. Vadlamani is a former WAGA anchor described online now as an Atlanta “socialite.” Erion, the former WXIA Skycam cowboy, is flying helicopter ambulances.
In other words, if you’re searching for bygone era info about Atlanta news, you’re searching the right site.
Why is that tiny unexplained photo on this post?
It’s my family, and it’s to lure you into reading Jaye Watson’s entertaining rant about silly white-shirt family photos taken at the beach.
And again, thanks for clicking on LAF.