LAF FAQ 2013

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?

Cheers!

Cheers!

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.

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Doug Richards is a reporter at WXIA-TV. This is his personal blog. WXIA-TV has nothing whatsoever to do with this blog, under any circumstances, in any form. For anything written herein, Doug accepts sole credit and full blame. Follow him on Twitter: @richardsdoug. All rights reserved. Thanks for visiting.

15 thoughts on “LAF FAQ 2013

  1. Jim Grey

    Longtime viewer, first-time caller, or something like that. Just letting you know I appreciate the work you’re putting in here even if I seldom have something to say. I’m neither in TV news nor in Atlanta — I have nothing intelligent to say about either topic, and so I lurk.

    I’ve noticed a decline in commenting on my own blog over the past 12-24 months. You may be on to something there with the Facebook thoughts.

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  2. jaye watson

    I wish you would post more. I understand why. So why not get rolling with that Geriatric Dad blog — you being old and creaky with two babies two and under is very entertaining to me.

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  3. JimmyD

    Don’t worry about the-no comments thing, I ̶O̶f̶t̶e̶n̶ find that I just don’t have time to weigh in. It doesn’t mean for a second that I don’t value your insight, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. You and Stewart Pittman are two blogs that I look forward to.

    FWIW, I once worked at a suburban radio station here and was pretty much positive that no one was listening-ever. I even failed to give out front row concert tickets to Confederate Railroad, back when they were huge. Not only did my “third caller” not take the tickets she’d won, she was actually calling to give back the tickets she’d won that morning. Yep, I actually took back tickets, it was that bad.

    A week later, I had a lady called who said she needed help. Her elderly sister lived in ATL, but had three grown children who she hadn’t had contact with in decades after a divorce. She (the mother) was gravely ill, and wanted to see her kids. They lived here, but she couldn’t find them. All she had were their names.

    I told her I’d see what I could do. During my next break, I gave the names out, and explained that there as a family situation, and that I needed to hear from these three immediately. I did stress the importance, and told them not to think someone else would do it, that they needed to call these people if they knew them.

    Both daughters had called me within 10 minutes. The son took longer. He said he had to wait on friends to quit calling him so he could dial out to call the radio station. I explained the situation to them, and gave them the aunts number. Told ’em it was up to them whether they called her or not.

    I got a thank you note from them later. Mom had lived another 8 months, and had reunited with the kids and met her grandchildren.

    Answered my question as to whether anyone was out there, for sure.
    I just had to hit on something where they knew they needed to be involved.

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  4. Allison

    I read your blog semi-regularly and have for years. I’ve never commented because I figured you were secure enough to know you’re hilarious and clever without a stranger telling you that.

    For what it’s worth, I write a blog that almost no one reads, or at least that’s what I thought. I forgot that I’d given the address to a colleague some time ago and she came over to talk to me after about a week of rambling, incoherent posts about the fact that my dog died. She recommended grief counseling.

    All that to say, we’re reading. Keep writing. Attention whore.

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  5. Anonymous

    I enjoyed your blog a lot more when you were unemployed. But even now it is pretty solid. Please don’t stop.

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  6. Alison

    Not to take anything away from your sardonic, perceptive and always entertaining powers of observation, but I also read your blog because my husband works in TV news (OK, your station) and he never talks about it (“How was your day?” “Just another day.”). So this is my vicarious insight into his world.Thank you!

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  7. Burke Brennan

    If its comments you seek, you could give out prizes or something. I read you all the time. I rarely comment because I prefer to use my real name.

    Now what is going on with the Suspicious Package franchise?

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  8. Bill Hartman

    I read it all the time. It is a link to my former life. I still contend that commenters should use their real name. I also understand job>blog.

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  9. Stephany Fisher

    Hi Doug.
    I have enjoyed your blog for years, except the Cult of Dagmar entry. What a ride that was. Anyway, I was a proud member of your blogroll for a long time but see I’ve been cut. If anyone cares to check it out I try to blog weekly and not just about news stories but that oh so interesting real life crap. Check me out http://stephanyfisher46.wordpress.com/

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  10. live apt fire Post author

    Stephany’s blog has returned to the blogroll to the right under “Atlanta TV blogs.” I promise, I clicked it before I deleted it and thought I saw nothing. Obviously, I was wrong. Stephany is quite prolific. Check her out.

    Here’s a post she wrote about stories she’s tired of reporting. It’s my kind of post:
    http://stephanyfisher46.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/news-story-saturation/

    Here’s a post about news anchors as “the full stop diva.”
    http://stephanyfisher46.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/the-anchor/

    And thanks for the encouragement. Love me some reader commentary.

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