8/09/2013

Blog Update




It's been quite a while since I did an update on this blog.  Seems like at least a couple of years or so.  Anyway, I do this from time to time to give updates about the blog, about me and so forth.  I think in my last update, I discussed  the amount of spam I was getting.  I am happy to report spam has died down quite a bit.  I attribute that to two things;  a downgrade from PR3 to PR1 and comment moderation.  The loss of Page Rank is not surprising.  After I went from a sub-domain (davidsmusingsthoughts.blogspot.com) to my present domain name (davidsmusings.com), I expected my PR to go down to "0."  Google did not disappoint.  I am presently at PR1.  What surprises me is that I have been at PR1 for about 8 months now.  When I first started this blog, I went from PR0 to PR3 in about 3 or 4 months.  It appears that Google is being more and more picky with Page Rank.  Regardless, people don't seem to want to drop their spam comments here as much as they once did due to my loss of Page Rank.  That's both a blessing and disappointment.  I now hold all comments in moderation.  At one time, I did not moderate comments on posts that were two weeks old or older.  The spammers soon saw through that tactic.  So, now, I hold all comments on all posts (regardless of age) in moderation.  Usually, spammers will make an innocuous comment such as "great post, can I learn more information, did you research this topic, blah, blah, blah."  Of course, they always leave a link to a for-profit company which I forbid (as indicated in comment notifications).

So, despite this blog being downgraded to a PR1 for such a long time, my traffic does seem to be picking up.  I attribute some of that to my posts on interesting subjects, such as in "Dark Day in New England, Summers at Grandma's House," and so on.  I've also given thought to changing the template after so long a time.  I don't really like changing templates as so many blog owners are prone to do.  This one has served me well.  But, it is really difficult to find a good 3-column template for a blog these days. Heck, it seems that there are fewer and fewer real bloggers these days.  But, as long as I have something to say, I will continue to blog.  With that thought, my next subject....

As I mentioned previously, my ex-wife and I are on the road to reconciliation.  I intend to spend more and more time with her.  She lives about six hours away.  I'll be living with her for weeks at a time.  This means less time devoted to this blog.  Right now, I try to post twice a week (Monday and Friday).  That may drop to once a week.  I may even go weeks without blogging.  I'm not sure right now. It depends on how much time I can devote to this endeavor.  In any case, this blog will remain open for business.  I don't plan on leaving it like I did about two years ago.  I've put too much time and effort in this blog then to just abandon it.  I'll find time to blog about something once in a while.  I can't let go of my "old friend."  As always, if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, criticisms, please don't hesitate to contact me at the email link above my profile.


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