I use the WordPress Plugin “Counterize” to track statistics of the blog: What brings me traffic? Which posts are popular? Which links get clicked?
Most fascinating are the search terms that lead people here. Self-promotion goes to shared spheres: Writers, Bloggers, Techies, Gamers. Search traffic comes from anywhere; people who’ve never heard of me Google a topic and read what I had to say.
It’s as intimidating as it is gratifying.
Today, this search caught my eye:
what is important …fame or wealth
That’s brought two visitors here, 3.08% of my search traffic.
I haven’t blogged explicitly about either fame or wealth. But if people are going to search it and land here, however rarely, I’ll help:
Fame and wealth are not important.
What? Jason, your blog is called LEGENDS of JRP. Aren’t you chasing fame and wealth?
Not exactly. Writing is not lucrative. A convention panelist confessed that selling two books and six short stories inside a year (which is impressive) net him approximately…$10k. Not luxurious. Read More →
As your constituent, I ask that you oppose SOPA (H.R. 3261) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). Otherwise, I cannot in good conscience support your bid for reelection.
As a writer, small business owner, videographer and blogger, the internet is critical to my success in those media and has been instrumental to my career. It allows me to reach my audience affordably and with minimal carbon footprint, and without fear of arbitrary censorship. Read More →
I recently sold another “GLHF”-themed shirt on Zazzle. That’s 8 so far, which is not bad considering I’ve done virtually no advertising or promotion.
Being rewarded for pure creativity. Imagine it.
The sale prompted me to wonder how easy it is to find my shirts; there are several where “GLHF” sets up a punchline.
I typed “GLHF shirt” (without quotes) into Google and was pleased to discover my products form the top 3 results. Awesome!
So now, if you have friends that play SC2 or other RTS games where “GLHF” is a common expression, instead of telling them “my friend Jason has a thing on zazzle if you go there and search open door and go to this store”, you can just say “Google GLFH shirt”.
Did I mention Christmas is soon?
Each Saturday, Jason spotlights one product or service he finds particularly useful or enjoyable; the kind of things that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everyone have this?”
Happy weekend! Got plans? Me too.
I’m going to do nothing. On purpose. You see, even working hard can be its own rut if you’re not careful.
Some of the nothing I like to do is watch something. Like a movie. A motion picture. A flick. A film. A feature presentation, if you will.
Since the mutual advents of high definition and Netflix streaming and home delivery, I actually prefer to watch at home. You can pause for restroom breaks or more popcorn, and watch in any state of dress.
If a movie is on your packed agenda for this week, there’s one I’d like to recommend, and easily contends among the top five of my all time favorites. Read More →
April Fool’s Day is a holiday which glorifies dishonesty. If you absolutely must mess with people today, I encourage you to play pranks in good taste rather than outright lie.
For example last year someone stole and hid the desk and chair from one of my coworkers. However, they left her computer and other working materials in place. I like the sort of prank which causes a lot of laughs, but no real harm.
That said, I have enjoyed many an April Fool’s Day joke, especially announcements by major companies, such as Blizzard’s preview of the bard class (a la guitar hero), Burger King’s left-handed Whoppers, NASA’s claim of water on Mars (a glass of water and a Mars candy bar), google’s pranks, wikipedia’s pranks, and so forth.
My friend Ben (getting married this July) played an awesome April Fool’s prank on me when he insisted (after months of excitement towards D&D and roleplaying in general) that he’d done some more research and found that playing D&D would offend his good Christian sensibilities. He’s way too good of a liar.
Pranks and tall tales which are fairly evident or quickly revealed are all part of the fun. Just make sure you aren’t saying or doing something dishonest which is truly hurtful. And remember that everyone draws that line differently.