Previously on Equinoxio: why on Earth do we blog? (Reflections in a blogger’s eye**)
Now back to the original objective. As I mentioned, I wanted some “distribution” for my writing. How have I fared? Having worked in Marketing and Market research for most of my professional life, I do take a hard look at my stats. The following graph illustrates the accumulated number of views of the main categories I post on:
Oh. I have a travel blog. Are you serious? I’m a (wannabe) writer! Well, sort of a travel blog. I have slowly developed those posts because a) they’re more visual. Ain’t not many folks readin’ no more. b) I have pleeeenty of photography material from my travels. c) they’re relatively short to “write”. An hour, hour and a half or so.
Additionally the “travel” category (As I define it) includes “Paris Time Patrol” where I mix old ’64 Paris photos with some of my own, and those are fun posts to write.
“Auto-tamponneuses.” Paris 1964. For credits go to any Paris Time Patrol post.
One the highest-ranking posts in the Travel category is “Je reviens”, a mix between lyrics of an old French song (complete with English translation) and pix of Chile by Daughter #2. (Hmmm. Not even my pix…) 🙂
Chile 2016, (c)ourtesy Gini.
Looking at the stats on Travel, I realize there are only few posts on Africa. I will work on that. “Smiles from Africa” is actually the post with most views in the travel category. Not my pictures either… 🙂 Maybe I should become an editor? Or publish a book on street art?
INDOCHINA is the second next category in terms of views. A really amazing result. Only six posts based on an old photo album from the beginning of the 20th century. It has generated massive – and silent – traffic from Cambodia and Vietnam. 3 years after the first posts it still generates traffic. And I can proudly say that I am on the very first page of Google’s search results on “ancient Indochina”. Insight: I will scout the flea markets in Paris this summer for old photo albums. Vintage, time and travel make a good combination. Right, Scotty?
This is my single most visited post, over 1200 times:
Pot-Pourri is the third viewed category. The concept came to me as I was looking at some competitors’ blogs. (Friends’ blogs I mean). It seems to me that more than ten photos on the same subject may make the reader wary. So, I mix places and times drawing on my own and my family archives. For scope: I have pictures of my great-grandmother as a child back in India, mid 19th century (to be posted). The resulting effect feels nice: jumping around in time and space keeps the reader alert. I hope. What say you? Pot-pourris are also great posts to write. Fun. Did I mention Fun as one of blogging’s rewards? If you’re not having FUN posting, forget about it.
The winner in the Pot-pourri category is: Number 19. (Why? Beats me)
Writing? Writing? Writing? Well, much to my dismay, my writing, and non-fiction at that, is ranked 5. Those posts are mostly “political” in nature: protest against the hapless killings in Europe and elsewhere by self-inspired morons, or Brexit – the world class stupidity of the 21st century, or the recent French elections, or family photos from 1916, during WWI. I am very pleased to say that the most visited post in the non-fiction category is “Who are those children?”
This post was about a project led by my former High School buddies at the French Lycée in Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia. A simple project: one school. No toilets to speak of, no drinking water. They launched a crowd funding, collected the money and gave those kids decent toilets AND drinking water. A great project. See the above picture: as simple as opening the water tap.
FICTION. At long last, some views for my fiction. English fiction. Where I also include “dramatized” bits and pieces from an exotic childhood. It amounts to only 34% of my Travel views. Now, to be fair, it is easier and faster to post on travel than to write even a short story. The winner in English fiction category is “A night in Penang”. The second story inspired by my friend Tiffany Choong’s charming, delightful sketches. Do visit her at Bulanlifestyle:
And the link to “A night in Penang” is here:
A night in Penang is one of my favourite stories, particularly because it is the result of collaboration between two bloggers. Without Tiffany’s drawings there would be no story. Another thing I have learned about blogging: It is easy to initiate joint projects. And rewarding.
Tony the tiger (c)courtesy Tiffany Choong at BulanLifeStyle
SPANISH FICTION. That is a sorry category for me. After all it’s where I began: writing. And writing in Spanish at that. Views for Spanish Fiction are below re-blogs – which really don’t work – and barely above a few “Tributes” here and there – including one tribute to beloved Leonard Cohen. Obviously Spanish fiction is not working. True, this blog is mainly in English. The US alone accounts for 28% of views; add Europe, 38%, and Asia, 20%, I would suspect my readership is 90% English-speakers. So what should I do? Translate my 20-something Spanish short stories into English? That would be a bore. Basically amounts to writing them again. Or post them in Spanish, and let you guys stumble through Google translate? What do you think? Pray speak out. 🙂
Regardless, there is one story in Spanish that has worked reasonably well: Amate. A story of love and obsession in central Mexico:
Traditional painting on bark (amate) BMO’s private collection.
WHAT FUTURE? I have mentioned before – in “Au revoir” – that it might be difficult for me to keep posting on “mundane” subjects. Travel would be one. Not to say that I don’t enjoy producing this type of post, and I might just as well do it again. That or “Pot-pourri” which I find very pleasant. But. But. Something is nagging at me. Two or three different topics are calling my attention:
- I have a novel in the works. About 60% completed. Should I take the time (out of blogging) to finish it? But then it is in Spanish! And it has to be in Spanish, because the action is set in Latin America. I have at least half a dozen short stories in English, all wrapped up in my head, only waiting to be written… And to mess up things further, I have another novel, also written in my head, which I could probably write on paper in a few weeks or months… But it is in French! Help me out there. Any suggestion? I just thought about writing a schedule. An A4 calendar sheet. And place the stories to write in a time-line. Or should I do another blog? In Spanish? This multicultural thing is not really working. For blogs or anything… What do you think? Has anyone experience in running several blogs at the same time?
- Non-fiction. Two projects. One is to redo an exercise I completed a few years ago on factors for development. Yes, Development. A long way from my usual stuff. It is fairly easy to access international data on all 200+ countries in the world and start looking for correlations. Build a model. And believe me the results are startling. Only two or three major variables really correlate with development. One of them? Corruption. Or the absence thereof. Last time I did the exercise it took me 3 months… Given the current sorry state of Excell graphs, it might take me another 5-6 months to re-do the exercise… I need an assistant. 🙂 Any graduate student across the world want to help me out? 😉
Two: the other non-fiction project is to analyse one country, France, and identify strategic avenues for the country’s next five or ten years. Methodology is relatively easy. And, above all, can eventually be applied to any country. Time: another 3 months maybe? But then again, what language? French or English? And the question remains, is Equinoxio the right media? Should I open another blog? That is a lot of blogs to handle… An English, a Spanish and a French blog? 😦
What do y’all think? Any suggestion?
To complicate things further, the Captain and crew are flying to Paris on Saturday. Past history shows that it is practically impossible to travel and post at the same time. (At least for me).
Have a lovely summer. (* to Carson McCullers again)
From Mexico’s Catarina and the Chronicles of the Demon Bird:
To the Café de Flore:
Jean-Loup Sieff, c.1970.