My recent post on Buck Owens just highlighted an issue I’m having with my blog readers. I Twittered about that Buck Owens post and the Tweet connected automatically to my Facebook page. Almost immediately dozens of readers showed up — most from metropolitan areas — and, according to my Secret Squirrel traffic detecting software, stayed on that post long enough to read the whole thing. But nobody commented. Hey, I know this was a tough one. Yeah, you are all City Sophisticates and you don’t want to admit that you’ve ever listened to Country Music. Let alone that you actually watched Hee-Haw when you were kids. And, admit it, you LIKED IT.
Okay, okay, I get it. You are all deep undercover when it comes to Cowboy and Country Music. You have to pull the covers over your head and pretend that I’m not TALKING TO YOU. But I still need to address a major problem here. Why do so many of you come to my site, spend enough time to read two or three posts, then send your comments to me via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or private email? Listen, there’s a feature in the comments section that lets you comment anonymously. Or you can do what one of my creative British friends does. Create a fake identity and comment as that person. He’s assumed the identity of the arrogant popinjay from Wife Swap and posts obnoxious comments as Stephen Fowler. I know who he is, again through my Secret Squirrel Blog Visitor Detecting Software, but I’ll never tell. Your secret identity is safe with me.
What I’m saying here is that I only get readership credit for people who actually comment HERE. And at my current Google AdSense earnings of about $3.25 a month, well, that’s not even going to keep me in Mochas. And God knows, I need lots of caffeine to keep up this punishing blogging schedule.
So if you like the stuff I throw out here. And let’s face it, where else can you go online and read about Giant Sequoias on Monday, Faberge eggs on Tuesday and Buck Owens on Wednesday. It really takes a lot of thought to be this random and off the wall. So let’s hear it, folks. Let’s really hear it. If you liked the post, or didn’t like the post, or even just showed up, give me a little Comment Luv here.
Remember (and I just can’t help myself from rerunning this picture whenever possible):
ON THE INTERWEBS, NO ONE KNOWS YOU’RE A DOG!
OMG- I am now motivated to post comments. Being a fellow caffeine-focused individual, I value the bizarre connection you have made between blogs and the need to fund lattes.
Your gift for writing will keep me coming back. Can you email mail me some of the latte and I will focus on commenting?
This is the first time I’ve read your blog (found it via my friend Gary who linked here). I hereby solemnly swear to leave a comment each time I visit.
By God, I’d better comment! Excellent post. I’ll be commenting in the future as Jack Donaghy so program that into your secret squirrel.
Ok! OK! I check for new postings on your blog every day..sorry I’ve been quiet! I DO enjoy your writing so I promise to comment more often.
Hey, thanks for your support. But I’m still waiting for the brave and HONEST soul who will come out as a Buck Owens Fan.
That would be me. I will say it right out loud. I am a Buck Owens fan. I adored HeeHaw. I saw Lulu live in concert! I ran into your blog a couple weeks ago for the first time. I enjoy your blog and have subscribed. Thanks. First time comment.
Wow! An acknowledged Buck Owens AND Hee-Haw fan (by the way Hee-Haw runs nightly on a strange little channel called the RFD Channel). Those are some Country Cajones.
I hear you Lisa. I made a whopping .03 cents on my blog today. It can be very frustrating! I will try to give more comment love in the future!
I love Buck Owens. I love the Bakersfield sound. I love Dwight Yoakum (until he takes his hat off). My horse Hank would have been named Buck had I not feared a self-fulfilling prophecy. There. Is that enough for you?
I’m here, I’m commenting, and I like country music. What more could you ask for?
And how are you and Janna making money off your blogs? No fair. I think I need to pay my readers to stick around. I don’t think they will pay me.
Came here from Chaz’s place – hey, I’m not shy – I’ll comment and bring your stats up!
re: Hee Haw – I always got the vibe that Buck was the less talented straight man and Roy Clark was the Country God. I had to get older to see that wasn’t necessarily the case.
Well, Tina, if by “making money” you are referring to the combined earnings of Google Adsense and the Amazon Referral program that I’ve dutifully placed on my site, well… They net me less than $3.50 a month. And neither will pay up yet because they have policies not to pay out until your earnings reach $100. I’d do better to raffle off one of the dogs.
Oh, goodness I don’t have ads on my blog, so I didn’t know that it was connected to comments. I am truly new at the blogging world. I have only been blogging for about 8 months and I am learning more and more. I just got on Twitter a few weeks ago. My children do not want me on Facebook. The most I ever did on the computer was email and some Internet searching. Anyways, I visit you quite frequently, I follow you and check probably everytime you have a new post but I’m not sure if I always comment. Now, I know. Thanks for enlightening me. I do so enjoy your blog!
As I understand it, the ad revenue isn’t tied to comments, per se. But your Google Page Rank is. And the higher eschelon ad media placement groups pay close attention to that. But given that I am still only sporting the bottom of the barrel ads (Google Adsense and Amazon partners), this is all pie in the sky right now. Just laying the groundwork.
Hi Lisa, I just checked in at Chuck’s and saw your excellent comments…but sadly, I don’t really see that project getting better any time soon. It’s a pity because I think it had a lot of potential. But anyway, I’m glad to have met a few people there and been turned on to some new blogs. I guess I’m not out much.
Enjoying the read, here.
Oops. Um, I mean…
Martha Martha Martha
I know that coffee I can almost smell it from here
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Okay, I’ll admit I do a lot of lurking around folks’ blogs, Flickr photo pages, cruise boards…. But I don’t post comments very often. And yours IS the first one I check each day! I could do GREAT THINGS (like blog) if I weren’t so busy doing small things (like working). Oh, and “on the internet, no one knows you’re a dog!” – from a cartoon I saw several years ago. Love the terriers – they are what brought us to your blog in the first place!
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