Friday, August 19, 2005

Less traffic= less satisfaction

Although it was great to see the Patriots lose tonight (I realize it's pre-season, but they still lost...and to a sorry team, at that -sorry, Matt-), I'm still disheartened by a lack of visits to my site, something that's evident when I check my counter hits and my comments. I feel discouraged by the recent turnout, mostly because I think the whole of StarWarsGeekDom doesn't understand my message, or is misinterpreting it.

I realize that I am new here, but I've made a REAL effort to keep up with, and comment on as many of your blogs as possible. In fact, I've spent so much time on said activities, that my wife is now leaving me for another man, one who, in her OWN words, doesn't blog SW! At the same time, I'm hurt and I'm elated. And Yet, I don't feel I get through to my own brethren!

Perhaps I'm nothing more than a mere accident; a freak coincidence of the mal-adjusted arm of fate. This same arm led me here, I thought, a very short time ago. But because I, like so many other shallow and "gifted" writers of years gone past, have experienced this same type of 'Peer rejection', I should probably stand fast and face the wrath of the unbelieving masses, those who desire not understanding, but exclusion. My heart sinks into my torso like an Olympic shot-put at the thought of not belonging here. Sadistic, the next few days will be...Hard to control, my bowels already are.

Tired, I have grown. Tired, baby...tired (Carlito's Way, 1993).

Lars- out, I guess.


Blogger Master Yoda said...

Wow. I keep up with your blog. I don't comment that much, maybe I should. I don't comment that much in many of the blogs I visit.

It's a great blog. It's edgy. It pushes the envelope. It contains strong writing and great character development.

If you want traffic, what you should do is go into various forums and tell people about it (without appearing to spam). Try joining and posting in 3 message boards a night for a couple of weeks.

August 19, 2005 2:17 AM  
Blogger Chancellor Palpatine said...

Did your wife really leave you, or are you just messing with us. If she did, then I suggest you find a new hobby other than blogging.

In any case, I too have been reading your blog, and it is pretty good. I use a program called Awusu that can subscribe to the RSS feed of a blog, and I am up to about 25 SW blogs to keep up with. Given that I am currently trying to find a new job, which takes about 6-8 hours of my time every day, there isn't much left for blogging, commenting, sleeping, etc. Heck, I haven't even updated my own blog in about a week!

August 19, 2005 8:08 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Javie - I read your blog regularly also... I am just usually at a loss for words to comment. ;-) Your writing is good and I think this is *exactly* where you "belong" - among the rest of us weirdos.

August 19, 2005 9:35 AM  
Blogger flu said...

I enjoy getting comments, too. Sometimes they really make the entry. So, I try to write posts that are conducive to comments. When I saw comments were slim, I began asking point-blank questions in my posts in the hope of getting more comments from answers alone....but that didn't work for me, either. I'm thinking it may be all about being persistent over the passage of time.

I hit your blog, as well as ALL the others down the SWU list, at LEAST twice a day. I comment wherever I am when I feel I have something light-hearted, entertaining and/or enjoyable (from my perspective) to add... but if I don't feel I can add anything for whatever reason, I'm not going to leave a token comment just for the sake of commenting. That's about like these spam comments that are going around.

You say, "Less traffic" in your title here...Did you used to have a bigger following and more traffic and more comments before than what you're getting now that you're a member on the unplugged site?

August 19, 2005 9:57 AM  
Blogger Captain Typho said...

I read everybody's blog, and I try to comment on everybody's blog, but I can't always think of something to say.

I know that it is upsetting to put effort into something and get little or no feedback, but I have noticed that most of us get 0-4 responses on a given post. You fall into that range, so you shouldn't feel that you're being slighted. Shaak-Ti was also upset about this.

Yoda's blog gets a lot more responses than the rest of our blogs, but 1) it's been around longer, 2) the posts are usually short, 3) the blog is updated at about the same time each day, and 4) Yoda is one of the most popular characters in the SW universe.

Jar Jar's blog is updated as consistently, is definitely funny, and gets a fraction of the comments Yoda's blog gets. He did get spammed like crazy the other day, though.

Another thought -- the blogs in this group that get the most responses are the ones that mention other characters. People get a kick out of being mentioned in other people’s blogs and they usually return the favor. Fluke, JJ and Qui-Gon mention each other all the time. And lemurs are mysteriously showing up in JJ’s and Aayla’s blogs. Hmm.

Last thought -- Owen is really far ahead in the timeline. As long as Owen's blog consistently stays that far in the future, Owen can't interact with most of the other characters and other people can't write him into their posts. Owen is also geographically isolated, which is a major problem.

August 19, 2005 10:14 AM  
Blogger JawaJuice said...

I agree a lot with the posts above. I check out everyone’s post at least once a day, if not more. With all the people we have that’s a lot. I’ll try to comment more often but I agree with Fluke in that I don’t want to just put down a generic comment. Most times, anyway. Sometimes it’s just hard to put down something funny…especially when the post itself is so freakin’ funny! …And still remain in character.
I love your blog. I love the sarcasm. I’m still reading your old posts too when I get the chance. (Almost caught up). There are just not enough hours in a day to read and create blogs.
Bill was right. We should all quit our school/job and become a wondering gypsy tribe of SW bloggers.

August 19, 2005 11:02 AM  
Blogger owenlars said...

You all make a lot of sense. Typho's right about the timeline and Owen being isolated and all.

No, my wife didn't leave me, Palps, I'm not THAT obsessed with all of this. Hey, you guys don't think that Owen Lars is the most beloved character in SW? Well maybe he should be.

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions. It it better when you receive comments, but I understand that one doesn't always have something to say.

My favorite explanation for this came from Padme: "I'm just usually at a loss for words to comment".



August 19, 2005 11:08 AM  
Blogger Master Yoda said...

I knew Javie must've been kidding about his wife. That seems to be exactly his sense of humor :0

August 19, 2005 1:24 PM  
Blogger Leia said...

You make it sound so convincing. Off to O's blog!

August 19, 2005 1:27 PM  
Blogger Grand Moff Tarkin said...

Buddy, buddy, buddy. If they only knew you and how you operate. I personally know that your wife left you years ago during a “time of discovery” for you, remember that? Now, we’ve been friends for over ten years, and,… you know what, who even cares what I was going to say? I’ll call you later, Javie. Go Saints.

August 19, 2005 11:03 PM  

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