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Traffic Jam (or how I learned to stop worrying and love blog hits)

August 1, 2007
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I’ve never written anything that’s been published by anyone, unless you count my 8th grade Honor’s English newspaper (which did not end well) and a letter to the editor of my local rag in the lead-up to the Iraq War (which may yet end similarly). So blogging is somewhat of an exercise in futility for me. The Drinking Bird was intended as a creative outlet about something I enjoy (birds) and a way for people back home in the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, who put up with me as a hot-shot young birder, to keep up with interesting things I see and whatnot. Whether or not this blog is succeeding on either of those fronts may still be up in the air, but 7 posts in I’ve gotten more attention than I expected because of some little ditty I wrote about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker (still extinct, by the way).

That post was linked to by a heavy trafficked blog about Ivory-bills that argues why they’re extinct or at least why the latest indications that they’re not are overstated at best and downright wrong at worst (it’s a blog I read regularly). So nearly everyone who reads that blog came right on over to read what I had to say on the topic. Imagine my surprise when, throughout the day, my little blog counter practically exploded with all the hits from all over the world. Although it’s likely an indication of the artificial importance of the internet (I can’t imagine why my opinion is any more valid than anyone else’s on this, I’m just some guy with a blog), I was flattered that anyone cared what I thought about the issue (extinct) and a little worried that I had embarrassed myself (as a good mid-westerner, my nature is to not make a big deal out of anything ever).

So if any of those people who came over liked what they saw and read any other part of this deal (indications are they did not) I’d like to extend a warm welcome. I’ll try to expand the mission of the blog to include my thoughts on birding issues and stuff and knowing that there is some regular traffic is probably the kind of thing I need to keep the content fresh. So lesson learned for those of you thinking of starting a blog, the key to traffic* (for one day only) is to write something about that woodpecker.

*Note: may not actually be key to traffic.

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