Randomness at “At Random”

30 04 2007

WordPress, the people behind the software that runs this blog and hundreds of thousands of others, have added yet another cool feature – this time it’s one for readers, not for owners.

To read a random post from this blog (or any other WordPress blog), just type ?random at the end of the URL. For example, https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/?random

I’d forgotten I’d even written some of these!

Wondering who you all are…

21 04 2007

I’ve been writing my blog for just over a year now, and in that time I’ve written over 200 posts.

The thing that fascinates me most, though, is who my readers are. I know some of you: Suzanne in Tasmania, Char in Massachusetts, Craig from Melbourne now in Seattle, Karen in Denmark, TFP in Western Australia, Whitney in Connecticut… But who are the rest of you? I average between 20 and 50 hits a day on my blog, but less than one comment a day, so somebody is reading something as I’ve had over 5000 hits since I started last March (2006). And some of you are reading regularly as I average between 10 and 20 feed readers per day too.

Now, some of those hits can be explained by the randomness of people finding me via search engines when they are looking for the “best blueberry muffin recipe” (that post alone is my ‘top performer’, with nearly 2000 hits as at this morning). But not all.

So who are you, my regular (and not so regular) readers? Curious minds want to know…


Diving in at the deep end…

28 03 2006

OK, I've decided to take the plunge and set up a blog. Everyone else seems to be doing it, and as we're leaving on a 5 week overseas trip on Saturday, it seemed like the ideal opportunity. Usually when I travel I jot down notes about places, people, quirky things, etc. on scraps of paper or in an electronic document, but never seem to get them out later for anyone else to read – sometimes I don't even re-read them myself!

So this is the start… I've called the site "At Random" because I have no intention of trying to write something every day. The novelty may wear off very quickly, and I don't want to disappoint anyone – least of all myself. No point setting a goal that's so unrealistic that it's unattainable. That's not to say don't set high goals; just temper them with a reality check of what is REALLY do-able.

Oh, and the red pen at the top? It was a standard template on WordPress' site, but as I get paid to edit as well as write, it seemed appropriate. (And I just realised that it will fit with Gretchen's theme of "The Year in Red"!)