January 31, 2003

Last One to Leave....

... please turn out the lights.

T'was a historical day for Fragments yesterday. Not one comment, not one email pertaining to a weblog entry. Nada. Zip. First time ever.

Yes, I think I have finally run off everybody but the one poor schuck who came here this morning Google-searching for "collard greens chicken manure". First, during the past week, it was the endless sequence about wood and stoves and creosote and blah blah blah. Of course that topic was germane to oh, one out of 200 Fragments readers who come from places like Los Angeles, Tallahasee, and Kuala Lampur. Then today the death-blow... with a couple of entries in praise of Pond Scum. I think I just heard the door slam behind the last Fragments visitor. Oh well. It's been real.

Then, as I teeter on the brink of despondent melancholy, a glimmer of encouragement. Out of the ashes... The last Carnival of the Vanities entry brought in the same number of visitors as I got comments yesterday. None. And then I go and read that Chaz Hill's entry had 150 readers!. So vegetables aren't a hot current topic in these days of pre-bellicosity. Then today I hear from Bill Peschel. Bill has undertaken to create on Planet Peschel the "Best Internet Essays of 2003". And, the Vegetable Shop of Horrors piece about Aparagus is included as the chosen essay for January 30! Other essays for the month are in the drop-down at the top of the main page. Bookmark this "best" list and come back regularly.

Meanwhile, your momma's shoes have aiglets, and all her children were born nekkid! (I have decided to be more inflammatory, confrontational and in-your-face as a way to win back lost readers. You don't like it, send me an email or comment. Grrrrr!)

Posted by fred1st at January 31, 2003 02:32 PM | TrackBack

Nah, don't worry about it. I'm sporadic at best. I love to read your writing...I just don't always have time for it. Feh. I wish I did. It brings back memories of living in the country with open, honest, friendly people. Not that there aren't those types here. They're just different than country-folk.

I don't get a lot of traffic, either. Probably less than you. But it's okay. I'll just keep doing what I love & hope the traffic comes eventually. You do the same. :)

Posted by: Cyberangel at January 31, 2003 03:23 PM

It happens to the best of us... oh, wait... that's a normal day for me.

Oh yea, well you're mamma was a washing machine!!

Posted by: Jim S at January 31, 2003 03:30 PM

Comments on yesterday, posted today, don't count? Are you not being a bit premature, Fred. After all, why have a blog if only the top posting on the day of posting counts in your ego assessments? You could just have a web page.

BTW, I was here today.

And, oh yes, more people have time to write stuff that noone has time to read--and somedays it's your turn to not be read. But it's the wwriting that's important.

OR--if a blogger made a posting that noone ever read, does that mean he/she didn't write anything worthwhile? You can't say yes until you check out all the blogs out there, and then, poof!, your evidence is gone.


Posted by: Con at January 31, 2003 03:30 PM

In all honesty, I am more surprised on those days when visitors DO come, and more or less consistently for some weeks or more. The GAPS in readership seems more likely to be what one would expect, given the vast number of weblogs and other places to spend time on the net. THere is the tendency to see a relationship between that weekly curve and one's 'worth' as a web resident. But as you have said and I always know, even when I whine, it's about the writing and sure 'nuff, it will go on, regardless of the peaks and troughs. I had a ball, btw, writing about the pond scummy stuff!

Posted by: fredf at January 31, 2003 03:43 PM

Fred: Confrontational and Fragments just don't quite go together. You confronting wasps, wrestling ideas, or facing wood to split do though. Grrrrrrr! right back at ya. Blog on!

Posted by: Bene Diction at January 31, 2003 04:34 PM

Fred, I have lunch w/ Fragments most every day of the work week. Not much of one for talking back. Thanks for staying in there and keeping it up.
BTW: still waiting for the lessons learned about creosote.

Posted by: Jack at January 31, 2003 04:52 PM

Heck Fred, I've gone weeks without a comment on ODonnellWeb. I originally started it thinking my brother and maybe 3 or 4 friends would visit occasionally. I'm still amazed that about 125 people a day find their way there. They don't comment much so I have no idea why many of them come. Actually, I do, but a family blog is no place for some of the stuff I find in my referrer log.

Posted by: Chris at January 31, 2003 04:55 PM

Oh, yeah? Well underneath her clothes, your Mamma is buck Naked!! ;-)

Posted by: Dave at January 31, 2003 05:21 PM

Aw, honey! Here's a comment just for you...

At last you have TIME to blog. I'm feeling pretty attenuated at the moment.

Posted by: Pascale Soleil at January 31, 2003 08:26 PM

Well, Fred, mighty nice trollin' if'n I do say so myself :)

Just wanted to say, "Hey". That's all, just "Hey"

Take care, buddy...

Posted by: Wylie at January 31, 2003 11:23 PM

Like your stuff. Still waiting for the final chapter
of the wood fire and creosote saga. What did you learn?

Posted by: davidstl at February 1, 2003 03:18 AM

I should point out that I had two Carnival items this past week, and they weren't listed next to each other; it's entirely possible that 75 people came by twice, rather than 150 once.

And if it's any consolation, I've had Carnival entries that drew fewer than ten. Since my writing talent is constant - constantly meager - I have to assume that the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune are still busily at work behind the scenes.

Posted by: CGHill at February 1, 2003 07:47 PM

Well I was gonna comment on the Water Bear piece but I dozed off.

Just kidding...I read everyday...things are not quite as calm in my little corner of the world as yours...where time is had to peer down 'scopes and muck about in ponds.

Posted by: feste at February 1, 2003 11:38 PM

Fred, I drop by every day, even if I don't comment. You're a joy to read.

And we're hosting the Carnival in March! I'll be bugging you for an entry.

Posted by: Jane at February 3, 2003 12:17 AM

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