I have been trying to work out why my blog has been getting few hits of late. The last few months I’ve seen some hits when I’ve posted for a day or two which is to be expected but the periods between postings, where I used to see an average of about 20 hits per day has gone. Now I’m seeing many, many zero hit days and so I’ve thought to myself, maybe I need to get back to writing more regularly and about the topics that I used to when I first wrote here. If the only way I can get readers is to keep posting then that may have to be the new tactic from now. I’m not sure if the way Google indexes pages has changed recently, if you know please leave me a comment.
In looking at some of my more traditional topics to chat here about I came straight up with football. Football is a huge thing in my life. I spend a lot of my time online looking at the football; especially league one this season what with the mighty Wolverhampton Wanderers being in the mix there. I’m forever on soccer manager fiddling with my various teams on there, playing Sky’s Super Six and Talksports predictor, as well as the odd mess around with my Sky Fantasy team (but the fantasy team isn’t that important to me, I just have a go). So I’m sure I could find more to chat about here. Looking back at my old posts about Wolves I have noticed a theme, we were either beating teams we shouldn’t and so I was amazed or the team was sacking the manager and the board were giving me a reason to just whine. So far this season I’ve had little to moan about, our cup form has been crap and how Cassidy gets into the team at all is anyone’s guess, but overall I’ve not had much to say about it. I’ve spent a lot of time sitting back and reading the constant moaning from some Wolves fans who call for Kenny Jacketts head at least five times a day. Why I do not know. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, success is built on the back of stability and that is something Wolves have been lacking re: managerial appointments for the last couple of years now. We need to give this guy at least a season. We will be in the top six without question at the end of the campaign and more likely than not in the top two. I’m hopeful that Steve Morgan might back the manager this coming transfer window with some money, I won’t hold my breath too long on that one though.
Another one of my favourite topics is writing itself. I think it is only fair to say that writing about writing is like talking about talking if you don’t have something mildly interesting to say so I’ll keep this bit short. I might start to showcase other bloggers or writers to try and build up some kind of traffic sharing regards to readers and views, something I have been lacking during my time blogging. I can only think of around three or four other blogs that redirect this way and considering the amount of twitter accounts, youtube channels and blogs I direct people to maybe its time to get some return hotlinks. I seriously doubt that I’ll get any luck there though.
My passion for politics and current affairs hasn’t diminished but my passion for writing about them has. After three years of writing on and off about domestic and international affairs I feel like I’m just raking over the same feelings and ideas as always. Nothing ever seems to change politically any more in the UK. Looking back over the last twenty years whether we have had Conservative, New Labour or a Liberal Tory coalition things have still been pretty much the same. The situation politically in the UK seems to break down like this regardless of who’s in charge: Bankers get rich and are untouchable, corporations donate to politicians and then amazingly pay hardly any of the billions of pounds in tax they are supposed to pay to the treasury, when the richest few at the top of the pile fuck up the tax payer bail them out, the poorest get shafted and labelled scroungers whilst the politicians fail to create economic stimulation to get them out of the dole queue, a cross in a box is no longer seen by many as worthy of them going to the polls despite the blood that has been shed to give them a free and fair vote to cast at all – apathy and unhappiness with the system is king. The problem of course with that last point is it feeds itself: Why don’t people vote? Because they feel like the system doesn’t work or represent them. Why doesn’t the system work? Because the people don’t vote and so the system doesn’t represent the society it is ruling over. And that is where I am with regards to writing about current affairs, what is the point?
Gardening, now this is still a subject that I love. Maybe I’m wrong in calling it gardening, I enjoy growing things. The gardening (cutting laws, weeding, sweeping up) bores me often, but the planting seeds and seeing tomatoes, potatoes, onions etc is still something I enjoy. I just find that after a hard afternoon or evening at it I’m too knackered and rarely flop in front of the PC to write anything. But I still have a go at it with mixed results.
And so here I am, at the end of another look backwards rather than forward at my blog and my reasons to blog. Hopefully with a new year I can find a new start with writing here. I’ve threatened many times to quit it altogether but as Docdenbow has often said to me, ‘never quit, just write what you can, when you can.’ That is the best way to approach it I suppose. So what if I don’t write for weeks, so what if no ones reading. Does any of this really matter? Only to me, and maybe if I stopped worrying about the stats and just concentrated on the writing the rest would take care of itself.
Oh well, another thousands words I’ve hoisted upon you my dear reader. I hope my thoughts; my words, don’t feel like wasted time. Thanks for stopping by.