Oh My Stats!

Great Odin’s Raven! I just looked at the stats for this blog. Subscribers have dropped from 7,000 a few years ago to about 2,700. And I know some of you are bots. Unless you can introduce me to Ava from Ex Machnia, begone with you, robots. God bless the humans! Long may we wave, or something. 

If you’re still here and you’re real, then I thank you. Are you enjoying the poems? That’s all I’ve been posting for a while. I thought maybe if I stick to my core expression, engagement would improve. Wrong again honey

I guess I’m not generating enough content to maintain an audience. I could tell you about the day I watched 44 sunsets but I forgot my camera that day. And my inquiries into the survivability of blogs in the days of media blogging tell me that I need to be vlogging, not blogging. That’s not going to happen; I have a YouTube channel but it’s mostly one minute clips of our dog being awesome. I’m not an on-camera dude. I’m a poet. 

So at the risk of empowering external validation of my efforts, maybe I can do something to boost engagement.

New (or renewed) Features Here On Metaphor 

  • Commonplace Posts
  • Book Blog: What I’ve read recently, books in process, and what’s coming up on my list. 
  • Analog: my favorite notebooks, pencils, etc. 
  • Inspiring YouTubes, movies, shows, music, etc. 
  • Events in my life; observations, anecdotes, etc.
  • General essays 

What are Commonplace Posts? 

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they have learned. Each commonplace book is unique to its creator’s particular interests.


A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations, and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life…in your writing.

Ryan Holiday

A final note: If you want to see more of something or you have some ideas or constructive criticism, please leave a comment. In the words of Phaedrus, no matter how thin you make it, there are two sides to every pancake.

And if you read this blog, please take a moment to click “Like.” It doesn’t have to mean you think it’s a great post. It can mean you acknowledge that another person is putting himself out there, for better or for worse. Without Likes, the Great Algorithms won’t drive traffic to a blog. I would do it for you, as far as you know.  

3 thoughts on “Oh My Stats!

  1. Just here to show my support to a fellow writer. I know how it feels to talk to the void, so I’m here to make sure you keep on keeping on. Thanks for this post!

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