Half the time I think people just read the title of these articles and leave their comments without actually reading the article...which is fine I suppose. The other day I wrote an article about how to get more comments on your blog. This was in response to a query from Dr. Anonymous I believe (although it might have been Dean), about how with all the followers this blog has, it's generally just those two who are commenting.
The general gist of my article was that I wasn't all that concerned with comments actually. They're nice and all and I appreciate them when they come, but I'm not really out fishing for them (although a post title like "how to get more comments on your blog" is sure to appear frequently in search engines).
Sure, this blog is on the web so that it's read, but I hope it's pretty clear that I don't resort to the same transparent tactics of most news media. I'm actually trying to cultivate a little bit of thought here, which means slowing things down and actually having a point or two to consider. But hey, I'm like everybody else, and the moment I wake up I browse through the web, clicking on articles here and there while I sip at my coffee. It's all just meaningless entertainment. When I've fully woken up, I set about writing "Streets of Lima."
A lot of people did come out of the woodwork though, although not necessarily in the comments (I suppose I shouldn't complain about that...I'd expect that type of behavior from people who read this page). Some people sent me personal messages, some wrote comments on other articles, and some left comments on Facebook.
The Facebook thing is kind of funny. I have one guy who frequently comments on my Facebook posts. Everybody else just gives them the occasional like. The real discussion on this page takes place in the comments, so the Facebook page is kind of a lonely place, but that's where Bill likes to be I guess.
Anyway, Bill told me that I could get more comments by writing about "more interesting topics." When I asked him to elaborate, he said:
"I would write about the problems in Peru for expats with solutions, work opportunities, tourist sights, ways to learn Spanish, basically I would talk about things people care about not taking pictures of a puddle or a rusty door."
There are some good things in there, and I have from time to time written about a couple of those things. I don't mind going that way again.
I would like to defend my photos however, I think I've only recently been fair to the title of this blog. It is after all "Streets of Lima," so I don't think it's out of place to dedicate at least some pictures to what those streets actually look like. But hey, I'm not a photographer, I'm a typist with no source material to copy, so I'd hope it's the text that brings people here (although maybe the photo draw explains why people often leave comments that have nothing to do with my writing).
Anyway, I'll try to appease Bill and provide articles on those subjects in the near future.
In the meantime, I thought you might be interested to know that the US. Embassy in Lima wrote me back as I inquired about the "Nightmare in Peru Scandal." Here's the kind form letter they sent me:
"Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, the Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the disclosure of information regarding U.S. citizens.
Uh-huh...the first thing I thought when I read that was, "I bet they wouldn't be protecting my privacy if somebody wrote in asking them about me!"
Well...who knows, maybe they would.
Also, for those of you who like the predictable, check out the last couple comments on my "Update on the Nightmare in Peru" article. Exactly as predicted, somebody wrote in berating me for being so callous as to ask for PROOF about this attack...also as predicted, the person is "anonymous." To add even further absurdity, the person had the nerve to say "I guess you will have to wait and see then. No one is going to change your mind..."
How obnoxious is that? Of course they can change my mind...by sending some PROOF!
Sigh, if you've ever wondered how those email scams that tell you you've just won a billion dollars work, see no further than the innocent impulse this anonymous person is tapping into. Even if the story does turn out to be true, this behavior makes me sick.
All other things considered, hope you're having a wonderful day. By the way, yesterday was the celebration of the foundation of Lima, Happy Day Lima (belated)!
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