The Results Are In – II

Trying to be responsive to reader interests has resulted in a couple of new features here. If you are a regular reader you will have noticed that the sunrise is gone from the top of the page.

One of the suggestions in my recent reader survey was that I vary the pictures I use as a visual backdrop to the posts, that I use photos from my travels. That seemed like a good idea to me, so we’ll try it. If I remember, I will change what you see at the top of the page around the beginning of the month. Remind me if I forget!

For September, what you are seeing is the view from Saddam Hussein’s bedroom at his palace in northern Iraq. The view is spectacular, the palace is in ruins. I took a lot of pictures, and I think this one shows a nice contrast between the ruined walls and the surrounding hills.

Also part of this new look is a set of links that you can use to navigate to some of my favourite places. Prior to starting this adventure I had only two blogs I checked regularly. Now there are a few more than that, people whose work – appreciate and I am pleased to share them with you. That link list would be longer, but several of my favourite bloggers have gone silent in the past year. I completely understand that – it takes time and effort to do this, and some days it is tough to find either.

I had already planned to do this list, so was pleased that one of the survey respondents asked for it. I expect to both add and subtract from it occasionally as the mood strikes me.

As well as the ranking of the topics I cover here, a couple of people left specific subjects they would like to see covered. I’m taking those under advisement.

I could write about “blogging” as one person suggested, but I’m sure there are lots of people out there better qualified than me to explore the topic. I know a fair bit about how to write and what to write and how to make a blog successful – but if I share that information you would then ask why I didn’t follow my own advice. This really is a space for random thoughts. I know if I chose to be less random there would probably be a lot more people reading these words, but building a huge audience isn’t my priority. Maybe it should be, but this is a hobby. I am pleased some people enjoy what they read here.

There were a couple of people who took the time to praise what they read here and my contribution to it. Being modest, I won’t reproduce those comments, but they were much appreciated.

I do want to address one last comment though, because it amused me. To the person who suggested I use spell check, I do! What I don’t do is proofread. So if “that” comes out as “hat” I’m going to miss it. I also deliberately use Canadian spelling, which is something I was taught to avoid in Journalism school. Call it a small act of rebellion on my part.

So that’s it for the survey. We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming, unless I decide tomorrow to put the links on this page to make sure everyone sees them at least once. Thanks for joining me on the ride!


One comment

  1. Seems font is smaller. Did you make the column smaller to have more information on the right-hand side? Many of the stuff on the right-hand side is distracting when I read. I wish the blog text was more prominent in contrast to writing / updates /categories on the side.

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