Friday, October 27, 2006

Navel Gazing

Have you heard the stat that something like 40% of all white-collar workers in America spend about a third of their time reading blogs... while at work? I swear I heard this on the radio about a month ago. And I believe it!

We bloggers are hard to resist!

Also, I don't know how all of you found your way here at Why Howard Laughed, but I have some clues provided by sitemeter.com: Google and Yahoo searches.

What's most interesting to me is that so many of Howard's first-time readers find me after doing a Google/Yahoo search for "Lapidus granite", or "Ride the Rockies", or "how Borane reacts with air", or "Ames Monument", or "picture of chocolate milk", or "rktect", or "mansard roof". Somehow, my blog rates high with search engines on those topics.

That last one is my favorite, by the way, because I wrote the definitive history of the mansard roof way back in February, and yet people still come to my blog to read it.

Sometimes the link provided by Google or Yahoo takes the reader straight to the exact blog entry. But then sometimes it lazily dumps them on my front doorstep, leaving them the arduous task of scrolling through months and months of junque for the treasure they seek. I'm sure most of them leave quickly, realizing that they fell into the lair of a raving liberal hippy cyclist egomaniac.

Someday I would love to create a sidebar to my blog page listing links to all my favorite and most popular blog entries. But Howard is not HTML-savvy enough for this nifty trick. Howard is lacking the critical geek gene which would allow him safe passage to HTML heaven. So hell it is.

I created a post about two months ago listing my favorite blog entries. But since then as I accreted more layers to the pearl we know as Why Howard Laughed, that precious post receeded deep into the archives, forever lost. Until now, as I temporarily resurrect it once again.

One of the greatest HRlaughed puzzles that have befuddled me is why Eugene, Oregon residents don't Google themselves more often. Everyone loves to read about themselves, right? I wrote what I thought was a pretty interesting take on Eugene, as seen from a rental bike. Yet nobody found my blog via a "Eugene" search on Google/Yahoo. And nobody commented. At least not yet.

I also wrote a humorous essay on the competitive nature of most bicyclists -- and of course my own competitive nature. My wife, who is a writer, thought it was sparkling and brilliant. I believe her exact words were, "this is nice." But again nobody commented. At least not yet.

And then I posted a link to a very humorous and thoughtful blog that was in desperate need of readers... only to have it belly up within the week. Can anyone say the Howard Kiss of Death?

Oh well. You've reached this sentence so you're still reading. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you have the time, tell me in comments how you found this blog (unless you are family or friends, in which case we both know you were threatened.)

Now get back to work, you slacker before your boss catches you reading a
raving liberal hippy cyclist egomaniac blog!

8 Comments:

Anonymous Phil Burk said...

Howard, you like to comment on other blogs and happened to state that you were an architect. I was curious about what an architect might write in a blog and was pleasantly surprised as to the content here. In other words, I came for the steak and stayed for the pie.

7:38 AM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Wow, thanks phil. Why don't you wash that pie down with a free beer, on me!

9:45 AM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger CJ said...

Howard, more and more people use blogs for work, as i'm sure you're aware, using them to stay up on trends or blogging themselves as a REQUIREMENT by their employer. For example, many Microsoft workers are required to keep individual work-related blogs as well as group-product-related blogs. And of course, many consultants, artists, and authors use blogs to keep clients and readers updated. I'll take that beer now. Or maybe you could send over a massage therapist for my aching neck--damned non-ergonomic office furniture!

1:19 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Send a massage therapist? Howard always says, "you want a job done right, do it yourself!" Yeah, he's a bit of a control freak.

Be right over, beer in hand!

1:56 PM, October 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an investment advisor constantly on the lookout for new investment ideas and point of views other than those on the major media. So blogs are a pretty vital tool to help me to constantly be 'thinking outside the investing box'.
Not to mention that months ago I interviewed for a dot-com which is basically scouring blogs and message boards around the internet daily to get the overall investor sentiment on stocks. This company then sells this service to the mega-investment houses (Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, etc) who do God knows what with this data.
-J

6:33 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Wow, there sure seem to be a lot of blog readers eager to defend their blog reading while at work!

Nice work if you can find it, Howard always says.

6:39 PM, October 27, 2006  
Blogger CJ said...

Of course, everyone knows Howard spends all HIS working hours BIKING! That's really nice work, Howard.

7:18 AM, October 29, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

Thanks. Especially since I can bill my clients at $75/hour if I give any thought to their projects while on the road...

10:18 PM, October 29, 2006  

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