Taking stock…(aardvark)

09 Nov



Looking back over the last few months of entries, I’ve decided that I am quite pleased with myself.
Given that it was a spur of the moment decision to begin writing in the first place, even I’m quite impressed with some of the pieces that I’ve posted.

(I found myself chuckling over something the other day, before realizing that I wrote it myself.
I started chiding myself for my conceit, then it occurred to me that this was a success, it made me laugh, I should be pleased)

The numbers of hits to the blog however, are less impressive.


I’ve been told, by those who know these things, that this is because I have no theme.
Now, I have explored this explanation previously, and I can see no reason to disagree with the logic, but I still can’t think of a way to put the theory into practice.

I’m reliably informed, by those in the know, that using keywords in each post, on the same theme or subject, will make the blog more visible to search engines.
Again, I see no flaw in this logic, but I can’t help thinking that, without some area of expertise that is of more or less universal interest to my readers, any attempt to introduce a repeated phrase or word into proceedings could seem a little contrived.


Apart from anything else, I’ve been told by a lot of readers that they especially like the eclectic and unpredictable nature of the posts.
And you know what they say; the customer is always sometimes right.


Nevertheless, I have made at least a token effort to get with the programme, starting a Twitter account, (Which I’m not keen on. As you can tell, I tend to ramble a bit sometimes, and I find the 140 character thing too restrictive) to post updates, adding the Facebook “like” button to link to the lovely, shiny new Diary of an Internet Nobody fb page, and opening a Tumblr account, (which I’m liking more as time goes on) and yet the hoards of converted readers resolutely fail to appear.


I was, however, gratified to note that my statistics breakdown includes the few search terms that have linked to the blog, and that the top rated term was “sarcasm and  irony”.

As yet, I see no obvious theme developing in the foreseeable future, although I may have come up with an almost subliminal solution to the keyword problem. So, if unpredictable, sarcastic, meandering irony is your thing, (and if you already get your updates via e-mail or Facebook, thank you for following) and you know someone else who would appreciate it, spread the word.


It did cross my mind to change the name of the blog, (when I came up with what I thought was the brilliantly original title, based on the classic novel. I was very pleased with myself. I since discovered, of course, the plethora of …internet nobodies on the web) and for some reason the word “anteater” kept popping into my head.
But I like the blog the way it is, and I’m loving writing it.

I said right at the start that you’d have to bear with me, that I was working things out as I went along, so if that was you, thanks for sticking with me on my climb up the learning curve.

Right, where to next?…


(Name: “aardvark” is Afrikaans for “earth pig” Size: 24 inches at the shoulder Weight: 88 to 143 pounds Lifespan: 23 years in captivity Habitat: dry savanna to rain forest; sub-Saharan Africa Diet: omnivorous, but especially likes termites Gestation: 7 months (give birth to one offspring at a time) Predators: humans, lions, hyenas, leopards, pythons)

– ‘Vark facts courtesy of PennVet (University of Pennsylvania, veterinary department)


Posted by on November 9, 2012 in aardvark, Blogging


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16 responses to “Taking stock…(aardvark)

  1. eeestudios

    November 9, 2012 at 19:29

    Enjoyed reading this Dale. Short, to the point and witty. I particularly enjoyed the surreal guest appearance of the aardvark and I, for one, am glad you are still without a theme. Themes are for those people who like order in their lives. I prefer the random postings which seem to reflect real life and its accidental nature with more accuracy. Aardvark.

    • dalecooper57

      November 9, 2012 at 20:16

      Thank you very much. It was primarily to thank those of you who have stuck with me.

      Theme – 0.
      No Theme – 1.

  2. Darmon Richter

    November 10, 2012 at 07:44

    Thank you for this very clever post, it was well worth finding. Your blog strikes me as a form of latter-day oracle, churning out cryptic wisdom to the denizens of interwebworld. If in reality it truly was such a thing, aadvark up the highest mountain to get to it.

  3. Richard Thorns

    November 10, 2012 at 09:06

    I agree with Nick, sorry, I meant: I agree with eeestudios! I think that once you have a theme you are restrictive in your posts and, like it or not, judged by that dreaded “how others see you.” If people don’t like the theme they wond appreciate the writing. I suppose It’s a bit like Graham Fellows’s John Shuttleworth character, I guess: if you don’t like these people in real life, you won’t like John Shuttleworth. As always it’s the sheer joy of the randomness; the moving target of your humour and ironic prose that really stand out. Don’t worry, with writing like this, you will be found. It just may not be in our lifetimes!! 🙂 TTFN Rich.

  4. Richard Thorns

    November 10, 2012 at 09:07

    For “wond” read “won’t” :-0

  5. Biff

    November 10, 2012 at 11:10

    Themes are for bores,I enjoy”eclectic and unpredictable”.The best conversations are unplanned,digressive,the sort of conversations two people have in the early hours under the influence.

  6. Kuchnie Szczecin

    December 28, 2013 at 11:21

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    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently.
    I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here!
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    September 16, 2014 at 14:34

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    • dalecooper57

      September 16, 2014 at 15:48

      Congratulations, you get “Spam comment of the Week”

  8. LindaGHill

    December 19, 2016 at 22:58

    There was a time when Cristian Mihai was the only one “liking” my posts too. 😀 I suppose I don’t really need to do aardvark, since you’ve already covered it, eh?

    • dalecooper57

      December 19, 2016 at 23:00

      I took what I could get and was grateful back then. Now I’m just as grateful, just more presumptuous.

      • LindaGHill

        December 19, 2016 at 23:27

        Sounds familiar. Nice post, by the way. 🙂

      • dalecooper57

        December 19, 2016 at 23:36



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