Friday, February 8, 2008

What, You Can't Leave a Comment?

Pittsburgh Ed, who has been referred to here before, seems to have a phobia about commenting. He does read Order from Chaos, he's told me that much. He read yesterday's post about typing and sent me the following link. He wrote in the email, "Thought this would go nicely with your recent post on typing." Well, yes, he's right. But he could have left the link in the comments. But no, now I have to write a new post, "reschedule" the post I already had ready for tonight, write some pithy language to accompany the link. Geez, it's a good thing I like him, even though he consistently golfs better than me.

The link is to another blog, O'Reilly Radar, which covers a variety of topics in the technology world. This particular post is pertinent to me in a few ways. It does indeed dovetail nicely with the typing post, being about the tele-type machine. But it also features the work of another archivist, Valerie Komor, who is the archivist for the Associated Press. I worked with Valerie when I worked in New York. She has been with the AP Archives for some time now and is doing great things. And of course, Radar O'Reilly is one of the characters from my all-time favorite comedy show.

My thanks to all of you who do comment. I am not as consistent as others who respond to every comment, but please know that I read every one. They mean a lot to me. I have long said that one of the reasons I blog is that I like to pass along information and blogging has been a good forum for me to do that. I know that I have readers out there who don't comment - SiteMeter has Order from Chaos at over 11,000 visits and nearly 17,000 page views. In the month of January, I had more than 1400 visits and nearly 2100 page visits. I think I have a fairly good readership and I still get some who stumble across the site. One of the biggest draws? My post/quiz about the New Jersey Turnpike rest areas. Go figure. Almost as interesting as a post which reviewed a McDonalds in the Dakotas.


ADR said...

You never really know what will generate views. The posts I have spent the most time on and worry over the whole "tone" get a much smaller number of views. The ones that I sort of just spout off, get tons of hits. I guess I could try to map to the time of day, but that's probably more work than its worth.

Archivalist said...

I have no comment.

ps. Nice Caps/Canes game last night.

Kim Ayres said...

You tend to get more comments when you answer them.

For the most part if people leave comments they will come back to see your reply to them, but if there is rarely one there, the desire to leave one fades

Unknown said...

I wish Google reader would capture comments too.

Brave Astronaut said...

ADR - I agree completely. As I said once long ago, who knew that a post about a bologna sandwich would get me comments from the amazing bearded one and restaurant gal at the same time?

AT - Snow up to your mouth yet? Have you passed "44" inches yet?

Kim - Fair enough. By my own admission, I don't always answer every comment, but I should.

C - You can subscribe to comments, but I don't know how it works, as I have never done it. There's a link there at the bottom of the comments lines.

Anonymous said...

No comment. There I did it...happy now?

Brave Astronaut said...

Well. Um, Yes.