Averaging 95,000 Visits Per Year—Thanks to You!


This is my 394th post.

Thanks to you, this blog has enjoyed an average of 95,000 visits each year since its beginning three years ago. Each consecutive year has seen more visits than the year before.

Upward and Onward!

I want to thank you for your interest. Without readers there wouldn’t be much point in blogging. Currently, there 22 readers subscribe to this blog. May I encourage you to subscribe, if you don’t already?

In addition to reading, you’ve left an average of 553 comments per year. Bloggers crave comments, and I’ve encouraged this. But I believe we can do better. I’ll keep striving to learn how to better to inspire you to share your thoughts, offer suggestions, and leave questions for discussion. I respond to nearly every comment.

With the new look I’ve adopted for this blog, I’m looking forward to the year ahead. Again, thanks for joining me on this journey!

Blog Improvements


Today, three improvements have been made to this blog:

  1. Headers at the top of the page are better organized and the resulting look is cleaner.
  2. Both levels of menus at the top of the page have extensive drop-down sub-menus, making navigation more convenient.
  3. If you have commented here before, and your post was approved, any future posts will initially be automatically posted without screening. (If, however, a post needs, in my judgment, to be removed, then it will be removed. Guidelines can be found by clicking on the “Comments Policy” tab at the top of this page.)

I welcome further suggestions, as always!

WordPress Blackbird Pie: Embed Tweets in WordPress Pages, Posts, and Comments


WordPress and Twitter have become more cleanly integrated with WordPress Blackbird Pie. This feature of WordPress allows users to embed tweets into pages, posts, and comments with a very simple 4-step process:

  1. Find the tweet you wish to embed.
  2. Click on the timestamp for that tweet.
  3. Copy the URL for that individual tweet.
  4. Paste the URL on a line by itself in the editor of your WordPress page, post, or comment.

Here’s an example of how things look and work when you’ve done this:

This is better than a screenshot of a tweet because readers are hotlinked to the tweet itself. Click on the link above and see for yourself!

The Big Question:

What’s the advantage of embedding tweets in blog pages, posts, or comments? Please share your ideas about how using this tool might make your visits to this blog more useful to you.

Radio Interview: The Janet Mefferd Show


Beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT today, Doug will be interviewed on the Janet Mefferd Show.

Temporary Facelift to Doug’s Blog


A couple of days ago I posted about the appearance of this blog and invited readers to comment on what could be improved. Thanks to all of you who responded. As you can see, I am making dramatic changes. But this “new look” is temporary. I’ve been working on an entirely new webpage design that I hope to unveil soon.

Stayed tuned!

Does This Blog Need a New Look?


I’ve been blogging here now for nearly three years. So it’s time to ask, Does this blog need a new look?

I want to hear from you . . .

  • if you’ve ever thought, “This site looks _________,” where the blank is filled in with some expression of disappointment, disapproval, or disgust;
  • if you’ve ever thought, more vaguely, “Why in the world did Geivett create this look for himself?”
  • if you can recommend improvements in the look or organization of this site;
  • if you think it looks just fine and should be left alone.

No one has ever said, “You need to change the look of your website.” On the other hand, no one has ever told me, “Wow! You have such a brilliant looking website! I’m so jealous.”

So how about it, friends? What improvements can you suggest?

If I don’t hear from you, I’ll have to assume that you like it just the way it is.

Write More and Better Blog Posts in 2011


Erica Johnson, who writes for WordPress, posts some helpful and encouraging tips for those who want to boost their blog activity this year. She links to a few other sites that generate prompts for writing ideas.

Follow this link.

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