Today I made an Exit page.  So many people end their visit by hitting the Back button on their browser.  The exit page is a last attempt to get them to explore the Blog Directory to find an entertaining blog.  Or failing that to try a search on a search engine they may have never tried before.

A directory isn’t much good if it does not provide traffic to the sites listed in it.  So I’m obliged to drive traffic to it.  As for the search engine, I’ll probably rotate different search boxes every few weeks.  Exploring the Web needs to be fun again. We can make it so.

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It’s not that I’m inviting people to leave.  This was always one of the worries about webrings, that you were inviting people to leave.  That is a false worry. Visitors leave when they are done with your site.  Like a webring, the exit page, if they chose to use it, is intended to make their exit more productive by sharing traffic with other blogs or introducing them to a search engine other than Google.  With the directory link it’s a chance to reintroduce “surfing the web” as in bygone days.  And maybe it gives the act of leaving a small element of – adventure.

It’s a bit of whimsy that uptight corporate blogs and blog magazines wouldn’t dare.  😈

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Syndication (crossposting) to:

Facebook: (change) – I no longer post to FB and quit that long before the recent FB API rules change.  Brid.gy had problems and I didn’t care enough about FB to try and fix it.

Twitter: (changed) – this blog now posts to Twitter via WordPress Jetpack.  I made the change because I can control what goes out to Twitter on each individual post.

G+: (same) – via Jetpack.

Mastodon – (same) – via Mastodon plugin

WP Reader – (same) via Jetpack.

Micro.blog – via Micro.blog and RSS.

Indieweb.xyz – this is manual, on a post by post basis.

I get quite a bit of traffic from all the above.

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To Do’s

Internal ads:  I need to look into ad or banner system plugins for WordPress.  I don’t need it right now but will need.  I am not talking about Adsense or outside ads, but I need to drive some traffic to my own content.  The big example would be the Blog Directory.  I need to let people know it is there.

Graphical banner ads are a pain.  Mainly because I’m terrible at making graphics.  The other thing is they can screw up the view on mobile.  The good thing is you set up the campaigns and forget it.

Text ads? Maybe.  Worth trying.

Placement?  I hate ads between paragraphs in articles but it is effective.

I need to think this through and see what free plugins are available.

More directory listings:  I need to add more.  I could easily add the famous blogs, but that really isn’t the focus of the blog directory, which is hopefully for good new or unfound blogs – the underappreciated.  Will work on this.

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For decades I’d write notes to myself on the backs of old envelopes.  These immediately got lost, thrown out or washed in the next load of laundry.

I liked the simplicity of iOS Notepad but it locked me into the iOS walled garden at the time.  Evernote came along, but then jumped the shark.

Simplenote is free and ad free.  There are apps for every computer, even Linux, and every mobile OS, plus web.

It’s so simple, basic, it takes no thought to use it.  Typing a note has no barriers, it’s as easy as typing a post on Facebook or Micro.blog.  It automatically saves so I don’t even have to remember to do that. I like this simplicity.  I don’t want a lot of things getting in the way of my thoughts in that instant.  So it works for me.

And, of course, everything syncs.  I have the Linux app on my laptop, lost connection to the internet,  but the note I typed in Simplenote still saved locally and synced with the network once it was restored. (I can’t remember if I had to reopen the app first or not.)

It’s not fancy.  Basic text. But it beats writing on the back of old envelopes.

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I’ve got these two domains: ramblinggit.com (here) and rantinggit.com (now a Micro.blog (MB) hosted blog).  Both represent me.  Both post to Micro.blog.  I guess that makes me the “Git“. 😐

Brief History of rantinggit.com:  I started it on WordPress.com as a reaction to the crazies on Facebook.  Later I just quit reading FB and so a lot of my desire to rant about things disappeared.  I decided to move the domain and contents to MB and use it for quicker interaction with the MB social network.

Ramblinggit.com with it’s more extensive support for on-page comments and web mentions, will be used for long form posts and some micro posts: Like, Bookmark, Listen,  Quote, Read, etc.

Both blogs are linked together in their menus with redirects.  In WordPress I used the Page Links To plugin.  On Micro.blog I followed Manton’s instructions.

Both blogs crosspost to Twitter.

I think this is going to work.

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Wiki plugin – potential uses. research needed.

Knowledge Base plugin – potential uses, better than wiki for me? research needed.

Start another webring – want to test webrings in 2018 with broader subject for, traffic, discovery.  Are webrings too passive? Is this worth the work?

Alt. Join an existing webring.

Non-blog:

Investigate neocities.

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Note: Deactivated Brid.gy plugin (crossposting to Twitter.  Activated Micro.blog crossposting to Twitter.  We will see if this gives a cleaner format to the posts on Twitter.

Testing WordPress plugins that remove of hide titles. In this case Title Remover.