Sounds like a taunt, right? That’s what it is, as far as I can tell. It comes from a gentleman who calls himself Priapus; he’s one of many loyal readers and commenters on Christopher Fountain’s blog, For What It’s Worth. If you want to know why Priapus–“the god of procreation, guardian of gardens and vineyards, and personification of the erect phallus” (American Heritage Dictionary)–wanted to taunt me, I’ll tell you.
First, though, his question. How IS that blog–this blog–workin’ out? In a few words: Too early to tell, but . . . not so hot.
Pluses: It looks nice. It’s not cluttered. It’s easy to navigate. It’s intelligent. It represents the way I think.
Minuses: Not very many people visit the site: The biggest one-day total so far was 116 VISITS (I think that could represent, say, 29 people clicking on four posts each), and the next-best numbers are 92, 77, 66, 56. Plenty of days, the numbers are far lower than that.
But a more worrisome minus is this: There are very, very few comments being left here. On any given day, there might be zero, one, two or maybe three comments posted. I assume this is what The Personification of the Erect Phallus meant when he asked how the blog was workin’ out: He could see that comments were rare, and he took delight in the knowledge that this project isn’t burgeoning into a must-see website. People aren’t streaming here to read and reply to the latest fascinating morsel.
Or, as I said to my totemic taunter, “The blog? Fun to put together. Pretty happy with the product so far. But very few people leave comments, which you seem blissfully aware of. I appreciate your kind question.”
A reasonable follow-up question, which I’ll ask myself: What do you have in mind for this blog, anyhow?