Over the last few weeks, I have been studying search engine optimization, how tagging images and content properly improves one search engine relevance, the many site success metrics, among others – all using my websites as a playground. I re-read my blog, from 2002 when it was called “Renaissance Girl: Dailies” to 2010 when it should be called “Renaissance Girl: If Inspiration Strikes”. I’ve even created content on other platforms I have not tried before, just to explore how micro-blogging, social media and integrated blogging technologies can work for me. Dabbled in Tumblr, Posterous, LinkedIn, Spoke, Networked Blogs, I did. I re-familiarized myself with blog catalogues and their contribution to inbound traffic (the verdict is not yet out on that).
In the process of re-learning the environment I once swam in with cheeky confidence, I realize that …
… I have mellowed a lot over 8 years. At my worst, I was (in lieu of the term synonymous to a female dog) a “tempestuous soul”. Many situations that upset me then, in hindsight, are hilarious to me now.
… I miss paper. Web sites have the reach, yes; but are temporal. They are too dependent on author interest or server upkeep.
… I could very well have been the world’s very first “Twit”. I had a need for Twitter years before it became available. My “Blurts” micro-blog, started in 2002, predates Twitter’s 2006 launch. I created the blog and integrated it into my main blog (all on Blogger site) and published several times a day, via a now defunct *.ru WAP-driven publishing engine.
… I may have used terms related to human body appendages one too many times. And Google, with its cached versions of sites that have quoted me, now haunt me like a bad election campaign song on loop.