Yes the $50.00 check from Mr Skin/Naked News arrived by snail mail yesterday and I deposited it yesterday in my checking account which means the check probably won’t clear until Tuesday which means no karaoke tonight for me at Sonny’s Tavern in Little Italy but I’ll be on my regular beat in Little Italy Tuesday so all is well that ends well and that’s the name of that tune.
It’s your Baby Boomer Papa reporting for duty on an overcast day in Pittsburgh with a high of 46 and the chance of a drizzle here and there so I’ll stay indoors today and putter around the apartment doing some hand laundry and reading On The Road and then putting down On The Road to listen to football on the radio while I watch my favorite slide show on my laptop as I assume my favorite position flat on my back on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head to dream dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
Oh well to be truthful others have dreamed of increasing the traffic to their blogs just like I dream of increasing the traffic to the Pittsburgh Adult and I have to admit that your Baby Boomer Papa is stumped for little by little my daily page views are slowly slipping downward and within the next 48 hours if the present trend continues I’ll be averaging just under 1,000 page views every day for this month when I began the month averaging around 1,300 page views every day.
What to do what to do what to do?
I’m happy to report that at least I’m averaging 240 visitors every day for this month so far and that’s good news and I know the Pittsburgh Adult is a low-traffic niche blog by its very nature anyway but it would really be nice to have around 300 visitors every day who read let’s say at least 1,000 pages every day. Oh well all I can do is to control what I can control the best I can and to let the chips fall where they may which is not only a good philosophy for blogging it is also a good philosophy for living…
Still I really have nothing to complain about for I have no aches or pains which is a blessing in itself and I have a very modest but secure income that gives me a pleasant enough retirement that allows me plenty of time to blog and to hangout and as a veteran I have free medical too and for Tuesday the forecast is for an overcast sky but the high will be around 60 yes that’s right around 60 and I’ll get up early and blog and then shave my face and my head and then I’ll stroll into Little Italy to drink a few beers at Armand’s and to shoot the breeze with a couple of the regulars that are usually there with all three of us being Vietnam War veterans and the bartender who on Tuesday mornings is a woman but a baby boomer too will no doubt have the game shows on the television which she likes which is also a treat for me since I don’t own a television and I’ll buy a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and then on my way back home I’ll stop in at Sonny’s to see what is going on there and to be around some people in their 20s and 30s and then it’s back to my small but cozy apartment to read or to blog some more or to surf the web and to listen to the news on the radio for a conscientious blogger must stay informed about what is going on beyond his or her niche and of course to drink my beer and to think about how to increase the traffic to this blog when this blog is only a one-person operation so there really is a limit to what I can do but still I want to do whatever I can do the best I can do it which is the fun of being the editor/publisher of the Pittsburgh Adult.
Hail to Pitt!
“When I first became a blogger around 2006 after I got my MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh I had all these dreams of making a living as a blogger. By 2014 I had deleted my first four or five blogs. This blog will be four years old next month and it is the most successful blog I’ve had by far but I will never make a living from it and now that I’m retired I don’t have to make a living from it. Now I understand which I did not understand before that operating in the black no matter what my net profit is will mean this blog is a success. So far this year I’m operating in the black.”–Guy Hogan
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos of Cara Wakelin were sampled from Egoallstars. Become a regular visitor to the Pittsburgh Adult. Bookmark it or follow it or sign up for your free email subscription today!