(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 5 November 2015.)
Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and flash fiction is my game. The blogging day has begun.
How’s everyone doing?
Even though “Submissions” are closed until March, I am still wrestling with how to handle the flow of flash fiction that is sent to this magazine. I simply get more flash fiction stories than I can publish. I have a backlog of several months. Many of the stories are very good (I would not think of publishing them if they were not good) and that’s why trying to pick only a handful to publish next year is so difficult. But I can see I’m going to have to man up and pass on stories that I would publish if the magazine had a larger budget.
I always have to remind my readers (and myself) that this magazine is a business like any other business and if it doesn’t stay within its budget it will disappear like any other business that must operate between financial outlays and revenue.
The readership of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette continues to grow. In January of this year the magazine got 1,685 visitors and 4,362 page views. Last month the magazine had 5,753 visitors and 15,870 page views. In January I published 120 blog posts. Last month I published only 35.
One reason why the magazine’s readership keeps growing as I publish fewer and fewer posts every month is that at the beginning of the year this site had only a few hundred blog posts. Now there are over 1,800 posts on the site. My little girlie magazine has a much larger foot print on the Internet than it did nine months ago.
But now that it seems I have a good business model for further growth, how do I get to the next level?
I read Problogger.net. The owner of the site makes a very good living as a professional blogger. He owns a blog about photography and Problogger which is about how to make money as a blogger. I’ve used many of his blogging tips and they work. He’s my go to blogger for how to be a professional blogger.
He says that the length of a blog post impacts how much traffic it drives. Short posts are easier to write and they allow the blogger to update his or her blog more often; but long blog posts drive more traffic because they get a higher page ranking from search engines.
So, since I’m publishing fewer and fewer blog posts every month I think I need to publish longer blog posts to continue growing the readership of my little girlie magazine. How long should I make my blog posts in order to get a good page ranking and the most traffic that I can possibly get for The Gazette? He says between 1,500 and 2,000 words.
My usual blog post is only between 300 to 400 words. This post is one of my longer posts and it’s only 706 words long…
I plan to be at Nico’s in Little Italy this Saturday night for karaoke. I sing mainly songs I feel comfortable with, songs that I’ve memorized the lyrics to: songs by The Animals, The Doors, Whitesnake and Little Help From My Friends by Joe Cocker. But no karaoke performer (who wants to be more than just a karaoke singer) can continue to hold the attention of his or her audience by singing the same two or three songs over and over again week after week and month after month (and sometimes year after year…oh, yeah, I’m not making this up).
It would be like me publishing the same blog post over and over and over and over and over and over…
So, from now on I will be prepared to sing one relatively new song along with three favorites every time I go to karaoke. And I’ll sing the new song first because I may be called upon to sing only two times during the night.
Today in Pittsburgh the high will be around 70 with a mix of clouds and sunshine.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for Pittsburgh’s #1 magazine of commentary, karaoke, movie reviews, and sex as art and entertainment.
Hail to Pitt!