I’ve learned from experience that leading off with a photo of a cat draws more attention to any given post.
And this post needs the attention. You see, something changed . . .
I’m hoping the change will be transparent to my readers. I would say followers, but of the 713 followers, I doubt more than 10-15 ever bother reading this blog.
So, what is the change?
The URL for this blog has changed. It used to be:
That URL still exists, but no one should see it in their address bar because it should map to this:
That’s right; the blog has it’s own domain name, and the internet is all aflutter.
Today, the first day of my new dot-com name, my stats are inexplicably high . . . not my visitors, of course; those are tracking about normal (low twenties). But the number of views is at 160, or roughly 4X my normal.
Of course, it could just be bots crawling and sniffing out the new domain name; automated programs that check stuff out and file the information away in case anyone ever asks for it. In fact, I’m sure that’s what it is as there is no increase in comments, and 90% of the views are on the Home Page, and not individual posts.
As I said, the followers/readers should not see any change. The blog will still look the same, and all the old posts should be mapped to the new domain name. If anyone discovers otherwise, please let me know.
Why the change, people want to know. What people? People . . . just regular Joes; look, I don’t know all their names, but they want to know why the change.
Well, I’ll tell you. For a few years now I’ve been paying for no ads, special formatting, extra space, and the ability to embed videos (which I do a lot less than I should). The total cost per year was $140. Well, WordPress has the premium package now priced at $99/year.
It includes all the upgrades I had, plus a domain name. I was not really interested in a new domain name, but since they offered it, I took a look at what was available. I could have had “disperser”, but only as disperser.me or disperser.co.
Unfortunately, it’s a bug-eat-bug world out there.
The majority of the people still think in terms of dot-com, but disperser.com was not available.
I hesitated going with http://dispersertracks.com . . . I have never liked the idea of joining two words; someone reading that has to take a moment to parse the letters into recognizable words, and that can lead to confusion . . . they might read any of the following:
disp esertr acks
However, in the end, everything I read recommended choosing a domain name in the dot-com universe.
I feared that switching over would be a monumental task fraught with perils . . .
. . . but it turned out it was easy . . . I hit upgrade, chose the new name, and a few hours later the old domain name was mapped to the new one. You can still enter the old one, but the new one will come up.
I’m so pleased I’m saving a few bucks that I thought I would include a selfie!
AND . . . not only that, but I am going to share my Epic Music Playlist!!!!!
Multiple hours of nothing but epic music! Crank that volume up, I say!
That’s right; the music behind everything creative I do. For instance, when I wrote the elven story sequel, I had my headphones on and the music from this playlist was being funneled with considerable volume into my ear-canal.
There! . . . now my readers can also write stories only 3-4 people will read.
By the way, the second video . . . if you don’t have the patience to listen to all of it, move the slider to the 1:28 mark; I really love that driving music. Heck, if I actually drove listening to that, I would probably break all sorts of laws, not to mention run people off the road (which, oddly enough, also breaks a few laws).
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
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