Morning Cup of Coffee: Redux


The internets are weird. Sometimes there is no explaining why certain things get ignored and why other things become extremely popular. No one really knows. Back in March I wrote a rather stream of consciousness style piece of fiction called "My Morning Cup of Coffee" and since then it has swiftly become the single most popular post ever on this site. Which is a rather staggering accomplishment given how awesome the posts on this site are. (!)

The post has been read over 300,000 times now. Which is just insane. The next most popular post was the Eve Memorial: Ring of Fire post which hovers around 150,000 visits. And yes young persons, that was written way before CCP built a memorial to the players in Iceland. I still believe an in-game memorial to fallen Capsuleers should be built by the way.

I don't write this blog every day to be popular. (All bloggers are required to say this at least once a month or we get kicked out of the Union.) Let's be honest, I don't write specifically to be popular. But we all write hoping we'll be popular. And if you are not honest with yourself about that, well then you are lying to yourself and that is not healthy. You could stop writing and then that would be sad.

It does me no good if no one reads what I write. If no one shows up at the events. If no one listens to me ramble on about one thing or another. And eventually, it does Eve no good either. And that is, ultimately, the single biggest motivational factor for me. I like to share my passion about this crazy game that we all play. Or that you should be playing.

I had a point when I started writing this post, I swear I did. I blame Kirith. And you should blame him also! Please take a moment today and wander over to Kirith's blog and spend some time there reading and clicking on things. Let's mess up his Google Analytics report for this month and show some love. He's been chugging along writing about Eve longer than just about anyone, including me.

Now I remember. I was reading thru the blogs this morning with my morning cup of coffee, which we call Coke in the US, and happened on his traffic report. Frankly I was a tad bummed by his numbers and it got me thinking about Coffee and traffic and then this post came out of me. I don't understand how things work sometimes. How one guy essentially re-posts Corporation forum posts every day and becomes extremely popular doing it, and how another guy writes really well for a hundred years and no one visits his site. And it kinda bummed me out. I've never met Kirith, but we flew together for awhile in M3 down in Providence and he was one of the bloggers that inspired me to start this blog. And I consider him a friend.

So I'm not even going to mention how many visitors this blog got last month. Or the month before that. I hate numbers. They warp your mind. And, like I said above, the internets are weird. Who can figure 'em?

The point I wanted to make is this: Support your Bloggers. If you read something you enjoy, learned from, or that made you smile - comment. Let them know. Most of us operate blind most of the time and it is encouraging to hear from you. Positive and negative. Trust me. Spread the love. Encourage a blogger today. It only takes a few minutes and the life you save could be your own. Or something.

I should be back to my regular schedule tomorrow. I've had some insane work related scheduling issues this week and I've got a huge court date looming in the distance that I have to deal with.

See you in space.



23 comments:

  1. Not sure I should support you.... after all you are a terrible pirate and keeping adding some terrible pieces of internet spaceships art as well as creating some dumb events in this terrible game called eve.

    Ok! I'll be nice. Nice Work Rixx! Keep doing it cause we are all here to support you and the other bloggers, even if we don't read them all. :-P

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    1. Thanks Krull. Nice try being negative lol.

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  2. I go through my list of blogs daily, but it is a restricted list... Work blocks all the sites that aren't ".blogspot.com" (including some wordpress sites). So, I am generally unable to go see all the great content that is on many blogs. I used to read Mabrick on a daily (or near daily basis), and haven't read a post of his in some time since he switched. Unfortunate that my available reading time is at work on break which limits my choices... I will have to make some time after work to visit more sites.
    -Zgeik

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    1. Well, I have to correct my statement. They used to block all those sites. I just used your link to Mabrick, and it worked. Now I have to reorder the reading list...
      -Zgeik

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  3. I enjoy EVEOGANDA when I drink my morning coffee. But mine is actual coffee. ;)

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    1. I've never been a big coffee drinker, I don't really know why.

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    2. Because you 'Muricans don't know how to make a decent coffee? =Þ

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    3. I disagree. There are a few of us that know the arcane arts of coffee roasting and brewing. I've even been known to share those secrets...

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  4. Work has recently changed their screening settings. Many sites (TAGN's, Kirith's, Sugar Kyle's, to name a few) are no longer surfable at work. My breaks no longer have as many options.

    I do continue to visit them from home.

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    1. What is it with these work sites restricting access? Don't they know we need moar Eve?

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    2. Apparently, "game/game community" related sites are one of the higher risk sites w.r.t. security vectors. It turns out the worst ones are those related to hunting/fishing and quilting! (BTW, some of the safest sites turn out to be commercial porn sites, as those operators have a vested interest to ensure that customers aren't interfered with - who knew !)

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    3. Learn something new every day.

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    4. I have this issue often. I can log into the forums and read and respond to posts just fine. But for some reason, I dev blogs get blocked. It annoys the hell out of me when Twitter breaks big dev blog news and the link has the word "community" in front.

      Grrrrr!

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  5. Love reading your blog, looking at your most recent art and checking in on a daily basis. I have to say that I think having regular bloggers like yourself has really kept me engaged in the universe. Before joining ST-FR and -ABA- I was on the verge of unsubbing due to boredom of the PVE content that was available last year. Now, I can PVE, PVP, get engaged with our little community and am loving the game again, even after a year :D.

    Keep up the hard work and best of luck on your next visit with the judicial system. You're in my thoughts and prayers on that front!

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    1. Thanks Marq. It is stories like yours that help me keep going on those dark days, thanks!

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  6. Don't get too excited. I hate to break it to you, but it's spider-bots hitting the page looking to advertise their coffee on your blog. The most popular post on my blog for the longest one was one called "Office chairs and other amusements." Wasn't EVE players hitting that one, either.

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    1. I'm just gonna keep telling myself they are all Eve players and ignore your logical argument. That's what I was doing before and I see no reason to change now. lol

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  7. Subscribed to Kirth, thanks. FYI, I still think your best post is the one about the last day of EVE.

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  8. Rixx, your works greatly inform and enhance my Eve experience. Thank you kindly, sir. If I see you in Local I will try to express my thankfulness for what you do by killing you, hehe. o7 -Kyle

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  9. Six impossible things before breakfast, Lewis Carroll was wimp. I read that many blogs before drip filtered 400ml of Columbian daily. It's not impossible.

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