Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann
Subject: Ann’s 2009 Promise
I don’t do ‘normal’ blog posts here often, preferring to stick to the group style. This feels a little like the Fourth Wall of a Broadway play. However, with my putrid care of the blog over the last couple of months, I feel to necessary to take a step back and try to work harder at creating something that people actually want to read. Some bloggers or writers may say that they do it for themselves, but in my opinion every writer wants his story to be read. Stories are like a writer’s babies, and no one wants their baby to become a dusty paperweight in the back corner of some library, or the unread feed in someone’s feed reader. So I’m going to lay out some rules and goals for 2009.
I like the number 10. 10 posts a month, which seems like the right number since there isn’t always a ’story’ to blog about around here.
Try out different angles. I’ve made a couple of posts which are more of my personal train of thought and observations, and I’d like to do more of that. I’d also like to explore some of the more personal matters that go on around here. I rarely blog about personal relationships, or any real negative stuff. There will be more fights in 2009, more breakups, and hopefully more fun. Reader input on the
style of blog posts they like best are always welcome ,and encouraged. Do people like it best when it’s all six of us? Or are lesser, two-person blog posts exciting too? I enjoy occasionally doing review type posts, particularly after a movie, or finding a cool new product.
More pictures! I like pictures. I probably could have a dozen blog posts just on some random observation we make, and if I photographed it, all the better.
Promote the blog better. I think comments make blogs better, and an interactive readership is something that would be great. If I get links out there, and draw more people in, this could happen.
I installed a Twitter feed on the top right of the site. It’s probably silly, and there is no way I’m going to start regularly sending in updates multiple times a day. I’ve encouraged people to tweet the random one-liner though. I may just do away with it entirely.
I intend to start writing a book. I’ve been floating around ideas for a while, and It’s time to actually put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard) and start something. I may post some blurbs here, and I’ll definitely upload much of it and link to it in the sidebar.
I’ve thought about buying a domain, for this as well as other things. I’m not overly impressed with blogger, but I also don’t need bells and whistles. The thing I hate most is the width of the actual text area. I wonder if I can get Sara to look at some of the code behind it and tweak it..hmm..
Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann, Frank and Scott.
Subject: Exercise? Never heard of it.
Frank walks in and peels off his heavy jacket. “I’m soaked. It’s warm out there!”
“Is it? I haven’t been outside all day.”
“Yeah. It’s probably 70 degrees out. I guess it’s nice if you aren’t in a heavy jacket.”
Ann walks in from the bedroom. “It’s warm out? Maybe I should go out for a walk.”
“It’s a nice day for it. It’ll probably be cold again before you know it. You’re a jinx, only a couple of days after you blog about it being frigid out and now we have a heat wave.”
“Maybe I should blog about not getting something I’ve written published then.”
“Or blog about not winning the lottery.”
“Or blog about never finding a boyfriend.”
“Ouch! Low blow Frank!”
Frank just grins. “I feel like sitting outside with a beer and watching baseball in weather like this. It’s a shame it’s still many months away.”
“Still over a month before pitchers and catchers even report to spring training.”
“I know. Only seven football games left too. Guess there is going to be a lot of hockey watching in the near future.”
“Or you could actually go out and play sports, exercise, that kind of thing.”
“Exercise? Naaaaah.” Frank flops on the couch and flips on Comedy Central. I want to watch the Daily Show from last night, I forgot. First one back since the strike started.”
“Oh, right! Screw the walk.”
“Now who’s skipping exercise?” Scott teases, bringing over three beers.
Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.
Subject: Three Months
Yesterday we’re standing around in the kitchen as usual, Tabitha’s making tomato sauce and the rest of us are just getting in the way.
“We’ve managed to keep up the blog for three months tomorrow. That’s kind of exciting.”
“It kind of is, I though for sure we’d just let it flop. It’s almost enjoyable when you’re not bugging me to make a post.”
“I compiled some statistics that I found interesting about it. Ann, not surprisingly made the most posts, 10, of the 27 total. And Scott the least, with two.”
“I’m surprised he made two. That’s less then one a month, but at least he’s paying attention.”
“I pay attention more than you think! I always answer all those emails from our hot female fans!”
“We don’t really get any emails, and how would you even know they’re hot?”
“You can learn a lot from a person’s email address.”
“You can usually learn their name, and not much else. How well did knowing Liza’s name do you on that blind date?”
“That’s enough! Don’t bring her up!”
“Liza…Liza..Was that the one with the…“
“Anyway, 27 posts doesn’t seem that bad. That’d be over 100 in a year.”
“Do we do 100 things worth blogging about in a year?”
“Probably not, but they can’t all be gems right?”
“Not a lot of people find our blog by searching, but some did by some odd search words. Although I doubt they stayed and became readers. We do only average about 20 visitors a day, and who knows how many of those are us?”
“What kind of search words? Here, taste this.” Tabitha shoves a wooden spoon of tomato sauce at Billy.
“Well there was ‘Kahlua Stripper’.”
“I wouldn’t mind having a Kahlua stripper.”
“‘Old rooms to go Mickey Mouse’. I don’t even know what that was, I’m assuming it went to Frank’s post about his trip to Disney World.”
“The person that stuck around longest after searching, other than the person who searched for 6thfloorblog.blogspot.com, was the person that searched ‘disney tourist trap’.
“Well my post was relevant to that search, so it makes sense.”
“Another weird one, ’soda no straws’. They didn’t stick around, but I have no idea what they were looking for.”
“Any porn ones? I always hear bloggers talking about weird porn searches.”
“Well are you going to blog about this conversation? I could start talking about…”
“NO! Knock it off. We don’t want weird porn freaks coming here.”
“Well who cares how they get here right? A reader is a reader.”
“I don’t care.”
“Anyway, my favorite search was ‘tabitha coors light girl’.”
“Some guy met some girl at a bar that was doing a Coors Light promotion and he’s trying to find her again?”
“Maybe. Or maybe Tabitha moonlights as a Coors Light girl?”
“Haha. I don’t think so.”
“Our most common labels are all alcohol related. We’ve got drunk, drinking, tequila, alcohol..”
“That’s not that surprising knowing us. Look at Scott, we haven’t even eaten dinner and he’s already finishing his second beer.”
“It was a rough day today! I had to work with this really stupid girl, and the customers were all annoying. And I had the early shift, I’ve been up for a long time.”
“I’m really in the mood for ice cream tonight, do you guys want to head over to that place on 3rd that we like after dinner?”
“Ice cream would really hit the spot tonight. This isn’t the place with the creamy corn gelato is it?”
“No, not that one. Although that place was pretty good too, at least the other stuff was, I don’t think I’d want to try the corn.”
“First, lets have dinner. Scott, help Billy set the table.”
“I’m setting the table?”
“If you want to eat you are.” Tabitha says with a wink.