On 11/09/22 this blog turned five. It’s apt time for reflection. In the past five years, I have written 173 posts averaging 579 words each.
My ‘top posts’ surpsingly have not changed since 2019; even the order is the same!
- The Caliphate of Cordoba
- Clairvius Narcisse and the Zombies of Haiti
- The Moor’s Last Sigh
- The Historical Babylon
- Green Eyed Devils
Best posts (in my opinion):
- Uttermost Part of the World
- Cartoon History of the Universe
- Magic and Religion
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
From the Parapet is a labour of love, hence my disregard for search engine optimisation or advertising. Regular viewers will notice my pace has slowed. With the demands of every day life being greater than when I started, one post (even a short one) per week is no longer tenable. I’m sure other bloggers will understand.
I’ve also ‘gone off’ politics so to speak. Not that I don’t care – but there are plenty better writers offering news and insights in the political sphere, and frankly I am no longer as invested. There has been much happening – COVID 19 and the war in Ukraine for to name two, but I’ve found infatuation with political and social issues a draining, and often divisive affair. I also discussed the ‘Evergreen issue’ back in 2018 and the fact political posts get less hits.
If I do write about current events, it will likely be something which is not recieving sufficient mainstream coverage – such as the womens’ protests in Iran or Azerbaijan’s recent invasion of Armenia. For now I’ll keep reading, but let others write.
- Typos in published posts. Spellchecking, reading aloud and routine checks help.
- Link rot. This one is frustrating. Google images are sometimes deleted, leaving only thumbnails where there were once visuals. Solution? Including less images to begin with, and routine checks for now.
What else could I change?
- The blog’s name. I like ‘From the Parapet’, but it’s not unique. Even googling the name will not render results until the second page. A name not found elsewhere might prove a better fit, or at least be easier to find.
- Focus. A broad sweep keeps me coming back, but as other bloggers will tell you a niche is crucial. It’s worth considering.
From hereon, I will also ‘like’ posts that are over two year’s old, all correct and free from rotten links.