Following up on yesterday’s note, our stats show that the use of a popular WordPress.com tag has so far had no effect whatsoever on page views for “Razorwire.” Matt and Co.’s claim that involuntary links to global tag/category pages makes one part of “the WordPress community” is pretty obviously a figleaf to cover the ugly truth: a Google-licensed link farm, fertilized with a rich, odor-free compost of Adsense ads.
This morning we published a poem with an original soundtrack by an electronica band called Failboat, and tagged the post accordingly. The name is taken from the über-popular Fail Blog, also hosted on WordPress.com. Now we’ll get to see whether inclusion on a global tag page actually drives much traffic to our site, as our WordPress overlords have always claimed.
We use WordPress.com for a server because of its extreme reliability and its cost-effectiveness for a site as file-heavy as ours. It’s not ideal. The way the tag and category links at the bottom of posts link to global tag pages rather than to qarrtsiluni-specific pages, for example, is a real usability problem.
But it’s good enough for Jose Saramago, apparently. And less than a week after trumpeting that fact, the folks at WordPress.com took the unprecedented step of informing their millions of users about some big upcoming changes to the operating software well in advance. Thank you, Mr. Saramago. It’s nice to be treated like an adult.
According to Duotrope’s Digest, qarrtsiluni is both fast and easy. We like to think we’re a pretty good lay, though.
There’s a very interesting discussion on politics and poetry taking place at the ReadWritePoem page on Facebook.
Submissions are closed for the Journaling the Apocalypse issue, which will begin publishing October 8.