2015 in Review
Just a few days ago WordPress send out the “Annual Report” emails with a link to the report pages. My “cloud” consists mostly of sites running on WordPress engines, some are blogs, some at WordPress.com, so the recaps cover just part of my online presence. Blogs over at Blogger are, of course, not included at all.
In 2015 my online contributions included about 150 posts. WordPress reported that I got over 140,000 visits. That is a good number of views. My proudest posts were images at Silver Canvas and Gallery Ludwig. These posts intentionally have very few words and that means that search engines have little to work with. These blogs got very few visitors. Those that see my images are “followers” primarily and I have relatively few of those, just about 400. Follower views are not counted when they see the posts in the WordPress Reader, and that is how most folks follow their blogs of interest.
The Café Ludwig (cafeludwig.com) site redo was a major overhaul and start of my “cloud” campaign.
Looking forward to 2016
For the coming year I will continue my cleanup and consolidation campaign to make my “cloud” more appealing and easier to navigate. I will devote more time to my own sites. Last year I spent more effort on social sites and Fine Art America groups than was probably desirable. I joined two sites that promised more exposure. Both were disappointments with actually less exposure than my own sites get. One of them I publicized here and in other places, mostly on Twitter, the other less so. My days with those organizations are probably not much longer.
This is one blog where I can be reasonably sure that only a very few friends will read my words. It is not publicized and two clicks away from any gateway site. Two clicks is more than most folks are willing to take.
Thank you for reading this. I appreciate your friendship!
Here is my latest “boilerplate”, this will become the standard for 2016.
© 2016 Ludwig Keck
Over the years my “cloud” has grown into an unwieldy “bazaar”. This past year I have tackled a number of my sites to make them more accessible on mobile devices and to define the features and purposes of each more clearly. The “gateway” site cafeludwig.com had become more and more “long in tooth”. It was a completely static site, save for some advertising. The site was build using Expression Web, the web creation tool long orphaned by Microsoft.
Rather than giving the site a facelift, I decided to it over completely. Even the actual server location is new. This allowed using the latest version of WordPress with the newest theme Twenty Sixteen to build a responsive site that easily adapts to mobile devices and looks clean on larger computer monitors.
The view of the old site is shown in the illustration on the right.
It served for over five years, with occasional updates. Indeed, it is still accessible with the actual site location address. However, it is now out of sight of search engines that respect the customary conventions.
The new site, shown as the “featured” image, at the top, is now reached by the old address cafeludwig.com.
Microsoft OneDrive now includes “Albums”. The new “album” is no longer synonymous with “folder”. What you get is essentially a collection of shortcuts pointing to photos and their actual location anywhere in the OneDrive.
A link can be generated for sharing the album. This works well if the photos in the album reside in public folders. That is harder to do now, the “public” sharing option is no longer available.
This post is really meant to test the album sharing and how it works with photos inside the album that are not publicly shared.
Click here to see my “Favorite Photos” album
News for May 2015
The biggest improvement during this spring’s cleanup of Ludwig’s Cloud came to Ludwig.Photos. The site is now using the PhotoBlogger skin in the jAlbum installation. Not only is it very impressive in looks, it also is “mobile-friendly”, so Google and Bing should not be treating this site as second rate.
Another item of note is a new sales site at Art•Finder. That site is just getting under way with just one item for sale. The Radial Aircraft Engine image is being offered as an exclusive limited print run.
It is nice to receive a “Like”. The Gallery Ludwig blog has now received 1000.
The first Gallery Ludwig post , edited since its first release, says:
“This site was set up to support the preparation of a presentation and a series of articles. It served that purpose just fine. In the future the site will have the primary function to display photos and to provide links to my other photo sharing sites. Enjoy!”
Currently, Gallery Ludwig, presents one or a few photos in each post, generally linking back to a folder in the Café Ludwig OneDrive. The post that got the thousandth “Like” was number 7 in a series of posts celebrating the return of Spring. It shows this photo:
Of course, this image links to that post.
Gallery Ludwig has about 100 followers in the WordPress community, there have been just over 5000 visits in the four years of its existence. On a good day a handful of visitors stop by. Very few use the links to see my other blogs. The companion blog is Silver Canvas which shows “café art” in a similar, one per post, style. It has fewer followers and has been seen about half as often.
This post will be seen by even fewer visitors. This blog is just about as invisible as they come, yet it can be reached by a single click from the gateway site.