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.