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Headline Shouting and A Bit of a Garden Theme Today  

:: Monday, September 26, 2005 ::

When I don't post in my blog for a few days in a row, I feel guilty. When it's been over a week, I know I had better say something to let you know what's up.

Do you ever go through periods of time when the world around you is talking so fast that you just can't seem to get in a word edgewise? It's something like information overload. I'm learning new things, whether I want to or not, and the moments in between are overflowing with learning things I want to teach myself.

And, when I'm not learning something, I'm teaching something to someone. Whether I want to, or not.

When I finally go inside my head to find something to post about here, I look for topics that haven't already been blogged to death. Have you noticed, that now that nearly everybody has a blog, we're writing about the same topics? The only difference is how we construct the headline.

I've watched my peers experiment with headline shouting. This is where you try to create a clever headline that grabs the attention of someone who will only see that one line of information in a feed reader. The headline must contain specific key words that will get picked up by search engine bots who are hunting for them. Headline shouting is a way to compete and get read, because there's a high chance somebody else already wrote about your topic while you were in the bathroom.

So, lest you think I gave up this blog (nope!) or became ill (nope!) or am in negotiations with Google to be acquired (had you going there), well, its really nothing like that at all.

I've been reading more of what my peers are writing and letting them do all the work.

And in the "Nobody Cares Kim" Department

One of the things I've learned recently is what lettuce looks like when you don't pick it from your garden. I've been so busy that a large patch of lettuce in my garden has been left to grow unencumbered and free. Turns out this particular type (can't remember the name, sorry), grows to be 3 feet tall and the tops burst into bunches of tiny white flowers. The bunnies have been eating the lower leaves but they apparently can't reach up very high.

Looks pretty next to the basil that is also growing madly and unpicked and which also has gone to flower. I have so much basil that I've been using it as greens for flower arrangements in my house. The whole place smells like a resturant.

"We would be so happy you and me
No one there to tell us what to do
I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden with you."
(Beatles' Octopus's Garden)

:: posted by Kim Krause Berg on 9/26/2005 12:35:00 PM

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