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I Must Be Doing Something Right

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…because WordPress sent me this about seven hours ago.  Thanks much for all the support, everyone.  As I’ve said before in my anniversary articles, I’ll always try to justify this confidence in me and my words.

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Posted December 19, 2013 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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Now We Are Six

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Welcome to the beginning of my sixth year blogging about Second Life (mostly).  Every article after the fourth year has set a new record for me, but I’m definitely getting up there in terms of the Grid.  Without going into everything, the sheer number of articles I’ve written (this one is my 941st) should say something about my love of SL, or at least my determination to use Second Life as my channel for exploration and artistic expression.  I’m still holding to about 3 articles a week; and, after you filter out all the spam, I’ve had 960 comments of various kinds on here — just a little better than a comment per post.  I now have over 600 followers and subscribers via various formats; I’ve recently added in a link to a Tumblr for additional circulation, which has brought in 7 subscribers there; and it’s a rare article that doesn’t get at least one “like” star from WordPress.com readers.  Facebook finally caught up with me and locked me out, but I’ve simply switched my emphasis over to Google+, which does an excellent job.

As always, deep thanks from the virtual heart for those who have read me from the beginning, even with the occasional gaps of a week or two.  I’ve tried quantity publishing before, and I much prefer quality, beyond the fact I don’t have the time and money budget to produce an article a day.  For those who are new to this blog, welcome, and I hope you’ll stay here with me.  I can tell you that there will be an article based on RL for tomorrow — you can probably guess what it’s about.  After that, we’ll have to see what comes as it comes!

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Stake Your Claim (thanks to Strawberry Singh)

Strawberry Singh has just published an excellent article on the benefits of using the tools available to you in Google to tie your authorship in to article listings on the search engine.  It’s definitely worth a visit to read and consider if you publish a blog.  (For the record, Bing does the same thing, in a somewhat similar process.)

After putting it all together, here’s how a Google search on my name comes out:

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Part of this comes from tying your name and site in with your Google+ profile; so, if you don’t have your blog’s URL listed on your Plus profile, do so now.  Mine took a little tweaking to get it looking like this, correcting a few fields such as the profession slot.

Incidentally, if you’re on wordpress.com, as I am currently, the process isn’t the same as if you were running a self-hosted blog (wordpress.org or some other service). wordpress.com doesn’t let you alter the header blocks of your pages or get into the templates to tweak them around by hand. Relax; be strong, and fear not.1  wordpress.com gives you a simple workaround, and it’s right in your admin controls. Read the details here, and choose Tools / Available Tools to get going.

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1 Yeah, yeah, I know: “Be stoned, and fear nothing!” Now go away and do the Time Warp again.

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Posted June 7, 2013 by Harper Ganesvoort in Blogs and blogging, Reblog

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We’re Now harper-ganesvoort.com!

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You may suddenly notice several changes here at Around the Grid.  That’s because I’m now in the position to tweak a number of settings that I couldn’t do before, with a purely free blog.  That has changed now, as I’ve upgraded to a paid account on WordPress.com.  I wrestled with the thought of moving off and purchasing a self-hosted domain; but that means essentially maintaining two blogs, which I’ve tried before — not happily.  The package I’ve bought from Matt’s Minions gives me more storage space for graphics, kills the ads some of you may see if you’re not logged in as a wordpress.com user, lets me use custom fonts (and even tweak the style sheet of the blog in the future if I choose), and gives me my own domain name, all for a very reasonable price per year.  The one downside is that I still won’t be able to use external JavaScript widgets; but I’ve gotten by pretty well without those so far.

Speaking of the domain, fear not; you can still reach here via harperganesvoort.wordpress.com.  All old addresses and bookmarks will still work.  But, if you wish to keep up with the times, update your bookmarks to http://harper-ganesvoort.com/.  You have to admit, that’s a little snappier; plus I get all the existing support of wordpress.com, and their changes and additions ahead of anyone with a self-hosted .org blog.  Plus I won’t need to migrate all the graphics and goodies I have on here to a new server.

Watch in the future for another change that I’m considering for the future — works of fiction that have nothing to do with Second Life!

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Posted January 16, 2013 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted December 30, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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5 Years of Around the Grid!

Well, my ambition to write every day this month has been spoiled, but by a family emergency that I’ve been helping my husband to cope with, so I’ll claim special pleading for this.  But I wasn’t going to miss this day.

It’s been five full years, you see, since I first started publishing the bits of curiosity and supposed art that I call Around the Grid.  Not many blogs of any kind — Second Life, Real Life, fashion, news, personal, LOLcats, whatever — can claim five straight years of reasonably consistent publishing.  I haven’t always hit every week, as I’ve hoped to; but I’ve come pretty close to it, I’ve started a few traditions to add interest and uniqueness to this effort, and I think I’ve improved some over time.  I know my photography, and even my storytelling and poetry, have gotten workouts and practice in the time I’ve used Second Life as a channel for creativity.  It’s given me a way to express things I could not in the Real World, and I’ll always be thankful for that.

If you’re interested in a few stats — very few, I promise you….

…then click through to read the rest of the article.

Halfway Through NaBloPoMo November

NaBloPoMo November 2012

“I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” — Peter de Vries

November 15, and I’ve made it through half of my imposed discipline without major scathe.  I’ve needed to get “creative” with the dating twice — in other words, I’ve backdated a couple of articles when I couldn’t write on the day in question.  But, generally, I’ve managed to keep up with the goal of writing an article a day for Around the Grid throughout my anniversary month of November, which coincides with BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo November theme of “Open Writing — whatever you want to write about.”

Have I enjoyed it?  Not entirely, the reason being the next question.

Am I writing good articles?  Not really.  In order to meet my deadline every day, I’ve had to rap out short little pieces that have no meat, no real content to them.  I will admit to a lazy streak — you should see my RL house — but I also much prefer to write for quality.  I want to have time to really photograph something, choose the photos and sign them and add whatever touches I like, and then come up with good, thoughtful commentary on them that will attract someone’s attention and make them think in turn.  Yes, writing and publishing on a regular basis tends to get you more attention.  But if you don’t have anything really good to say — then where’s the sense in saying anything?  I’m firmly in the same camp as Goethe, who said the one sentence that sums up the humanities, the liberal arts, the best:  “Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”

I’ve made it this far, and I plan to complete the month of writing.  After this, though, I’ll be satisfied with my previous once or twice a week.  It gives me time to write good stuff.  And that’s what I want the most — not to be known for the amount of my output, but for the quality of my work.

Posted November 15, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta, Personal

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Shooting For a Solid Month

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A small note to let you know I’m planning to try for a solid month of blogging at least once a day here. BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo Project’s theme this month is blogging for blogging’s sake; and, while my work may be mostly photographic (with some good tips from various SLurl sources) I can possibly do this.

Wish me luck, please, and watch the post calendar in the sidebar as it advances.  We’ll see how far I can get!

Posted November 2, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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Sidebar and Blogroll Changes

I’ve done a full purge to my blogroll, removing many links that did not look active any more.  As it still stretched for inches (or centimeters) down the sidebar, I’ve also moved it to its own page; just click on the link on my masthead.

Along with this comes a revamping of other areas of the sidebar, including a high-up persistent link to my art prints for sale on Bigoom (the llink will open my current catalogue on Pinterest) and other revisions.  Please scroll through and see what catches your interest!

Posted October 11, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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Pin Me!

In the eternal quest for Domination of the Blogosphere, Around the Grid offers a variety of share buttons at the bottom of each article that will place the piece on some of the many social networks available, from Twitter to Google+, to That Which Shall Not Be Named (but it’s big and blue and people spend more time playing Farmville and Cafe World than reading entries).  And now, I’ve included a button for the new kid on the block, Pinterest.  Starting today, it’s easy to pin any of my articles up on one of your Pinterest boards, even if you don’t use the bookmarklet thoughtfully provided by the company itself.  You get to show off your interest in Around the Grid, and I get a little ego-boo and free publicity.

Pin away, people.  I’ll love you for it.  I’ll even kiss you for it.

Posted March 29, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Meta

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