Taking Stock of the Blog

We are now almost three months into the grand Engineered Reality experiment, and it is time to take stock.

Status Quo

Here is a snapshot at where we are at:

  • We have published more then 25 posts, or an average of one posting every second day
  • We have not yet been in a situation where we have had to delete a published posting
  • Some postings have been v-e-r-y long and most postings have been long.  A few postings have been short, but even these have probably longer than advised in most blog guidelines
  • We have received (unsolicited) suggestions about changing (or, as we like to think of it, dumbing down) our format and style, and we have rejected these suggestions
  • We are spending an increasing amount of time on this blog.   As the blog is getting more traction and we are setting more and more stringent requirements for the quality of the postings, the research burden associated with each posting is increasing correspondingly
  • We are increasingly spending donation money on research
  • We have touched upon a variety of subjects, including, but not limited to investment, war, Napoleon, trading, business, blogging, weeds, Adlertag, Fall Blau, movies, and Nigerian Scams
  • We have a steady growth in the number of blog visitors and hits, and we receive good responses on our posting polls.
  • Our posting polls has yielded mostly positive results.  Exceptions have been polls in our postings related to MER Telemanagement Systems (here, here, and here,) which generated what I would characterize as fire-storms in the polls, but, oddly, not comments (more about this below.)
  • Although we have received extensive feedback through the polls and the steadily growing list of followers, we have received very few “likes” and comments in the blog
  • The number of followers is steadily increasing.  Surprisingly, most followers register for direct electronic mail notifications, rather than registering through Twitter and WordPress’ native follow function
  • We have received cash donations ranging from $2.50 to $100 with postings that relate to investing in specific equities having generated most cash donations.   We have also received non-cash donations. We have wanted to thank the donors in our blog, but, so far, every donor has requested to remain anonymous.   Generally, the velocity of donations are increasing, while the amounts are stable
  • We have — to date — applied absolutely no Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques
  • We continue to use WordPress’ free hosting and the WordPress-infected domain name, reflecting our decision to minimize our operating costs
  • To date, we have spent no donation dollars on advice for our blog.  We expect this to change, however, as we hit a plateau in our uptake
  • We have experimented with tweaking posting headings to test a contention related to James Altucher’s blog, but we have never tweaked our postings headings with the sole purpose of driving more traffic to our blog
  • We have uncovered an emerging Western Union related crime wave originating in the Czech Republic
  • We have provided a concise example of how our investment paradigm can yield substantial, quick gains

Most and Least Interest

Because of the way we have structured the blog with an endless flowdown page structure, it is difficult to accurately determine what posts gets most and least hits. And, of course, the fact that a posting gets many hits does not mean it is popular — far from it, in fact.

As of today, WordPress’ built-in Most Popular meter, which you can see in the bar on the right (I think,) indicates that the About section is the most visited part of this blog, which is the way it should be since I urge readers to review our policies every time they visit the blog. Closely following this are two investment postings related to investment in MER Telemanagement Systems and Mind CTI, respectively, which is somewhat consistent with the available statistics about inbound hits.

Most inbound hits come from seach engines (mostly from Google,) and an amazing amounts of inbound hits come from Google’s image search function (including a recent surge related to Western Union.) The two postings that have received most inbound hits relate to balance sheets and the fixing of a piece of software distributed by the hard drive manufacturer Western Digital (no connection to Western Union, of course.)

The software fix posting contains a direct link to the appropriate download location for the fix on Western Digital’s site, and more than 50% of the people who link to the posting, follows this link, making an outbound hit to Western Digital, presumably downloading the fix. The problem that the fix solves is a real nuisance and, so, the posting provides real, tangible value to the readers who connect to it. The posting has a poll and has a suggested donation of something like $5, but, interestingly, this posting has not generated one single donation or one single poll result, although, for sure, it has saved the readers at least one hour of work (and probably more.) This shows you, I think, that people interested in computers are cheapskates.

Articles that blend lessons in warfare and business receives quite a high number of inbound hits from search engines, but, surprisingly, the search keywords leading to the hits are mostly on the warfare side — not on the business side. Go figure.

It is really hard to say which postings are getting the least hits, but the most unpopular postings, as measured by poll results, related to three articles about investments in MER Telemanagement Systems. In these postings I contended that, broadly speaking, a recent surge in MER Telemanagement Systems trading volume and capitalization was a function of speculation and that, all else being equal, there is a real risk that trading or investing in the company’s equity will lead to a loss, and this contention generated a lot of v-e-r-y negative poll feedback.

Although, I was at first surprised over this, I am now clear that this was to be expected and is entirely consistent with speculation and the emotional state of anyone who is caught up in a speculative wave (by the way, to date, I have shown to be right, and I think that the next 6 months will also show me to be right.)

Recent Changes and What I Expect to See

I have made some structural changes to the blog, including the addition of a FAQ section and the move of the Upcoming Postings section from the right to the top of the page.

There are two things that I am working hard on right now:

  • First, I am attempting to complete three key postings that have been in an embryonic phase since the start of this blog (dealing, respectively, with my investment paradigm, donations, and a specific investment opportunity.) To date I have been struggling to complete these postings for reasons that are not clear to me.
  • Second, I am interested in a line of thinking by a fellow named Robert on his blog, named My Multiple Incomes, that the trick to economic freedom is having multiple income streams on all levels, including inside blogs. I want to experiment with his approach (to the extent that I can) and share the results with you, the reader.

Show Your Support

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