The Power of Pinterest

TheQueen (no, not that queen) is being schooled in just how powerful Pinterest can be. She is now experiencing the viral phenomenon, so that I think her days of low hit counts are probably gone.

Phew! food is a powerful tag. LOL!

Posted on February 25, 2013 by The Queen

Yeah, pretty weak but I couldn’t help myself!! *snort*

I created an account at Pinterest last year but saw very quickly that I could lose days, no, weeks…of time at this very addictive site. So I limited my time there. (yes I should get some kind of a medal for self-control!) I pinned maybe 40 or so pics, mainly of cakes. This past week, I became a little more active by pinning another 15 or so pins and joined a group board.

Then I wrote a blog piece last Thursday based on a Facebook share by a friend in Texas. Yeah, it was the pig cake. And it became an instant hit in an unexpected way! Sort of hurt my feelings as I had nothing to with the cake’s creation. At all!!! I gave credits where credits were due, added some translations and conversions…and the more here

Even though The Queen’s piece was a mere mention of something else, it is driving traffic to her site and a significant number of people are looking at other posts while they are there. So it’s gone a long way toward building an audience however crazy it might seem to her, and this phenomenon has shown little sign of letting up.

I hope you read her post, but if you didn’t, I want to make a point. Are hit counts everything? Absolutely not. Most bloggers I know fairly well are not primarily motivated by hit counts, and I would submit if someone is writing a blog merely or even mostly for hit counts, they will lose the joy in it very quickly. But I also must say that an increase in hits helps in sustaining someone’s desire to keep at it. So long live The Queen! :D

And one last thing. I hope some of you who have been ambivalent about Pinterest will join us at the Richard Armitage Communty Pinterest Board. I don’t really pin there as much as others, but I love looking at it and think you will too.

I’m Officially Sick

Until now I’ve just been teasing. But that Sean Pruen video has me messed up in the head. LOL! Yes, I’m laughing, but it’s a kind of hysterical laugh that would creep you out if you heard it. LOL!

I don’t even want to analyze the video. Yes, I’ve analyzed others in minute detail, but I dare not tell you what I’m really thinking about some of the things I’ve looked at. Better to make it a joke. I’m having a hard time making something funny out of this:

And if that one doesn’t do it for you, then how ’bout one of these?

If you’re unmoved, then you are dead.

If Sean ever reads this entry, I hope he knows this is what happens when “viral” is a label. ;-)

Screencaps courtesy of my stash by way of Sean Pruen’s lovely video to be found here.

Making it viRAl

UPDATE: screencaps with corrected aspect ratio (below); looks more like RA.

[note: this video is sometimes set to “private” so may not play; check back sometime to try it again]

This video popped up on YouTube last week, and I was not going to put it up, but then Natalie put up a blog entry, Busting a Groove. Clever. Love that Nat!

I’m putting it up as well because my gut tells me it is him, and this is my part in making the video viRAl. LOL! Wonder how many of us will put it up on our sites. It is kind of fascinating. I took the liberty of making some screencaps. I feel like I’m analyzing the Zapruder film. Who was that on the grassy knoll, uh, yard? I’m not sure where to look to confirm it’s him, but the hands seem to be like his. Tell me what you think. Is it RA or not?

Follow-up post, Diggin’ Dorktastic.

Candid shots courtesy of my feeble efforts at capping.

edit: I have the video, but I never said that. ;-)

another edit (and almost four years later): since Tim Ward has released the video so publicly on Twitter, I’m going to post it with corrected aspect ratio. I made this at the time I first saw the video, and I have Elvira to thank for her insistence and education about AR and its importance. And if we’re going to view RA when he was a green lad, I’d rather not do it with him looking like a yard gnome.