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Saturday, May 3, 2014

A #Blog about a blog. By John von Daler

                   It is my blog's anniversary! Let us take stock after this first year. I started publishing here on May 4, 2013. The idea was to stimulate interest in my work, and thus in my book, "Pieces: A Life in Eight Movements and a Prelude" (WiDo Publishing).
I think the first part of the plan worked; "Pieces, a bitty blog" has been looked at slightly less than twenty-two thousand times (22,000). Three hundred and six posts (306) have been perused and plussed and commented on by about 1600 readers pr. month.
                I am not certain that the blog is selling my book, though I do not have accurate statistics on my booksales as yet. Perhaps people who read blogs do not have time to read books or perhaps my readers are mostly writers who have as little time as I do to read other peoples' work: like me, they spend their time working on their blogs and reading a few others and commenting on comments. Buying books is something they do in an airport, on vacation, tomorrow, maybe, or perhaps hardly at all.
                My aim with the blog has been to choose subjects that interested me, not scandalously personal, but still close to home. The blogs usually come about through a process of juxtaposition: an idea meets a fact meets a feeling meets an angle and then I write.
                For about eight months I managed one blog or more pr. day. Then the book came out and a dear friend got very sick, so I cut the number down to three a week. In the beginning the blogs were very short. Later I found a length (between three or four paragraphs and three or four pages) that suited me. Now I have found a nice rhythm that fits in with my life and my thinking.
                I have not become much wiser about blogging during this process. The blogs I love the most are not often those that people read most. I still have not found what I think is the ideal time of day to publish, especially since I am targeting audiences in at least two parts of the world. My predictions of the reactions I will get are often way off the mark.
                Until now I have had almost 10000 readers from the U.S.A., more than 6000 from Denmark, about 700 from Russia, 500 from the U.K., 300 from Finland, 270 from Germany, 120 from Serbia, 90 from France, 80 from Greece, and assorted hits from many other places: Santa Lucia, Hong Kong, India, Spain, Iran, China, and Australia just to mention a few.
                Individual readers have come and gone and come back again, even as the total audience steadily grew from just a few stalwart friends to interested people around the world.
                If you want to peruse old subjects, have a look at the following sampling of topics and people. You can use the search engine on the first page of johnvondaler.blogspot.dk to find the appropriate blogs if you are interested in chasing down subjects. At the bottom of the blog page there is a selection of the most popular ones.
               
In 306 posts I have written about:
Authors: Roth, Updike, Garcia Marquez, Karen Blixen, Sherwood Anderson, H.C. Andersen, Drachmann, Agee, Voltaire, Proust, Robert Frost, Laing, Shakespeare, Sartre...
Painters: Vermeer, Rembrandt, Breughel, Hammershøj, Henning Dreyer, Troels Brandt, Utrillo, Høst, Monet...
Composers: Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Bach, Mozart, Carl Nielsen, Satie, Poulenc, Waldteufel...
Countries: Denmark, U.S.A., Greece, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, Mexico, Italy, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Greenland...
Movie People: Bergman, Widerberg, Fellini, Marx Brothers, Scarlett Johannesen, Penelope Cruz, Helen Hunt, Branagh...
Food: Morels, Chantarelles, Guacamole, Tortillas, Slow Baking, Mozarella, Basil, Green Beans, Ouzo, Retsina...
Musicians: Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Niels-Henning Ørsted Petersen, Palle Mikkelborg, Don Cherry, Sonny Rollins, Gene Krupa, Jan Johansson...
Topics: suicide, loneliness, childishness, competition, drawing, symbolism, writing, language, performing, death, puppets, acting, champagne, violins, sentimentality, abbreviation, kites, dances, baseball, soccer, Fado, jamming, reading, recording, love, boredom...
                Oh, and remember: Please buy the book. That is what this is all about.






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