Friday, January 13, 2012

Blog Thoughts at the End of a Good Week

It's been a fun week on the blog. I really appreciate each of you who read and especially all of you commenting this week. It's an interesting time to live in downtown Knoxville. On that front, Jack Neely wrote an excellent article, "A Sense of Moment," discussing the current state of downtown that I read several times. I'd strongly urge you to check it out.

I'm going to end the week with some news about the blog. There are some very cool things happening. Primary among them is that The Hillville, which is an online journal about urban Appalachia, used a large number of my photographs for their Knoxville issue this week. They also profiled me in a photo essay entitled "Viewing Knoxville." I'd encourage you to give them a visit. I think you'll enjoy it.

Other big news for the blog includes my first pay check! Google has finally decided that enough of you have visited and clicked their ads that I they should send me $105.99. This covers a period from June 2010 through December 2011. During that time I wrote 452 posts. With everything that goes into a post, I'd guess I average four hours per post once I've attended an event, chosen and edited photographs, written the content, posted a link on Facebook and posted the pictures to Facebook and the other various activities that goes into building traffic. Some posts take more time, some less. That means I've earned about 23 cents a post or about 6 cents an hour. Not shabby! I think I'll keep my day job.

Stuck Inside of K'ville casting a long shadow in this town!

According to Google, Stuck Inside of Knoxville passed another significant milestone on Monday of this week when the total page-view count surpassed 100,000. The first hundred thousand took just over nineteen months. The next hundred thousand will be attained much more quickly.

That brings us to the things you can do, if you haven't already:

  • Click "Join this Blog" to the right of this post and become a follower. This allows you to read the blog via Google Reader, but more importantly, you get your profile picture posted on the blog! How cool is that? We need to move that number up over one hundred. That really shouldn't be a problem.
  • Fill in and submit your e-mail address to receive e-mail updates every time I post. Just click on the confirmation link when the e-mail arrives and you are in the know!
  • Friend Knoxville Urban Guy on Facebook
  • "Like" Stuck Inside of Knoxville on Facebook. There you'll find well over a thousand pictures of people and places in Knoxville, nicely arranged and waiting for your pleasure.
  • Tell your friends! See a post you like? Forward the link to a dozen of your closest friends. Post a link on your Facebook page. You are interested in downtown Knoxville and you know other people who are interested as well. Spread the word.
  • Consider becoming a sponsor. Have an established business downtown and like what I'm doing to promote the smaller businesses? Sponsor a link. Have a small business and want to put a link or image in front of thousands of people each month who are interested in downtown? Let me know.
Mostly, just keep on reading. That's the only thing that really made all the hours worthwhile and I appreciate each of you. Knowing that any day I write there will be 150 to 300 (and increasing) readers taking a look is a pretty awesome feeling for a writer. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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At January 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Greg said...

I like the "planning for greatness" article on Hillsville (although the comment that "there isn’t a whole lot of space left to work with" is obviously wrong -- there are plenty of surface parking lots downtown to build on yet). Thanks for the link to that site.

I don't know about Neely's article. How does he know important things aren't being discussed and businesses hatched downtown? None of us can predict what the next big thing will be. It may already be underway in Knoxville, and Neely would be as unaware as the rest of us.

At January 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

Hey Greg,
I agree about the space comment, but I'm happy to see the journal up and running. I think what resonated with me in the Neely article was the idea that we need to move past how cool we are becoming, stop being measured by our diminished, recent past and start being what we are. I also thought the comment about the danger of becoming like an Epcot version of a city makes sense to me. I've had the same thought from time to time. On other points, you are probably right.

At January 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

Hi Urban Guy,
Is there any chance that the musical Les Miserables which recently appeared in Knoxville will get a write-up? Did you get a chance to see it? I thought it was significant that such a large-scale and popular musical appeared at the Tennessee Theater, and that it garnered enough interest for almost a week-long run. In fact, I enjoyed seeing it more at the Tennessee than at the Pantages in Hollywood. That was my first visit to the Tennessee Theater... what a beautiful restoration! Hopefully the success of the show spells good things for Knoxville's theater scene and we can continue to attract Broadway shows to the area!

At January 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

I'm so glad you got a chance to see the inside of the Tennessee Theater. It is magnificent. I see only the occasional musical and I missed this one, so no write-up. I'm a blogger on a budget, so I have to pick and choose a bit. Of course, if you are offering to do a guest spot . . .

At January 16, 2012 at 9:31 PM , Blogger John in Knoxville said...

Urban Guy, congrats on the write up in Hillville. I love that blog. It's one of my favorites. I for one am crusading against the surface parking epidemic downtown (of course you already knew that) using awareness. My blog on Knoxville spaces focuses on historical buildings that have been lost to the wrecking ball in a misguided notion of progress. I want it to be a visual representation of what has been lost. Check out my latest post,

At January 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

Hey John,
As usual, you do an excellent job bringing the past alive. I definitely want to know how you access the pictures you use and how you format them. Keep posting. I've linked my blog to your blog. I hope it helps.

At January 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

Sorry you missed it! I'm not much of a writer, but I'd love to write up something about the show if you'd like! I think it would be interesting to look at Knoxville's ability to sustain a Broadway scene.

At January 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Knoxville Urban Guy said...

Don't sell yourself short. Email me a write up and a "look at Knoxville's ability to sustain a Broadway scene."

At January 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM , Anonymous Niki King said...

Hi guys,

I just looked at John's blog for the first time. Very cool. There is a blog in Louisville called Broken Sidewalk that just ran a great story with maps about how much of a problem surface parking is in our city too. And Urban Guy, you've been so busy the last few weeks. As usual, I love the pics, and the idea of the intersection of Church and State. The blogosphere in Knoxville is top quality. You guys do a great job.


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