Wednesday, March 24, 2010
EASY TO REGISTER
Maybe Google is some multi-universe conspiracy. They have gmail, which a lot of people use, and I do also (to forward my email). They have all kinds of programs AND they own BLOGGER which I use to create these Blog Posts.
Some people are reluctant to register to "comment" on something I write. I am reluctant to register for ANYTHING (I get tired of filling out crap web forms, so I seldom do now), but sometimes I do.
However this time I would seriously appreciate it if regular (??) or regular-irregular readers would register. Some do and land no comments. Others want to comment, without registering, and so they email me. I can handle that but things have a way of getting lost in the shuffle.
Besides the fact that I am involved in a lot of projects, commenting shares YOUR thoughts with others who read this blog. If you don't want to comment, I'm cool with that. But I would like you to register IF ONLY to be indexed, or better indexed, by Google among the zillions of Blog Posts available. I have 20 registered, which is not a lot, but I know a lot more people read this Blogster than are registered because, they write me about something they saw on here. From overseas too.
There are tons of chess Bloggonies out there and many are full of baloney (besides me). They really offer nothing new and just swipe stuff from other sites. That's not the way I operate. My experiences, including today, tend to be chess relevant. I hear directly from informed people. And I've always enjoyed passing info along, even business info I should keep to myself.
I think this Blog would eventually be good, as I say "ultimately," to get some sponsors to help pay for the time, research, and culling of my personal chess data. And to expand. Let me give you an example.
You wouldn't believe how many times I hear from chess folks who want to know when Lasker & His Contemporaries No. 6 will be issued? As a matter of fact, today I ran across a SLEW of pages I have had set aside to produce #6. They were typeset almost 20 years ago and never used. I would have to re-enter all that material again because the only copy I have has been typeset in a non-editable form! If I had "ad" sponsors, I could take a time out, redo the stuff, and publish.
My guess is that this Blog Post doesn't accept advertising, though it's OK for Google to ask me if I would like to. So the first order of business would be to set up my own Blogsville and doubtlessly that wouldn't be too hard as there are so many templates out there--still, it takes time.
As much as I like G&L CHESS, my retail arm, the $$$ for me is in my publishing experiences and the type of goods I put out--that is, Thinkers' Press. What's interesting to me is that though many people have access to software, and are nuts about chess, very, very few of them form chess publishing companies! The main reasons for this are many and maybe I will discuss this sometime in the future.
In the meantime, please register. If we bump these numbers up, then advertisers get interested because they know they will be noticed. Advertisers LOVE to be noticed!