Well, last week's nerdy musing caused a bit of a stir. Apparently I'm not the only grumpy one: it seems annoyance with "-isms" crosses gender and political affiliations. Fortunately, this week the sun came back out (finally), I went horseback riding, and we scored a really huge project. So I'm in a much better mood ;-)
But a big thank you to everyone who took the time to write. When one writes stuff for the Web, sometimes it feels like you're sending your message out into a great void, so it's really nice to know that people are out there listening. You probably don't realize that I actually do get quite a bit of e-mail even about stuff I wrote quite a while ago. For example, I got a nice note from a Computor Companion reader about this article:
which I wrote a couple years ago.
>>I just wanted to say "thank you" for the wonderful Step by Step instructions by Susan C. Daffron on the use of Word to Create a Tri-Fold Brochure. I've never done anything like this, and really can't say enough about how easy this was to follow! Being a business owner and trying to save money often leads to countless hours of time trying to figure things out...which usually ends up costing more money. This was not the case here, and I wanted to express my sincerest gratitude. Looking forward to using your website and tips again in the near future!<<
The articles we have archived on the Logical Tips, Pet Tails, and Computor Companion sites get a phenomenal amount of traffic from the Google search engine. Some people are so thrilled to have found the answer to their problem that they just have to write and say thanks. It's a great feeling to know that you helped someone, so I always write back and thank people for letting us know they appreciate the article.
If you've been around the Internet for a while, you've probably read about some of the "search optimization" tricks people try and pull to outwit the search engines and get more people to visit a web site. But as far as I can tell, nothing is better than good content. People use Google because it is smart enough to find the type of quality articles that get read by visitors who need the information.
Of course, Google's search engine dominance is good news for those of us who write. More visitors means more people find out we exist, and in turn, might want to buy our products or services. So even out here in the middle of nowhere, our articles give us a voice in the Internet wilderness.