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I’ve been so busy trying to set up my new damn router that I missed the fact that this blog has been around a whole year now. Which is no big deal to anybody but me.  In fact, when I think about it, it’s no big deal to me either. But I enjoy writing here, so I think I’ll be hanging around for a good while yet.

When I first started out here, I was checking my stats incessantly and then some. I’m still stat-checking way too much but a lot less than in the early days. But I do think I’ve got something not too far off Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when it comes to the whole ‘checking’ business. It’s not just 2planets but also my other websites, my emails, the forums I visit and (especially) the Google Adwords account I use for a commercial site. Most of this checking seems to be done without very much conscious attention and sometimes I realise I’ve not even registered what the stats actually are.

I did a quick Google search and it wasn’t too much of a surprise to find out that I’m not alone when it comes to excessive stat-checking. Some people are totally obsessed with their stats and can check them dozens of times a day. Made me feel a lot better – but then I noticed some of the stats they were quoting: ‘around a 1000 a day’, ‘usually 500-700 a day – but I’ve only been going about 3 weeks…’, ‘up to 4000 uniques’.

Stroll on – the one and only day I hit 200 visitors (a fluke) I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Well, not really, but it did give me a little boost. So I started reading about some of the strategies people suggest for increasing blog visitors (other than having interesting/topical content and good writing skills) and I realised I’m a total novice when it comes to blog promotion — I’ve done nothing, other than add this blog to a handful of blog directories.

I’m not sure yet if I will be employing any of the strategies I’ve been reading about. I’ve got mixed feelings about the whole business of ‘promoting’ a blog and why visitor numbers should be that important in the first place. I think I’d be a lot less relaxed about writing here if I knew it was going to be read by a large number of people and I’d feel pressured to keep up some (admittedly, non-existent) standard when it comes to what I write. I wonder if the writers of hugely popular blogs enjoy their blogging as much as they did in the days when they were just starting off and if they now feel more pressured to ‘produce the goods’.

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I’ve just remembered I’m supposed to be writing about shoes this week.  Here are a couple of pairs that I actually like — both from the Eley Kishimoto spring/summer 2007 collection.

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The top pair have a kind of retro 1970’s look about them, I feel, and the shape and styling of the second pair might be reminiscent of the 1940’s era. The Eley Kishimoto website doesn’t have an online shopping facility yet, but you can buy the strappy pair at ASOS for £160. It might mean not eating for a month but, if you can still stand, you’re feet will love you for it.

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