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May 28, 2006

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An Emily Dickinson poem for you mon ami

Namaste in advance ;)

Al

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Tell all the Truth but tell it slant---
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightening to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind---

"The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind---"

That's awesome Al, thanks!

As someone who hopes that my blog will get more people interested and active in the fair trade movement, I think that when green bloggers say they "don't care about traffic or links or attention," it often means that they will continue to write about those issues even if they're not popular.

Meaning: I DO want people to get turned on to fair trade and environmental issues via green LA girl. However, I'm not going to do stuff specifically geared towards increasing traffic or attention -- say, talking about Britney Spears or posting naked pics of self -- to make people read about these issues.

I do think that bloggers could be more honest about their motivations though. Instead of saying one doesn't care at all, one could say I care, but I'm not going to change my content specifically to get more traffic --

If we were all about traffic, we'd be writing celebrity gossip blogs ;P

Thanks green la girl. I get you.

So here's a hypothetical question:

It's pretty much a given that if you blog about certain topics you will greatly increase your traffic from search engine hits.

You can use the Google Zeitgeist, you can check out the hot searches on Yahoo, you can find out what is hot.

Let's say you weave in a mention of a hot topic or two relating it to your green topic at hand. Does that cross some line?

Example: grab the latest picture of some celeb coming out of Starbucks and muse about whether they're aware of the latest issues going on with Starbucks and fair trade, which you of course explain.

I guarantee you'd start to see tons of search engine traffic coming to your site, without really having to blog about celeb gossip.

I can hear the howls of indignation that some bloggers would have at the very idea, but really...doesn't it serve a higher goal of education and spreading the word? Is that so wrong?

(Not that I actually do this of course, but I know I would see results if I did.)

What do y'all think?

I guess I wouldn't have a problem with that scenario, although I don't think I would think to do it myself unless I actually saw a specific celebrity coming out of a Starbucks with my own eyes...

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