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So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersehen, Goodbye

For those you have been with the column from the beginning, you’ll remember that I said the first day that this was meant to be an experiment. That first week I had 22 readers and did four radio interviews.

The numbers grew quickly to around 6,000 readers per day, and the radio interviews continued, sometimes one or two a week. The heights were two days when the column was about the death of a young woman in Iran named Nada. Readership exceeded 11,000 each day.

Then something happened. No one knows what…I have been on the telephone and sending e-mail messages back and forth at a furious rate. Readership began to drop, slowly at first, then pretty quickly, until now there are less than 100 readers per day. This column takes quite a bit of work and over the Labor Day weekend I did a survey and the overwhelming response was to let it go, for now. Since most of the columns for September had been done, I decided to wait until the end of this month, just in case the readership numbers began to climb again. But alas, then have never been higher than 100 all month.

The staff at My Daily Column ;)

The staff at My Daily Column 😉

One of the things I wanted to accomplish was to fulfill a dream of being a daily columnist, and I believe I was able to do that.

Another was to improve my love for writing, but that didn’t happen. I sit find it hard, painful and I still hate it as much as ever. But I am very gratified by the wonderful comments I received for the last seven months about my writing talent. I have been told I am a good writer, and that I need to write more. Those are some very generous thoughts, and I am humbled by them.

The final desire was to learn to be a tighter, more concise writer, and I do believe I have been able to do that.

Well, this experiment is over…for now. When I figure out a few things, then perhaps I’ll be able to make a comeback. Check every once in a while to see. Those on the e-mail list will be notified if it happens. And if you would like to be put on the e-mail list, send me a message to ric@ricmorgan.com and let me know.

One part of me is sorry to see it end, and another is glad it’s over. I live in paradox daily, so divided feelings like that are not unusual for me.

If you have any ideas, let me know.

God bless all of you who have stuck it out. I hope there were one or two columns you liked well enough to consider them favorites.

Bye.

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Change

“Life can either be accepted or changed.
If it is not accepted, it must be changed.
If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.” – Unknown

Change is good.

Since starting this column on March 3rd of this year it has changed and evolved. First is the number of daily readers. My Daily Column started with 22 readers and now has between 4,000 to 5,000 per day with spikes into 11,000 for two days. That’s remarkable growth.

Next, is the willingness to be open and listen to what my readers have to say. I have gotten about 200 e-mails over the last couple of months basically saying the same thing, “I love the column, but it’s just too long.”

Since March the bulk of the columns have been around 1,000 words per day—the typical length for newspaper columns. There have been a few days where it has gone as long as 2,500 words. I felt it took that many words to tell the story or make the point I wanted to make. A couple of times I have divided long columns into parts to make it easier to read, so you don’t have to spend so much time any one day reading this blog.

Graphics - MDC - Change

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But with the many people taking the time to make that comment (and I love all your messages), I decided to shorten the columns to no more than 600 words or less. In Monday Lite and in Cheers and Jeers on Fridays it may seem longer because of the layout. So starting today, you will have less to read, so you have time to do more fun things with your time.

Finally, I have been writing columns two to three weeks ahead of schedule in the event of an emergency or something comes up that prevents me from writing for a while. For example, this column was written on August 13th. But there have been a few people who have recommended that one way to make the Cheers and Jeers columns shorter, or at least seem that way, is to be more topical. The only problem with that is what I have already mentioned. However, while I will still work ahead, I can always reschedule a column in order to write about a more current topic.

So there you have it. Changes are here, and I hope you like them, and if you have any more ideas on how to improve My Daily Column, just send an e-mail to ric@ricmorgan.com.

By the way, a lot of you have stated you like the addition of the pictures, because they help break up the flow of the column, and Cheers and Jeers is your favorite column. Numbers spike on Friday and continue through the weekend. Speaking of which, the number of hits for each day of the week go up over the weekend. That must mean people are reading a whole weeks worth on Saturday or Sunday. Monday Lite is not doing as well as I hoped, but it’s still new, so I’m going to give it more time to see if it grows before I decide whether to keep it or not. It does get a lot of feedback, though, from the people who do read it. (548 words with the quote).

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