Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tooting my own horn

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it.

First, you know how I said my visitor counter practically went "ZING!" after Kelley sent out the bat signal on her podcast? I was ecstatic that people were visiting my blog, never mind actually reading what I wrote. Tool Man, however, instantly wanted to know if this meant I would make money instead of just doing this for free. I told him that making money wasn't the point here; it's about knitting, and blogging, and writing. He, of course, looked at me like I had three heads. So, I added a couple of Google AdSense over there on the left. Strictly stuff that relates to what I write about. So, if you click on the ads, I'll get a few paltry cents. That way, I can tell Tool Man this is a money making enterprise. Just before I take whatever pittance it earns and spend it on yarn.

Oh, yeah, yarn and the sweater I've been slogging along on. This is no longer just knitting; it's become slogging. Miles and miles of stockinette. What was it I said about being a glutton for punishment at the meetup last weekend? Here's a picture of it at the meetup last Sunday:

See it right there on the table? That blob of 7 stitches per inch on US 4 needles? I've knitted on this thing for five days and finally made it down past the bust darts and down past the waist shaping. So today I put the stitches on waste yarn for a try on. I have at least 8 inches to go before I can bind off. The good news is: I will have plenty of yarn to finish, even with changing from short sleeves to 3/4 sleeves. The bad news is: I swear the amount left on the cone has not changed and I've been knitting on this thing for 3 weeks. But, I'm still in love with the feel of the bamboo.

Next, I added a "Subscribe to Posts" link down there at the bottom of the blog. You can subscribe to the feed and get my posts sent right to your email if you want. Of course, if you do that, it will completely ruin the thing I'm reallying tooting my own horn about. That would be my standing on Google. Go to Google; type in "tiggywinkle", and click the SEARCH button. Go ahead; I'll wait.

See that? My blog comes up on the FIRST PAGE! That's right, it's #7 out of a possible 24,500. All because of PDX Knit Bloggers, the Yahoo Group, and Kelley. Which brings me back to the first paragraph up there. If I can figure out a way to make this thing pay, not only will I not have to find a job but I could stay home knitting and blogging all day. Now, THAT'S a plan.


  1. 'Ooray, 'ooray for you! (Yes, I know, Tiggywinkle isn't really connected to Wind In The Willows, but that's the first children's book I always think of. [g]) Congrats on the stats! And on making it further on the slog - er, sweater. Just keep thinking of how gorgeous it's going to look when done. And maybe some wine or something. ;)

    Btw, I finally noticed your little hedgehog. Love it!

    (P.S. I am still innocent.)

  2. The sweater is gorgeous and I can't wait to see it when you've finished it.

    Congrats also on the stats and on making it to the first page in Google! That's a great milestone.

  3. Go, you! I've thought of putting adsense on my blog, but honestly don't get enough traffic that it would add much of anything.

    Can't wait to see that sweater - the yarn is just luscious.

  4. Slog on, sister! You know you're goig to have one heck of a nice sweater when you're finished. :)

    I added a few AdSense links to my blog, too. So far, I think I've made $2.37! But it's not the money that counts, is it? It's being able to say, "I make money on my blog!" :)

    Oh, and yes, the lace socks in progress on my blog are the ones I was starting at the meet-up. The color is awesome, isn't it? :)


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