The number of hits here is much higher than I was when I was using WordPress.
The readership is modest, but steady, and growing. It is a step in the right direction.
So in the beginning of the year, the domain name was DangerousWoman.Org.
Now it is AlexandraKitty.com, a domain name I had over a decade ago, but let it lapse, lost it, and recently got it back.
I had a very bad year.
I mean, just terrible, horrible, no good, very bad.
It is getting better, but yesterday was a real bitch, and today is not that much better.
Yes, I am a saint.
And it drives my enemies crazy.
But even though the last two days were nasty, I had great news, too.
And it is the first time in a long time where there was great news at all.
Even by random chance, there should have been some good with the bad, but it was bad, bad, bad, and then horrific.
And then even worse.
Saint Alexandra, indeed.
But enough about those cryptic comments, let's discuss this site, and what how it has evolved.
The most popular posts, strangely enough, have no or little mention of journalism, which may surprise you.
Or not, since journalism is off the rails.
It is all the ones about war strategy.
From Sun Tzu to Saul Alinsky, the bulk of hits comes from those entries, but by a ridiculously wide margin, and it surprises me because I am known for writing about journalism, and not war strategy.
Then the Who is She? section, The List of People Everyone Should Know, and then A Dangerous Woman’s Manifesto.
If I were to switch course, drop the journalism talk altogether, and stuck to war strategy, I would probably see the numbers I had in my Chaser heyday, if not better. It is that much of a difference. It certainly gives me something to think about.
I put all of my current short fiction here as well as Ello, but my Ello numbers are far more robust in that category.
I do have people who come here just for the fiction; so I will continue to post them here as well as well as offer them in ePub format through Amazon and Kindle, which has other offerings as well.
So as I am weaving in Chaser and A Dangerous Woman, I have to come to grips with the fact that talking about journalism isn’t working as well. I should just flat-out do F.R.E.E.D. and show, not tell.
That just leaves my artistic endeavours. I want to bring back Cavewoman Graffiti. I used to draw it with a Sharpie (no sketching), scan it on the computer, upload it to my tablet or phone, and then tweak it with software before posting it.
I used to post them to Ello, but I am thinking of bringing it here — hairy legs and all.
I want to get back to my other arts and my music — yes, I do music, but as you might guess, my music is eccentric as I love the theremin.
I used to play the lefthander’s tuba, but so far, I am having a hard-time finding a tuba for lefties.
I want a snazzy one, too.
I would like to resume podcasting and start videos here.
But that needs to be rolled out, and done so with a firm plan. I want this site to be an entire experience.
When I did Chaser a decade ago, I tried to team-up with European researchers who were experimenting with AI, and I wanted to have a blog run on AI and not be a linear scroll. It didn’t work out, but now I can see that I don’t actually need to do it because there is another way to achieve it without it.
So 2018 brought many elements. I gathered all of the elements I want and need. It is now just a matter of putting them together.
I have been distracted, and some of that is on me. If 2018 had standout lessons for me, it is that you can be too responsible and honourable. Sometimes, the answer isn’t “no”, but an eloquent, “Fuck you.”
So I doubt that the 2019 version will have any resemblance to what I have going right now.
So there is a light at the end of this tunnel.
Chaser used to be a cocktail party for the intellectual badasses with great taste in music.
AlexandraKitty.com is the culmination of a lot of deep and relentless soul-searching.
And I am lit about that, darlings…more tea to spill about it all later!