I had a spike in visitors last week from a link in a couple CNN online news stories about gas prices and gouging. For most bloggers, this would be good news. It’s reasonable to expect such exposure could generate a few more regular readers. But that doesn’t much apply to Okiedoke. Looking through the logs, I see that not one visitor referred by the CNN links originated from Oklahoma. Oh, I got some from most other states and quite few places outside the country, but not one from any homies. And it doesn’t take long to realize that Okiedoke is for Okies.
I understand that Oklahomans have a lower percentage of Internet connected households than many other states. And I hold nothing against the relatively few that do have access for not patronizing CNN’s online news. But what disturbs me is that I got visitors from England! While that, in itself, is not disturbing, it is when considering this:
Indeed, a survey of taxi drivers, pub landlords and hairdressers (“often seen as barometers of popular trends” according to Reuters, though God alone knows when hairdressers became barometers of anything), by ad outfit DDB London showed that 90 per cent of barometers have not the foggiest idea what a podcast is, and an impressive 70 per cent live in blissful ignorance of blogging.
Better still, many think blogging is the same as dogging
After finding the definition of English “dogging”, and seeing how folks are not only receptive of it, but also train for it, I’m afraid most Brits will be highly disappointed in blogging, and Okiedoke especially. Judging by how happy this guy is about his job, how can blogging ever compete with this dogging thing.
Of course, as an Okie blogger, I don’t care much about what some limeys think. Though I am interested in what Oklahoma’s “barometers of popular trends” think. Problem is, I don’t know any Okie barometers myself. Therefore I’m asking any Oklahomans who have their hair done, get drunk and take a taxi home; please find out what these societal indicators think of blogging and let me know.
And go ahead and ask ’em about dogging too. I’ll venture that at least 70% think it’s bull.