A whim is an odd or fanciful idea, something kooky you suddenly decide to do, like dress up like a chicken or drive to Vegas.
A whim can be a sudden impulse or a change of mind, like if you go shopping for school clothes but instead buy a pink cowboy hat. Whim is a shortened version of the equally silly soundingwhim wham which means “fanciful object,” like a tiny snow globe that plays “Hava Nagila.” If you go for a drive on a whim, you could wind up anywhere, perhaps even back to the store to return that snow globe.
from http://www.vocabulary.com/ (a great little online dictionary that is interactive)
I just spent $25 to convert this blog to its own domain – one of those occasions where I just acted impulsively without going into the ins and outs over whether there is any benefit (apart from shortening the URL). Maybe I have a hunch that it will provide an incentive for writing more and better. Maybe it signals renewed commitment to this exercise. Maybe I’m more a chip off the old block and am starting to throw little bits of hard earned moolah around more freely in my advancing years, just like my late pater did. Anyway, $17 for an annual registration plus $8 to keep the scammers and moochers at bay is not going to break the bank. And I may pick up a few tips along the way.
2 thoughts on “Acting on a whim”
I think it is a splendid idea to convert to your own domain, it gives you a deeper sense of ownership among other, more technical, advantages and yes, probably a commitment to write, write, write! It’s only by frequent writing/updates that the search engines will catalog you. And, actually, if what I read today is correct (from Google) blogs are typically indexed more frequently than static websites due to frequent content updates.
I had a static website for 5 years, worked very hard at SEO, made it to page 3 out of several million sites (on Google using the search term “photo restoration” )… but, I gave it up. It wasn’t worth the cost or frustration to me to try to sell a product for which there seemed to be no market other than through fraternizing with local photographers.
You have a good product/message, you do have an audience, as long as you have a message. 😀
Thanks, grannydog. Great tips, great affirmation 🙂