1Well God, yeah. A bit of a no-brainer, no?

As I wrote here in describing the genesis of this blog’s name, there was nothing premeditated or concerted about it. It was a name that simply “happened” in response to a parallel thought I had about something completely unrelated.

My SEO for this site pretty tight. It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, of course.  This is a never-ending mission of updating, fixing and adding/subtracting. A blog should never be a static mantelpiece you sit and “admire” indefinitely.  Despite the mechanics of SEO (which tend to be very formulaic), there is a human, non-robotic element to a blog’s appeal which can only be ushered in by conscious human effort, not by equations or scores.

It’s fantastic if you create an optimal environment for your site’s visibility, but what about the blog itself, its meat and bones; its content? This is the shit you can’t repair with a plug-in or algorithm. The most basic element is the name. A blog name can be curious, it can be threatening, it can be puzzling, it can be inconspicuous and it can be familiar. The name is the most rudimentary trait affecting our initial impression. We’ve been using the internet for over 20 years and have grown jaded. We are privy to the signals that scream scam and all other bullshit subterfuge to get our money, identity, passwords, maybe all of the above.

Given this, I understand most readers will instinctively discount the words “tragic dog video” when they pop up in their search results. Most people, if not animal lovers, at least like animals enough that they don’t want to see anything bad happen to little doggies. I understand this, but you know what?

I don’t care.

I like the name of my blog and I’m keeping it.  tragic dog video is a filter mechanism: those who dismiss rashly and meekly are not my audience. Those who boldly stick their nose in the dirt for curiosity’s sake are the ones I want.

That said, I’ve accepted too that using tragic dog video as my communal blog identity on other sites is more harmful to my traffic as most blog owners or readers will tend to avoid my comment, and hence, a curious click, since the handle is the sole criteria as opposed to a home page or post title or content. I’ve slowly transitioned to using “Bartleby TDV” an internet identity.

Regardless, the tragic doggie will remain.

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