As I looked at my blog statistics a few minutes ago, it dawned on me that apparently few others want what I want in life or care about what I care about. Either that or most others like me do nor blog or read blogs. One of my most popular posts over time had been a poem entitled “Hot Pink Toenails”. My guess is that when individuals search and find this, they are not really looking for a poem about personal identity, the topic of this poem. Maybe they have a foot fetish or are searching for some new type of nail color or pedicure. My popular recipe posts I understand. Who doesn’t want a great recipe for salmon or for tasty vegetarian dishes if you are vegetarian or entertaining vegetarian friends. But hot pink toenails. I would not even know what words to put in the search block to pull this up.
Sometimes to see if I can tag better to draw more traffic to my blog, I take a look at what visitors used for search terms. Lately, “Costa Rica jungle flowers” and “what did people wear to survive the dust bowl” showed up. Both these make sense, the latter especially since a mini form of the dust bowl seems to have returned to this area of the country. Yesterday and today, high winds and blowing dust like brown fog reigned. It has become rather tiresome and scary, given that we have had no rain in so long I cannot remember when it rained at my house. Miles of brown grass cover the landscape with the only relief being irrigated wheat fields and lawns. I do not even want to think about what would happen if someone dropped a cigarette. With a 45 mile per hour west wind like today, fire fighters would have an exceedingly difficult time.
For those who follow my blog and enjoy my posts about the environment, nature, etc., I won’t stop just because such topics often get fewer viewers. These are things I passionately care about. And for all of you who like facts, here are some to add to the fact list:
-80.000 acres of wetlands are lost annually in the US to intensifying coastal storms and sea level rise.
-The forest burn season in the western US has grown 50 per cent longer in the past 40 years.
-The once mighty Colorado River now dries up before it reaches the sea.
-Contrary to popular opinion, carbon emissions from power plants are not regulated.
-Money funneled into efforts to deny global warming and climate change, at least in the US, increasingly follow untraceable avenues. They use pass through foundations, e.g. Donors Trust.
On a lighter note if you eat salmon and wonder what is safest to eat, here is the latest. Canned salmon is safe because it is wild caught pink or sockeye salmon from Alaska with high Omega 3s and low mercury. Most frozen and fresh salmon sold in the US is Atlantic farmed salmon with much higher mercury levels. Grocery stores and packages indicate the type of salmon and whether wild caught so you can choose.