Happy 2020 - Update Blitz Begins

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  1. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 12 months ago

    This thread is for:

    - Bragging about your latest updating accomplishments.

    - Lamenting about all obstacles and outright sabotage that all-things-internet has and will be throwing in our paths.

    - Tips and warnings for others you may want to share.

    - Debating about the value of doing updates to get the 2020 tag.

    - Anything else that is even remotely relevant.

    - Surviving New Year's Eve.

    - Surviving New Year's Day.

    - Surviving Year 2020.

    I'll start.

    6:15 am New Year's Day. Stayed home last night, figured the chaos would do just fine without me. Working on my first cup of coffee New Year's Day. Interestingly, I had two cab rides New Year's Eve (home by dusk), both drivers were a total mess and the night hadn't even begun; I'd bet both of them would have interesting tales to tell today.

    Update: according to my cell phone, Uber network has crashed.

    Most of my updating will be on my website. I'll update one article on HP, if it survives the curators/editors, I'll consider doing the other articles.

    For unknown reasons (hopefully intuition), I am looking forward to 2020.

    1. OldRoses profile image97
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I've been dreading this day because of all the articles that I will have to start updating.  I strategized throughout December on how to update the most articles in the most efficient manner.  I want to start linking my articles.  Adding latin names where appropriate.  Then I came up with the bright idea of reviewing all of the questions on my articles to see what I needed to add/change.  Hundreds of questions for hundreds of articles.  I think I just want to go back to bed so I don't have to face this.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image61
        paradigmsearchposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I'll be doing a little a day and only as long as it's fun. Meanwhile, HP gets its first 2020 bonus point for already updating their copyright date. big_smile

  2. DrMark1961 profile image99
    DrMark1961posted 12 months ago

    I have three with the 2020 date so far. I am hoping to go through at least 3 more today--or maybe not.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image61
      paradigmsearchposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Updated my main page, published a new article from draft, updated an existing article. Anything I do beyond that today is gravy.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image99
        DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

        I published my longest article to date this morning. In the past I always posted "five best" or "seven best" but Google only seems interested now in lists that include everything. My list this morning included 18 different breeds. I fail to see how this is a benefit to the reader. (Remember back in the day when Google said that you were supposed to write for the reader? Now we are told how to write for the featured snippet.)
        Anyway, after that effort anything else is gravy!

  3. eugbug profile image99
    eugbugposted 12 months ago

    So looks like we're in the Roaring Twenties so smile

    1. DrMark1961 profile image99
      DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Oh no, how will we enjoy the twenties when we know about the impending stock market fall?

  4. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 12 months ago

    We've all been repeatedly told to update our most popular articles first, so I got re-inspired and did two more.

  5. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image97
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 12 months ago

    I created a spreadsheet of all of my articles and am ready to dig in on updates - as soon as I get my house cleaned up...

    1. paradigmsearch profile image61
      paradigmsearchposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I do that all the time, except I mix the two. I use each to take a break from the other. In fact, that's my plan for the entire day today (01/02/2020). For me, that makes the housework a non-drudgery; instead it's just a break from the article work, and it's always good to give the eyes periodic rests from the computer screen.

    2. OldRoses profile image97
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I don't bother with spreadsheets.  On the statistics page, I simply sort my articles by most page views ever and work my way down the column.  It's easy to keep track of which ones I have already done because the changed column indicates the date of the last edit.  You're welcome.

  6. Thelma Alberts profile image93
    Thelma Albertsposted 12 months ago

    Happy New Year 2020 everyone! I hope we will have a successful year in our lives as well as on HubPages.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 12 months ago

    Well, 4 more website articles gloriously updated; and we're talking significant modifications, not just changing a comma or two.

    Meanwhile, am gazing at the HP article I want to update. The changes are going to take me more than one session. In other words, multiple curator/editor entanglements lie ahead. What with the several disasters of the past, I haven't yet been able to bring myself to engage.

    1. OldRoses profile image97
      OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      I updated all of my articles in 2019.  To my horror, I am discovering that quite a few need significant revisions.  I don't understand how I or the editors thought that my revised articles were acceptable last year.

      Back to work.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image61
        paradigmsearchposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Yeah, there's always something. Such is the lot of the online writer. big_smile

        Meanwhile, I've noticed traffic is already picking up. Next week might be a pleasant surprise indeed.

        1. OldRoses profile image97
          OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

          I've noticed an uptick in traffic also.  Now if the CPMs would also tick up instead of down . . .

        2. DrMark1961 profile image99
          DrMark1961posted 12 months agoin reply to this

          Traffic up, CPM down.
          Whats up with that anyway?

          1. OldRoses profile image97
            OldRosesposted 12 months agoin reply to this

            Tis the season.  CPMs are always higher during the holidays and we get spoiled.  In January, CPMs fall.

  8. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 12 months ago

    Well, five more critters updated and it's not even sunrise. Who thought after 10 years this would still be fun.

 
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