Weekend Music: Look What I Found!

Video

Camille and Kennerly have a massive archive of these duets on their channel. I subscribed the minute I viewed the first one. They cover all genres, and always dress for whatever they’re playing. What do you think? Do I add a category to the Playlist and follow all their social media? If you like this, let me know. Given that I don’t feature any single artist more than about once every six weeks, The Harp Twins’ archives are inexhaustible.

Other Stuff:

  1. I will be less active than usual on the Twiitters and the linkups this weekend. I have to turn down the noise and get a lot of editorial work done over the next couple of days. Think of it as the calm before the epic storm of contributor blogging that’s about to hit the Internet.
  2. I’m withdrawing Just Gene’O from the A to Z Challenge, but Sourcerer is definitely in and the theme reveal is just about done. Reasons will be explained in the #WeekendCoffeeShare post tomorrow and I will contact A to Z directly and request removal in the next week or so.
  3. The Feminist Friday discussion is happening at Gretchen’s right now.
  4. One more — the setting of the video reminded me of this. My photo stash is running down pretty low, but the weather is about to turn and I’m going to be capturing images 30 and 40 at a time soon. Since the flowers close-ups are working so well, what about this: gravestones. I could produce many, many images from cemeteries and mix them in.

 

Blog Traffic and Engagement: Off-Peak Posting?

I snagged the July stats from Part Time Monster and this blog the minute they rolled over on July 1. I’ve already got them pasted into a draft, and will discuss them here next week. Today I want to talk a little more about best times to publish. I wrote about my posting schedule a while back and we had a good discussion about it. Since then, I’ve read an article which I sadly did not bookmark that’s got me tinkering with the idea of running a little experiment.

The article claimed that a lot of businesses who are using social media to interact with potential customers have stopped posting on Facebook at peak usage times. Instead, they are posting at the troughs between the peaks. The theory is that, even though the pool of possible readers is smaller, it’s easier to get your content seen because there isn’t so much stuff competing for peoples’ attention.

I’m willing to buy that the Internet is so big, off-peak posting might be a viable strategy. Since I have access to the stats of several blogs, two of which have generated almost exactly the same number of views since January with similar posting schedules, I’m thinking about running one of them on an off-peak schedule for a month.

Since this post is so brief, and I promised to share my Time Zone Tables a couple of weeks ago, here they are. The dates are for the day I copied and pasted them. It’s the differences in the hours that matter. I created them using the world clock feature at timeanddate.com, which is a great resource.

9 a.m. Central Daylight Time

New Orleans (U.S.A. - Louisiana)     Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00:00 AM                               CDT  UTC-5 hours    
London (United Kingdom - England)    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00:00 PM                               BST  UTC+1 hour     
Tbilisi (Georgia)                    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00:00 PM                               GET  UTC+4 hours    
New Delhi (India - Delhi)            Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:30:00 PM                               IST  UTC+5:30 hours 
Singapore (Singapore)                Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00:00 PM                              SGT  UTC+8 hours    
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Midnight between Thursday, April 24, 2014 and Friday, April 25, 2014 AEST UTC+10 hours   
Honolulu (U.S.A. - Hawaii)           Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00:00 AM                               HAST UTC-10 hours   
San Francisco (U.S.A. - California)  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00:00 AM                               PDT  UTC-7 hours    
Corresponding UTC (GMT)              Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 14:00:00      

Noon Central Daylight Time

New Orleans (U.S.A. - Louisiana)     Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 12:00:00 Noon CDT  UTC-5 hours    
London (United Kingdom - England)    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00:00 PM    BST  UTC+1 hour     
Tbilisi (Georgia)                    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00:00 PM    GET  UTC+4 hours    
New Delhi (India - Delhi)            Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:30:00 PM   IST  UTC+5:30 hours 
Singapore (Singapore)                Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:00:00 AM      SGT  UTC+8 hours    
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Friday, April 25, 2014 at 3:00:00 AM      AEST UTC+10 hours   
Honolulu (U.S.A. - Hawaii)           Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00:00 AM    HAST UTC-10 hours   
San Francisco (U.S.A. - California)  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00:00 AM   PDT  UTC-7 hours    
Corresponding UTC (GMT)              Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 17:00:00  

3 p.m. Central Daylight Time


New Orleans (U.S.A. - Louisiana)     Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 3:00:00 PM                               CDT  UTC-5 hours    
London (United Kingdom - England)    Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00:00 PM                               BST  UTC+1 hour     
Tbilisi (Georgia)                    Midnight between Thursday, April 24, 2014 and Friday, April 25, 2014 GET  UTC+4 hours    
New Delhi (India - Delhi)            Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:30:00 AM                                 IST  UTC+5:30 hours 
Singapore (Singapore)                Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00:00 AM                                 SGT  UTC+8 hours    
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:00:00 AM                                 AEST UTC+10 hours   
Honolulu (U.S.A. - Hawaii)           Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00:00 AM                              HAST UTC-10 hours   
San Francisco (U.S.A. - California)  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:00:00 PM                               PDT  UTC-7 hours    
Corresponding UTC (GMT)              Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 20:00:00

7 p.m. Central Daylight Time

New Orleans (U.S.A. - Louisiana)     Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00:00 PM CDT  UTC-5 hours    
London (United Kingdom - England)    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:00:00 AM   BST  UTC+1 hour     
Tbilisi (Georgia)                    Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00:00 AM   GET  UTC+4 hours    
New Delhi (India - Delhi)            Friday, April 25, 2014 at 5:30:00 AM   IST  UTC+5:30 hours 
Singapore (Singapore)                Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00:00 AM   SGT  UTC+8 hours    
Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00:00 AM  AEST UTC+10 hours   
Honolulu (U.S.A. - Hawaii)           Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2:00:00 PM HAST UTC-10 hours   
San Francisco (U.S.A. - California)  Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00:00 PM PDT  UTC-7 hours    
Corresponding UTC (GMT)              Friday, April 25, 2014 at 00:00:00   

I hope everyone’s had an awesome weekend. I know I have. We’ll be back to our usual shenanigans tomorrow.

 

A serious question for all you readers . . .

We’re maxed out on features at the moment, but I have a couple of ideas for occasional posts I want to run by you. I haven’t put my history and international law geekery on display up to this point. I could do that if people showed an interest in reading such posts, though. So here are two ideas:

1. Historical moments as campfire stories. I’ve not studied history, but I’ve read tons of it. I know about lots of historical incidents. The idea of this post would be to write a short post straight out of my head that tells a story, and try to make it  either suspenseful or funny. I’d publish with the disclaimer that you might want to verify the facts, because I’m telling a campfire story. I’m thinking about things like The Second Defenestration of Prague, a brief history of Rock and Roll, and Andrew Jackson’s hi-jinks in New Orleans in 1814.

2.  I have studied international law. I’ve briefed famous cases and written a master’s thesis on the development of international human rights treaties. I have a thick notebook that explains the history of international organization from 1648 to 2005. I’ve got so much international law stuff, I discussed building a twice-a-month international law blog with a friend when I first started blogging just to put it out there. Sadly, we both ended up having too much to do, and never got back to that conversation. I could write all kind of short, plain-language international law posts. I could explain things like just war theory, preemptive military action, how international treaties work, etc. in non-academic language.

If either of those interests you, let me know. Neither will ever turn into a weekly feature unless they become insanely popular, but both are things I’d enjoy writing about once or twice a month.