Yes, I am still here. Unfortunately, I have been so busy over the last several days I have not had the time to post to this blog very often. Between filming video for a couple new “Buttons, the radical Boy Scout” videos, editing the videos, going to troop meetings and parent meetings, and recording The Leader’s Campfire podcast, there has not been much time left over for the blog. Hopefully, after this weekend’s troop camping trip, things will slow down a bit and I will get back to writing.
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I have discovered two new Scouting blogs that I thought you might like to check out. One is written by a commissioner, the other is written by a pack committee chairman. Both blogs have just started up recently.
The first blog is written by Shawn Cleary of Wisconsin. Shawn is a Unit Commissioner for the Voyageur District in the Bay Lakes Council. I look forward to his posts as a commissioner as I am sure he will bring some new perspectives to Scouting that I may miss being a scoutmaster. You can find his blog at
The second blog is written by Garry K. of San Antonio, Texas. Garry has recently become his pack’s committee chairman after being a den leader, so I am sure his blog will be full of interesting posts as he becomes trained and learns the ropes of his new position. You can find Garry’s blog at
I wish both Shawn and Garry well as they embark on their new blogging frontiers. I invite all the readers of this blog to check them out. And don’t forget to leave them a little feedback if you enjoy them or find them useful. After all, all us bloggers like to receive feedback.
A little over two years ago I posted the first article to A Scoutmaster’s Blog. Since that day in May of 2006, I have posted 277 articles about my thoughts and experiences in Boy Scouting, along with a sprinkling of other topics.
A little over a year ago, on April 4, 2006, I posted the first video to the Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast, a podcast about Boy Scouting by Boy Scouts and leaders. There have been 39 videos posted do far, averaging nearly three per month.
During the month of May, 2008, this blog received 2545 visits (according to Google Analytics), with 2155 unique visitors. The podcast receives even more visitors. I give you these facts not to brag or anything (after all, there are other sites that make these stats seem small by comparison), but to prepare you for the following statistics.
I have read a couple studies about people who read blogs. It appears that only one or two percent of readers lave a comment or send an email to the blogger. I would have to believe that the stats for podcasts would probably even be worse since mosts people will listen to or watch a podcast away from their computer, or away from the website.
To tell you the truth, as a blogger and podcaster I find these statistics to be disheartening. I am like the majority of bloggers and podcasters in that I do not get paid for doing this. I do it because I enjoy it. But I will admit, after reviewing the stats for my blog last month and finding that less then 3/10 of one percent of people who visit my sites take the time to leave a comment, I am becoming a bit discouraged.
Is my writing that bad? Are the articles that boring? Are the videos that painful to watch? Yes, I admit that I am happy to receive the hits and visits that I do, but I would like to know if you, the readers and viewers, are enjoying what you see? Are you finding them to be helpful in any way?
By posting a comment you are able to leave feedback about how you feel I am doing. It is the only payment I ask of you. Heck, I would love to receive feedback or emails from even two percent of the sites’ visitors. It would be a lot more then I currently receive.
So, can you find it in your heart to help out a lowly blogger/podcaster? When you read an article that you enjoy or find helpful take a moment to leave a comment. When you watch a video that leaves you with a smile on your face drop me a line and let me know about it. I would really appreciate it, and it encourages me to keep doing it. Numbers are nice, but feedback is great.
I am not too proud to quote the boy in the movie when he said, “Please sir. I want some more.”
Wow, I did not even realize this until today, but a few posts ago I hit a milestone with the blog. I had posted my 250th article to A Scoutmaster’s Blog! This post is actually the 255th article. I guess it goes to show how well I have been paying attention to things, huh?
I just want to thank you all for reading my ramblings. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
Sometimes I spend too much time looking around the internet and reading Scout forums, blogs, and websites. But sometimes I find some really interesting stuff. Today, I would like to pass on three sites your may find interesting.
The first is a blog called “scoutingmaniac”. The blog is written by a junior assistant scoutmaster from the Great Alaska Council. His latest two posts were about astronauts, and how many of them have been involved with Scouting as a youth. I was astonished to see how many there were. I knew most of the original astronauts from the 1960’s were Boy Scouts, but I did not realize that a lot of later astronauts were also involved with Boy and Girl Scouting. Check out his two blog entires HERE and HERE.
The second site is a blog post found at “Nick’s Ramblings”. Nick is a Scouter from Staffordshire, in the UK. I like checking out his blog and discovering what Scouts across the ocean have been doing. A recent post of his really did not have anything to do with Scouting, but touched my funny bone, and unfortunately demonstrates the sad direction this world is heading. It compares 1978 (The year I graduated from high school) with the year 2008. I think you find find it quite interesting, and truthful. Check it out HERE.
The third site I recommend you to check out is written by Hans Zeiger, a writer who is also an Eagle Scout, and proud of it. He has posted an article about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s new book, On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For. I have read a few reviews about this book and it sounds like one I need to add to my library. Check out this article HERE.
I hope you enjoy reading these articles as much as I did. After all, don’t you need a bit of a change from what I write about once in awhile?
http://KISMIF.org (A very good Cub Scouting blog)
http://thecubscoutleader.blogspot.com/ (another good Cub Scouting Blog)
http://halfeagle.com (A collection of various Scouting blogs in one place.) The author of this blog has included the blogs of PTC Media, of which the Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast is a part of.