What's In A Post Title?

The title of a post can be very important. A good title may catch a visitor’s eye and spark their interest to read the post. That reader may like what they read and become a regular visitor. A title relating to the post will rank highly with search engines because the post title is used as the page title and as an H1 HTML tag. If a post ranks high with search engines, it will attract visitors who may be searching for information on a particular topic. This may also lead to an increase in regular readers.

I’m not trying to say that increasing the reader base is the goal, but it is always a plus. As most people with a blog or personal site would agree, we don’t do it to become popular or gain readers. We blog because it gives us a unique place to voice our opinions or work out our thoughts. At the same time, these opinions or thoughts are public information via the web and therefore can stimulate discussion or help someone.

With that said, I’m curious as to how others create the titles for their posts.

Do you create titles that are “Google-friendly”? What I mean by that is the post will turn up when people search for common things. By creating a misleading title, it could cause the opposite of what I discussed above. A post could be ranked higher than it should be. Many people will end up visiting the site just to see what their search turned up. This situation is bad for the Internet.

Should a post title be the first thing that comes to mind or something that has some quality thought? I think that both strategies can be important in different situations. There are many times when a first thought is the best thought, but times when a post deserves a great title.

Do you create a post title before writing the post or after? If you create the post title first, you may try to model the post to match the title, straying from the original intent. A title added after the post is writen should be a better fit.

I usually try to create a catchy title relating to what I write about in the post. My goal is not to rank highly with Google, but I won’t complain if I do rank up there. For some reason the majority of my titles are the first thing I fill in on the post form, but I think I’ll try to change that in the future. I also try to create a title that is a play on words, which is always fun to come up with.

What’s your strategy for creating post titles?

Sit & Go Success

After the worst losing streak of my UB career, I’ve switched from playing .25/.50 limit hold’em to playing $5+.50 no limit hold’em sit & go tournaments. I played OK in 3 or 4 over the past few days, but didn’t get much help from the cards. Today though was a different story…I took a 1st and a 3rd in the last two I played. It’s a lot more exciting playing in these one table tournaments, so I think I’ll keep at it. It can only help my game for home tournaments…right?

Update: Just took a 2nd!

Update #2: …and another 2nd.

Update #3: Tried a $10+1 SnG (much tougher competition) and finished 4th, one place out of the money.

Update #4: Took 2nd in a $10+1…I’m done for a few days!!

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander - The Far Side of the World (Widescreen Collector's Edition)I’m not a big fan for old time war movies so I’ll try to review this movie for it’s value and not on personal taste. With that said, it’s a good movie, but not “The best movie of the year” as the cover claims.

Russell Crowe did an excellent job as Captain Jack Aubrey, or “Lucky Jack” as his crew referred to him. He played the part of a leader like few others could have done, but I’m starting to expect that from Crowe after all of his other successful films in the past few years. The plot revolves around Crowe’s ship (British) being stalked by a French vessel. Crowe takes it personal and attempts to return the favor.

Overall, the acting was very believable and the actors fit their parts. One thing that blew me away was the sound effects during the battle sequences. My new surround sound setup was thumping! For this reason I’m bumping my grade up to a B-.

DVD Menu Music

First off, I know I haven’t had any in depth posts in quite awhile, but if you’ve been reading, I’m sure you know that I’ve been busy moving. I hope to get back to posting my thoughts and ideas on various topics, so without further ado…

What’s up with the menu music on DVDs? On every DVD that I can think of, the music is about a 15-20 second long clip that is repeated over and over again until you either play the movie or mute the damn thing.

Seriously, it has to be one of the most annoying things ever. I don’t know about everyone else, but when I pop in a movie, I don’t sit there and wait for it to come up to the menu. I usually run to the kitchen to make a snack and get something to drink. It doesn’t take long before I start hearing the same short tune over and over again.

Most DVDs today are packed with special features, which I’m sure take hundreds of hours of work create and test. Producers (or whoever works on the DVDs) spend all of this time and they can’t come up with a full song to play while on the menu? Is it a standard now because it’s been done this way for so long? Or maybe I remember all of the annoying main menus and never notice when there is actual music or even silence.

Does this bother anyone else? If not, put Kill Bill: Volume 1 in your DVD player. Once it gets to the main menu, I bet you can’t leave it sit for more than 5 minutes.

Top 10 April 2004 Searches

At the end of each month, I post a list of the top 10 keyword combinations (searches) that visitors have used in a search engine to get to my site. It’s not a popularity list, because “poker chip tricks” and every possible way to search for that would dominate my top 10. These are the funniest, weirdest, or craziest searches that have resulted in a visit to my site. The searches listed are exactly as someone typed them into a search engine.

Here’s the list for April 2004…enjoy!

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Kill Bill: Volume 1

Kill Bill, Volume 1I was pleasantly suprised by how good this movie is. I wasn’t looking for much after the previews I’ve seen, but I should have known better for a Quentin Tarantino film.

The story revolves around Uma Thurman’s character, “The Bride.” She once was part of an assassination crew, who turned and attempted to kill her on her wedding day. Roughly 4 years later, she wakes up from a coma and is out for revenge. The movie makes an abrupt halt at the end, which is to be expected since this was volume 1 (2 is in the theaters now).

The martial arts and all of the sword fighting are fantastic in this movie. The acting is exactly as I’d expect for a weird movie, but it really adds to the overall effect. One neat thing about the movie is that it is told in a series of chapters like a book, so events are skipping around. It’s a very nice touch.

Since I can’t wait to see how the story ends in Volume 2, I have to give this movie a B+.

Kentucky Derby

My friend Casey and Hater headed down to Kentucky for Saturday’s 130th running of the Derby. How awesome would that be to attend? I gave Casey a ten spot to put on Lion Heart to Show. What that means is that the horse needs to finish in the top 3 and I’ll win money (the higher the finish, the more payoff). Hopefully it’ll cash out nicely. Right now the horse has 10-1 odds, so it’s not a long shot or a favorite, but in the top half of the pack.

Update:Lion Heart placed second! 😀

Man Power!

DeWalt 18 volt Cordless DrillAs a house warming gift my Dad bought me a DeWalt 18 volt Cordless Drill/Driver Kit. It’s a sweet gift. I don’t know what it is about having a cordless power tool in your hands, but it sure does make a guy feel good. [Insert Tim the Toolman sounds!]

It came with 2 batteries, a charger, two ended screwdriver bit, and a nice case for it all. I also picked up a Craftsman drill bit set to go with it. The project for today is drilling holes in the celing to support me rear channel speakers for the full surround sound effect. I already got started, but have to wait for a battery to charge since they were pretty much dead to begin with.

All I need now is a saw and I think I could build my own house without too much trouble. Haha!

I'm IN

No, not the Verizon Network IN (even though I am actually IN), but I’m in my new place. I still have to get my audio and video systems all connected and unbox a few things, but it’s looking pretty homey so far. We packed up all of Heather’s stuff and she took off for Rogers City with Mom and Dad not too long ago.

It feels good to be on my own. I better get back to working on this stuff so that I can relax later tonight.