That's the first and most popular page of this blog, Flo in the City. It sums up what I am trying to do in this blog.
I've been writing this Flo in the City Blog now for almost two years, musing about life 100 years ago as compared to now as I deconstruct the Nicholson Family Letters www.tighsolas.ca and write Threshold Girl, www.tighsolas.ca/page10.pdf.pdf.
I think it's about time I took all the posts in hand and edited them, edited them myself, and sent them to a regular publisher for consideration. 800 posts.
This is a post about the Nickelodeons of the era.
This is a popular post because it is about the famous Black educator, Booker T. Washington, whom Marion Nicholson hears speak in Montreal in 1905. She finds his jokes very funny.
This is a post about the Women's Political Suffrage Union and their Hunger Strikes, from their era magazine. The suffragettes were good communicators as this shows. I wonder how they would have exploited Facebook and Twitter.
This is a popular post, that has an excerpt from my original Flo in the City book, where Flo and Mae visit Sutherland's drug store and have a Cherry Phosphate.
This is an essay about the 1927 Montreal cinema fire in Outremont where many children died. My grandfather, the Director of Services, testified first at the inquiry.
This essay is about shirtwaists. I mentioned the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Threshold Girl www.tighsolas.ca/page10.pdf.pdf.
My story about my childhood love of horses got a lot of reads this month.
Here's a bit on eugenics and IQ. People today, most educators even, hold the IQ test sacred, yet it is a remnant of the Eugenics movement.
Anyway, this "Best of" exercise is an experiment, to see if it attracts more people to this Threshold Girl blog or my mirror Flo in the City blog on Blogger.com.
But is that the point, anyway.
Wordpress is always advising bloggers on how to get more readers. "How to attract visitors to your blog." Their advice: Link to Twitter,Facebook or visit other blogs.
Hmm. The easiest way to get readers is write about sex, use sexy tags. But that attracts the wrong readers...this is a thoughtful blog, meant to educate and, from what I see, students come to it often.
On my www.tighsolas.ca social studies website I once put up a picture of my grandmother and wrote about her humungous boobs. She was fat, which was in fashion in 1900. Boy, I got a lot of visitors, but none of them interested in suffragettes or child labour in textiles, or the purity movement.
Students are often looking for a quick fix, easy answers to exam questions and such. And no one has any attention span nowadays. And we're all suffering from information overload.
So, What can you do?