Saturday Evening Post

We are going to try on an Olympic version of the SEP, since this week has been filled with success and amazing events. Put on your speed reading glasses because I am typing rather quickly. Grab your cuppa and snuggle under the fans. The rain has stopped for now and the mosquitoes are not buzzing.


M3 broke into the Yahoo! market this week in terms of search results. Many thanks to the Yahoo! users who subscribe to M3. Your opening email and emailing links to your friends are helping M3 be seen.

Networked Blogs & Subscriptions

M3 joined the ranks of Networked Blogs. For the next two weeks, the widget will be visible on the front page of M3. After that, it will move to a specialized networking page away from the front page. Why?

M3 took a rather large Domain Authority hit by putting up the widget which makes it easier for users to follow M3 without subscribing directly through the site or through WordPress. Since the latest Penguin and Panda updates, blog readers (which are not RSS feed reader apps) are taking a beating in credibility. This is not going to prevent me from offering the service to the M3 Readers. I will be adding additional resources for subscribers who prefer to use readers, Kindles and mobile apps to view M3.

More than 20 people have joined the M3 Readers this week. Welcome to all of you! I do suggest everyone take a scroll by the Welcome Home! page and The Office for the low down on how things work, updates and who gets credit around M3. If you ever get lost, check out The Map for how the homepage works and where to find outlying pages.


T3 made it to GoodReads. If you want to network with me there, you can find my link on About Momma. My author page is listed as Red Dwyer. I would love to hear from anyone who has read T3. To sound off…more on this in a moment.

Alexa & Spammers

M3 has been making its way up the ranks on Alexa since the move. In March, M3 was ranked well over 6M. (Bigger is not better.) In other words, of all the millions of websites on the Internet, M3 was #6,691,818. In the US, M3 was ranked 653,441. Today, M3 is at 1,514,386 in the world and 472,721 in the United States. I am losing market share because my American audience is shrinking in favor of more international viewers.

Enter the spammers.

M3 is ranked 318,300 in India. Ugh. I will be on the road to engaging more Americans and the core of the M3 audience: Canadians, Brits, Aussies, French, Spaniards, Italians, Germans, Philippinos and Indonesians. I would love to see better numbers there than with the stinking spambots.


At the tail of the right side bar is a little box titled Compliments of the M3 Readers. Thanks to you M3 gained a page rank this week! I truly appreciate all your help, your visits, your links to M3 and the fabulous conversations we have. You are the reason I keep at this!


Mantra for a Muse is on target. The images have all been added, and it is on the desk of the copy and layout editor as we speak. As soon as it comes back, I will do the final design of the cover art (front and back). Many thanks to the very talented artists who have been staying up nights with me to get both the book and the trailer complete.

Cat Forsley


Lizzie Cracked

The Heretic

Valentine Logar

Mantra got a makeover. I hope you will like her incarnations which will begin appearing on M3 starting on Monday. She has new moods, new colors and a ton of personality.

The trailer should be ready before the next SEP, barring the creek rising. Then again, as high as the house sits, it is an unlikely deterrent to making deadline.


Roman for million.

If anyone has been following the word meters here, you will note the upper one (words on M3) is nearing the half million mark. Chances are excellent we will be celebrating next weekend.

The red one has not gotten much attention or press. It is tucked at the bottom and represents the words going into books. It got a huge infusion with the completion of MFM. When I set out to put together a book of poetry, I had no idea:

  • 100 poems would go in the book.
  • There would still be poetry in Mantra’s notebook.
  • Almost 21,000 words  (and more than 165 pages) would go into MFM.

What could a graph never show? How overwhelmed I am at the response this book has gotten in production, inspiration, admiration and anticipation.

The reviews so far are astounding. I hope everyone is as pleased with the final product as I am. I do hope the reviews submitted to date find their way to Amazon and GoodReads.

Between the two meters total words since the birth of M3: 690,403. Although I will not make one million on M3, I will make one million within a year.

Right Turn, Clyde!

Right turn, Clyde.

Clyde wants to talk about happy tension. As much as that may sound like an oxymoron, there is such a thing as happy tension. What is the first thing you think of when you hear happy tension?

Most of the people surveyed thought it was the waiting for the other shoe to drop. All of these people believed the adage No good deed goes unpunished. Not all good times are precursors to something horrific. If you are really keeping score that way, chances are good you can already name half a dozen bad things this goodness can be making up for… which is a better way of looking at it.

Tennis anyone?

Some thought it was those who thrive under pressure. Workaholics and adrenaline junkies do get a rush from the pressure of deadlines, but it is tiring and drains the energy necessary to experience more relaxed modes of happiness. Often, workaholics are battling some negativity in their lives by burning off the energy they would spend worrying on work. When the day is done, they are too tired for anything else.

One person thought happy tension was the excitement of knowing there was more goodness in store. This is the best definition.

I, for one, never want a cure for my happy tension.

Until next time,

Red Signature

Reactions to the news… or questions? Did I mention an SEO term you have not heard? Are you on Networked Blogs or another network? Do you like happy tension?

Just a bit of business: New poll in the left bar. Answers appreciated. Have you entered today for your chance to win Ben’s book? After your comment, go up to the top of the right side bar to enter. (Lots of ways to enter!)

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  1. Where are all the comments? usually I have to scroll way down to get to the box… but usually I am late – this IS a stellar week isn;t it? I have so enjoyed helping you and beibg involved in the whole process and your excitement and “happy tansion” is infectious and amazing to be part of. I can;t wait til the book comes out.. I got chills reading about the makeover and … thanks for letting me be a part of it. I have truly enjoyed myself and also feel that I have learned some things about my abilities and what I have to offer… a new door there.. we shall chat later 😉

    My tension is almost always happy becsaue I try to humor in most things – I know that i a bit different than tension created for a happy reason or sxciting things… which for me is manic and I love it but I’m not supposed to lol… everythig works out eventually… and when I forget that and can;t crack jokes anymore then its unhappy tension and that can floor me.. for days… weeks… so.. I try to stay positive… try..
    I am so very thrilled for you and excited to see it all come together…
    Lots of love and Big Warm Fuzzies with hugs too..
    Lizzie Cracked recently posted..The Irony is Gonna Kill MeMy Profile

    • You are FIRST!! You have been a fantastic help these last few weeks, and I adore where Mantra is. You did a fabulous job capturing her. And you do have loads to offer and tremendous talent.

      I hope the happy tension is completely contagious. I would LOVE to go down in history as starting an epidemic!

      Much much much love, Lizzie <3 xxx

  2. I crawled out from under the covers for a minute for a smoke and more fluids! Look my name in lights at Reds, that in of itself is a form of happy tension, I am all tingly.

    Deadlines, I want to simply do away with them. Is there a pill for that? No really, is there?

    Okay, I admit it I am an adrenaline junkie of sorts, but only of sorts. I like a certain amount of of bursts, controlled though and within limits. Do you think it would make me feel better? Clyde is dead on today.
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    • The pill is that sweetener we were discussing a few days ago. *evil grins* Yes, the controlled adrenaline bursts do us all some good.

      And you name should be in lights! xxx

  3. Reading through this fine posting of yours makes me realise just how far behind I am on your Space, indeed everyone’s, it is quite amazing how a lapse from posting and commenting throws one out of the mainstream and getting back on track now seems a very long road to travel 🙁

    You have come a long way Red and it is all down to your commitment and very hard work that has generated such a varied audience 🙂

    Congratulations on making M3 such a wonderful place in which to frequent, I know that there is much more to come and that the following will expand further with every posting, so keep up the excellent work and continue to have fun moulding M3 into the finest Space in our blogoshere 🙂

    Well done Red 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • You will be fine. I am trying to make the features easy to pick up with enough links back to other places to read so you do not have to have started at the beginning to get to where we are! Thank you for all the compliments, my friend 😉 I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  4. GEESH
    what a week – i feel like i am in the OLYMPICS too xo
    I am so happy for You
    To Creating – sharing – Caring ! That’s what life is all about !!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty DANG simple ………
    Rouge – Je t’aime …..:)
    i am on Goodreads too and now twitter – trying to figure that one out ….LOL 🙂 no fb though ….
    I am so Happy that YOU IZZZZZZZZ Happy
    and don’t let the spammers BUG YOU …….
    I have on my site
    IT helps a teeny bit ….Not much ……… if you want one – let me know
    i can send you the same file tonight 🙂 lol
    You could change it to RED 🙂
    I Can feel Your excitement from HERE
    Love love and more xo
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    • Awesome! A no spam banner would be BRILLIANT on the Ask Momma page 🙂 You have been so busy, too! Lots of music and love at your place 🙂 Je t’aime, mon Chat Doux! <3 xxx

  5. Love those numbers, Red! I can’t wait to see Mantra’s makeover 🙂 I must have missed the “Happy Tension” survey. My take would be – anticipation.

    I love coming here. You do (as usual) a wonderful job of making me feel like we’re sitting at your kitchen table, or on a wrap-around porch, just shooting the breeze.

    Love ya, Momma!
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    • It is my favorite part about blogging: The interaction. The people who come here make all the difference in the world. I have said it before, but no matter how many times I say it, it is always even more true than the last time:

      The M3 Readers are the best audience in the blogosphere!


  6. Based on all the excitement I’m completely thrilled for you although I have no idea about all of these things 🙂 … I’ll have to learn them one at a time.

    GOOD though! 🙂 (facepalm… walks away grinning happily for you.)
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    • Agreed, MysteryCoach. I had no idea also about so much of this. Red is totally on top of her game!
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    • *giggles* There is always something to learn around here! And yes, the excitement is palpable! Last week, I offered for someone to scrape me off the ceiling. This week…I am staying up there and bringing you all up here for a tea party! xxx

  7. YES I like happy tension! I like the description of it at the end; was indeed the best.

    Red, you amaze me how pumped your pages are and how active you are with all of this. You are way advanced IT-wise, I’ve got to say. I haven’t heard of ‘networked blogs’!

    Congrats on all your achievements 🙂
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    • Thank you, Noeleen! I was saying earlier I hope it is contagious…I would love to go down in history as starting an epidemic! I feel obliged to tell you, this is a scaled down version of M3. When I started out, I was blogging three times a day! That is how M3 grew so big so fast.

      Grab the follow button from the Networked Blogs widget. It will take you to where you can see your blogs in a panorama view and see what it new on all of them at once instead of the icky email way. I love viewers, and this one is a really good one. 😉

      Thank you <3

  8. I’m rated #1 with Alexia, but that’s a different thing altogether.
    Those are pretty good numbers.
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  9. Most of this post was lost on me, and when I got to “Bars” I thought that perhaps Clyde turned left instead of right into a certain type of establishment.

    What I do understand is that your book Mantra For a Muse is closer to publication, which is great. Can’t wait.
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    • OK, so I am going to have to do some translating for everyone. Yes, I am ecstatic about where we are with MFM. I was not expecting to be this far until next week, so happy tension!!

  10. Yeesh!!! 🙂

    Yeah happy tension can be scary! 🙂

    Lots of luck on the projects my friend! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

    prenin recently posted..Saturday – a new chapter.My Profile

    • Oh, Pren! Not scary…wonderful! It may be new territory, but it is exciting and thrilling! {HUGZ}


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