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About that titling experiment...and the other surprise
3/15/2008 4:20:46 PM
I have looked at the stats. I have also remembered that other surprise.

Cats are catching up with dogs. A while ago I observed that titling was all important for attracting visitors to a particular piece. There was a poem, Villanelle to Catch a Rat that was attracting very few views, whereas Villanel for a Dog Uncut was romping along, clickswise. Just to see if the title could be putting people off, I changed its title to Villanelle for a Cat that Sat. Although slow at first, the views increased and have now almost caught up with the dog.

This is a brief blog, since it is past midnight here and I'd like to get to bed. I just thought I'd mention that I remembered the surprise that had slipped my mind on the last blog. It was mouthwash. I've been looking for a mouthwash for some time that would be safe for me to use. I'm severely allergic to peppermint and this poses quite a problem with life, living and moving around other people. If someone is sucking on a mint, or chewing a stick of gum in my vicinity, I have to get away very quickly and keep my allergy meds to hand at all times. Normal mint toothpaste is not allowed in the house. Everyone has to use herbal or fruit flavoured and even that is too risky for me, since the manufacturers tend to use the same machines for all flavours. Even the slightest trace of peppermint will set off a reaction, so I leave it all well alone.

So, here I am, scrubbing my teeth with bicarb or lemon juice or plain water and wishing I could rinse my mouth with something effective, but not finding anyting suitable. Then one day my mother asks me to get her some Corsodyl (that's a mouthwash too). To get it, I have to brave the toothpaste aisle at the supermarket, a place I tend to avoid. I've taken extra meds to be safe and am reading labels of other products on the shelf, when I come across one that is unflavoured. The makers have put the peppermint in a sachet that can be added if desired.

Not sure if aroma of  the sachet's contents will have permeated, I decide to take a chance and buy it. The wonderful stuff is completely tasteless. I got my husband to remove the sachet and dispose of it and now I can swish and swoosh to my heart's content. My heart is currently very content.

If I remember tomorrow, I'll tell you all about the party we were at tonight and the decision it brought me to.



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More Blogs by Susan M Phillips
• Interrogating Ali - an interview with percussionist Ali McMillan - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
• Change of continent? - Wednesday, August 03, 2011
• Book Launched - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• Green Living, Sacred Life launch Sat. 2nd July Nuneaton, UK - Monday, June 27, 2011
• Correction to last blog - Monday, March 21, 2011
• Nearly there - Saturday, March 12, 2011
• Happy New Year - Wednesday, December 29, 2010
• Lost a castle, found a forest - Friday, April 09, 2010
• I found my category! - Thursday, April 08, 2010
• New category needed - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
• Raising money to help the homeless and vulnerably housed - Saturday, January 30, 2010
• Happy New Year - Thursday, December 31, 2009
• Making History - Wednesday, December 23, 2009
• Change of direction - Thursday, December 17, 2009
• French sojurn - Monday, September 21, 2009
• My poem is going into print - Wednesday, September 02, 2009
• new profile, new photo - Thursday, August 27, 2009
• From sprinting to spinning - Thursday, August 20, 2009
• Sprinting to stand still - Friday, August 14, 2009
• The tortuous route from idea to bookshelf - Wednesday, July 29, 2009
• Terror Scibes Rise Again - Saturday, March 07, 2009
• Happy new year - Thursday, January 01, 2009
• Chritsmas Blog - where's the dictionary? - Monday, December 22, 2008
• Off to Oxford Dance Camp - Thursday, July 31, 2008
• Friends and Gravy - Saturday, July 19, 2008
• Phew - Thursday, May 08, 2008
• missing but still alive - Thursday, April 17, 2008
• Poetry to Form - Sunday, April 13, 2008
• So much to tell, so little time - Sunday, March 30, 2008
• Why the Shrew Had to be Tamed - Monday, March 24, 2008
• Happy Easter William Shakespeare - Saturday, March 22, 2008
• Rock 'n Roll and Education - Wednesday, March 19, 2008
•  About that titling experiment...and the other surprise - Saturday, March 15, 2008  
• Surprises just seem to happen - Friday, March 14, 2008
• A day in the life of a domestic goddess - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Blogless - Saturday, March 08, 2008
• Rose Tinted Billows - Tuesday, March 04, 2008
• Aaaaaaaah! - Monday, March 03, 2008
• And today is....... - Thursday, February 28, 2008
• Chocolate Liquor - Thursday, February 21, 2008
• Dogs more interesting than cats? - Wednesday, February 13, 2008
• Titling Experiment - Monday, February 11, 2008
• phhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhew - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• head shock - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Prosody and page stats - Tuesday, February 05, 2008
• Warrior Camp Episode 2 - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Frogs, Fireside Shrews and Earth Toilets at Warior Camp - Sunday, June 10, 2007
• New Computer, clean slate - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Forgot to mention - Tuesday, November 28, 2006
• I'm Back - Monday, November 27, 2006
• Seasons Greetings - Saturday, December 24, 2005
• Fame is as fame does... - Tuesday, August 02, 2005
• Fame ? - Friday, January 14, 2005
• Sue Phillips Invites..... - Sunday, August 15, 2004
• Brainless but well booted - Friday, January 23, 2004
• Highs and Lows - Tuesday, January 06, 2004
• The Christmas Question Many Parents Dread - Monday, December 22, 2003
• Building blogs - Coventry revisited - Wednesday, December 17, 2003
• Blogged Down - Saturday, December 13, 2003
• Smoke Blog - Sunday, December 07, 2003
• Blogging on - Tuesday, November 25, 2003
• Tangled Webs - Sunday, November 16, 2003
• Dream Scenes revisited - Sunday, November 09, 2003
• Fire works - Saturday, November 01, 2003


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