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1000 comments. Correction: 965

Posted in Bloggingon Mar 24, 2013

I just saw that this blog recently received its 1000th comment.  Yay!

Oops.  False alarm.  Only at 965.  The other 35 comments are spam, so they don’t count.

Friends and family

Posted in Blogging, Lifeon Jul 13, 2011

I’ve started a new family blog, but we’ve decided not to make it publicly accessible.  Unlike other “private” blogs which can only be accessed to the specially invited after they’ve logged in, we’ve taken a different “trivia” approach.  There are a couple of trivia questions, and those who know at least one answer will be granted access, without special invites or logging in.

Of course I know that some friends and family won’t know any of the trivia answers, but hopefully if they want access they can ask Sandy or I and we’ll tell them a trivia answer.

Leave a comment if you would like to provide feed back on how you like this trivia-access thing, or if you have suggestions about what trivia questions we should be asking.  On the blog, I’ve recently written about the latest thunderstorm to come through the area.

Top 9 of 2009

Posted in Bloggingon Dec 31, 2009

WordPress plugins that I use

Posted in Bloggingon Aug 13, 2009

One of the major advantages of blogging with WordPress is that there is a wide variety of plugins available.  I thought I would briefly share the plugins that I make use of on this blog.

  • Acronyms automatically finds acronyms and wraps <acronym> HTML tags around it.
  • Akismet come standard and does a very good job at filtering out comment spam.
  • All in One SEO Pack helps optimize things a little bit for search engines.
  • FD Feedburner Plugin connects my blog’s feed with the Feedburner service.
  • Google XML Sitemaps creates a sitemap of pages, helping search engines to find all the pages.
  • Ozh’ Who Sees Ads allows for detailed control of the people who will see advertisements.
  • Permalink Redirect makes sure that pages/posts are only viewed at their official permalink address.  This helps with SEO and with blog migration.
  • WP Super Cache puts less load on my server by caching pages.
  • Yet Another Related Post Plugin is the first related post plugin which I’ve considered to do a pretty good job at automatically finding related posts to display.

I’ve also used a variety of lightbox, thickbox, and other such pluggins, but I’m not sure which one I would recommend.

Getting caught up

Posted in Bloggingon May 19, 2009

Sorry I haven’t blogged much recently.  There have been some big events in my life, and I’ve been meaning to blog about them, but they are significant enough that blogging about them seemed daunting enough that I procrastinated.  I’ll get caught up soon, so stay tuned.

Happy 700 and counting

Posted in Bloggingon Feb 13, 2009

A couple of days ago, I published my 700th post.  I can’t beleive that it has gotten that high.  I wrote my first post four and a half years ago, and have been writing, on average, a post every two or three days.  My 300th post came only two and a half years ago, on June 6, 2006.

Since I’ve started, I’ve split my blog into four parts, and then combined them back to one.  I been at two domain addresses, and have had tens of thousands of web site visitors, over 12,000 in the last year alone.

My most popular post was, perhaps, a short article about the meaning of the name Jacob. While there have been dozens and dozens of posts which probably tie for the least popular.

Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog over these

Top blogging categories

Posted in Bloggingon Nov 17, 2008

Today I looked at some visitor statistics for this blog over the last month.  Specifically, I looked at the average number of views in a category normalized on the number of posts in that category.  I found that my top 5 categories are, based on number of views per article:

The category in which this article is posted, Blogging, is the worst category, with about 0.2 views per article.


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