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What searches find me

Posted by Patrick on 3 Dec 2007

I was reading a post in my friend ruhi’s blog and decided that my own searches from today were worth a look. Granted, her list is more diverse than mine – maybe it means I need to blog more about more stuff.

here’s what’s been searched for that landed on this blog today.
searches hitting this blog

Sadly, most of these are context appropriate for my blog. Here’s to hoping for some adventure!


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Thank you for 50,000 hits

Posted by Patrick on 29 Nov 2007

In less than a year this blog has received more than 50,000 hits. Considering the topics I write about and the infrequency of my posts (quality over quantity?) this is a pretty impressive number in my eyes. Just want to say thank you to everyone who participates in my discussions, looks at my uploaded pictures, and just plain ol’ reads what I’m saying and questions my sanity.

I started this blog on 12/9/06 with a goal of 5k hits this year; 10x that number was well beyond my wildest imagination.

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Is Windows Live Writer what YOU blog in?

Posted by Patrick on 14 Jul 2007

I guess I’m a little behind the technology curve when it comes to blogging utilities ~ I don’t really have a problem with Firefox and the stock WordPress editor, but evidently the people who do that are now in the minority and a plurality of folks are using WLW for their blog posts.  So, I decided to give it a go; and this post is being drafted in WLW.

I guess the download and setup is simple enough, and it seems to integrate with WordPress well enough, so the fact that I travel a good bit might make it easier to blog on the go.

If you’re experienced with WLW, or you refuse to use it for some reason, please leave a comment or so and mention your thoughts and/or experiences.

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My Mystery Shopper Blog

Posted by Patrick on 18 May 2007

One of my spare-time (as if I have any) things is that I’m a bit of a professional mystery shopper. I love it, absolutely love it, because not only am I doing something that can make the shops near me “better” but I usually get something free from it.

All, a quick note to let my faithful readers know I’m finally posting my mystery shopper blog and I’m going to host it on wordpress. The url for this new undertaking is here. I hope you learn something by reading up on my experiences.

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Digg Traffic & Non-Diggers

Posted by Patrick on 5 Mar 2007

Except for a few token highlights, I average about 100-150 hits a day on this blog. Most of the visitors are looking for Wii Z:TP info that is posted in some of my subpages, but I try to keep my main articles relevant. Recently, WordPress added the ability for users to post a Digg button in their articles, provided that the article has been submitted to already. I took this as a field experiment — if I submit socially-hot things to digg, will the people who use digg to find news and info in my blog actually digg the info they find?

Here’s the feedback since 2/24, listed on a by-article basis. I removed the 1 digg that comes with submitting an article:
3 articles theorizing on HP book 7: 2 diggs combined, 0 comments –> 42 digg hits
Article about Keeley Hazell’s sex tape: 1 digg, 0 comments –> 107 hits from alone in 1 day, however
Article about Heroes Ep17, posted pre-air: 3 diggs, 0 comments from diggers –> 39 digg hits
Article about Heroes Ep18, which airs tonight, and offered to answer questions about it: 0 diggs
2 Info pages about Z:TP which get hit a lot: 1 digg combined, 0 comments from diggers

Total: 7 diggs. Blog hits from since 2/24: 257 Dugg%:2.7%

Verdict: good for traffic if it contains the word “sex” or “game” or “TV” in the title. Will your article get dugg? Sure, if it’s about geekstyle or porno and actually contains those things, but probably not otherwise. Why mention that tidbit? It’s the direction the Internet multiverse has been heading for three decades (Give me a wankphoto or I’m leaving), so it should come as no surprise to anyone reading this particular article, which, I will probably not submit to digg.

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