One more stat from last year


Check out those top searches. Now, that first one makes sense of course. So does Halloween & peregrine falcon (gotta admit that’s pretty cool!) But….CLEANING? VODKA? Oh….lovely. One that like just about anyone else I loathe doing, avoid it unless it is absolutely necessary and I’d say my house is in need of it 99% of the time.

As for the other…well…..I suppose I should just own it….

2010 in review – from WordPress stats. Kinda interesting!


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 87,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 195 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1295 posts. There were 343 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 393mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 16th with 733 views. The most popular post that day was Weekend Open Thread – let me live vicariously through you?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for baseball, adam lambert, washington dc, garfield, and rain.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Weekend Open Thread – let me live vicariously through you? February 2009


What a drag it is getting (c)old December 2009


American Idol post game analysis May 2009


And we’re off! October 2009


February is the Monday of months February 2009

Random Monday


For my friends who are Sex and the City Fans but who may also not have seen this yet. Made me squeal in anticipation!

**NEVERMIND!** The YouTube video has been taken down thanks to a copyright infringement complaint by New Line Cinemas. I guess I was lucky to see it while it was still alive :-> Movie comes out May 30th.

The no talking tactic was a success! My voice is back just in time for work. Now the cold is moving to my nose. So instead of being froggy, now I will be this guy:


Charming eh?

A few worpress bloggers have been noting the new summary features on stats. Being the geek that I am, I always love those things but had somehow missed that I could summarize on the searches that brought people here. Now the bummer is that while the blog is over 2 years old, it has only been on wordpress since the late summer so the stats are not truly historic. Still, it is interesting to see that the #1 search *besides* some variation on trees flowers and birds is Obama’s Grandma. Given that my post on that was within the last 30 days, that is pretty impressive! Next behind that is “common yellowthroat” – I guess a lot of birders like that particular bird!

Countdown to Padres baseball: Spring training games start THIS WEEKEND!! Weee!! Of course, those are just on radio and I am not sure how much I can listen, BUT, the first telecast on channel 4 will be NEXT weekend! Can you tell that I am ready??

Some things I love about WordPress



The document above shows screen shots of some of my favorite features of WordPress. As I hinted in a post yesterday, I switched hosting sites originally to escape an unwanted obsessed reader – that worked great because luckily said stalker also is not too technologically bright (anonymous all-cap comments – flashbacks to AOL in the ’90s!). Over time though, I have some to really love it here! Perhaps Blogger has added some of these features since I left, but there was certainly nothing like these just 6 months ago there and now I cannot imagine blogging without them.

Since a lot of my blogging friends also wandered on over within the past year, I thought I would share some of the stuff that I found which is kinda cool. Bearing in mind that I am fully aware of my Geek status and therefore more prone to investigate all the nooks and crannies in a program.

The first two screen shots shows you some new features on the stats pages for a site. There are these cool new summarize links which allow you to see top referrers and posts for varying time frames. Mine shows all time stats for both which indicates that the majority of my readers are using the Google Reader program (one of those Things I Love!).  Top posts include all your pages so my About page is coming in #1. Puts pressure on me to keep adding to it which I have not done in a few weeks! The top blog post itself is not surprisingly the previously mentioned There Is No Crying in Football which still gets a hit every single day. Fascinating. Below that we see a lot of Christmas period posts which must have been when all of us had a lot of time on our hands to blog surf! Anyway, check out these views on your own pages – it’s pretty fun.

The next screen shot is the My Comments tab. Another great feature which solves the problem of responding in comments – at least within Word press. It displays comments you have left and then recent comments in the same thread. I go back here to see if anyone has responded to a comment I left recently. So much more efficient than trying to remember where I commented and clicking back through one by one!

The last shot is of the WordPress dashboard that you see when you first sign in to your blog. Check out the top right hand box unher What’s Hot and then News. That is where I find the latest greatest stuff added to WordPress. Always glance at that and see if there is something new. That’s where I found those falling snowflakes that they added in winter for instance.

There is only one feature that I miss from Blogger – Javascript. Because that is disabled in the free version of WordPress, I don’t get the full spectrum of stats from my site meter account. It also means that there are some dynamic widgets that wont work – such as having the flickr pictures randomly rotate or displaying my Goodreads bookshelf directly on the sidebar or other things such as Twitter updates (not that I use that anymore, but when I was experimenting with it there was again no dynamic link that worked). Anyway, those are minor irritations to me when compared to the cool stuff!

Thus endeth the blogging lesson 🙂