2010 in review

January 4, 2011

I doubt you’ve missed me, but I’ve spent the last month backpacking around Cambodia (I shall blog about that soon)

I received an email from WordPress a few days ago summarizing my blog for 2010 (below), but upon further investigation what I found interesting was that my page impressions remained the same even when I hadn’t posted anything in the past month!

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 105 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 282 posts. There were 44 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 4mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 23rd with 492 views.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

Standard Blog Icon
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2

Sheep Shearing April 2010

3

Which Came First the egg of the credit card?
3 comments

4


Practise what you tweet

5


what’s the f’in diffference

New Blog Icon Website

October 15, 2010

OK I admit it’s nothing groundbreaking, but I just threw up a new Blog Icon website using Rapidweaver, took about 3hrs to knock up, most of which time was compiling the emails and comments I’d had from users that are using the blog icon.

in case you have no idea what I’m on about, there doesn’t appear to be a universally accepted icon for blogs, so I designed one and uploaded it for anyone to use, you can download it at http://www.theblogicon.com plus show your support by liking the Facebook page or follow @theblogicon on Twitter

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Darren Murph from Engadget awarded the Guinness Book of Records title of Most Prolific Professional Blogger, having written 17,212 individual posts (since surpassed). He’s probably written more posts in the past two weeks, than I have in the past two years!

more info here

Wow!

I created a blog icon a few months ago and uploaded it to the web, then sort of forgot about it, but I was looking at the site stats yesterday and noticed that on average 20 people a day download the blog icon artwork… OK not exactly a huge number, but that’s still over 600 random Google searches a month, and I wasn’t expecting that! So maybe the idea is a good one after all.

So if you want to see a universally accepted blog icon (and you happen to like my one), then please download it, use it, spread the word by linking to the Facebook page, the Twitter page or the blog icon website. Plus if you’re using it, drop me an email info@theblogicon.com and I’ll add a link to your blog or website on the site plus the Twitter & Facebook pages.

blog-icon-200

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Standard Blog Icon

March 20, 2009

As they say the great things about standards, is that there’s so many to choose from ; )

With the prevalence of blogging you’d think someone would have come up with a standard icon for blogs by now, well apparently not.

A few months ago I was mulling over the idea that there isn’t a universally recognised, standard blog icon, but I got side tracked by god knows what & forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago when I found the scribbles in my notepad.

So I opened up illustrator and about 15mins later the icon above popped out. OK, I admit I’ve not created a new standard per se, that takes time, but who knows, in years to come maybe everyone will be using it. As nearly all blogs have the RSS feed option and that’s how a lot of people read them, I’ve based the icon on the standard RSS feed icon.

In any case, here it is, it’s free, it’s yours to own, no restrictions. If you think it’s really cool and you want to let me know, then fine, use the Facebook page link, but in all honestly, if you think it’s that good I’d prefer you told everyone else, go to www.theblogicon.com, link to the Facebook page, link to the Twitter page, I’m really not after the glory, I simply want to see a standard blog icon in use.

So please pass it on, you can even edit & tweak it, even call it you own, for all I care (although if you do want to credit me, then remember to use Bernd’s inspired by icon), I just want to see a standard icon in use, I’m not after the glory, just usability.

Click here for a .zip containing the icon in various sizes in PNG & GIF formats, plus the original Photoshop & Illustrator vector file just click the logo above.

blog-icon-200

UPDATE:
to clarify, the blog icon is registered at Creative Commons as Attribution-ShareAlike http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/
ie anyone can use it, modify it, pass it on etc, but they must do so with the same rights, ie they shouldn’t charge anyone for it or add any restrictions

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Trust Me, I’m a Blogger

January 7, 2009

While taking a break from my hectic morning schedule of making myself a cup of tea & finding some clean socks to wear I thought I’d check in and see what little bread crumbs my fellow Twits had left for me. Sure enough there were plenty, but one from Jaculynn stood out more than most “For big hearts. Please help. http://is.gd/eKbo Please retweet.” so I followed the link.

Glad I did, here’s a quick synopsis, a guy named David Armano, was asking for help, not for himself, but for a friend, a young woman named Daniela & her three children, whom were staying at his house, as she was going through a separation from her abusive husband. He was asking for $5,000, so Daniela could get her own place for her family and didn’t have to worry about a deposit or rent for a little while. David wasn’t asking for big donations, just whatever you could spare during these hard times, any amount would help & if you couldn’t donate directly then at least pass on the message.

Within 4hrs of posting the request on his blog & Twitter, he’d not only reached his target, he’d doubled it!! I think it’s safe to say that he was blown away by this, but what it shows is how much his followers & readers respect him.

So is this amazing success all down to blogs, twitter & social networks? absolutely not… it’s entirely down to David, and his skill in utilising the technologies to gain trust. He’s been writing his blog for 3 years & he’s amassed 8,000 followers on Twitter, but it’s taken him a long time & a lot of effort, but the payback has been worthwhile, as I’m sure 2009 is looking a much better place for Daniela & her family right now.

And this is all because David decided to make a difference and channel the trust he’s built to good use, or as Amie eloquently puts it in her comment to David’s thank you video “Absolutely incredible – not only have you helped a family in need, but you’ve proven again how powerful it is when just one person stands up to say, I will make a difference. You have. Imagine what else is possible”

exactly!

UPDATE:
Here’s a great blog article by Scott Drummond that expands upon what I said above, so get working on your Relationship Bank Balance! (that’s such a great analogy)

In a follow up from my “nobody reads my blog” post (which ironically is now my second most read individual post!?!?), I recently posted on the triiibes forum where a member was asking a question along the lines of “how to write a blog that someone will read?” well the answer is easy, don’t write a blog concerning things about you (as no one is honestly interested, except you of course)… write a blog about things that affect your audience or things they’re interested in, especially if your blog is to have some commercial relevance, then it needs to be focused & about your audience, not you.