2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com 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 This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

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 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 262 posts. There were 12 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 26th with 76 views. The most popular post that day was del.icio.us libraries – September 27, 2008.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.search.wordpress.com, delicious.com, angelacw.tumblr.com, swissarmylibrarian.net, and 23thingskansas.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for embed flickr, flickr embed, tumblr tips, embed flickr photos, and tumblr blog.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

del.icio.us libraries – September 27, 2008 June 2007
55 comments

2

9 alternate ways to embed flickr photos onto your webpages March 2008
4 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

3

Tumblr fun with tags and image viewers June 2008
2 comments

4

Tumblr, a different way to blog October 2007
8 comments

5

my must-have iPhone and iPod Touch apps November 2009
1 comment

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Switching blame

November 4, 2009

Oh, hello there! It’s been a long time since my last blog post.    A quick look in my draft view shows a long list of abandoned posts.  It seems that each time I’ve wanted to blog something, someone has already retweeted or Tumbled it.   Social media is about rewind, it seems.  I’ve made the decision to only blog, reblog, tweet, retweet and Tumblr what is really interesting to ME. If you want to stop reading now, I’m cool with that.

My lack of blog posts is also the result of switching to a Mac.   After years of frustration with my current computer, I decided to get an iMac.   I was tired of using my PC for simply surfin’. I was tired of the problems I’ve had with Windows viruses.  I’m not a Windows-basher, as I live in a Windows world by day. My “PC-friends” are looking forward to Windows 7 and one day, just one day, I may even try Bootcamp.

At the end of the day, it’s nice to come home to my Mac.    You see, I now spend more time exploring my music and photos. iLife and PhotoBooth rocks in our house. Things just seem to work more harmoniously on a Mac.

I believe that technology is both a tool and an experience.  If the tool isn’t giving you a happy experience, like an old boyfriend, fix it OR ditch it.

Move over PC-boyfriend, my Mac now gives me that happy experience.

(Now you can’t blame a gal for spending less time blogging, can you?)


Download Day

Exciting news for Firefox users — version 3 will arrive on June 17th.

Be sure to check out Mozilla Party Central to celebrate the launch.

Want to spread the Firefox love and set a Guiness World Record at the same time? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours.

Come join the party!

my blogging year in sentences

December 19, 2007

Meme: The first sentence of the first post in each month of 2007 …. as seen on Ruminations and many other blogs.

January-April: nothing…. blogging wasn’t even on my radar….

May: Cool web tools. [my very first blog post!]

June: I’ve been spending a fair bit amount of time going through my favourite websites and bookmarking them in del.icio.us. [my growing list of del.icio.us libraries]

July: Two blogs worth reading and bookmarking.

August: I had the opportunity to listen to Merdith Farkas and Paul Pival present on RSS for Libraries through the SIRSI/Dynix Institute today.

September: Another brilliant video from the folks at CommonCraft.

October: Wetpaint makes easy-to-use wikis and this video was made to answer the question “Why would you ever wiki?”

November: Do you cringe when your cell phone rings?

December: Robert Scoble talks to the inventor of the web, Tim Berners Lee, about the semantic web and the Web Science Research Initiative.

I’ve been spending some time making tweaks to this blog, my Tumblr, and experimenting with some new web tools.

I’m now using Feedburner for RSS feeds and for tracking blog stats. The old RSS feed works fine. The new feed gives me more insight on site visits and includes handy widgets for readers to email and bookmark posts. I’ve also added an RSS feed for blog comments.

I’ve been exploring vod:pod as a way to display some of my favourite videos. I love vod:pod because it lets you search for videos from YouTube, Google, Yahoo!, myspace and metacafe. Take a look at the vod:pod widget at the bottom of the page.

I’ve been spending more time on Twitter. Twitter is a microblog that lets you post messages via the Twitter site, Facebook, IM, SMS, Twitterific, or Twitbin. Facebook friends will see my Twitter updates feeding into my profile. To learn more about Twitter, read the “Newbie’s Guide to Twitter”.

My Tumblr blog, mélange tumblelog, got a big overhaul this week. Microblogs often don’t have comments or categories, as they are intended to be an easier and quicker way to blog. Coming from a world that likes to categorize things has made my Tumblr experience frustrating at times. So now I’ve added Google Custom Search and inline blog comments using LineBuzz. (I also joined the Yahoo! Group for Tumblr users and have made contact with other Tumblr bloggers — great to see blog readers from Taipei, Rome, and Slovenia!)

I am also experimenting with SuprGlu, a wiki (coming soon), and the new iTunes widget. (Anyone figured out how to add podcasts to the widget? Drop me a line please.)

Stay tuned!



I spent a bit of time this weekend doing some housekeeping on this blog.  The sidebar was getting a bit too clutterered.  I’ve created two new pages to house those easy subscribe widgets and my virtual links.   

Subscribe tools contains all the widgets to bookmark and get to this blog easily.  

My virtual stuff houses the links to all my social network profiles, bookmarking tools, and my other web 2.0 sites. 

My redesigned sidebar is simpler. It brings the search box and my beloved tag cloud to the top. One simple click on a tag cloud word or phrase, and I can find all my blog posts by category.

You’ll also notice a “popular” posts lists.   Since you can get to previous posts from the tag cloud or ‘the vault’, I thought it would be more interesting to see which posts get the most traffic.

You can also get to my mélange tumblelog.   This is a microblog with links from my del.icio.us, news from my diggs, my favourite videos, and my-Tweets. Visit Tumblr to learn more about microblogs.

Notice the meebo widget at the very bottom of my blog? Click anywhere in the box to chat with me or send me a message when I’m not online.   You don’t need to install any software to use meebo.  Again, this is experimental. Another instant messaging tool I’m having fun with and possibly a future blog post topic.

I’d appreciate feedback on my blog.  

Click on the new contact me link or ‘meebo me’  😀