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On this Day 2003 (a day late)

August 9, 2005

CrabappleLane Rob sent me an email yesterday to tell me that it was exactly 2 years ago that he featured Yay! Blog! as his Blog of the Day. I can't believe it's been 2 years. I've enjoyed reading Rob's blog ever since. Especially on Sundays when he posts pictures. happy

The entry he featured two years ago was me deciding what to do for Anti-Procrastination Day. I ended up scrubbing down the kitchen counters that day. Enthralling reading, I tell ya! I love blogging. smile

Thanks, Rob!

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300,000th Visitor

June 29, 2005

Today, my sitemeter counted its 300,000th visitor. The lucky soul connected from Poland with a monitor set at 1024x768 resolution and 32 bits of color depth. She or he used Windows XP and was searching AltaVista for images of "weed." S/he got this page...

Yay! Pictures! Flowers and Plants 2

... and promptly left the site. I guess s/he didn't find what what s/he was looking for.

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Does my blog do this?

April 30, 2005

I had to get a new monitor tonight. More on that later... I'm pretty sure I'm going to take it back tomorrow. tongue

When I opened my browser, this is what I found:

screenshot of my blog all messed up

The main column of my blog overlaps the left column when I squeeze the window. I don't understand why it would look that way on one monitor and not another.

Is that what you see when you look at my blog? If so, I'm embarrassed. I've never seen it do that.

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43 Things

March 19, 2005

I'm trying out a new time killer: 43 Things. It's a site where you can build a long term to-do list and write about your progress blog style. When you've accomplished an item, you can mark it done. You can even connect it to your blog to post entries in both places. That's what I did with The Process of Ripping CDs to MP3 entry.

It's kinda neat and free for now.

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Goodbye Link Exchange

February 22, 2005

I'm irritated with the link exchange I had on my site until last night. I removed all their code due to their inconsistent application of their rules. They rejected a couple of ads I submitted that pointed to individual entries on my songs blog.

I'm not sure whether they had a problem with pointing to individual entries or with it being a purely music blog. They just said, "Please link directly to your blog." Either way, it's inconsistent. Other people have pointed to individual entries in their ads. Plus they've accepted an ad I submitted for my songs blog before, so I really don't know what to make of it. They even have an ad category for "music."

Another time, I had an ad rejected because it contained the obfuscated word "h*ll" (as in 'what the h*ll was that?'). It didn't bother me at the time, but later I saw an approved ad with the same obfuscated word. Poop on that.

I might replace the code with a couple of those links that take you to a random blog. That's always fun. smile

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Prevent Comment Spam?

January 20, 2005

I'm skeptical that the new link attribute unveiled by Google will *prevent* comment spam as Google claims. I understand it makes spamming less effective, but I'll bet the spamming continues at the same pace. Spammers might even step up their evil practices since they have to cover more area to find the blogs that don't have the attribute in place.

The people who should rejoice are the pres�cription sites and po�ker sites and po�rn sites who have the most legitimate links. It'll help push them closer to the top of their respective search rankings, but only if the majority of spam ridden blogs and self-post link sites pick up on this.

I'm not sure I'll implement it because I don't want to penalize the legitimate commenters on my site. With the few techniques I've implemented, spam rarely gets through, and when it does, it doesn't stay up for long. I hope I didn't just jinx myself....

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December 17, 2004

We've set up a calendar for our website at work. We're using a fantastic program: CalendarScript. It's Perl based, fully customizable, and reasonably priced. I'm very happy Matt (the developer) considers government agencies in the "non-profit" pricing structure. Since we have no software budget, we have to scrounge from other areas (like training and supplies) to buy software. He even allows people to download and install before they pay to make sure they are 100% satisfied. The program has far exceeded my expectations!

So if you're in need of a calendar program for your website and don't mind learning a little bit of Perl if you want to customize the look and functionality of the thing, I whole-heartedly recommend CalendarScript. I wish I had a need for a calendar on my website.

On another note... MovableType considers government the same as commercial for their pricing structure. I really wish they would reconsider. tongue

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November 28, 2004

I'm back to a three column blog. I found that having the blogsnob thingy and the TTLB Ecosystem thingy were causing my blog to load *really* slow at times, so I moved them into their own little space. I'm still working on it. Let me know if something seems terribly broken.

I also added a Gravatar plugin to my comments that I saw over at Rob's. You'll see a generic picture by your name in the comments unless you sign up your email address and upload an 80x80 picture at Gravatar. It's pretty cool. smile

I'll get back to the posts about the nice visitors here soon. Y'all make my day. smile

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RSS Feeds were Wonky

October 19, 2004

All my RSS feeds went wonky for a while after I installed MTMultiBlog. Hopefully, I didn't lose anybody. If you're still here... it's fixed. smile

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Comments are (unintentionally) going through an approval queue

October 9, 2004

Rob planted a seed... he upgraded his moveabletype installation. It's been on my mind all day, so I took the plunge. So far, the only problem I can see is that comments are forced through an approval queue. So your comments won't show up right away. Blah.

There's another problem, but that might be with the operator. Hopefully, I'll get everything worked out tomorrow. smile

Edit: The comment problem seems to have worked itself out. So please... comment! happy

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