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much ado about nothing

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Before yesterday’s post (ARRR!) we received a message here via the Contact Us form.  (By the way, anyone can use it, and you can ask any question — see the link for details.)  This message was a little unusual.  I’ll let you see for yourself:

Name: chester
Email: gas@yo-mommashouse.org
Message: yo, mr. blog dude. your blog promised to give me more than my ‘recommended allowance of randomness’ but there hasn’t been an update in almost 3 weeks! whats up with that? that’s like breach of contract and stuff. you better start posting new stuff, or i’m going to get my law degree from one of those online accredited universities and sue! that’s right! I’LL be the one enjoying the free cheesedip each month once this blog starts making money and not you! so help a brother out, and save me the $19.95 i’d have to spend on a law degree and post more stuff! you’ve been warned!

Okay, I know who this is from, and he can suck rocks.  🙂  But I will nonetheless address his concerns since he took the time to write.

1) There has been a lack of content lately, and while I have many valid excuses of various activities competing for my time, it will be suffice to sum up with: I had stuff to do.  🙂

2) There is no free cheese dip each month.  (I wish!)

3) If you’re really desiring more content, here’s a fun thing to try.  In the sidebar there is a link called Random Randomness, which takes you to a random post on this blog.  There are very few readers (if any) who have read every post and all the comments.  Besides, there’s great content that you might’ve forgotten about.

4) For additional enjoyment, click on “Say What” in the categories list, and read through the comments for the caption contests.  The comments are what makes it great, and you’ll probably think of additional captions to add while you’re there.

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I can't leave a comment?!? Oh, bother!

If you try to leave a comment and get an error saying “That email address is associated with an existing WordPress.com account, please log in to use it”, that’s because WordPress (the blog hosting software and platform) recently updated their comment system, and they changed something.  A cursory glance online reveals many sites across the blogosphere are having this issue.

So if you had a problem leaving a comment, please try again.  If you do have an account, you should be able to login and leave a comment.  I don’t have any way to see the info from who logs in, so don’t worry about that.

I’ve discovered this also happens for e-mail addresses that have a Gravatar account (which is for the image that goes with your name).  That seems to be a bug, as far as I know.  So in the meantime, you can either use an alternate e-mail address (or make one up), or just wait until it’s fixed.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Where’s the bacon?

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This week I received an e-mail from Mango-Man saying the blog needs more bacon.  As proof, he attached a snapshot of our tag cloud from the sidebar.  As you can see, bacon is indeed discussed here, but it’s not one of the biggest words.  The tag cloud makes the font bigger according to how often the tag is used, and bacon is not the largest.  It may not ever be the largest, because we talk about various randomness, and if every conversation was about bacon, it wouldn’t be very random, would it?

Copied on the e-mail was H.I. Express, who added that the lack of bacon is “dis-optimal”.  I certainly don’t want to be dis-optimal…

So I have taken notice of his request, and the situation will be rectified post-haste.  I’ll make the next post about randomness and bacon.

You can help also — if you come across websites or have awesome ideas involving bacon that are blogworthy, send them along.  You can use the “Contact Us” form to let us know.

Thank you, drive thru…

four years of blogging

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February 2010 marked four years of Buffet o’ Blog.  Can you believe it?  It seems like only yesterday this was an obscure blog, trying to find its place in the blogosphere.  Speaking of yesterdays, check out this cool graph showing our monthly growth.

As the graph so poignantly illustrates, traffic is up something-eight percent, which surely puts us in the upper percentiles of blog growth.  Obviously I should be getting paid for this!  (So if you feel led to be a sponsor or to make a donation, have your people contact my people.)

Now, for some detailed statistics, for those of you who care about such things…

Total # of posts: 822
Total # of comments: 4,131
Total # of spam comments blocked: 73,461
Total # of page views: 368,604
Best day of traffic: 2,286 hits (page views) on Sept. 28, 2009

Last year at this time, we had only 161,241 page views / hits (over 3 years), so in just the last year, we’ve had 207,363 hits.  Inconceivable!  It boggles the mind.  I’m amazed that so many people have seen and perhaps read some of my ramblings.   Does this mean I’m famous?  Is my blog now officially not obscure?  I think I’m becoming a seasoned veteran at this now…  🙂

Last but not least, I’d like to thank you, the loyal reader, who makes this possible.  Without you, I’d just be rambling, but with an audience, I’m an author or something.  So thanks and stuff.   I wish I could host a crazy-huge party with unlimited nachos for all the regular readers, but since there’s no budget, there’s no money.  (If someone wants to host a party for the Buffet o’ Blog staff, we do parties!  And let me tell you — if you think the snippets of randomness you read here is something, consider that our randomness quotient increases exponentially when we’re all together.  It’s a guaranteed good time.  More fun than you could shake a stick at!)

BTW, if you’ve read all the posts here, you deserve a gold star.  You know who you are!

celebrating 300,000 pageviews

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If you ever glance at the counter near the bottom of the sidebar, you might’ve noticed that yesterday we went over 300,000 hits / pageviews.  That’s quite an accomplishment, I think.  Perhaps that will prevent certain other bloggers from calling this blog obscure (not that we listen to them anyway, especially when they don’t even visit their own blog!).

Anyway, I think this calls for a celebration.   It’s a big milestone (albeit arbitrarily chosen, but it’s a large round number with many round numbers).  I suspect many blogs never reach that many viewers.

I’d like to take all the regular readers out for pizza, but unfortunately it’s not in the budget.  Actually, there is no budget, because there is no money.  Nobody has made any donations.  And that’s okay, because we don’t ask for donations.  We’ll gladly receive them, should anyone feel generous, but we don’t ask for your money.  We like to keep the humor here free, where all can enjoy and participate for no charge.  So that’s why there’s no pizza party.

It’s not just a few posts that get a lot of pageviews — there are actually 33 posts that each have over 1,000 views.  That’s amazing to me, that so many people have read my ramblings!  I’m sure most of you regulars can guess what the top posts are, but how many of the top 10 could you name?  Here’s the listing:

1. random Monday quotes
2. add your own captions, basketball photo
3. Halo costume
4. Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker – top boffins
5. funny quotes about Mondays, part 2
6. some random quotes for your Monday morning
7. viewer mail, issue #6
8. the special days of April, pt 2
9. Toilet Facts
10. Man vs Food — Carnivore Pizza Challenge

Some of those are very predictable.  For those of you who are curious, here are the next 10:

11. some quotes for your Monday
12. caption contest, unfair sumo wrestling match
13. I want a tank to drive around town
14. the special days of April, pt 1
15. Wendy’s new Baconator burger
16. Exercise Is Bad For You, New Study Shows
17. man vs food – super burger challenge
18. offended at poop
19. Get your super-powers here
20. a new Tower Defense game

Have you read all of those?  (I wonder how many of the regular readers have read everything here.  You should get a gold star!)

Of course, these are not necessarily the top 20 posts in terms of quality, but the public has spoken.  Is your favorite post missing?  (Or does anyone even have a favorite post?)

three years of blogging

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February marked the 3-year anniversary of Buffet o’ Blog.   From such humble beginnings, this site has become the awesomeness that it is today.  🙂  And as always, there is no charge for the awesomeness.

In the past year, we’ve added a few new features that have proven popular, and there’s a few more in the works.  We’re keeping the same random goodness that you come back for, as well as making changes to improve your experience.  So you could say we’re both conservative AND liberal, at the same time.   But we’re not like politicians, because we’re not evil nor trying to take over the country.   (And rest assured, we won’t ever be evil.)

Traffic has continued growing as well.  Here’s a chart, so it looks all official and stuff.

look at the traffic!

As you can see, the traffic peaked in October, then has stayed in the 11,000 to 12,000 range.  I blame it on the economy.   But at least our chart looks better than the stock market…

Here’s the all-time blog statistics, for those of you who are interested in such things.

Total # of posts: 623
Total # of comments: 2,669
Total # of spam comments blocked: 55,053
Total # of page views: 161,241
Best day of traffic: 940 hits (page views) on October 31, 2008.

Last year at this time, we had only 40,740 page hits, so in just the last year, we’ve had 120,501 hits.  Inconceivable!  I’m amazed that so many people have seen and perhaps read some of my ramblings.  Does this mean I’m famous?  Is my blog now officially not obscure?  🙂

The daily traffic has its ups and downs, with Saturdays and Sundays typically being the lowest traffic days.   (I wonder why that is… surely it doesn’t mean most people check this only at work…  😮  But if so, that’s okay with me!)  We’ve currently had over 307 consecutive days (and counting) of 100+ hits, and recently had 143 consecutive days of 200+ hits.  The latter streak was broken during the Christmas holiday, when traffic went down.

Some researchers have said that laughing heartily adds 7 years to your life.  So think of all the people who have been helped by this blog!   That’s all the thanks I need (although I’m not against hearing more compliments, should anyone have any, and I also accept cookies, gift cards, and U.S. currency).  🙂

I wish we were having a big party to celebrate, but it’s just not in the budget this year.   Maybe someday WordPress will allow ads on the blog and by then we’ll be getting thousands of hits per day, and thus we’d make some money.  Then we’ll have a big party.  (And by big, I mean lots of food… y’know, the important stuff.)

And of course, I have to thank you, my readers.  Without you, I’d be talking (writing) to myself.  And that would be sad… but because of you, it’s awesome!  (See the difference you make?  You should feel special.)

I need more readers

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I’ve heard it said that if you can get enough people to follow your dream, you can accomplish anything.  Well, one of my dreams is that this blog has thousands of readers and generates enough ad revenue that I can make a living at writing stupid stuff.  🙂  Y’know, I reckon the saying is true.  I just need more followers.

So now I know what to do to accomplish my dream.  Well, I know that I need more readers.  And as another saying goes, “Knowing is half the battle.”  (I learned that nugget of truth from cartoons!  G.I. Joe, specifically.)  But in this case, I don’t know if knowing is half the battle.  Getting thousands of people to read here everyday seems like more than half the work of my ramblings in this post.  Maybe G.I. Joe lied to me.  I’ve done half the work for this dream, so if I finish the other half in the next few minutes and it doesn’t come true, then I was misled.  I’m gonna sue…  Hey, maybe then I’ll have all the money I need to blog for a living!  🙂