Posts Tagged ‘blogs’

Pinionpost Turns 1

In Off-Topic on April 4, 2013 at 11:33 am

Birthday cake, photo by Will Clayton

Pinionpost Turns 1

Grab the confetti, slice the cake and call up the petting zoo: pinionpost is one year old today.

It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone and how much has changed—a new city, a new job—but I’m still going and don’t plan on stopping just yet.

So what does one year look like?

The number of countries represented by my visitors

The number of posts I’ve posted

The number of people brave enough (or foolish enough) to actually subscribe to these posts Read the rest of this entry »


New Look, Same Great… Taste?

In Off-Topic on October 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

Regular visitors of my site, or at least the particularly astute observers among them, will doubtless notice that every last thing about the way it looks has changed.

This is more or less a trial run. I was somewhat less-than-jazzed about the old look of the site, so I wanted to try something lighter and simpler, something that keeps the focus on the words instead of on all the dark colors and such, and moves more stories to the top. It came down to two choices, and in the end, this one won out.

Personally, I think this is a swell theme, but before I make the change permanent, I’m interested in hearing what you think. To that end, I’d be much obliged if you reg’lars (and even you not-so-reg’lars) would comment, email me or send messenger pigeons to let me know what you think.

Do you have a site of your own? If so, what theme do you use and what you like most about it?

Search Me: Adventures in Analytics

In Off-Topic on September 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Every now and then, in my drive to make this site better and get more people to visit, I delve into the world of analytics to see how I’m doing. It’s good to know how often my site shows up in search results, and even more useful to know what people are searching for that sends them my way.

That’s where Google Webmaster Tools come in. Basically, they let me see what people searched for and the average position my site holds in the results. Pretty snazzy stuff, really.

Some searches, like “Brian Benoit,” were perfectly rational to find in my list (my average position is 8.5, though I swear I’d be first if The Dillinger Escape Plan had never existed) – but what about the others?

Here are some of my favorite searches:

Turtle Mustache

Turtle Sex

I’m extremely pleased that this is on the list. Both words make me laugh; taken together, they’re a killer combination, and as it turns out, I’ve referenced both turtles and mustaches with strange regularity in my posts. Most recently there was “Pietro Barbino,” where a naked dwarf (more on nudity later!) rides on a turtle. Read the rest of this entry »

Awards Galore (well, two more)

In Writing on May 31, 2012 at 9:49 am

In the last week (while I was busy getting un-busied in the sunny south) I received a couple awards from my fellow bloggers. At first I was on the fence about posting another award after getting my first just last week (I wouldn’t want to water it down, right?) but I really appreciate these votes of confidence, so I’m going to knock these both out right quick! Read the rest of this entry »

Advice for new bloggers: Keep it up

In Writing on May 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm
Iridium fountain pen nib, macro.

This is a pen. Don’t use it on your computer.

A month ago I started this blog, gave it a name and wrote my first post.

I received an underwhelming four views that first day, and had few hopes I would ever do much better than that. But here I am, still going, and I’m glad to say my initial skepticism has been proven wrong. Read the rest of this entry »