Who Knew There Was a Law to Explain My Obsession with WordPress Stats

Sayre's Law states: "In any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." By way of corollary, it adds: "That is why academic politics are so bitter." Sayre's law is named after Wallace Stanley Sayre (1905–1972), U.S. political scientist and professor at Columbia University. The quote is often attributed to … Continue reading Who Knew There Was a Law to Explain My Obsession with WordPress Stats

Rubik’s Cube vs. WordPress

I wrote a post a couple of days ago about how I received a Rubik's Cube for Christmas, and how I quickly realized I had completely lost any memory I had of how to solve it. So I decided to spend the next few days trying to memorize the steps once more. So, on the … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube vs. WordPress

When Virtual Becomes Real

I've been blogging for nearly five years, and doing so has given me the chance to reconnect with old friends, communicate more frequently with relatives, and to develop some virtual connections. The first time I realized the power of those virtual connections was when I wrote a story about my son Patrick, and an award … Continue reading When Virtual Becomes Real

Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

Note: this article will be of little interest to most, if not all, readers. Unless you're into hearing someone complain about how changes to a search algorithm ruined their life, it's best that you just hit the like button and move on. For those who decide to continue reading, you've been warned. In late September … Continue reading Thanks, Google, for Crushing My Hopes and Dreams

The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

Yesterday started like any other day, you know - woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. And then I checked my blog stats. Nothing unusual, maybe 60 to 70 views by 6:00 am. That's a fairly typical number for that time of day, and by the end of the day, … Continue reading The Day My WordPress Stats Went Wild

WordPress Notifications 1, Jim Borden 0

I've been writing this daily blog for over four and a half years, and I have not done much to promote it during that time After I publish my post, I add a link to it on Facebook and Twitter, and that's about it. I had also assumed that since I used WordPress, I was … Continue reading WordPress Notifications 1, Jim Borden 0

Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

I've previously written about the potential beauty and simplicity (and challenge) of writing a six-word story, and today I discovered, thanks to WordPress Discover, a fun, but challenging twist to the genre - the five random emojis story. Friends James Hannaham and John W. Bateman created a game where one of them texts five random emoji … Continue reading Forget about the Six-Word Story, How about the Five Emoji Story?

WordPress Has THE Best Tech Support

I recently switched my hosting site from bluehost to WordPress, and all I can say is WOW. I was not having any problems with bluehost, but I just thought it was a time to make some changes. I had always found the tech support at bluehost helpful the few times I had to contact them, … Continue reading WordPress Has THE Best Tech Support

Things That Make Life Worth Living

As I was cutting up our weekly purchase of a dozen bagels so that we could freeze them, I realized how much I loved having a bagel slicer (or as Amazon calls it, a bagel guillotine). We've only had it for about a year, but now I can't remember how we were able to live without … Continue reading Things That Make Life Worth Living