A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

Today I had another lazy start to the day, just laying in bed browsing through my phone. I kept telling myself I'd get up in five minutes, but I kept pushing that deadline back, until I finally decided I would get up in time for the Palm Sunday service that was going to be streamed … Continue reading A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

These past 10 days have given me a glimpse of what my retirement might be like. Since I finished teaching my class the first week of March, I really have no teaching responsibilities right now, so my days are fairly wide open. And let's just say I have not made the best use of those … Continue reading My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

I Think We’re Going to Make It…

My wife and I pledged to each other that we would not check our phones, laptops, or the TV for any news today. A full 24-hour news detox. There's only a couple of hours left in the day, so it looks like we are going to make it. Of course, it was near impossible to … Continue reading I Think We’re Going to Make It…

My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

A few days ago I did some organizing on my cell phone, trying to reduce both the number of apps I have as well as consolidate similar apps into groups to cut down on the number of screens I have. I was able to go from six screens to two, and I only left a … Continue reading My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to “capture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging

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