Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

Dear People of Greenland and Svalbard, Is It Something I Said?

The world map shown above highlights the geographical distribution of views of my blog over the past five and a half years. The United States recognizes 195 countries, and at this point, there are only 12 left where I have not had a single viewer over the past years. Here are the countries, along with … Continue reading Dear People of Greenland and Svalbard, Is It Something I Said?

“Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

My post from last night, Music Monday: Revisiting WOTE (Walk Off The Earth), used the word quirky to describe the wonderful Canadian band, Walk Off The Earth. It’s not unexpected that last night’s post is my most viewed post today, with 40 views so far today (and 20 from yesterday). What is surprising is that a … Continue reading “Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

2001: A WordPress Odyssey

This blog started on January 1, 2015, with the simple goal of trying to blog for 31 straight days. I remember how challenging it was to come up with something to write about during those 31 days. When I successfully made it to 31 days, I thought I would try for 100 straight days of … Continue reading 2001: A WordPress Odyssey

I’ve Got a Secret Admirer. Well, Almost…

For the past couple of months, I have been receiving occasional comments from what appears to be someone associated with a liquor store in Colorado. Here are the comments I've received, which I have never posted because they just seemed a little over the top and a little off with the grammar. Excellent write-up, I … Continue reading I’ve Got a Secret Admirer. Well, Almost…

Why Reddit Is My New Best Friend

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote a blog post asking what was with people and tires. My most popular blog post of all time was one I wrote in June of 2018: “And the World’s Largest Tire Manufacturer Is… Drumroll Please…“ I didn't think there was anything particularly special about … Continue reading Why Reddit Is My New Best Friend

Thanks to Bud Light, Odd Man Out, Again

Last night, I was grateful for the opportunity to be part of a Zoom get-together of fellow bloggers. I only knew one of the bloggers beforehand, Ray Visotski, having had the chance to meet him for lunch last December when he happened to be in the Philadelphia area. Ray sent me an invite earlier in … Continue reading Thanks to Bud Light, Odd Man Out, Again

A Limerick About Blogging (and Stats)

This is my first attempt at writing a limerick, at least one that isn't crude. I'll thank the wonderful poet, Brad, for encouraging me to try some poetry on occasion; I think three-line haikus and five-line limericks are about as far as I'll wander into the world of poetry. I don't want to defile such … Continue reading A Limerick About Blogging (and Stats)

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