scribbles tagged ‘blog development’

bagged

Saturday, August 24th, 2013 | tags: ,  |

Bag contentsBags come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I often find myself wondering - what’s in that bag? Normally I try to carry stuff in my pockets to minimalist the risk of my loosing things (a bag) by accidentally leaving it somewhere. When I do take a personal bag this is normally what it contains. A bit too much….

  • Silver card case
  • Pack of 3 different nabbed precision pens
  • IPhone
  • Nokia Lumina
  • Pen
  • Emergency tactics
  • Unlined sketch/note book
  • Wallet
  • 2 charger cables – for the phones
  • Camera (that makes 3 cameras in total including the phones)

The extra camera will get ditched. Getting photographs from the phones to this blog is a rather tedious experience at the moment. I doubt companies will improve that for me. I can’t find a way to embed my SkyDrive pictures here yet, so I’m sticking with Flickr for the moment.

The WordPress blogging interface does not work easily from the Surface. I’ll be investing a bit more time into learning the Surface controls. I suspect there may be some hidden controls…..


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What are wendy house visitors doing?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 | tags: , ,  |

Google analytics’ visual for showing wendy house visitor journey’s in the month of May 2013…multiple clicks:

Visitor Flow
This is what I’ve learned from May’s visitor route information:

  1. UK and US based people are my largest groups of visitors.
  2. UK visitors’ arrive on either the homepage, a post about Sylvac Bunny’s (n=111), or other specific pages.
  3. US visitors’ arrive on a blog post tag (n=194), or specific pages. They don’t arrive on the homepage.
  4. Other countries appear to arrive on the homepage or other specific pages. They’re not like the US visitors.

Most people leave after viewing the page that they’ve landed on (1.1K). I’m interpreting this as visitors quickly working-out that there is nothing, other than the landing page, that will interest them on the wendy house. A good result.

The few visitors that hang around (0.1%, n=161) click on a tag, the current month, the homepage, or “about the wendy house”.

Of the visitors that make:

  • one click on the blog, a 2nd click is made by (n=74) 45%.  The 2nd click is mainly on the homepage (n=29) or a blog tag (n=12)
  • two clicks on the blog, a 3rd click is made by (n=40) 45%! The 3rd click is mainly on he homepage (n=12) or a blog tag (n=8)

From other stats I know that:

  • The 4 most popular tags are: Passport, Toilet, Bristol, and Reading town
  • Search Engines are the main source of new visitors.
  • The proportion of new visitors to returning visitors has remained fairly static across the blog lifetime at 6:4.
  • The number of visitors per day typically varies between 40 and 80, averaging at about 60.

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graphology

Sunday, April 14th, 2013 | tags: , ,  |

phone batteries dies - had to use paper!My new phone ran out of battery power while I was out. Once the initial impact of the ‘no phone?!’ panic died down I scavenged paper and pen then improvised entertaining myself. Hoorah for remembering old-world, pre-smart-phone skills. My phone doesn’t have to be smart all the time if I can add some smarts to our relationship.

Even with a pinned arm I can write, and miss-spell, on paper. So I produced a draft blog-post.

But what would handwriting experts say about my scrawl? Do their analytical techniques still hold-water for the generations that haven’t really needed to learn to write?

A quick search of the Internet for graphology analysis 101 turned up this PDF.

After a thorough thoughtful application of this information I have analysed myself to be a little bit of everything really.


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summer visitors

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 | tags:  |

Every now and then I dip my toe into the mire that is Google Analytics.  This month the analytics have told me that when people visit the wendy house they are most likely to click on one of the wendy house tags. Here are the top ten tags:
top ten blog tags

 

This list is telling me that:

  • My Passport fiasco is the most popular tag but visitors dont hang around there for long  (15 seconds)
  • Hot on the heals of the passport are my escapades in my old home town of Bristol where visitors hang around for nearly half a minute (26 seconds)
  • The welcome tag which provides information about the goings-on in and around the actual, physical, wendy house, gets fewer clicks but keeps visitors attention for well over a minute (1 minute 31 seconds)
  • People who click on the Sign tag are most likely to click on something else in the wendy house afterward rather than ‘Bounce’ to some other site
  • Toilets are quite popular
  • Blog tag poularity is not proportional to the number of posts in the blog tag

I hope that help visitors are staying here for a passport following the welcome sign to a Bristol toilet.

I’m not too sure what to do with this fabulous new knowledge, suggestions welcomed :-)


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guest blogger

Friday, July 20th, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Guest post - phishing?Yes Jess!

I’m exactly the right person to ask about writing a guest post for this blog.

I’m so pleased that the wendyhome is the kind of place where you’d like to share your gems of wisdom. I’m intrigued.  How did you decide that this is the blog you want to write for? What type of writing do you think will inspire my gorgeous readership. Do tell me more….

A little google search on your email  address promtped Firefox to give me this warning:

trick using gmail address It looks like absolutely anyone can log into your email address.  If I write to you at your address, anyone could reply. You might like to secure your email account.

Please do send me the post you’d like considered for publishing on the wendy house.  I will need to pay the wendy house editorial and legal team for checking that it conforms with legal, health and safety standards. Could you provide your credit card number, expirey date and CVV number  to get the process started…

love wendy xxx


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be jealous

Friday, May 4th, 2012 | tags: , ,  |

Because I’ve got some friends. Really!  They are real people. They have never commented on my blog – but they do read it! They don’t seek re-affirmation for their own blog and it’s content – but they do have one. I know they have a blog because I’m now an official guest blogger on it!

This means I’m

  • not in residence
  • have my own log-in
  • get editted before being published

On the Flitwick Mill blog. Here’s the bit I’ve written so far…. http://flitwickmill.wordpress.com/tag/wendys-visits/

Now they’ll have to invite me back to visit. Well, probably, if I bring chocolate….

 


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doing the merge thing

Saturday, April 28th, 2012 | tags: , , , ,  |

I received a long message puportedly from Google Blogger

It was difficult to understand. I think it was saying that I will loose my Blogger Blog if I don”t click on these links and do something. I dont have a Blogger blog.  I deleted my blogger trial blog in 2004. What are they on about? I wish they’d test thier mass-mailings on people who don’t speak Blogger techno-speak then write translations before sending them to me

Google Blogger email

Unsure if the email was legitimate or some form of scam, I decided to log into my Blogger account and report the email. An excellent reporting system took a screenshot of the page I was on when making the report. I asked what I should do.  I didn’t get any submission confirmation – not even an email….. and no guidance on what to do – at 24 hours later…

While logged-in to my Blogger account I looked for a way to solve the problem. I looked for evidence that the email was real – a big button saying

“You need to do this”

It looked like Google wanted me to “merge” my blogger and google accountsIs this merge the same as the ‘upgrade’ mentioned in the letter? For obvious viral infection risks I like keeping my services distinct. No merging. If Google is determined to merge my stuff – I don’t think I can hold out against it’s repeated requests, especially when I’m getting something for free.  The feel of bullying make me gradually dislike Google more and more…..

After much tutting I did the merge thing

Later I went to read my highly organised google reader feeds only to discover that Google had duplicated the blogger account feeds in a newly created Blogger folder. Now I have the originally created feeds and the merge created feeds.

Tush.  Bullying me to integration

Giving me tidy-up tasks – delete the duplicates

Tush Tush

 


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boobs and tea as seen on tv

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Example blog spam

Occassionally I pop into the wendy house spam folder to find out Askimet has mis-identified any genuine lovely commenters as spam and to get a feel for

  • who is trying to post
  • what messages on
  • which scribbles

Generally its a fairly tea-dious task, this spammer raised a wee smile before being splatted out of existence

My tea related scribbles appear very popular with spammers, which baffles me.  My scribble explaining terms in Jasper Fford’s ‘the big over easy’ is also popular with the spammers for more obvious reasons


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repeats

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 | tags:  |

Read today’s repeat* post here: http://wendyhome.com/2006/03/13/otter-bubble-trails/

*Repeat: this repeat is due to the international austerity crisis. The wendy house CEO (me) has been forced to implement severe financial and creativity cuts to keep this service running. Example cuts include – the Cute-Fluffy-Pet Union (CFPU) has accepted a reduction in food for fat Sampo. Today’s scribble  is a repeat of one posted 6 years ago on March 13th, 2006.  Normal service will  resume when decadance has been retrieved

 


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Sampo’s going to be a script kitty

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 | tags: , , ,  |

SampoThe wendy house business support team, including Sampo the fat cat, are on stand-by. We’re excited by the thought of earning money from Matthew’s javascript code hosting suggeston

Unfortunately, Matthew seems to think there is no cost for us hosting his code. After chatting with the crew here, we’ve given him some insight into our current business charges. We’re not cheap, but we’re worth it. If this flow of interest from marketters continues the wendy house might have to go so public or become Limited!

Do you think Matthew will

  • write back?
  • ask me directly for my bank account details?
  • rely on his script doing direct evilness to my cupboard?

Matthew Phishing Replying to Matthew's Phish


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Sincerity by-pass

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 | tags: ,  |

Loved my blog...How nice of Melanie to write to me, having read my lovely blog. She wants to ‘work’ with me. I’m touched

Actually the content of her email, apart from my email and the blog address could insincerely be applied to about 80% of blogs on the web

Is Melanie insincere? Amplified Media

Asking Google about “Amplified Media” shows a very impressive reputable looking company.  But wait, the impressive company is AmplifiedMedia.co.uk

Melanie’s employer’s address is a different company – AmplifiedMedia.org

McAfee doesn’t give AmplifiedMedia.org a big green tick-mark. That’s very unusual. Normally all the high level natural search results have a McAfee approval tick

I think I’ll ignore Melanie – not give her the knowledge that my email address is valid…   ..or maybe i’ll explore this potential scam – what do you think?


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weekly, on sunday afternoon

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 | tags: , , , , ,  |

In 2004, when I first started blogging, the people I followed (Jenn, Lacroix, Raymond, Jen) posted* between 1 and 3 times a day. Over the years, I’ve seen novice bloggers start with the enthusiasm of daily posting then watched that proliferation fade with one or more of these symptoms:

  • not posting every day, sporadically missing a days
  • posting every other day
  • posting a couple of times a week
  • taking a break from posting for a while – a week, 2 weeks, a month, a season….
  • posting once a week on a pre-arranged day – Darlings I’ll post on Sunday…
  • deleting or ‘hiding’ the blog
  • dropping one blog and moving onto another or rebranding the blog with a new name and theme
  • stop posting altogether

Green post boxRaymond is the only blogger that I followed in 2004 who persistently, reliably, posts once a day. Most bloggers seemed to stop posting within 3 or 4 years of starting.  Sunday afternoon posting won’t be a reality for me while I keep recieving encouraging personal emails

* Posting is not a euphemism for any other activity. No, definitiely not, I can’t protest enough that this post should be read at face value without drawing analogies between posting and any other activities
PS 198 word post before the PS

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finite words allotted per lifetime

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 | tags: , ,  |

I’m rationing myself to scribbling one blog post every-other day in the hope that -

  • I wont run out of words, before I die
  • I’ll get a life, before I die

So far I can’t tell if it’s working or not. I might have to take emergency precautions, like Nurofen, or maybe I tried that already…

PS 55 word post before the PS

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Get those comments off your chest

Friday, May 13th, 2011 | tags: ,  |

Blogger service has been down for at least 20 hours now. Please feel free to get your comments off your chest below.

Park them here…

Pick them up later…

Tell us where Blogger alternatives have popped-up?


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the loneliness of the long comment list addict

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 | tags:  |

Once upon a time, with the aid of Excel, I conducted a thorough and systematic exploration of how to elicit excellent comments from excellent people.  Since then I’ve not really done anything to grow my comment list length. Blog-posters do all sorts of different, often subtle things, to manage their comment lists. These managing strategies are first  influenced by the technical environment that enables people to leave blog comments (or not):

  1. Exclusive members (entrance criteria). The registration, vetting,  process ensures the potential commenter understands the blog’s ethos and policies. Members only.  For example, iblamethepatriarchy uses this approach to filter-out people who do not blame the patriarchy.I found the approach refreshing because it cut-out, irritating and irrelevant comments. Comments on iblamethepatriarchy are almost always worth reading.
  2. Join the service (anyone can). Services like Blogger require registration prior to commenting. The blogger can control comments within their blog. Essentially an open approach within the (Blogger and partner services) community. One friend described their blogger blog as ‘ a pub – the regulars stop by for a banter and a chinwag and for something undemanding’. The commenters themselves moderate their own and each others comments. This can lead to long chatty comment lists with light entertainment and engagement value.
  3. Independent. Publishing a muse (comment) on the Wendy House does not require people to register with a service. There is some moderation. First-time muses are held for review before publication. This allows them to judge whether it aligns with the Wendy House muse moderation guidance. Once a person has one approved muse they can continue to publish without this pre-emptive moderation.

Once you have access to comment on a blog, how do you comment? Commenters self-moderate, and moderate each other, often following unnwritten social rules. On blogger self-moderation appears to focus on providing

  • positive feedback on the original post -  “what a lovely post, I really enjoyed that
  • positive feedback on other commenters comments – “I agree with madge, that was a lovely post”
  • their own stories inspired by the original post – “this bought back so many memories, my cat also died in a bizarre lawnmower accident

Occassionally a commenter may step outside the social norms for commenting. For example, they may

  • question a detail or perspective expressed in the original post – “not everyone has a garden that they can bury their cat in”
  • disagree with, correct, another commenter – “@madge – the HRH536 lawnmower is a rotary, not a flymo
  • present a personal experience not consistent with expressed views “for me, knowing that my cat’s out of pain and in heaven is a really happy, not sad, thing
  • write something mean “get over it, she’s a domestic cat, get a life”
  • write something that is difficult to understand – “typofilia can boggle the waffledog so puddlemaina it

These non-conformist comments are rare. Recently I watched one blog post where someone wrote a comment that was difficult to understand. The blogger’s twitter feed lept into action with a flurry of advice on how to deal with this, things like - ignore it, ask the commenter what they mean, or reassuring the blogger that the original post was high quality etc.

Another blogger recently wrote about how their engagement with comments distracted them from writing. Other bloggers have mentioned how addictive they find comments – wanting to get more, and more-flattering comments.

One blogger is trying to remove the distraction of blog post comments by:

  • disabling the comment facility on their blog – people can no longer leave commentds
  • suggesting commenters provide feedback by another means such as tweeting, emailing the blogger directly or linking to the post from their own blog or facebook account.

This will probably:

  • increase links to the blog (from facebook, tweets, other blogs)
  • have an emotional impact on commenters who cannot visit the comment box to read fellow commenters contributions in one place

I’m looking forward to finding out about the other techniques bloggers use and how they work. Here at the Wendy House post quality is assessed by a team meeting of the Wendy House judges and Excel. We use a rune reading and lashings of tea for the diagnositc process.


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wendyhome birthday – 6yrs

Saturday, February 5th, 2011 | tags: ,  |

Delia ovelooks my trifle creation

PARTY!!!!!

6 years since my first post on my own domain (Wendyhome.com), and this Wendy House blog.  There were some forays in 2004 to use other services to host the Wendy House (Blogger, MSN groups). It soon became clear that WordPress and my own domain provided an excellent team. Celebrations include

Spanking big TRIFFLE

Domain ownership renewal purchase until 2020

Lashings of tea


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reasonable matches

Friday, October 29th, 2010 | tags:  |

Search PhrasesGoogle analytics tells me the search phrases that have resulted in people opening a page in the wendy house. Do you think they were sated searchers?

Searches number 2, 10, 11, 13, and 15 were probably actually looking for my blog at wendyhome.com. Outstanding, I suspect they were happy searchers when they landed here

The other searches apppear to be a mix of  a childrens play toy, my blog-tags (Passport, Sylvac), or my blog posts (e.g. Breaking distances, Scaffolding font, Hardware malfunction). It’s less certain whether these searchers found what they wanted here.

Nonetheless, this looks like a reasonable match between searchers queries and blog content when searchers land here. More overlap match between search term and overall content than when I last looked in July 2006. I’m all in favour of reasonable matches


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duo millenium

Sunday, June 6th, 2010 | tags:  |

2000 quality comments over the 5 years of the wendy house


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back in place

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 | tags: , , , ,  |

All the wendy house blog posts dating back to February 2005 are back, BACK!   With a few bonus letters appearing as-if by magic.

My back is BACK. Sneaky little vertebrae untwisted by Paul’s expert manipulation.  Hoorah!

Matrix is back chasing birds, and Sampo is starting a weight-loss diet to get BACK to being lythe

Normal service is…   …..BACK


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Database access story this weekend

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 | tags:  |

Update nightmares (ongoing) will be reported in this thread. 

I should have known I would feel impelled to publish my experience of the (cough) service…

First I tried simplifying things by cutting  my web-hosting company out of the communication loop because they literally can’t help as they sell services and that are all separately password protected – know nothing of each other.  This means I have to work out exactly who provides what and what they can support me with. 

I tried directly using the UI of the company that hosts the databases (Starfieldtech) because the problem appears to be moving the contents from my ‘old’ (V4 sql database) to my new (V5 sql database) – essentially the ‘back-up’ and ‘restore’ UI settings in my webhost’s (GoDaddy) environment did not work – system feedback said they did work – in reality they failed. 

I’ve tried ‘export’ and ‘import’ in the database services (Starfieldtech UI) – but that hasn’t worked either.  It did give me feedback that the new database-user did not have permission to access the the V4 database (pressumably username and password).

Next I tried creating a 3rd database with the same username and password as the V4 database that contains my blog history.  BUT, the ‘username’ already exists so I cant create another database with the same username.

Next I looked for a way to add the user(name) for my archive database to my new database – no obivous way to do this.

Next I wrote to GoDaddy and to Starfieldtech explaining my goal and understanding of the problem then pleading for thier help. 

This could be the time that I change providers to a local UK hosting service – if they can set-up my blog database then I’ll switch my hosting. For now after 3 hours I’m taking a well deserved curry and rest break…..


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service temporarily unavailable

Saturday, May 15th, 2010 | tags: ,  |

I’ve just upgraded my database and it hasn’t worked. 

Lots of fiddling and support service usage on the way. 

No new posts are planned for May. 

Normal service will be resumed in June

Have a good spring


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complex nature

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 | tags: ,  |
My web hosting account,
and my inner nature are in harmonious complexity.  
The advanced technical support team is engaging with our complexity.  
Call in the advanced technical support team Call in the advanced technical support team

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4yearsaversary

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 | tags: , ,  |

The wendy house has spent 4 years together with wordpress. This is one of the longer technology-service relationships that I’ve participated in.  

Still feels good :-)

Happy valentines day
My WordPress User Profile


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improvising product for volume

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 | tags: , ,  |

30 second sketchFiddling.  

With the wendy house blog and fireplace.

Updating my banner with a stylized picture of a gravestone that sits under a Cedar tree in the Cemetry junction graveyard.  

A speedy idealised  self-portrait on a post-it note without the aid of a mirror has become gravatar.   The hair looks like it has a little more volume than in real life.   I may fiddle with impovised product for volume to capture that ’80 big hair thing in real life.  

Some things move on and others move around and some things  get sketched on post-it notes then blogged.   Tis the way of things.


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more than no-one

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 | tags: , , ,  |

Google analytics provides a ‘site overlay’ that shows your website with in-place click-through statistics.   A geek like me will spend time wandering through such statistics saying ‘oOOoooo‘   and ‘Aaah‘ and ‘what does it all  mean?
Clicks on wendyhome banner

For 4 weeks,   September 2009, Google analytics says that I had 4,681 ‘visits’.  

I rashly infer that visitors want to know something about who is writing this nonsense (8.1% on who’s wendy) or are interested in finding food (0.3%), or why I’m bothering to write about anything at all (0.2%).   Some people consider whether to comment, or why I might consider stopping people from publishing their commentson my blog, (0.1%).  

More than no-one,   some-one,   is interested in who inspired me to blog ( >0.0%) while no-one wants to  sign-up to receive notifications of my posting in thier RSS reader.

Here’s what Google Analytics says, in numbers, about what visitors click on:

  • Scribbles (The Wendy House home page) = 5.9%
  • Who’s Wendy = 8.1%
  • Why Scribble = 0.2%
  • Comment control = 0.1%
  • Food foraging = 0.3%
  • Credits =   > 0.0%
  • RSS = 0%

I prefer the notion of ‘somone’ over the numerical representation of more than no-one  (> 0.0) looked at who I credit with inspiring my blogging.   The relationship between significant (meaning) and signifiers (often numbers) is frequently obscure and sometimes misleading.

Ho hum


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broken tags

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 | tags: ,  |

To honour Scarlet’s request, 6 psuedo-random personal things:

  1. Peanut butter and cheese sandwiches without any bread,   spread the peanut butter directly on a wedge of cheese.
  2. At 44.9 (.9 recurring) yrs  old  I still wear school daps.
  3. I do not have enough hand-wind-up-clocks that tick loudly with unsynchronised chimes.     BOINGNGNGNGNGNG…
  4. Beyond name and gender allocation I bear no resemblance to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan character Wendy.
  5. There is garden mud underneath my left index fingernail.
  6. I will be breaking the tag rules (see below)  by not  leaving a tag comment on the blogs of those  people cited below.

Tags for these 6 people that are worth reading to see if they ring your bell,   chime your clock,   peanut butter your cheese, or dap your feet  :

  1. Hilarious. Jenn’s ˜The Piehole”: http://liscious.net/piehole/index.php
  2. Serious. Twisty Fasters˜I blame the patriarchy”. http://blog.iblamethepatriarchy.com/
  3. Windows. Raymond Chen’s ‘The Old New Thing’: http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/default.aspx
  4. Ambulances. Tom Reynolds ‘Random Acts of Reality” : http://randomreality.blogware.com/blog
  5. Matronly. Mrs. Pouncer’s Mrs Poucer’s counsel” http://mrspouncer.blogspot.com/
  6. Paramedic. Stuart Gray’s Paramedics diary. http://theparamedicsdiary.blogspot.com/

Tag rules: Link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules on your blog. Write 6 random things about yourself. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted…


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The three R’s

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | tags: ,  |

referenced by RaymondOnce upon a time,  
in July 2007,

when Raymond referenced the Wendy House I would receive around 1,000 visits in one day!   GADZOOKS!  

For the sake of introducing a new acronym, rather than an argument,  we will call this the Raymond Referenced Readers effect,   or the three R’s effect  henceforth to be written 3Rs pronounced ’3 arse’ followed by an gender-irrelevant obligatory giggle.

Yesterday, Raymond referenced the Wendy House again.  

Raymond’s readers were so keen to click on his links that this year the Wendy House recieved nigh on 3,000 visits in the first day.   ECKY THUMP!   That’s a big 3Rs (giggle).

A couple of Raymonds fabled nitpickers have already helped improve my blog-post content accuracy with spelling details and everything,   what helpful people they are.

Hello Raymond’s readers,   I’ve added a ‘Raymond’ tag so that you can easily find cross,   rather than angry, references.   Am I just too nice to you or what?


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101 Reading Wendyhome

Sunday, July 13th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Google analytics reported visitor loyalty (probably unique IP addresses?) for one week in July  2008 as significantly* BIGGER  than  during one week in January  2007.

January 2007 (July 2008)  :

  • 8 (22) visitors visited between 7 and 14 times.
  • 11 (27) visited 15-25 times.
  • 11 (21) visited 26-50 times.      
  • 0   (32) visited 51-100 times.

 Up to 29 (101)  visitors (unique IP addresses)  , other than my good-self, return frequently enough for me to assume they drop-by on a daily basis.      Out of pure, unfettered, cussedness  I am also assuming that at least half of these loyal visitors are naughty, naughty, spam-bots or or other bots of an icky nature, as opposed to pleasantly pert bots.   This assumption  still leaves me  with about 50 regular, daily, visitors who may actually be people!          

 

* Significance in a formal  Statistical sense identified by using Excel’s t-test function for a one-tailed, independent groups t-test that lead to the rejection  of the null hypothesis, h0, p< 0.001

 h0  ‘= there are no more people reading my blog regularly in July 2008  than in January 2007′

The result is statistically very  powerful but I have  low confidence levels in it  because of the low signal-noise ratio introduced by the way the variable (a loyal blog reading person) is operationalised (unique IP address)  that introduces a lot of noise mostly  from  bots.  

Even worse than low statistical confidence is  my  inappropriate test-selection.   Inappropriate because although the data  fulfills some of the assumtions of the independent groups t-test  e.g. parametric,    it is sufficiently naughty to potentially violate other assumptions such as truely independent groups.  

In summary,   we can probably ignore the statistical significance of the numbers because of all the non-number related issues.  

Statistical escapades put aside,  I am still convinced that  the  Wendy House  has quite a few more regular readers now than in January 2007.  


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on the value of benchmarks

Sunday, July 6th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

Not irritating graffiti or  marks that appear on your fabulous benches.  Benchmarking, to me,  means sensible comparisons.

While I was wandering along the corridors of Technorati,   I started to sulk because the Wendyhome blog only warranted an ‘Authority of  5′.   I have no idea what an Authority of 5 means,   but it sounded fairly lowly.   My bottom lip protruded as I read the  information provided by Technorati on who had linked to my blog.   Then.    OH YES… ….THEN,   I noticed that Raymond Chen’s blog got a Technorati rating of 9.   NINE.    

Lets look at this relatively.   I’m not related to Raymond but our blogs have relatively different readership and page-load numbers.   If my blog is rated 5 and I had to subjectively estimate what Raymonds blog would rate on  the same scale I would guesstimate Raymond’s blog would rate at  an approximate  3 zillion 4 million 5  thousand, two hundred and seventy-nine point  five.   Taking regular daily hits into account and deducting 5 points for nitpickers.    

In short,   which Raymond is,   relative to Average US adult male heights,   that my blog got 5 on a scale that rates Raymonds blog as 9 is a significant achievement.   My bottom lip retracted and the champagne bottles were popped.   Hoorah.    The Technorati Benchmarks are in my good books for today.   Just for today mind,   there’s no telling what tomorrow may bring…


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wordpress 2.5 upgrade – comments

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 | tags:  |

(housekeeping blog post)

recently I upgraded this blof from wordpress 2.3 to 2.5

Then the spam filter didn’t work – I managed to find out why and belive I have  fixed it.   Then no-one could make comments – I managed to find out why and believe that I fixed it.   Then only one comment was possible on each blog post.   I only knew because you guys told me – thanks!!   :-)  

I haven’t found out why,   I’ve done personal tests at different times and the blog theme developer helped out (Tommaso Baldovino) by running tests and finding no problems.   I’ve just checked today and it seems to work.   Seems to have ‘fixed itself’.     Thankyou to everyone who told me about their frustraitions,   I believe that it works now,   let me know if it doesn’t.

 


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