Brain Clutter

February 7, 2007

WordPress Top 10 – First-timer

Filed under: blogging, life, personal — brainclutter @ 12:38 pm

I logged in to discover that the blog article I wrote yesterday made it onto the top 10 most popular stories list and incidentally, the front page of WordPress.com:

Front page

Sadly, it wasn’t random traffic that sent me up the ranks — it was the referral link I posted on the WoW forums and Digg (gaming_news section). Sadder still, even with 178 story views there wasn’t a single comment. Was my content irrefutable? Boring? Not abrasive enough? Probably a little bit of everything.

I wrote another article similar to this one a month or so ago and experienced a similar outcome. Lots of page views but no feedback. One cool side-effect though is that I’m one of the top-ranked Google results for “WoW Shadow Priest.” You gotta love WordPress’ SEO-friendly back end. I actually get a fair amount daily of traffic to my site from referred links and Google even when I only write an article or two per week:

There are lots of guides out there for writing high-traffic/feedback-generating blog content, and I sometimes inadvertantly hit the nail on the head, but I don’t think you can be successful without putting a concentrated effort into following the rules and guidelines. I also think you need a strong network of friends to really push the limits of popular articles through Digg, trackbacks, and general “spreading of the love.”

I’m not too concerned about it though. I write mainly to get things off my chest or make available certain things that I was trying to figure out for myself. It’s not like WordPress lets you make money off your blog anyway (unless you go VIP – which I can’t afford with my inconsistent writing schedule) and I’m happy to provide the odd tidbit of useful information to any random traveller who happens to stop by along the way.

It was cool to hit the top 10 though! 🙂

Cheers.

Advertisements

January 17, 2007

Just a note

Filed under: blogging, business, life, music, personal — brainclutter @ 12:35 pm

I’ll be starting up a new, targeted blog using the downloadable WordPress.org format and an external web host. The goal behind this new blog will be to bring viewers the latest and greatest information about audio recording, audio gadgets / new instruments, audio software, and new websites with a focus on music and sound. The secondary ambition is that once I establish a decent reader base, the blog will morph into a splog. This may or may not happen, but at least this new project will allow me to improve my writing skills while keeping current with audio news.

Finally, I hope to learn a bit more about web development with this custom WP install by adding a personalized theme, some widgets, and a few other nifty things.

I’ll update this post with a direct link to the site once it’s up.

This site will remain as my personal blog for everything else! 🙂

January 2, 2007

Super-heroes and Super-villains (which are you?)

Filed under: comic books, life, personal — brainclutter @ 9:16 am

I came across this test sometime last year and my super-hero result was Superman. For some reason I’ve become Green Lantern in the interim; maybe because my stress and patience threshhold is decreasing year after year. Also, there’s a super-villain test that wasn’t available the last time I visited — so I had fun with that too.

Oddly enough, I’m the same super-hero/villain as Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch.

Which heroes or villains are you?

Your results:
You are Green Lantern

Green Lantern
80%
The Flash
70%
Superman
70%
Catwoman
60%
Hulk
60%
Wonder Woman
50%
Supergirl
50%
Batman
50%
Robin
45%
Spider-Man
45%
Iron Man
40%
Hot-headed. You have strong
will power and a good imagination.


Click here to take the “Which Superhero am I?” quiz…

Your results:
You are Apocalypse

Apocalypse
66%
Juggernaut
60%
Dark Phoenix
58%
Dr. Doom
57%
Lex Luthor
55%
Magneto
53%
Riddler
51%
Venom
51%
Catwoman
48%
The Joker
40%
Mystique
40%
Poison Ivy
39%
Kingpin
39%
Mr. Freeze
36%
Green Goblin
32%
Two-Face
28%
You believe in survival of the fittest and you believe that you are the fittest.


Click here to take the Super Villain Personality Test

December 28, 2006

My new Sony DSC-W50

Filed under: Flickr, life, personal, photography, photos, reviews, Sony, tech — brainclutter @ 10:58 am

Merry post-Christmas and a happy new year!

My wife and I were very lucky this year to receive our first digital camera (I know… we were stuck in the middle ages with our old 32mm). There’s a bit of a funny story attached to it actually. You see, my parents were at a Christmas party last week and somehow misplaced their camera. They didn’t hear anything about it for a few days and assumed it was stolen since no-one could recall having seen it. With our family gathering coming up on Christmas day, they really wanted to have a new camera to capture the memories so they asked me to review the Sony DSC-W30, which was on sale at our local Staples for $199.91 CAD (roughly $175 USD).

I headed over to Steve’s Digicams and read the entire review.

The review was very positive so I told them to go for it. I also dropped the hint that we were interested in upgrading to a digital camera and would probably buy the same model they did. So if they wanted to be generous, they could give us a cash-money gift this Christmas to be put towards our very own camera. They thought it was a fine idea.

Shelby the dog

Fast Forward to Christmas morning… well, technically afternoon.

My father hands my wife and I a smallish box and says it’s from him and mother. As we start to peel away the decorative paper, my mother yells, “SMILE!” We look up and are temporarily blinded by a flash of light. After a few seconds of refocusing I realize the camera she took the picture with is actually her old digital camera. I then look down at our package and observe the Sony(tm) logo peering out at us from behind a piece of scotch tape.

Apparently, my parents bought the new camera and actually decided to upgrade to the DSC-W50 model (Steve’s review). An hour after they got home and began reading through the manual they received a phone call from a friend who was at their Christmas party last week. The friend informed them that for some reason she had their digital camera along with her own in her purse. You can probably blame the excessive drinking for the friend mistaking their Fuji camera for her own Canon, but anyway, they were very happy to hear the news because my parents never remember to download the photos off their memory card. In fact, there’s probably a year’s worth of great pictures on that camera (we did download them on Christmas day).

Bandit the cat

Anyway, knowing that we wanted a new camera and being the loving and generous folks they are, they decided to spoil us this year with the new camera. Score!

The Sony DSC-W50 is awesome! I won’t give it a technical review because Steve’s Digicams has already done an amazing job of that. I added a Flickr sidebar widget to this blog where you can view all the new pictures we’ll be taking with this sweet camera. One thing I noticed is the reflection in our pets eyes isn’t technically “red-eye” but its still annoying. I don’t think it’s the camera’s fault — I think we have the wrong settings selected right now.

Once I get a chance to read through the entire manual, I have no doubt this thing will be taking great photos.

Feel free to comment on our cute pets here or on Flickr!

My dog's teeth

Have a happy holidays!

~Brooke

December 19, 2006

Parked Domains – me hates ’em!

Filed under: business, life, personal, social networking, web — brainclutter @ 10:09 am

Argh, nothing is more frustrating for a legitimate web developer than searching for domains to register and finding that every single one of your “totally unique and awesome brand ideas” is taken… by a domain parker! I realize people want to make a quick buck by doing absolutely nothing – it’s the western dream – but it’s just so lame for anyone who actually has a good idea based around a particular domain name. I actually spend a good chunk of time on GoDaddy.com checking to see if my ideas are already taken, which of course they usually are.

This has lead to much domain diversity and creativity – I’ll admit – but it’s just weird to see names like del.icio.us, bebo, and orkut. These domains have absolutely nothing to do with the content on their site, and while they are very trendy and “web 2.0,” I don’t really think they’re intuitive for the user.  I guess this is the Ikea strategy of giving your products/services catchy but random and nonsensical names. There’s even a rumour floating around that Nintendo bought Wii.com from some random parker for between $200,000.00 to $600,000.00?

Maybe I’m wrong in thinking a domain/brand name is actually that important.  You can’t argue with the success of the above-metioned companies and it would appear their brand isn’t having a negative impact on their success. Maybe I should take a page from their book and come up with a catchy name for myself…

Hmmm… a social recipe site named ButterClutter… a dating service called JaneOnTheBrainFuzzopi, the coolest new travel planning site.

Feel free to steal any of those and don’t forget to park ’em!

Blog at WordPress.com.