Over this past week or so, I’ve achieved some major milestones with my blog. Milestones I never thought that I’d achieve when I started this blog 2 years back. I am no internet marketing guru, I really don’t know how to do any proper blog promoting to get major traffic. I try little things here and there, like visiting and commenting on other blogs, submitting my posts to Stumble Upon for random traffic, submitting my blog to different blog aggregators such as myScoop and Amatomu and recently have even created my very own Facebook page
Firstly, out of nowhere I have over 11000 views in the past week, with 4184 this past Sunday, for a total of 33000 all time views. I just happened to blog about a rather popular person, that at the time was buzzing on the web, Barrack Obama. That and a bit of luck.
Before this though, I had managed to keep my blog going at 50-100 visits a day and a growing number of subscribers, which is more than enough to make it worthwhile!
Next milestone, my blog has also managed to make it to the top 25 of SA Topsites, which is a ranking tool for South African sites to compare traffic. Other sites in the top 25 include Cars.co.za and The Moviesite. (Slowly dropped to 28 today)
Lastly, This is officially my 100th post (excluding 1 automated post from WordPress)
Anyway, I’m happy, so I just had to share that… For all the milestones I’ve achieved and for much more than those, I would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone who has ever, still does and might never again read my blog. An even bigger thanks to all my friends (and writer friends) who, if for no other reason than a bit of guilt, or out of duty, push me along and give me a reason to blog. An a special thanks to my awesome fiance, who puts up with all my blogging and talk about blogging. You all rock!
- Congratulations President Barrack Obama for a deserved win (fashionati.wordpress.com)
- A Blogging Milestone! (tammyjrizzo.wordpress.com)
- Major Milestone Announcement – 1,000 views! (must-press-on.com)
- Milestone 2025 (budgetnomad.blogspot.com)
- Respect My President; He’s Black And I’m Proud. (angrymanspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Dreams of My Real Father, Barrack Obama (afteramerica.wordpress.com)
Since last week, the Eastern Cape has been getting a lot of rain. In fact according to the Weather Guru (link below) up to this morning 389mm of rain fell in the Port Alfred area. Click here for details on all areas from last week to now. He also shared this info:
With still 8 days left in October we have not only exceeded the record in Port Elizabeth as being the wettest NON FLOOD year on record and the second wettest year on record since 1955 (when records started at airport)
Reason for calling it a non flood year is that although we have had a lot of flooding, there is no ONE SINGLE EVEN/DATE that stands out like for example 1 September 1968
Comparative figures up until the end of October
1974 966.5 mm
1981 923.5 mm
2012 985.4 mm up until 22 October
For the entire year the total for 1968 was 1068.4 mm. We thus need just over 83 mm before the end of the year to beat that record
Facebook has been buzzing about the heavy rains and people are posting photos like crazy, especially since Saturday.
Where to get more info and updates:
Metro Newspaper: http://www.metronewspaper.co.za/
Follow the Weather Guru for up to date reports: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Weather-Guru/192566374124112
Algoa FM Gallery: http://www.algoafm.co.za/galleryphotos.aspx?id=201#!prettyPhoto
Grahamstown Photos: http://penneyspix.co.za/gtown-rain.php
Some Images from Facebook:
Operation Tooth Fairy – Stealth mode Enabled……….
Ninja Mode Activated……….
Retrieve First Tooth from Under Pillow………
Return Tooth Casket to Under Pillow, with the Reward…..
When reading this the other day on Facebook, it gave me that fuzzy feeling in my stomach, that one that is usually accompanied by an “Aww!”
To put it in perspective, my friend’s sister’s eldest daughter lost her first tooth and mommy had to engage Tooth-Fairy mode.
I just couldn’t help but share…
- The tooth fairy: just a fairy tale, as one kid sees (teresaedmond.wordpress.com)
- A Fairy Lovely Gift (dianespuppetsproducts.wordpress.com)
- The tooth fairy visit (babyccinokids.com)
- The Tooth Fairy Sucks (vickiewithane.wordpress.com)
- The Tooth, a fairy tale (shisomama.wordpress.com)
The internet can be a scary place. Over time you might find certain websites that you cannot live without. Now because I’m just awesome that way, I’ve decided to share some of the better ones out there, so you don’t have to sift through pages of Google results.
Of course if I had to start listing them by the hundreds as I easily could, you would give up before you even reached the halfway mark. So instead, once in a while, I’ll give you five of my favourites that stick out at that moment. Just click on the headings to go to each website. They aren’t in any particular order or in categories, they’re just there, because otherwise my CDO might kick in. *twitch*
Of all the websites I have ever come across, this one must be one of the most highly recommended. Have you ever received a file and not been able to open it? You can either mission trying to find the software to open it or try to convert it somehow…
That is why Zamzar is here. It has a pretty comprehensive list of supported file formats. With the free version of their service, you can upload files up to 100MB in size, going up to 1GB for paying customers. As a paying customer you also get online storage for a certain amount of time, can upload larger files, do concurrent conversions and much more
Its a pretty straightforward process as well:
- Upload file
- Choose output format
- Enter email address
- Go to download link (or storage inbox for paying customers) and download converted file.
I have tested the converter on all sorts of files (pdf to doc, xls to pdf, jpg to bmp, jpg to pdf and many more and have not been able to find a fault in any conversion.
As an extra bonus, the site also allows you to convert videos from most video sites, such as YouTube, into downloadable videos.
This is truly a life saver of a website.
I don’t like spam, at all. So when people I know forward me e-mails that are clearly spam, I get really angry. I won’t even get onto the Facebook spam that I get on my Facebook News Feed. If you don’t know what Snopes is, you are probably one of those people that forwards every e-mail that you receive and annoy the hell out of people like me.
Here’s how it works. If you receive a mail that you think may be a scam or spam, type the subject line or part of the message into Snopes’ search box and “voila!”
It’s not just email, it also lists various other types of scams running. Check the Hot 25 list for the most circulated scams at the moment
3) Central Ops
This site is for the more advanced user and has some very useful online network tools. Get information on an IP address, get a domain’s information & records or even see what information your browser is displaying about you to the world (or more importantly to spammers or other undesirable people out there.)
To just verify an email address, use verify-email.org. This site is pretty simple. Got an e-mail that has bounced back and want to confirm if the address is valid? Just check it here.
The idea here is simple. Picture the scene: You go to your favourite website, but it won’t open, so you start swearing (and possibly bashing your keyboard) because your email, and whatever else, is working.
This is where this site comes in… you simply enter the url into the box, click “or just me?” and within seconds you will know whether the entire site is down or if the problem is on your side.
Want to know how secure your password is? Enter it here to find out how long it would take someone with an average desktop PC to crack your password. Simple
Just as an extra, here is a video I came across today that I thought I’d share…
- Zamzar Free File Converting (crenk.com)
- My Friday Thoughts – A Warning and Countermeasures! (terri0729.wordpress.com)
- 5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time at Work (mashable.com)
- Scam targets Apple App Store customers (news.cnet.com)