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Blogging: New blog design v5?

February 24th, 2009

Well, this at least the 4th major redesign this blog has had (previous ones being: January 2005, August 2003, June 2003) and it’s the one I’ve spent least amount of time on, but looks the nicest in my opinion.

I’m using a combination of TheBuckMaker’s Aerodrome theme with the WPTouch iPhone theme providing the iPhone theming (with the compatibility being checked by using the How to emulate iPhone (Change user agent) in Safari and Firefox tips for testing on the desktop). I’m also utilising the Twitter for WordPress plugin to pull my @rchiswell twitter feed and SEO No Duplicate for search engine canonical links. I’m also using the WordPress plugins WP-PageNavi, Trackback Validator, Sociable and Chris Black’s digg widget.

Hopefully, not only has it provided easier access to the rest of my online presence, but it has also made the site a lot easier on the eye and helps you access the information you came here for quicker and easier (although feel free to read any of my ramblings which takes your fancy).

Influential Twitterer

February 8th, 2009

It appears I’m as important as my ego has been telling me. I’ve been on Twitter less than 48 hours and already famous well-known people such as Robert Scoble, Martin Belam (aka Currybet), Chris Prillio, Danny Choo, The Planet (the web server company), Isabel Wang, Neil Turner, Katy Bairstow and even His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has joined my army of minions and are following and listening to my every word.

If all those famous names are following me, I’m obviously very important and you should be following me too (/me does mesmerising hand-waving movements).
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xckd: Learning a new language

January 12th, 2009

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This comic on xkcd is quite relevant at the moment Yes, I’m splitting up with my other half – No, don’t panic K, I’m not really 😉 But she and I were watching Firefly over the weekend (10 out of 14 episodes done: big pity they cancelled it) and we did find it annoying that we didn’t understand the Chinese language in it: and we know at nearly the big “three oh”, we’re both going to find it difficult to learn a new language (especially since we would prefer to learn Japanese or Mandarin/Cantonese) as our brains have “solidified”.. Shame!

Anybody got any tips for learning totally new languages when you are a bit old in the tooth? Neither of us know any other languages (apart from several computer languages and very basic French: but those don’t count)…

Blogging: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

October 2nd, 2007

Ok, no lies, but last months blogging stats.

I currently have 763 posts (14 during September) and 2,410 comments (only 8 of those during September) with 436,819 spam comments caught by Akismet (a further 70,298 were caught by Spam Karma before that) since my last install.

Since I seem to have conflicting information from my stats systems, I’ll put the data in a table:

Item/Source Google
Analytics
AwStats Webalizer
Unique Visitors 3,287 6,785 10,799 -“Total Unique Sites”
Visits 3,424 46,744 73,298
Page Views 4,426 81,673 125,511
Average pageviews 1.29 6.88 n/a
Bandwidth usage n/a 2.45Gb 2.67Gb

And now for the top 5 visitor locations – it’s amazing that the 3 different stats programs gave different top 5 results: 9 different countries were in the top five:

Item/Source Google
Analytics
AwStats Webalizer
Visitors UK 2. 32.56% visits 4. 2121 pages 3. 0.68% hits
  US 1. 43.08% visits 1. 47,195 pages 2. 3.34% hits
  Canada 3. 3.68% visits 5. 1415 pages 11. 0.02% hits
  Australia 4. 2.75% visits 6. 1004 pages 9. 0.08% hits
  Germany 5. 1.55% visits 9. 673 pages 16. 0.01% hits
  India 6. 1.08% visits 21.93 pages  
  Sweden 10. 0.58% visits 3. 11,201 pages 4. 0.51% hits
  Unknown 38. 0.15% visits 2. 12,654 pages 1. 94.48% hits
  Mexico 37. 0.18% visits 37.11 pages 5. 0.23% hits

But what browsers do my visitors use? I’m a bit disappointed not to see ArcWeb or Fresco in this list:

Item/Source Google
Analytics
AwStats Webalizer
Internet Explorer 69.86% – 2,392 visits 33% – 43,760 hits  
  9.0 0.04% – 1 visit 0% – 15 hits  
  7.0 37.54% – 898 visits 13.5% – 17,871 hits  
  6.0 61.87% – 1,480 visits 19% – 25,276 hits  
  5.5 0.29% – 7 visits 0.1% – 164 hits  
Firefox 24.53% – 840 visits 20.2% – 26,756 hits  
  2.0.0.7 26.31% – 221 visits 2.4% – 3,248 hits  
  2.0.0.6 58.10% – 488 visits 6.5% – 8,608 hits  
  1.5.0.12 2.98% – 25 visits 0.3% – 451 hits  
  2.0.0.4 2.14% – 18 visits 0.1% – 245 hits  
Safari 2.69% – 92 visits 1.3% – 1,724 hits  
Opera 1.34% – 46 visits 0.6% – 845  
Mozilla 0.96% – 33 visits 1.1% – 1,503 hits  
Netscape 0.23% – 8 visits 0.2% – 363 hits  
Camino 0.15% – 5 visits 0% – 89 hits  
Konqueror 0.12% – 4 visits 0% – 66 hits  
Playstation 3 0.03% – 1 visit n/a  
Sony Ericsson 0.03% – 1 visit 13 hits  

I think that’s enough stats for now.

Blog: Now With Speech

September 30th, 2007

You may notice the new “Listen” option on the blog entries – this is because I’ve just signed up with Talkr which converts (via a computer) my blog entries to audio so you can now listen to my blog on your iPod or similar if you wanted to.

Listen to ANY blog

Talkr: Letting blogs speak for themselves.

Hope it comes in handy!

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