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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
In 2010, there were 51 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 101 posts. There were 88 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was December 14th with 78 views. The most popular post that day was LINQ Performance Tuning: Using the LookUp Class.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were ifreestores.com, social.msdn.microsoft.com, en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, and icreditcard.biz.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for microstoven, eband patches, igrouping example, expandoobject linq, and microstoven recipes.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
LINQ Performance Tuning: Using the LookUp Class November 2010
Convert an XPS to JPEG, PNG, TIFF or BMP in A4 Pages November 2010
ATI Mobility Driver Upgrade – Installer Blue Screens October 2010
LINQ SelectMany and IGrouping October 2010
This WordPress Tip is one about working with WordPress and Spam comments.
This tip also highlights where as a Blog Administrator you should look.
WordPress And Spam
WordPress has a built-in comment spam filter. The “Akismet Stats” menu option on the Administration Dashboard will open a page which shows the statistics from the operation of the Akismet Comment span filter. A brief description of the Akismet Spam Comment filtering is contained on the WordPress support page: “Unwanted Comments and Comment Spam”.
There are some features of the setup of Akismet on WordPress which are worth commenting on:
- Firstly, it appears to work quite well. When I as blogging on Windows Live Spaces I did get some Comment Spam (100 links to batteries, or 100 links to sports shoes, being the ones which come to mind). The filtering here seems to be effective at stopping that sort of “junk mail” dead in it’s tracks.
- Secondly, like any filtering processes there is a “grey area” area in the process where it cannot definitively decide between the “good comments” and the “spam comments”. This “grey area” between good and spam are the potentially spam comments which are made on you blog. These end up in the “Manage Comments” section, spam category of your blogs Dashboard.
The “interesting” feature of the potentially spam comments is that they “silently” land in this part of the blogs management structure. They do not generate any notifications, unlike “good comments” which will prompt (generate an email notification of their arrival) to be moderated. If there is a way to be notified of the arrival of potentially spam comments, I am yet to find it.
How To Find Your Potentially Spam Comments
- From the “My Blog” element on the on the “control bar” in the “Administration of My Blog” of your WordPress (when you are logged in to WordPress). Select the “Manage Comments” option. I usually “right click” in Internet Explorer and open it in a new tab.
- The will open the manage comments page, and your potentially spam comments will be in the “Spam (x)” part of the screen.
- Clicking on the “Spam (x)” (when x ≠ 0) will show the potentially spam comments which have been made. There some context menus under each of the messages which allow you to “free it”, or “delete it permanently.
Previous WordPress Tips
- WordPress Blog Spam Solution That Works (growmap.com)
- What’s more annoying, moderated comments or a ton of comment spam? (holtz.com)
- How to Stop Spam Comments Automatically (freesocialmediahelp.com)
- Combat Spam with the Akismet Plugin for WordPress (spunkyjones.com)
I’ve been thinking about expanding the range of content which I post into the Blogosphere. The types of things I was considering posting include:
- Recipes: Things I’ve adapted to suite my tasks and requirements.
- Cooking Tips: There are things one picks up, learns or discovers, which could make useful reading.
- I should start writing about “Cooking for One”. This I find is a very is a poorly serviced element in the cooking and culinary arts sphere. Almost all of the recipes I find are for family meals. So, unless you fancy eating leftovers for a week, or freezing the remainder until you feel like eating it again, they are not much help. Downscaling recipes is something which I do experiment with at time, and I’m getting better a doing this as time goes on. Oh, the joys of being a single cook.
- I also have two other “niche” cooking styles which are worth blogging about. These are:
- RC (Remote control) cooking. An old style of cooking which is often done mainly in the oven. The main principle is; set the timer, and forget, until the timer rings and dinner is done.
- “Commando” Cooking. This is the “hit and run” cooking. The main principle here is a fast as possible. Switching the stove on, to completed meal, in the minimum of time.
- Guitar Stuff: Sheet music which I use to practice, maybe some Guitar Pro files as well. If I start posting files, they will have to go on my “Sky Drive”, WordPress would not recognise Guitar Pro files as being a valid upload file type.
- Creative writing: One of my motivations for starting blogging was to get back into doing some creative writing. This objective is something which I’ve been remiss in, thus far.
The Pro’s Of Using The Menus Option
There is a fundamental reason why utilisation of the “Menus Option” should work, or at least the experiment is worthwhile performing. That reason is that the structure of the menus can “invert” the nature of a blog. The meaning of “invert” in this context is that: A blog is a chronological series of posts where the latest entry is at the “top”. The “inversion” that the menu option allows is for the first written (the oldest ,or chapter 1 in the case of a book) to be presented as the first entry in a list (be that a menu, or a list of links on a page).
There are a number of reasons to think that going down this track is going to be the most profitable approach. These reasons include:
- the WordPress advice contained in the “Write a Book” help page. The nub of the discussion on that page is that it is possible to write a book on WordPress. The set up is something which will require some thought. The advice is around “Chapters” of a book. A present, I think, I’ll be writing short stories, rather than a book. But that is my expectation at present, which may well change when I start writing.
- the WordPress advice contained in the “Custom Menus” help page. The demonstration of the implementation describes setting up the type of structure which some of the “new” content could be. So, again there is advice that expanding the types of content in a blog should work.
- Looking around the blogs on WordPress, I’ve seen examples which seem to work. So, I’ve some other peoples good ideas, I can copy and adapt to my own ends.
The Con’s of Using The Menu Option
There are a couple of things which are potential negatives for the menu approach. These downsides include:
- I’ve no way of setting the menu option up in a “sandpit” (a not online environment). I’d not like to “kill” my live site with the modifications. It’s probably doable, only adding the top level menus when I’ve all of the underlying elements working right. I should post a question on the WordPress.com Forum about a “sandpit” environment.
- And before I get the comment, just install the WordPress.Org version of WordPress, and work on that version. My poor notebook would melt down if I added another web server, web sites and the like to it. Time for an upgraded notebook, maybe, but that’s a story for another day.
- I’m not sure that adding more topics into the current blog is “right”. I’m not sure what the correct blogging etiquette is. Is multiple topic blogging “best practice” blogging? This is a small concern for the following reasons:
- The title, and tag line, on the blog, “Craig’s Eclectic Blog”, and “An eclectic collection of thing that catch my eye”. These statements allow me to, within reason, to pretty much include whatever I choose. There is a warning that there will be a mixture of subject matter found here.
- It’s my blog. The corollary of that is: “I make the rules for what gets blogged about!”.
- I blog for pleasure, not for money, and not for fame. So, mixing topics may be a commercially poor choice for professional bloggers. But for amateur blogging, it’s probably acceptable.
A Plan Of Attack
As alluded to above I think I will use the menu option for adding new types of content to this blog.
The development and implementation strategy:
- I think I can quarantine the additions to the structure of the blog site from the main part of the site. This should prevent me “breaking” the main part of the site.
- This will be a process of developing the subpages independently. So long as I can get a URL to the page so I can test in the browser. I will be able to get to the pages as I development the through the “Administration Console –> Pages” menu as well.
- Testing components as I build them.
- When all is working, then adding the Menu to the “Top” (home page) of the site, and wire up the menu to go to the URL of the new page(s).
That’s the theory.
Next comes the practice. But, “there’s many a slip, betwixt cup and lip”, and “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”.
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