2013 Blog Stats in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Despite only having 8 new posts I feel like I’ve reconnected with my blog a bit and hopefully will be adding more useful articles on it soon. Thanks for reading 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

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A social media fairy tale: How a mayor got a new job

And now for something a little different. The true(-ish) story of how I got my new job as a SysAdmin for LinkedIn …

LinkedIn London

Once upon a time, there was a country boy from the shire of Bedford. One lucky day he received a Windows Phone 7 smartphone from the wizards at Microsoft. It let him do lots of magical things. His favourite trick was to check-in using the Foursquare spell. He got so good at using this spell he managed to conjure himself into the mayor of Bedford train station.

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Testing blogging capabilities – Word 2010 versus Windows Live Writer 2011

I was wondering if Word 2010 would be a better blog editor than Windows Live Writer 2011 (WLW).

I constantly find myself using Word/Office keyboard shortcuts in WLW only to get annoyed that they don’t work.

This is really just a quick test to see the pros & cons and what features actually work. It may look a complete mess once I upload it!

Setting up Word 2010 to blog is really easy

  1. File>New>Blog post
  2. Select WordPress (or another host)
  3. Enter Blog URL and user credentials

Pros (if they work!)

Picture Editing

Photo of me with background removal tool and artistic pencil effect

Smart Art

Word Art

This is written using a special font on my PC.
If Word is clever it will change it into a picture

Cons

  • Only supports categories, not tags (can always do that after from WordPress dashboard)
  • No support for WLW plug-ins
  • No preview option/theme support

Time to publish and see what happens!

Update

OK, so after hitting the publish button I can see a few niggles but nothing major.

  • The photo of me came out properly but before I published it was overlapping the right of the toolbar image.
  • Smart Art and Word Art came out identically (converted to images).
  • The custom font underneath the word art came out in the bigger size and displayed properly on my PC but returns to the default when viewed from a PC where it isn’t installed
  • Basic formatting (like highlight, bold, italics, h1, h2) all worked

Overall, I think Word gives you a lot more power, not to mention better performance, than Windows Live Writer. It could be improved in the way it handles the whole blogging side of things (e.g. hyperlinkng to live articles, updating existing posts, source code editing). Ideally I would want it to have all the features of WLW (or vice versa!) but I can use the WordPress dashboard to easily fine tune things.

I think I will probably use it for all my posts for a while and see how it goes. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else

Just a quick repress here, I never new a free theme could be so malicious. Doesn’t just apply to WordPress though, could be easily as dodgy in Joomla, Drupal or any “Theme” .

Check out the link below and find out how to check if you theme is hiding anything nasty

Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes in Google or Anywhere Else – WordPress, Multisite and BuddyPress plugins, themes, news and help – WPMU.org.

Thom’s HeadSpace 2010 in review

I was going to find out all this info for myself but then WordPress went and packaged it all up for me in an email. You didn’t get that on Windows Live Spaces!

I migrated from Spaces at the end of September so these stats are probably a bit squiffy. I had a great year blog-wise and have made loads of connections with other IT Pros through the various events I’ve been going to and on twitter too. Another highlight was being nominated for the IT Pro Blogger of the Year at the Computer Weekly Blog Awards. That came as a really big surprise and thanks to everyone who supported me (even though a did fall a few votes short of being the winner). Hopefully this blog will continue to grow in 2011, become a bit less sporadic and rambling, and continue being of use to whoever stumbles across it. I’m participating in the WordPress Post A Week challenge so there should be at least 52 posts this year.

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. (Ed. I have no idea what this actually means!)

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,500 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 61 posts. There were 77 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 29th with 96 views. The most popular post that day was Standardising Outlook Fonts using Group Policy Preferences.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were social.answers.microsoft.com, zdnet.com, computerweekly.com, google.com, and petri.co.il.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for windows 7 fall theme, windows 7 beach theme, outlook fonts via registry, house icon, and windows 7 fall themes.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Standardising Outlook Fonts using Group Policy Preferences May 2009

2

Installing Windows XP over the network using Windows Deployment Services January 2010
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3

Windows 7 Beach Theme June 2009

4

Autumn Fall Theme for Windows 7 September 2009

5

Getting Outlook 2010 to read your emails out loud September 2010

Ed. Slightly embarrassing that two of the top 5 a for Windows 7 themes but hey, all traffic is good traffic right?!?

Windows Phone 7 “pin to start” app limit

I find it a bit cumbersome to navigate through all the apps I have on my WP7 Samsung Omnia 7. Once you move from the start screen to the app list all you get is a long alphabetical list of apps. There is no way to group or rearrange them so sometimes the quickest way to open them is use a voice command.

I wondered if I could just use my Start screen for all of my apps. I presumed there would be a limit but this doesn’t seem to be the case. So far I have pinned over 75 apps to Start plus 10 games, as well as several maps, artists, albums and a radio station. All of this has made no difference to the speedy responsiveness of the phone but I can now achieve some amount of organization and grouping by moving the tiles to the relevant position. You also get the added benefit of seeing the icons in their full size glory and expose any “live tile” functionality.

I imagine Microsoft will do something about the never-ending app list in a future update but for now this seems like a workable alternative. It’s far from a perfect solution, I have a niggling feeling it may affect battery life.

If you know of a limit or have a better idea on sorting your apps then please leave a comment. Stay tuned for my full review of the device coming in 2011. Happy New Year everyone!

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Fixing Windows Live Writer to work with WordPress

Like many (or not so many as the case may be) Windows Live Space users, I was over the moon when I heard that Spaces was shutting down and we were given the option to migrate to WordPress.

The migration seemed to go really well and I was soon tweaking with all my settings and modifying a few articles & pages etc.

During the migration there was a handy link to update your Windows Live Writer settings. I clicked it and it seemed to do something. However, when I went into Writer it kept giving me errors and asking for my username & password. It wouldn’t let you change the blog account settings either as it was trying to use my Windows Live account for authentication.

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Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers

Welcome readers and all fellow Live Space bloggers.

I have just upgraded to WordPress from Windows Live Spaces so please give me a while to get my house nice and tidy for visitors. I’ve been really impressed with how simple it was. I thought I would blog a guide on how to upgrade but it was so simple I don’t think there is a need! I especially love how all my comments and photos were transferred as well as the 301 redirects that were put in to make sure all traffic to http://thommck.space.live.com gets transferred over here. So a big pat on the back to the Microsoft & WordPress teams.

If you’re new (like me) to WordPress, I suggest you subscribe to the WordPress blog. It has loads of useful articles and news on any new features. See the article below for links to the WordPress “Getting Started” guide

Welcome Windows Live Spaces Bloggers We’re excited to announce that WordPress.com is now the default blogging platform for Windows Live Spaces users. We’ve worked with our partners at Microsoft to create a simple migration service for Spaces bloggers to easily bring all their posts, comments, and photos to WordPress.com. Over a six month period, beginning today, Windows Live Spaces users will have the option to move their blogs to WordPress.com. To make this possible, we’ve created … Read More

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