2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Roll Your Own Photo Blog – WordCamp Los Angeles 2013

Wow, I had a blast speaking at WordCamp Los Angeles 2013 (WCLAX) explaining how to set up your own photo blog. Thank you all so much!

I described my talk as such on the WordCamp LA site:

Refusing to tie your content into third–party services like Instagram, Flickr, or Google+? Setup your own photo blog — no developer needed! You’ll learn how to organize your photos on your blog, look into image processing, and even delve a tiny bit into image metadata and copyright.

I just uploaded my Keynote slides to Scribd, but some slides are messed up.

If you’d like me to clarify anything, leave a comment here or send me an email through my contact form (especially if another service is better). I’m happy to discuss things over. 🙂

Thanks for your encouragement before and after my talk, listening to my thoughts and suggestions. Also, I wanted to give a special thanks to my wife, Amy, for being super helpful with preparing and rehearsing — and choosing cute photos of our cats. 😉

My Blogging Mission for 2012

I’m setting a few guidelines for my blog this year. If I don’t, it’ll be easy to neglect All Narfed Up for another year.

  1. Post at least three times a week. I’m in favor of quality over quantity, and scared to hold myself to one per day. I’m going to aim for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  2. Categorize and tag my posts. I have over 1,500 uncategorized posts from the move to WordPress.com, so a target of 15-20 per day should get those organized in a few months. (Quick Edit will be my friend.)
  3. Share long form articles. I think I’m a heavy Instapaper user. Rather than configure Instapaper to post my likes to Twitter, I’ll link to those here with a short quote that caught my eye.

Furthermore, if you’d like me to write about something, head over to my contact page and bug me about it. I appreciate the ideas!

What'd you like me to write about?

The latest trend for most of my posts are my photos. (After all, this is a photoblog.) I’d like to take that further, but I need your help.

Do you have any questions about my photography from the past year that you’d like me to discuss in depth?

I’ll use those questions as fuel for future blog posts in the coming months.

Several ways to reply: comment or email.

Thanks!

P.S. I know about Skribit, but I’m not sure I want a permanent widget in the footer of the website.

Ask the Readers: How do I allow feeds for categories?

I’m currently using FeedBurner Plugin 2.2 to redirect all feeds to http://feeds.feedburner.com/AllNarfedUp and http://feeds.feedburner.com/AllNarfedUpComments. But, I want categories to have specific feeds, too — specifically the podcasts. Can you please help me?

Update 3/8/2007 @ 1:05pm: I had to update the Permalink Redirect WordPress plugin. Category feeds are back in business!

All Narfed Up marks two years

As of yesterday, I’ve been blogging here for two years. Incredible. Here’s a list of random things to wrap up my second year:

  • If you wrote a quality post that you think a lot of people will like, find a site that posts similar topics and email them!
  • According to Bloglines, I have 7 subscribers. I should really switch to FeedBurner to keep track of this, huh?
  • I’m subscribed to about 110 feeds. Out of those, four are comics, three are deals sites, two are for music album releases, 23 are productivity-type blogs. The rest are personal or tech blogs.
  • In terms of content, my blog has been all over the place for a long time. Fortunately, I think I’ve narrowed it down to tech and GTD pretty well.
  • I miss the forums. I’ve lost contact with the majority of people that used to participate there.
  • I’m trying not to reblog. I figure lots of people subscribe to most of the popular sites out there already.
  • It’s funny when I look through the busy months and I’ve barely posted anything. What isn’t funny is knowing that there’s a lot of people who still don’t use news readers and might’ve deleted my bookmark because of inactivity. Crud.
  • Along those lines, I wish news readers/aggregators became more mainstream. I’ll follow my own advice and see if emailing Kurt the Cyberguy will persuade him to do a report on the importance and effectiveness of news readers.
  • The more I’m away from the computer, the more I can notice things to write about.

Now, for some posts (which I deemed interesting) from this last year in blogging:

You’re one of the main reasons why I keep blogging…that, and I hope I become famous. 🙂 Thanks for sticking around, and I hope I help you even more in the years to come!